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Rotolight RL48 Creative Colour Kit V2 Review


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  • Daylight balanced; Good value


  • Light not dimmable

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £169

Rotolight RL48 Creative Colour Kit V2 Review

This baby RL48 LED light measures just 14cm in diameter, but the three AA batteries in the back can power its 48 daylight-balanced LEDs for around four hours, at a brightness level equivalent to an 80Watt bulb.

Designed to fit over shotgun microphones, the hole in the middle isn’t big enough to poke a lens through, but you get a clip-on attachment that allows it to fit onto a camera hotshoe, tripod or studio stand.

The soft diffused light it produces spans a broad 110°, and while not bright enough to use as a sole light source (unless you’re shooting at a four-figure ISO) it makes a great, soft fill light. The RL48 comes with a six-piece ring-filter Calibration Gel Set for Kelvin rated colour plus soft diffusion, which are stored in the back of the light and fit cleverly inside the clip-on clear plastic LED ring cover. In addition, the Creative Colour kit comes with a set of 10 colour filter effects gels.

The RL48 is used extensively in the movie business as a discreet source of soft fill light but it can also be used in stills photography as a soft fill light.

For DSLR video shooters it’s a perfect replacement for bulky video top lights. Not only did we find that it lasted longer than most other Light Panels, it produces a much softer natural light output, and the colour temperature was accurate, so it comes highly recommended.

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