British LED lighting specialist Rotolight has announced the launch of the Rotolight Anova Pro 2. It’s the second version of its flagship circular LED light and the company’s most powerful one to date. Also in Rotolight’s range of LED lighting are the smaller and less powerful AEOS and NEO 2 lights.

Rotolight is trying to carve out a niche in that all its LED lights cater to both video and photography. Not only do they operate as continuous LED lights, but they also function as an HSS flash unit. 

Typically the flash feature provides a 250% boost in output of the maximum continuous LED output, with a 1/8000sec max sync speed and no recycle time. 

It makes total sense to create lights that perform both continuous and flash lighting, what with more and more cameras and therefore image makers shooting both photos and videos so professionally. 

Our experience so far is that the lights are more suited to videos because the flash unit cannot match the output of dedicated flash guns. However, the Anova Pro 2 is the biggest step yet from Rotolight in bridging that gap in output.

The Anova Pro 2 is relatively compact and lightweight considering its output, plus it can be powered by either mains or V-mount battery. It should therefore work as well on location as in the studio. 

Let’s take a closer look at the Rotolight Anova Pro 2.

Rotolight Anova Pro 2: What’s new

It may be the same size as the Anova Pro, but the latest model offers a 70% improvement in brightness, up to 10,700 lux at 3 feet in continuous mode. The Anova Pro has a 6,280 lux output. 

Rotolight claims that the Anova Pro 2 is one of the most energy-efficient LED panels. Its 72W consumption is the best power to consumption ratio in the industry. 

The unit has a variable color temperature running from 3,150 to 6,300k, plus you get what Rotolight describes as an outstanding color reproduction at CRI> 96 and TLCI 91 (Television Lighting Consistency Index). If those numbers and terminology mean nothing to you, it’s basically professional grade lighting. The shape of the LED panels also gives a lovely circular catch light effect. 

Through the integrated Elinchrom Skyport HSS flash receiver, it is possible to trigger the flash wirelessly with a range up to 200m. You also have control over color temperature, LED brightness and the built-in CineSFX cinema effects.

Those CineSFX effects recreate lighting effects such as the light from a fire, through flashing patterns in the LED panel.

Rotolight Anova Pro 2: Pricing and availability

Shipping of the Rotolight Anova Pro 2 begins in December 2017 and the product costs $1,625. You get the integrated DMX, V-Lock Battery plate, wireless Elinchrom receiver and 4-piece filter kit included. 

There is a wide range of optional accessories too, including v-lock battery and barn-doors. To make the most out of the light, we expect a few extras are necessary, especially if the light is likely to be used on location without access to power.  

For more information, visit the Rotolight website.

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