British LED lighting manufacturer Rotolight have released the Neo 2, an innovative on and off camera LED light providing both continuous, and simultaneous flash modes, including HSS functionality to 1/8000s shutter speeds.
And possibly of more significance going into the future, Rotolight have also announced a strategic collaboration with Elinchrom, which will see the Elinchrom Skyport 2.4GHz radio receivers built inside the Rotolight range of products, starting with the current Neo 2 release.
As well as integrating with the full range of Elincrom Skyport compatible gear, Rotolight will also provide a version of the Skyport HSS transmitter optimized for the Rotolight range of lights. Providing remote power and color temperature adjustment, as well as HSS flash functionality.
4 groups (up to 10 lights) can be controlled, with up to 200m range. Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus/Panasonic transmitter versions are currently available, with Fuji coming in 2018.
ROTOTLIGHT NEO 2 FEATURES
- 85% Brighter Than The Original NEO
- High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash Mode to 1/8000th sec.
- Zero Recycle Time
- 500% Flash Output
- Simultaneous Constant (Modelling) Light and HSS Flash
- Integrated Elinchrom Skyport 2.4Ghz HSS Radio Receiver
- 4 Groups (Up to 10 lights)
- Up to 200m Range
- Electronically Adjustable Color Temperature in Both Flash and Constant Light Modes
- Updated Suite of CineSFX™ Effects, Including Fire, Lightning, TV, Gunshot, Paparazzi etc
- Up to 85,000 Full Power Flashes On a Set of 6 AA Batteries (or 1.5 Hours Continuous)
The original Rotolight Neo have built a good reputation for providing quality color reproduction for video use, and the Neo 2 now provide 85% (close to one stop) more light than the original Neo.
Color temperature is adjustable from 6300K down to 3200K. Powered by 6 AA batteries or mains AC power, the Neo 2 to can provide up to 85000 full power flashes on one set of batteries.
Where the Neo 2 are starting to push boundaries though is in the crossover into still photography with their simultaneous flash mode, which includes HSS capability.
Since projects like the LED Light Cube emerged a number of years ago, LED technology has promised to eventually provide an alternative to traditional xenon flash tubes.
With LED flash units offering possibilities like no recycle time, fully adjustable flash durations, and providing comparatively low power consumption. (The Neo 2’s flash durations are not currently adjustable though).
And with a built in modelling light effectively always available.
Although making nice progress, the Neo 2 are probably not going to going to replace speedlites or larger strobes just yet though.
Because even though Rotolight state a 500% increase in light in flash mode, and no power loss in HSS, flash output is still likely to be fairly limited in comparison even to a regular speedlight.
Though for wide aperture HSS portraits, with the light relatively close to the subject, the Neo may be a very convenient option for people wanting continuous and flash capability in the same light.
And with Elinchrom integration Rotolight are well positioned as larger lights like their AEOS come on board with Skyport integration, and as LED technology advances into the future.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Rotolight Neo 2 are available now directly from Rotolight from $399.
3 light kits are also available from $1599.
And Rotolight Skyport HSS Transmitters from $248.
Rotolight – Website.