After a fruitful 2018 accruing six accolades from Photography News, Digital Camera and more, prominent Australian magazine PhotoReview, has named the Rotolight NEO 2 an editor’s choice for lighting.
A powerful on-camera LED with both a bi-colour continuous output of 2000 lux and a High Speed Sync flash which boasts zero recycle time, the NEO 2 is a portable lighting solution that offers the flexibility to fully shape and control the light. “[Handholding the light and] being able to constantly adjust both the lighting angle and the distance between the light and the camera provided plenty of scope for experimentation,” the reviewer says. Alongside the ‘shoot what you see’ benefits of continuous lighting, the NEO 2 also allows users to fully adjust the brightness and colour temperature (3150-6300K) of its output for full control over how the light falls on the subject.
Trialling the NEO 2 in thorough and varied tests, PhotoReview noted the benefits it provides portrait photographers: “As a continuous light source the soft light from the LED panel has a lot of appeal,” says PhotoReview. “The circular shape of the light delivers a naturally soft light output that is flattering for portraiture. It also produces characteristic circular catchlights in subjects’ eyes.”
The NEO 2 also includes an enhanced suite of Rotolight’s industry-first built-in lighting effects – CineSFXTM – which can be customised to the user’s needs. Designed in conjunction with Master of Light and VFX veteran, Stefan Lange (Mission Impossible, Tomb Raider, Skyfall), CineSFXTM allows you to simulate lighting effects, such as gunshots, fire, or paparazzi, without the need for complex, cumbersome flicker-boxes.
The NEO 2’s arsenal of innovative features makes it a powerful all-in-one solution for creatives who shoot both video and stills. “[The NEO 2] is portable for use when photographing weddings and social events and supports a variety of almost as portable accessories for controlling the direction of the light,” PhotoReview notes.
“Photographers thinking about using artificial lighting should find this unit easier to work with and more versatile than similarly-priced on-camera flashguns,” PhotoReview concludes. “It would also be a good investment for photographers moving into video production, whether for vlogging or producing YouTube movies. In such situations, the built-in special effects have potential to add interest to the end results and make them more arresting.”
Read the full review here.
The NEO 2 is also nominated for Best On-Camera Flash in the Photography News awards! We’d appreciate it if you could support us with your vote on question 20 here. Voting closes 22nd February.