Shortly after my first close encounter with a Rotolight Aeos, Rotolight announced the Neo 2, successor to the original Neo LED light, three of which I have in the form of a Rotolight Neo 3 Light Kit.
That kit was great in its day and I use it still but with the two new and even more powerful and versatile Rotolight LED lights that appeared after the original Neo surely something even better would be possible.
One Aeos light, two Neo 2 lights, high speed synchronization (HSS) to control all three and for flash sync with my Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras, three light stands, a soft case to carry them in and barndoors and soft boxes as needed, now that would be the perfect lighting kit for on-location portraiture and video projects, it seemed to me.
Oddly enough, Rotolight has yet to come up with such a lighting kit but even more oddly enough Park Cameras, a retailer with outlets in London’s Fitzrovia and Burgess Hill in West Sussex has beaten them to it.
“Sometimes the sequel fails to live up to the original, so how does Rotolight’s new NEO 2 stack up against its predecessor? On paper the NEO 2 looks to be a significant improvement over the original NEO….”
I have the original Rotolight Neo LED light in a three light kit with barndoors and Chimera softbox, and highly recommend them for use in video production and stills photography, so I look forward to adding a Neo 2 to my kit or replacing all three first version Neos with three version 2 Neo lights.
For applications where the pulpit of the Neo lights is not enough, then I recommend looking at Rotolight’s Anova and Aeos lights.
I am especially impressed by how portable but powerful the Aeos lights are and even one would make an excellent on-location main portrait light, especially with the addition of barndoors and a diffuser.
Also impressive is how Rotolight has added High-Speed Sync with Flash (HSS) capability to the Neo 2 and Aeos LED lights.
Rotolight Neo 2 LED Light with HSS Capability, and Accessories
Rotolight Neo 2 LED light
Rotolight Neo 2 Barndoors
Rotolight Neo 2 Barndoors
Rotolight Neo 2 Barndoors and Softbox
Rotolight Neo 2 Softbox and Barndoors
Rotolight Elinchrom EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus HS for Sony for use with Rotolight LED lights including Aeos and Neo 2.
Rotolight Neo 2 LED 3-Light Kit
Rotolight Neo 2 LED 3-Light Kit in hard case
Photograph by Jason Lanier made using Rotolight Neo LED lights.
“… On the outside the Anova Pro V2 looks almost identical to the original, the updates are all hidden beneath the chassis. Along with the claimed increase in brightness, Rotolight has built in the Elinchrom high-speed sync receiver into the light so it can be used by both photographers and videographers….”
“We went along to Rotolight’s HQ in Pinewood to have a look at the new Neo 2 light, announced this week. Dave sat down with Luke Curtis, Rotolight’s Sales Manager to find out more, not only about the Neo 2, but also Rotolight’s other light[s] – the Aeos and An[n]ova.”
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“Join Rotolight Master of Light Jason Lanier for a whirlwind trip where he shows you video footage and stills that he has shot for the brand new Rotolight Neo 2 where he does a review answering tough questions and giving real answers about this brand new light….
… In this video Jason shares footage from shoots done in London, Ireland, Miami, Nebraska and other places that he’s been able to use the prototype Neo 2 lights that Rotolight sent him to test.
Shortly after completing a European press trip where the Neo 2 was announced, a buzz started coming around about these lights and what their capabilities truly are. Videos, blog posts and more were posted with questions about power, battery life, and the various applications that the lights could be used in….”
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Pioneering LED movie and stills LED lighting maker Rotolight has launched an amazing new portable, powerful LED lighting system for moviemakers and stills photographers, Aeos. Aeos is “a bi-colour, location LED light with a unique ‘ultra-thin’design concept” and it “delivers a powerful light output of 5,750 lux at three feet”, “one of the most energy efficient LEDs on the market, able to run for three hours at 100% power on a single 95W battery”.
Both LED lighting systems remain in constant use here for shooting video and stills, with the Neo lights being my first choice for stand and camera-mounted lighting especially with barndoors and softbox attached.
The Neos are small and light enough to handhold yet have enough power and fine control of colour and output to make for a versatile, classical three-point lighting set-up.
Rotolight’ Aeos Portable LED Lighting System and Accessories
Now, Rotolight’s Aeos system looks set to provide the sort of highly colour accurate high TLCI light that is a standout feature of the Neo and Anova systems, along with handhold-ability and portability that may well make it an excellent single-light for stills portraits or video interviews.
I look forward to seeing examples of the Aeos lights in use for cinematography and photography very soon.