Lighting Equipment

Rotolight Neo 2 LED Doubles as Strobe with HSS

September 5, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Rotolight has released an update to its NEO LED that delivers high-speed-sync flash functions and integration with Elinchrom’s wireless technology.

The NEO 2 can pull double duty as a strobe or continuous light. Thanks to a partnership with Elinchrom, Rotolight has integrated Elinchrom’s Skyport 2.4GHz radio into the NEO 2, enabling high-speed sync functionality (up to 1/8000 sec.) and the ability to control up to 10 lights in four groups. A special Rotolight transmitter will be sold for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic cameras. A Fuji remote is also in the works, the company said.

When used as a strobe, the NEO 2 has no recycling time and no loss of flash power even when shooting long, uninterrupted bursts of flashes, the company claims. It’s capable of deliver 85,000 full-power flashes off of 6 rechargeable AA batteries.

The NEO 2’s color temperature is adjustable in both flash and continuous mode from 3,150-6,300K. The light has a CRI of 96 and an output of 2,000 lux at 3 feet.

Beyond its flash capabilities, the NEO 2 can create lighting effects such as fire, lightning, TV, gunshot, paparazzi and more. There’s also a fade mode and True Aperture Dimming technology to display the appropriate f-stop at a given distance to your subject.

The NEO 2 kit includes a belt pouch, accessory shoe, power supply and four-piece filter pack including diffusion, skin tone and magenta. It’s due in October and will retail for $399.