Objects of Desire: Fotodiox 100WB

September 13, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

With cameras like the Sony a7S II and Canon’s 1D X Mark II pushing high-frame-rate video recording, to say nothing of cinema cams and the furious frame rates they are capable of, finding light sources that can evenly illuminate a scene without flickering is critical. Fotodiox’s 100WB is up to the task. It delivers the equivalent of a 400-Watt tungsten bulb but draws only 100 Watts of power. And, like all LEDs, the 100WB won’t melt the skin off your hand if you touch it after a long shoot. It has a color temperature of 5600K (+/- 200) and a Color Rendering Index of >95. The 100WB is dimmable from 0 to 100 percent and delivers 6,400 Lux/m or 640 footcandles. The LED delivers a 60-degree beam angle when it’s unmodified and it sports a quick-release front Balcar bayonet mount that’s compatible with Alien Bee and other Paul C. Buff light modifiers. Out of the box, the 100WB will include a 12-inch metal reflector and a folding, 24-inch softbox. A glass diffuser is built in. The 100WB will be sold as a single light with a stand included or in a three light kit that includes three light stands and a luggage-style rolling case. The light and power pack weigh a combined 13.5 pounds.

PRICE: $300; $1,000 (three-light kit)

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