Digitalfoto’s new FS-100S is a 100W bi-colour COB LED that is formed like a digicam

Digitalfoto has introduced their new FS-100S bi-colour COB LED mild, and the primary evaluate already seems to be up on YouTube. It’s an fascinating if barely odd-looking LED mild in the truth that it appears to be emulating the look of a (considerably massive) mirrorless digicam. It encompasses a “Mini Bowens Mount” and comes with a gobo projector lens and an adapter for utilizing the projector on lights with common Bowens mounts.

Given the price of 100W LEDs, the Digitalfoto FS-100S will not be cheap. At $365, it sits effectively above the price of equally powered bi-colour COB LEDs from corporations equivalent to Aputure, Godox, Colbor, Nanlite and others. The Digitalfoto FS-100S does include just a little additional accent that the others don’t, although; A gobo projector lens to allow you to venture patterns onto a floor or topic. Why’s it formed like a digicam, although?

Mauro Licul has gotten his arms on one of many new Digitalfoto lights and has already posted a evaluate going over its kind issue and options. After I first noticed images and the video of this mild, I believed “Oh, that is cool” however that considerably shortly turned to “Purchase why?”.

It positively an fascinating design, however I’m undecided I’m seeing the purpose. Sure, I get that smaller lights that weigh rather a lot much less imply you possibly can carry a number of of them in your bag and this might be nice besides that you just don’t appear to have the ability to purchase simply the FS-100S mild by itself with out the projector lens at a decreased worth. Because of this if you’d like a bunch of them, you’re paying for a complete bunch of additional projector lenses you don’t need or want.

A fast overview of the specs exhibits some pretty affordable and commonplace specs. It’s bi-colour with a color temperature vary of 2800-6500K (+/-200K), has a CRI>95, full energy adjustability all the best way from 0-100%, works all around the world because of 100-240v compatibility and comes with a distant controller. It makes use of a 6cm “Mini Bowens Mount” for modifiers – of which there are solely three, the included projector lens and reflector in addition to an non-compulsory softbox.

Apparently, the Bowens mount adapter included doesn’t go each methods. It helps you to mount the projector lens onto commonplace Bowens mount lights however there isn’t an adapter to allow you to use commonplace Bowens mount modifiers on the FS-100S mild’s “Mini Bowens Mount”. That is most likely a good suggestion, although. With as compact as it’s and having just about no weight on the again finish to counterbalance, in case you had been so as to add an enormous 4ft Bowens mount softbox on there, that’s quite a lot of pressure on that tiny little 1/4-20″ socket beneath it.

Additionally, being so small and compact, there isn’t a lot room in there for heatsinks for passive cooling. So, it has an lively cooling system that makes use of a fan to pressure air by means of the system. Mauro doesn’t give us a pattern in his video of how the fan sounds or how loud it will get whenever you’re utilizing it, but when audio is a priority, it’s one thing you’ll wish to verify into earlier than you select to purchase.

It’s at all times fascinating when corporations method a sure kind of product from a complete new design angle and Digitalfoto’s actually finished that right here. However, it looks like it’s a little bit of a one-trick pony. Its compact design is nice for carrying a number of lights however you possibly can’t simply purchase the sunshine itself by itself. You’re compelled to purchase it with the projector so it’s not such as you’re really going to wish to purchase a bunch of them to essentially maximise on these area and weight financial savings. Apparently, you should buy the projector individually to be used with different lights.

Its lack of any “junk within the trunk” for counterbalance and likewise the truth that the one connection level beneath is a 1/4-20″ socket means it’s not going to be nice with massive modifiers. Though, that’s not one thing you actually have to fret about, provided that there are solely three “mini Bowens mount” modifiers and there isn’t an adapter to allow you to use common Bowens mount modifiers on it anyway. So, even in case you may purchase a number of of them with out projector lenses for a decrease value, you’re nonetheless going to be pretty restricted on what you are able to do with them.

And in case you’ve already obtained a lighting system with Bowens mount lights you’re already pleased with, you possibly can choose up the Godox projector lens package for $279 (most likely rather a lot much less when it invariably goes on sale). Although the Godox resolution doesn’t include a light-weight, it could be cheaper to purchase this to make use of along with your current lights – and be capable of preserve utilizing these lights on your common stuff whenever you don’t want the projector – than it could be to purchase the Digitalfoto FS-100S only for this one job.

I feel if Digitalfoto provided this as a less expensive unit with out the projector lens, it may probably promote fairly effectively for individuals who wish to preserve their package as small as potential and aren’t utilizing huge modifiers – particularly if there have been a daily Bowens mount adapter accessible for it. However as it’s proper now, I don’t know, it’s an odd product that appears to be an answer in search of an issue that doesn’t actually exist. Spending this a lot for a light-weight you’re solely actually going to make use of for one function – particularly when different lights might be made to carry out the identical job – simply looks like a waste of cash.

If it appears intriguing to you, although, the Digitalfoto FS-100S is available for purchase now on the Digitalfoto web site with the projector lens package for $365 which incorporates the sunshine, distant, projector lens, reflector, Bowens adapter for the projector lens, wrist strap, 12 gobos and 4 color gel filters. There’s additionally a package for $464 that features the identical because the $365 bundle but additionally the non-compulsory softbox ($99 for a small softbox appears extreme lately, too). If you happen to don’t want the sunshine however need the projector, that’s accessible by itself for $199.

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