There are so many different lights on the market nowadays that it’s incredibly hard to choose which ones work the best for you.
If you have brand loyalty that helps, but if not, who do you choose? Well, most often,our criteria comes down to price, functionality/flexibility and portability. Also, when you’re buying lights, you’re probably looking at LED’s. So what’s out there?
When you’re looking at LED’s, the two questions you ask are usually about the bi-color and how much light they put out. First off, the CAME-TV Boltzen 55W isn’t a bi-color LED light. I am actually pretty okay with this. Not only does it mean that you get your full output at 5600k, but it usually means your color is a bit more true. The CRI of most LEDs falls short of Tungsten sources, so if you can sort of meet in the middle, that’s really helpful.
The second part is about power, and it’s still a bit of a mystery to be honest. Once people start getting their hands on the Boltzen, we’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at. The fact that it can be powered by battery for such a long period of time leads me to think that it’s not a super bright light. Personally, it seems to me that the 55W could be a great utility style light to have in your kit. It’s not going to be a key, or a nice bounced booklight, but for picking out details and rim, I think it could be a winner.
That being said, Tom Antos has a video on Vimeo showing the usefulness of these lights. A lot of this comes down to how you set up and what you want your images to look like. We all light differently, which means we all use different tools, and we use them in different ways.
The CAME-TV Boltzen 55W Fresnel LED starts at $298 and is shipping now!
3-Point Interview Set-up with Boltzen Lights (smallest LED Fresnel)
Via Tom Antos:
Introducing The New CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel Light!
The video light includes an adjustable Fresnel lens to help focus the light and provide a longer throw. When used without the lens, the light becomes a wider flod and the included barn doors help control the spill. This versatility allows you to go from a tight spot to a wide flood all in one continuous light.
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(cover photo credit: snap from CAME-TV)