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NEEWER CN-216 216PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera/Camcorder Video Light, LED Light for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and Olympus Digital SLR Cameras
- Special LED bulb layout design, giving wider lighting ranger and brighter effect.
- With 4 extensing slots on the 4 sides, you can combine the lights together to achieve some effects.
- High-quality LED bulbs, long life span up to 50000 hours
- Lightweight, portable and compact
- Brightness can be adjusted to your liking
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Standard Hot Shoe
Allow you to use on a wide variety of DSLR cameras and camcorders as well as tripods and light stands equipped with a hot shoe mount or 1/4" thread. It is also equipped with a pivoting head, allowing you to raise or lower the light's angle.
Dimmer Control Switch
Various levels of brightness can be achieved using the dimmer control located on the on/off switch.
1. It requires 6 Pieces AA batteries.
2. With the included battery adapter, you can also use specific Sony NP Series (NP-F550, NP-FM55H, NP-FH60), or Panasonic CGR-D16S rechargeable batteries.
3. Battery is Not Included in the package.
216 Super-bright LED Bulb
216 super-bright LED light bulbs provide optimum illumination.
Long life span up to 50000 hours.
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I've also used it for product photograph and it is a great consistent light.
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ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 with center being brightest and severe falloff at the edges of a 24mm frame. This equates to around 2600 Lux @ 1 meter.
I used an Extech multimeter to measure at the battery terminals:
On 6 AA's at 7.76 V (no load), at full light power, current consumption is 1.4 Ah; at half brightness (one stop darker) 560 mAh; and at minimum power (5.67 stops less than full) 26 mAh (the light turns off after this level).
It's impossible to look at the light at full power and for video work, I can't imagine ever using it for fill, but it certainly can light up a large room if you need to. You could save money and buy the CN-160 if you need it just for fill light.
In a real world example, at full power with diffuser, in an 8x12 room facing the long way @24mm, the D600 metered ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/30. You would have to shoot at least at 50mm to minimize vignetting though.
If you would use this at full power, you would need a change of batteries every hour. However for typical video fill light use, it might last 4-10 hours depending on brightness.
White balance according to Lightroom custom WB picker with a D600 RAW file on a calibrated neutral target is:
Orange Diffuser: 3350K, -4
White Diffuser: 5100K, +11
Pink Diffuser: 4950K, -12
Neewer should be commended for the price. At this price, there are no better alternatives. This is good for videographers and photographers alike.
It is bright. It is portable; it takes 6 AA batteries. There is also adapter on the bay, which I have yet to test.
The only problem is in color of the light. There is one product in name, but two distinct versions in terms of color. One is clean white like one expects from a white light. The other has green cast; this is the older version.
Slight color cast itself is not a difficult problem. Modern cameras have white-balance. The real problem is when the two gets mixed in the lighting set. Side-by-side, the color difference is noticeable. The newer clean white is preferable.
Source of the problem is they are sold mixed when you order from Amazon. Sometimes you will get the former, sometimes you will get the latter. I ordered three lights on three different occasions. I received one clean white version and two green cast versions.
To ascertain which was the right one, I ordered direct from Neewer via the bay. My suspicion was right, they had fixed the green cast problem in newer ones. They also got rid of the magenta filter, which is no longer needed to counteract the green spike. Although not always the case, telltale sign of newer version is "Neewer" branding on the box and on the light. Older version will say "Nanguang."
This LED light is still an excellent value. If you are planning to use just one light, then buy it and set white-balance. However, if you are planning to use more than one, be sure to get the newer version with the clean white light.
Not only are these lights great for filming , but you should keep one these in your car for emergency. When you put this light on full blast , it's enough to light up Yankee Stadium.