Good light for this price. Similar things in other places are more expencive. During max. brightness it's not hot at all. "Hot-shoe" is made of metal not plastic as previous version (sku.91714) had and binding screw for light tilting is much better now. Condenser lens is a good idea. ca...
Good light for this price. Similar things in other places are more expencive. During max. brightness it's not hot at all. "Hot-shoe" is made of metal not plastic as previous version (sku.91714) had and binding screw for light tilting is much better now. Condenser lens is a good idea. Tilting this lens ca 1cm further it focuses more tightly. So no problems if you whant to shoot from 30+ meters with greater zoom. Brightness knob works as it should - very smoothly. In "min." position it has swith off-on. Battery charger charges to 8,3V so no overcharging. Have to measure included battery but real capacity seems somewhere 4000mAh. It lasts some 90 min I guess. If light is switced off then it consumes zero so leaving battery attached is not problem. If battery is low it doesn't live you at dark, light flashes and if you rotate brightness lower it works still some minutes. Socket for external power supply is "non standard", it has "minus" pin in center. So be careful as majority power suplys have center pin "plus". Build quality inside the lamp could be better. Too big screws, cracked screw sockets etc. Included battery charger is very basic, it charges slowly and it doesn't come with 220V "adaper socket", just US type 110V is possible. Somewhat heavy lamp for little camcorder, it moves center of mass very frontward of camera. Must be careful if camera's hot shoe is not strong enough! Lamp takes 2,35A from 8V so overall consuming is ~18,8W. Internal DC-DC converter effectivity is ~85% so LED-s total output is 16W. Not bad. LED type is unknown yet. It seems that 5+5 LED-s are powered separately so converter has 2 identical regulators inside. It possibly means that if one set of LED-s quit working then other 5 LED-s do continue. There is little "notch" in battery socket so you cannot use older Sony batteries (NP-F530). Simple solution - cut this notch. However smaller battery can come very hot after 10 min of working so be careful...2,35 ampers can be too much. Not bad. I'm using this with little bigger camcorder. Color temperature is somewhere 5500K I guess. Yellow filter for 3200K cuts light power a little but this is reality for all videolights. Have to make another filter for more "softer" light because this type of videolights leave some sharp shadows. Panel lights are little better in this case..
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