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Kino Flo Celeb 200 DMX LED Lighting Kit

Gear Talk

One of the newest lighting kits we have here at BorrowLenses is the Celeb 200 DMX LED from Kino Flo.  The Celeb features 100 watts of lustrous, soft white light, which can be programmed to display a range between 2700K to 5500K, without changing the light output. Perfect for videography and filming with a warm or cool lighting tone without having to make color temperature edits in post-processing. It also features a DMX lighting connection to be used with control boxes for video and stage productions.

One of our resident portrait photographer, Alex 2.0, took it for a shoot recently and let us know her impressions.

The Celeb is very easy to use right out of the box and produces very nice, natural looking light with very little preparation. In this simple profile portrait, the light is placed about 2 feet from the subject, tilted at about a 45 degree angle, set to a temperature of 5500K and dimmed to about 39%. The 90 degree grid that comes with the kit in combination with the right exposure in-camera, allowed for nice, focused light on the subject and a dark background despite the portrait being shot in a bright white bedroom. If you are unsure of your preferred color temperature, there are handy presets available at the push of a button. What is nice about continuous lighting such as this is that, typically, what you see is what you get. It is also, of course, indispensable for video production lighting and handy for photographing animals since there is no popping flash, which can be startling.

However, the kit is only 100 Watts. This will produce less light for photographers who are used to 200Ws strobes and higher. Other observations:

  • This kit is HEAVY (approximately 15lbs). Use of a C Stand (which we do not rent due to their bulk and weight) is strongly recommended.
  • Generally takes up more room than a strobe head. Something to consider when shooting in tight spaces.
  • Your model’s make-up won’t melt under these lights–they stay nice and cool.
  • The grid is plastic and feels delicate. Be mindful of that when renting this.

The Kino Flo Celeb 200 provides a great lighting solution when color temperature and a steady light output are needed. If you wanted something a little smaller and portable, while providing more light, the Kino Flo Diva-Lite 400 Kit could make for a better alternative.

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Comments

  • Ryan says:

    “However, the kit is only 100 Watts. This will produce less light for photographers who are used to 200W strobes and higher.”

    100 watt LEDs are the functional equivalent to 750 watt tungsten lights. So it should be producing a far amount more power than 200 watt strobes… Unless you’re shooting with 4 strobes in the same spot. The brightness vs power consumption is the main reason people will probably be looking at this kit.

  • Alex 2.0 says:

    What should have also been mentioned above is the affect of watt-seconds. 750 Watts of continuous light delivers much less useful light than a 750 Watt-second strobe. To find the equivalency, multiply the continuous light’s Watt rating x’s the shutter speed in seconds to get the Watt-seconds of energy used by the light during the exposure. For example, a 1200 watt/second strobe puts out about the same light in 1/500th of a second as a 1200 watt tungsten light does in one second. Continuous Watts at a shutter speed of one second are equivalent to Watt-seconds, but as you shorten the shutter speed the continuous lights deliver less exposure to the sensor as a strobe would–if that makes sense. To quote Paul Buff: “The exposure from continuous light sources is dependant on camera exposure time, while camera exposure time with flash has no effect on the exposure as long as the shutter is open during the brief instant the flash fires.” In order to compare strobe wattage with that of a continuous light source, you really need to take into account how much power is used in a given time.

    Thinking of it this way, then what would a 750W tungsten light be the equivalent to for a strobe? Depends on the shutter speed you want to use. The equivalency will be determined by what shutter speed you want to shoot at and if is anything faster than 1 second, then even a weaker strobe will out-power the Kino.

    Sorry we took so long to respond to this! And we should have been more clear above. Thanks for the comment and your readership!

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