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Rotolight AEOS review

Shed more light on the subject with Rotolight's latest LED lamp

Our Verdict

It’s a powerful and versatile constant LED lamp with the bonus of HSS flash, but it soon gets pricey when you start adding in the accessories.

For

  • High Speed Sync flash
  • Mains or battery powered
  • High-power output

Against

  • Expensive accessories

Do you need the intensity of flash, or the lasting attraction of a constant light? Would you rather have the stamina of a mains-powered kit, or the go-anywhere portability of a battery-powered lamp? 

The Rotolight AEOS aims to keep everyone happy. It’s an LED-based circular constant lamp with a wide colour temperature range of 3,150 to 6,300K, but its killer feature is that it's capable of high-speed-sync flash.

Features

  • Easy-to-use control panel
  • Rear-mounted digital display
  • Ultra-high-efficiency LEDs
  • Aluminium handles
  • Tripod-mounting ball head
  • Filter pack
  • Power pack

A simple control panel and digital display are mounted on the rear of the lamp

The basic kit comes complete with an AC mains power pack, a sturdy tripod-mounting ball head with a 5kg load rating, together with a filter pack that includes neutral, cosmetic peach and magenta diffusers. 

The four-option filter pack that comes with the AEOS as standard

For getting out and about, you can add a clip-on 95Wh V-mount lithium-ion battery pack for £275/$300. It adds 720g to the weight but has enough juice to run the lamp at maximum power for three hours. The battery charger costs an extra £50/$55. Other accessories include an AEOS Yoke (£75/$85) for use with a lighting stand, and barn doors (£180/$195).

The tripod-mounting ball head

Switching to HSS flash mode, the AEOS can deliver double the maximum constant power output, along with instantaneous recycling. This means that you can fire a rapid burst of shots with flash, up to and including your camera’s maximum shutter speed and drive rate.

Aluminium handles enable easy hand-holding of the cool-running lamp

Performance

A major disappointment of many LED lamps is that they simply lack output power, but the AEOS is more impressive than most. 

In our tests, even sticking to a base camera sensitivity of ISO 100, we could place the lamp one metre from the subject and shoot at 1/60 sec at f/4.5. 

In HSS flash mode, the AEOS lived up to its ‘200 per-cent power’ claim, enabling an aperture of f/9 (one metre, ISO 100). Maximum light intensity is consistent throughout most of the colour temperature range.

Verdict

It’s a powerful and versatile constant LED lamp with the bonus of HSS flash, but it soon gets pricey when you start adding in the accessories.

Rotolight AEOS Specifications

Maximum output 5750 lux at 3ft

Colour Range 3,150-6,300K

CRI > 96  

LED lifespan 100,000 hours

Diameter 29.5cm

Depth 2.0cm (8.5cm with protrusions)

Weight 1.4 kg