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The Ironman Arc Reactor LED Light

The Ironman Arc Reactor LED Light


To enter in this photo contest online, I needed to use a Rotolight product which coincidentally looks like the Arc Reactor from Ironman. Product of light waves and physics or PR stunt? Either way, the quality of light is gorgeous. Too bad it’s a bit overpriced and lack of basic features, like a mount to attach it to a light stand. Hence, why I had to work in having Ai Nhu to physically HOLD the light. I wasn’t doing video work, so there wasn’t a Rode Videomic to slap this on. I’m a huge fan of LEDs for portrait work, especially since I LOVE shooting at night. LEDs help with focusing as well as produce soft and controllable light that makes for great fill, key, and backlighting.

So I buy the RL48 for ~$100 USD from Amazon to enter in the Rotolight contest to win the upgraded version, the Rotolight Neo (courtesy of Jason Lanier’s Facebook Group). My typical setup is the Yongnuo YN-300 LED or a YN560IV + FStoppers diffuser for my portable setup, however as I was leaving the apartment for the shoot, the mailman came and delivered the Rotolight goodie. Naturally, I had to take it out for a test run. The major downside is that there is no adjustable power switch, which is a HUGE BUMMER. The circle form factor is nice, I admit. The build quality feels decent, the rubber grip makes the product easy to handle. Ergonomically, there’s really not much to it, except a simple power button to turn it on/off. Makes me think this is how they did it in the OLDEN DAYS OF FILM. But they didn’t have LEDs, so scratch that. Needless to say, this is going back at this moment. Who knows -maybe I’ll take it out again and see what kind of images I get. In all honesty though, the quality of light is the most important element for me and the Rotolight delivers. It’s small and packs a punch. If it’s too bright, you can move back. Use that inverse square law of light! I’m eyeing that Rotolight Neo at the moment to possibly add into my arsenal. Also, the one I bought from Amazon is missing the plastic front cover that I see on reviews, so I have mixed feelings about this!

This was a more technical post, if you haven’t figured it out already by now. Some nerd info:

Gear: Sony A7RII, Canon 50L, Sigma 35A, Metabones IV Adapter, Rotolight RL48

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