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I’ve been testing out the new LED light for the past few weeks
and have been very impressed with it.
It’s an amazingly compact yet extremely powerful LED light designed for on camera use.
Compared to my other LED on camera lights the L10C is quite a bit brighter.
Normally I use either I or the inexpensive F&V light Z96.
The Cineroid beats them both for brightness and yet is quite a bit smaller.
Top to bottom: Cineroid L10C-5K, F&V Z96, Litepanels MicroPro
The light comes in 2 versions, to 5400K daylight version that I tested and the
L10C-3K version which is 3000K tungsten. Both lights are fully dimmable in 30
steps and has a display on the back showing the value. In terms of colour accuracy
I don’t have access to a colour meter and so was unable to do scientific tests.
To my eye the Cineroid is pretty white and it looks pretty good on camera. Beam
spread is a claimed 120 degrees and is certainly wider than the Litepanels MicroPro or Z96.
The Cineroid is fully dimmable To give you a better idea of how these lights compare
I’ve shot the simple test below to show the brightness and coverage of the three competing LED lights.
The Litepanels MicroPro, The F&V light Z96 and the Cineroid L10C-5K were used to light
the same shot one after the other – no settings were changed between takes.
(The camera used was a Panasonic AF101 using a Tokina 11-16mm lens set at 15mm with an f2.8 aperture.
White balance was set at a constant 5600K.) All three lights had fresh batteries and no diffusers fitted.
The L10C-5K has an optional protective clear filter that attaches via magnets.
This can be changed for the included honeycomb filter. I found that the filters came off
all the time in my bag as the magnets were not strong enough. Without the filter the LEDs are exposed
to the outside world and I’m not sure how well they would handle the wet.
This is the light’s biggest failing but for me it wasn’t a deal breaker – I am looking at other ways to keep it dry.
The L10C with clear protective filter fitted
The light is powered from a Sony style battery from a plate on the rear of the light.
You can buy an $39 PA-01 adapter which converts this plate so you can use Canon LP-E6 batteries
from the 5DmkII if you want to travel light. You can also power the light from a DC source such as the
D-tap connector on a broadcast battery but you will need to buy an additional cable. Runtime with a LP-E6 was
around 30 minutes at full output but when the Canon battery does get too low the light tends to flicker rather
than just stop working – something to watch for on a shoot. For longer runtimes
I would recommend a larger Sony fit battery instead.
The PA-01 adapter allows the use of Canon batteries
Unlike most LED camera lights the L10C-5K runs a hot after a time, probably
because of it’s extremely high light output. The small heatsink at the top of the unit is scalding hot
after prolonged use and the rest of the case gets pretty warm too. I would advise careful use and
placement of the light to account for the heat.
The light is supplied with a mini ball and socket mount which allows you mount it on top of a DSLR
or video camera – although this is seldom the best place for it. I fitted my light with
an MA-T03 arm from Tilta that can attach to rails or screw into a regular 1/4 20 hole.
The light can also be controlled wirelessly using an IR optional controller.
I didn’t buy one of these and so couldn’t test this function.