Rotolight NEO 2
December 13, 2017
LED lighting technology has made massive strides in recent years, and no product exemplifies this more than the Rotolight NEO 2. This innovative LED lighting system can be used as a continuous lighting source for video capture and shoot-what-you-see still image photography in poor light, and also doubles up as a flash with no recycle times for creative flash photography. This latter feature is especially cool as it lets you utilise your camera’s High-Speed Sync flash capabilities fully to freeze action in more creative ways than you could ever hope to with a regular flashgun.
Measuring just 11mm x 21.5mm x 27.8mm, and weighing in at 748g the NEO 2 is designed to be mounted on your camera’s hotshoe, but can also be used handheld off-camera thanks to its built-in Elinchrom Skyport wireless flash receiver. If you can’t quite stretch to the £190 asking price of the bespoke Rotolight HSS trigger designed for the NEO 2, then some third-party wireless flash triggers can be used, although you will lose some aspects of wireless control by doing so.
Used as a continuous light source the NEO 2 is capable of producing a maximum 2000 lux, which is hugely powerful for such a small light. Flash output is impressive too and because the NEO 2 lacks any recycle times you can shoot with flash continuously. On top of this, the NEO 2 also provide the added flexibility of high-speed flash sync up to 1/8000sec – enough to freeze just about any moving subject. Colour temperature can be adjusted to match the ambient conditions, with a range of 6300-3150K available, and power is supplied via six AA batteries (NiMh or Li-ion) or a dedicated DTaP battery pack. If using the latter the NEO 2 is good for either an hour of continuous light at maximum power, or 85,000 full power flashes. By any standards, that’s pretty astounding.