Litepanels' popular 1x1 fixture is available in Flood Tungsten (3200K), Flood Daylight (5600K) and Spot Daylight (5600K), which offers a longer throw thanks to a tighter beam spread of 30º over the 50º angle of light projected by the other two models. The fixtures are economically sized at 2.0 inches in thickness, and they can be affixed together for more powerful output. Litepanels also offers a number of other LED solutions, like the bi-color daylight (5600K) and tungsten (3200K) Croma, and the newer high-output 1000-watt tungsten-equivalent Hilio, which lets you narrow output to a 15º angle for working at distances of up to 25 feet. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $1,795 (1x1); $615 (Croma); $3,195 (Hilio). Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
Quantum Omicron QF26 Ring Light
With an average life span of 50,000 hours, the 24.9x4.9x3.5-inch Lowel Prime LED panel is available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K), with a high CRI (color rendering index) of 91+ for high-quality light output. Two models are currently available in the new line, the Prime LED 200 and the Prime LED 400, with roughly twice the lux output of the LED 200. The lights output a 50º beam, and optional honeycomb grids are available for focusing the beam to produce more contrast. Additionally, the PRM-420 barndoor set includes a Prime Lite Diffusion Gel for shaping and diffusing light output. List Price: $2,775 (Prime LED 400); $2,150 (Prime LED 200). Contact: Lowel-Light Mfg., (800) 645-2522, www.lowel.com.
Seculine LED On-Camera Light
The Quantum Instruments Omicron QF26 Ring Light for Flash and Video fits over the lens of a DSLR or camcorder, and offers a hybrid still burst of light that can be used as a flash-like strobe. (At ISO 400, flash specifications measure in at 8.5 feet at ƒ/5.6, 6 feet at ƒ/8 and 4 feet at ƒ/11 with a shutter speed of 1⁄60 sec.). There are 80 LED lamps in the ring light, which offers a chromatically correct color cast that has been designed to fully cover the spectral gaps found in white-only LEDs. The continuous Video mode will last for up to 90 minutes at full power, and the system is compatible with Canon or Nikon TTL and manual flash modes when used with the Quantum TRIO or Qflash T5d-R flashes. A mounting bracket for DSLR cameras is included. Estimated Street Price: $799. Contact: Quantum Instruments, (631) 656-7400, www.qtm.com.
Flashpoint 312 LED
At dimensions of 2.95x3.66x1.69 inches and a weight of less than half a pound, the Seculine LED On-Camera Light is available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5400K) and a hybrid combination that includes swappable LED modules for switching between the two color temperatures. The light offers a wide, diffuse beam angle of 120º, an internal fan can be set to five levels of operation to reduce ambient noise, and there's a built-in dimmer with 30 steps of selectable output. It mounts through an included mini-ballhead and 1⁄4-inch screw. Estimated Street Price: $399 (L2S3K/L2S5K Seculine Daylight/Tungsten LED units); $570 (L2S3K5K Seculine Tungsten and Daylight module). Contact: Interfit Photographic, (866) 947-9796, www.interfitphotographic.com.
Most ideal for HDSLR use, the Flashpoint 312 LED fixture offers a compact and affordable solution with both daylight and tungsten options for an equivalent output of a 100-watt bulb. The mini-ballhead mounts to the hot-shoe of the camera, and twin LED arrays of daylight and tungsten can be mixed together through two dials for matching ambient lighting conditions. A diffuser panel is included for controlling shadows, and two AA batteries will power the unit for approximately five hours. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Flashpoint (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.