Kaiser LED Ring Light R48

NPhoto - - Gear Zone - www.kaiser-fo­totech­nik.de

£76/$98

This is the only con­tin­u­ous light in our line-up, mak­ing it suit­able for stills or video where ex­tra sub­tlety is needed. Il­lu­mi­na­tion comes from 48 LEDs split into two banks, which can be ac­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­ally if de­sired. That’s the only fun fea­ture on of­fer though, as the R48 doesn’t of­fer any other ad­just­ment or cus­tomiza­tion op­tions.

Us­ing LEDs rather than tra­di­tional power-hun­gry flash tubes means the light’s com­pact hot­shoe con­trol unit is much smaller than the oth­ers, and is pow­ered by just two AA bat­ter­ies that should last around 2.5 hours – though an AC power unit (£46/$60) is also avail­able.

The bat­ter­ies pro­vide enough juice to gen­er­ate a re­spectable 1550 lux at 30cm, though this quickly drops off to just 165 lux at 1me­tre, mak­ing the R48 sig­nif­i­cantly weaker than the ring flashes on test. We also found the 6000K day­light­bal­anced LEDs pro­duce a no­tice­able ma­genta colour cast, though the light is very soft, and al­most com­pletely shadow-free.

Pros Ac­ces­si­ble price; no-frills ease of use; highly por­ta­ble

Cons Rel­a­tively weak; lim­ited ad­just­ment and con­trol

We say Ac­cept­able for the cash, but falls short of a real ring flash

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