November 26, 2014 at 11:02AM

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Best LED Panels for Studio and Travel?

I am currently working as a full time photographer for a costuming company and I am trying to update the pretty terrible equipment we have here.

I'm looking to find some LED Panels to shoot both stills and video, but I'm not sure where to turn to. I'll be shooting stills of things in the studio and video of people showcasing costumes out at conventions, so I'm looking to have the option of attaching batteries to the lights as well.

My current pick so far is:
http://www.fvlighting.com/109041010235.html

Any suggestions or recommendations?

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I've been using the F&V K4000 daylight 1x1 LED lights for almost two years now, and they have been great for both still and video work.

...But I would stay away from the bi-color version of these lights because the light output is much lower ( at least 1 F-stop when tuned to tungsten or daylight balance ), and because the bi-color lights have a magenta/green color-shift that changes as you adjust the color balance.

There is only one brand of 1x1 bi-color LED lights that I would trust right now, and that is the new LitePanels Astra 1x1 LED lights. They cost a lot more than the F&V bi-color lights do, but they are 4 times brighter and have much better color when adjusting the color balance.

Otherwise, stick with the F&V K4000 daylight ONLY 1x1 LED lights, and just use filter packs when you need to balance to other light sources.

November 27, 2014 at 2:11PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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If you have the money to spend, get one Nila Boxer and two Nila Varsas. Amazing color, light quality, and punch. The Kino Flo Celebs are killer as well. I've used the F&V's before, and wasn't too impressed. However, I think F&V has plans to come out with some ultra color 1x1 panels soon which will supposedly have a much higher CRI than their current panels.

November 29, 2014 at 2:46PM

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thunderlab
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>>>F&V has plans to come out with some ultra color 1x1 panels soon which will supposedly have a much higher CRI than their current panels.

The current F&V K4000 panels have an 85 CRI rating, which I've found to be pretty good over all.

The new F&V Z400 panels have a 93+ CRI rating but they cost TWICE as much as the K4000 panels.

December 2, 2014 at 3:00PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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