by Olaf von Voss | 17th March 2017
US-based accessory and lighting manufacturer Fotodiox has unveiled their latest LED light, the PopSpot J-500. This very small, yet versatile little LED fixture comes with various powering options as well as Fresnel focusing. The PopSpot J-500 This tiny LED light is only 3¼ x 3¼ x 8¼ inches (8 x 8 x 21cm) in size, and weights only 2.1 lbs (950g) so I think it’s safe to say it will fit into your bag whatever the size of it might be. It comes with a Fresnel lens which allows the user to adjust the beam angle from 25° to 55° – a really cool feature for a light source this small. On the back of the light you’ll find a small LCD screen along with a power switch and a knob for controlling the light output from 0% to 100%. The color temperature is fixed at 5600K (daylight), but you can throw on the supplied tungsten color filter in order to convert it to a 3200K source. According to Fotodiox, the color accuracy of the PopSpot J-500 is rated at > 95 CRI (color rendering index), which is a very decent value. It can be powered with the supplied AC adapter or with NP-F750 style batteries, though this requires an optional battery module that will also increase the size and weight. Additionally, you can add detachable barndoors in order to control the light. Stripped-down PopSpot J-500 (left) vs. battery powered PopSpot with barndoors (right) Three Different Kits Fotodiox offers the product in three different packages, offering a nice level of variety and customization to your needs: PopSpot J-500 light kit, AC only ($274.95) Same light + battery module ($399.95) Kit of three lights, complete with battery modules ($1,099.95) Besides a light stand, these kits come with everything you need: a ballhead, barndoors, tungsten filter, AC power adapter and a carrying case. The kits with the battery module include two batteries for each fixture and a battery charger. Set including the battery module (left) and the basic AC powered set (right) The “deluxe” kit containing three PopSpot J-500 lights and battery modules also comes with a decent hard case. So if you are looking for a basic and affordable lighting solution this might be worth a closer look. The “deluxe” kit contains three lights and everything else you need. PopSpot J-500 Specifications Some specifications from Fotodiox: Color Balance Options Daylight 5600k ± 300 Luminous Emittance 5,400 lx @ 25° Focus 2,258 lx @ 55° Focus EV100 @ 1m1 11.0 ΔEV – Reflector @ 100% Bulb Wattage 50 Watt Power Draw LED Beam Angle 25°-55° Focus Adjustable Light Fixture Weight 2 lbs / 0.95kg Power Supply AC100-240V, DC14-18V Dimensions 3¼ x 3¼ x 8¼ inches (8 x 8 x 21cm) – Light Only 3¼ x 3¼ x 11 inches (8 x 8 x 28cm) – With Battery Module Battery Option Rechargeable 4400mAH Battery (NP-F750 Style) Battery Run Time2 50% Power ~ 3hr 45min 100% Power ~ 1hr 20min 1Incident Exposure Reading ~ ISO100 1/60 f/1 (Sekonic L-358 @ 1m) 2Battery run time is approximate. There are many variables that may affect run time including ambient temperature, age of battery, etc. Conclusion To me, these lights seem to be a very good choice for filmmakers on a budget. The ability to control the beam angle via a Fresnel lens is a really cool feature for an LED light in this price range, and the battery option makes it versatile and useful in a variety of situations. What do you think of these tiny lights? Worth a closer look? Let us know in the comments below! Links: Fotodiox websiteRead more
by Fabian Chaundy | 29th January 2016
E Mount adapters not only come in all sizes and flavours, but the small flange distance required between lens and sensor allows adapter manufacturers to keep integrating features to increase their usability. Recent products along this line are Fotodiox’s new Vizelex ND Throttle for the Canon EF Mount, and Techart’s Leica M Mount autofocus adapter. The original Fotodiox ND Throttle was released a couple of years ago and received generally positive reviews. It offered a mechanical connection with an integrated variable ND filter, a handy feature that eliminated the need for filters of different sizes or step-up rings, and was an ideal match to quality manual EF lenses like the Rokinon cine line. The new incarnation of the ND Throttle builds on the previous version by supporting electronic communication between the lens and the camera. In addition to the 10-stop variable neutral density filter, the camera can now control aperture and provide power for image stabilisation. Something to keep in mind, though: as other smart E mount adapters have demonstrated, full compatibility is never guaranteed. There are usually quirks ranging from lens flaring to intermittent loss of electronic communication. Time will tell how the new Fotodiox plays with original and third party EF lenses out there. This new version only projects an APS-C sized image, so if you’re using any of the A7 series of cameras, you will need to use crop mode to avoid vignetting. Although this might seem like a deal breaker, just remember that digital cinema cameras do have a Super 35mm sensor. So even though you will not be able to use the full frame, you can still pretend your A7S is a little bit like the new FS5 with the built-in variable ND… Kinda. But maybe this means a full-frame adapter is not entirely out of the question for the future? In the world of manual lenses, Leica’s M mount optics have generally been held in high regard. This mount has been in use since the 50’s, and there is indeed some very high-quality glass available from Leica and Zeiss—both modern and vintage. There are already several mechanical E mount adapters for them out there, which is great as we shouldn’t really expect any electronic functionality out of these manual lenses… Or should we? Well, there have been a few videos doing the rounds in recent days showing an adapter that gives autofocus function to these very popular lenses. This interesting adapter has an integrated motor that moves the whole lens back and forth to achieve focus. It remains to be seen if the mechanism will have the oomph to cope with some of the system’s longer lenses. Nevertheless, this quick demo shows a relatively decent focusing speed when paired with the Sony A7RII: not as fast as a native Sony lens, but certainly not as slow as other types of adapters combined with more modern lenses. With the new Fotodiox E mount adapter just recently released and this M-mount version not even shipping yet, it is too early to comment on their quality. But with new ideas like these or the upcoming Aputure DEC adapter with built-in focal reducer, it is clear that the engineering of today is paving the path to ever-increasing flexibility and compatibility among camera systems.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 20th September 2014
Fotodiox is famous for their practical lens mounting adapters like the Sony to EOS with built-in vari-ND. This year at Photokina they present one of the most intriguing lighting solutions I’ve seen so far: A circular, flat, lightweight LED with a smooth surface. These lights looked really impressive. While their output was not as strong as many other LED’s that are currently on the market, they had some unique attributes: They are surprisingly thin (less than half a centimeter in thickness), they are lightweight and they provide a smooth lighting surface (no annoying LED dots causing multi-shadows or harsh texture) and they provide a light clarity with a CRI value over 90. Slowly but surely it seems LED lighting is finally heading into the right direction and these lights seem like a hint on what the future lighting may soon become. The Fotodiox FlapJack Edgelight should be available early next year and will cost between $300 for the smaller lights and around $600 for the large one. The smaller lights are called C-200R and C-300R. They are now available on the Fotodiox WebsiteRead more
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