Rotolight were showing their new NEO 2 on-camera LED light at IBC 2017. The light features some clever flash-mimicking tech that makes it usable as a strobe for stills work as well as a continuous light for video.
Brighter and smarter
Rotolight claim the NEO 2 is 85% brighter than the original NEO. It also shares the same SFX lighting effects found in the bigger Anova Pro and AEOS, as well as incorporating a High-Speed Sync (HSS) flash mode.
Strobe and continuous
The NEO 2 offers shutter sync down to 1/8000 sec. You can use it as a modelling light when you’re setting up your shot and then take advantage of a 500% increase in light output (when connected to mains power) when used as a flash. You can get a 200% increase when running the light off batteries.
The NEO 2 also incorporates Elinchrom’s Skyport 2.4Ghz HSS wireless flash technology. This means you won’t have to buy a separate receiver and (assuming you’ve bought into an Elinchrom system) the NEO 2 will be compatible with the rest of your flash gear.
Control a whole lighting setup
Rotolight’s new HSS transmitter (seen above) uses Elinchrom’s Skyport protocol to allow you to control up to 10 lights in four groups, with a claimed distance of up to 200m (656ft). At launch the system will be compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic systems, with Fuji support planned ‘shortly.’ As well as the NEO 2 light the system will also control other Skyport-compatible devices.
Rotolight NEO 2 price and availability
A single Rotolight NEO 2 retails for £249.99 ex-VAT and there is a three light kit that comes in a flight case, complete with lightstands and other accessories for £1,124.99 ex-VAT.