Sponsored From its compact NEO 2 to its flagship ANOVA PRO units, Rotolight’s range of LED lighting solutions has changed the game for portrait photographers and filmmakers worldwide.
The recently released AEOS redefined expectations for both markets, with a bi-colour LED panel that offers all the benefits of continuous lighting and flash and none of the traditional drawbacks – and now, it’s just got a whole lot better.
The company has partnered with lighting specialist Elinchrom to integrate its Skyport 2.4Ghz HSS wireless flash protocol right into the design of the unit, which negates a separate receiver. That’s right: no extra kit or added expense, just all the control you need direct from your camera’s transmitter straight to the AEOS.
Easy adjustment for fine control
From adjusting the output, flash power and colour temperature of LED panel through to triggering the flash itself, you can do it all from a distance of up to 200m (656ft) away. And adjusting the output from the unit itself is as simple as it can be, with fine control over both brightness and colour temperature with just a simple rotation of a control.
You can even synchronise up to ten AEOS units set over four groups at once, or a combination of AEOS and Rotolight NEO units if you prefer, ensuring consistency of output and colour temperature across every panel. Filmmakers can even take advantage of this to trigger one of the CineSFX options, such as fire, gunshot and paparazzi.
The High Speed Sync option provides 250% of the maximum continuous light output, working to shutter speeds of up to 1/8000sec. Those using it for flash can also have it operate as a modelling light and flashgun at the same time, and thanks to the LED technology on which it’s based, you have no recycling times to worry about – just all the power you need, as soon as you need it.
Rotolight AEOS: now even better
Light, and ultra-thin
This in itself makes it ideal for portraiture, but its benefits here extend beyond simple practicalities. The unit’s round design, for example, help to produce perfectly round catchlights in the model’s eyes, while the supplied diffusion, cosmetic peach and magenta filters allow the photographer to get perfectly flattering light and accurate skin tone.
Weighing just 1.5kg and with with an ultra-thin 1cm design, the AEOS defies its compact form and light weight by easily meeting the needs of even the more demanding professionals. Furthermore, thanks to aluminium handles on either side of the unit, you can easily adjust the light to whatever position you need it to be in, with the ballhead allowing a full 360 degrees of rotation, and a wide 200 degrees when mounted on a light stand.
While its difficult to believe something so compact can be powerful enough for the professional’s needs, the LED panel can run for up to three hours on a single charge of its 95W battery, with a power output of 5,750 at three feet – more than twice as long that what we’d expect at this level – and optional barn doors to hep you control spill.
Compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic models, and soon to arrive for users of Fujifilm’s X-series system, those who already own an AEOS unit don’t miss out: right now, all AEOS owners can take advantage of the integration with a free flash receiver upon purchase of Rotolight HSS transmitter.
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