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Review:  Fotodiox Pro FlapJack LED Edge Light C-200R

Review: Fotodiox Pro FlapJack LED Edge Light C-200R

Lighting is one of the most important elements to taking great photographs. Unfortunately, perfect light doesn’t usually follow most photographers.

As technology continues to perfect artificial light, the choices available have expanded. Strobe lighting ruled for years but continuous light seems to be the emphasis of technology now.

With the improvements made in fluorescent and LED (light-emitting diode), continuous lights have become very popular as they get brighter, cheaper and smaller. They are not going to overpower strobe lights, but they have the advantage of doing double duty, working with both video and still photography.

In addition, they don’t produce the heat of conventional light bulbs.

Fluorescent lights have led the way to the change but LED lights are making substantial gains as that technology just keeps getting better.

Fotodiox has entered the market with a variety of shapes and sizes in LED lights. It really is a convenient way to light your subject. I tried out the Fotodiox Flapjack-C200R Fotodiox Pro FlapJack LED Edge Light C-200R-7 Inch Round Ultrathin, Daylight LED Dimmable Light.

led-400pxFotodiox has used a different approach than regular forward-facing LED lights. According to its: “The FlapJack’s LEDs are mounted around the outer edge, aimed inward at layers of diffusion material. Instead of a direct beam, the FlapJack’s bounced light approach produces a soft, even glow with no hotspots. It’s perfect for filling in shadows, or using as a glamor light.”

I’m not an engineer, so I didn’t disassemble the FlapJacks. It was a little tough to notice the difference, but the Flapjack LED Edge is a very even, variable-power light source within a very thin profile.

This light is exceptionally thin except for the battery connected on the back. It’s easy to connect to a light stand using the standard 1/4-20 tripod mount and can easily fit in any light situation, especially if you’re in a restricted work space. This light will fit in anywhere without much effort. It also produces a nice clean glow without any hot spots.

It doesn’t produce the light of a conventional strobe or bright-hot incandescent audio lights, but worked fine as I reduced my shutter speed and incorporated a tripod as I was taking photographs of my vintage cameras. I used it as a second light with video. It’s not going to give you enough light to fill up a big soft box or reflect light into a large umbrella. I used it as an accent light.

MVI_0355-photo-05-300pxThe dimmable 7-inch round C-200R Flapjack light is color balanced at 5500k and uses a basic tripod mount that works with the included stand mount with ball joint. The kit includes a 1x NP-F740-style rechargeable battery, an AC power adapter, a double battery charging cradle and a nice protective case.

It would be nice if it included a second battery for the price. You can find these batteries (off-brand style) on Amazon for $12 to $20. Extra charged batteries are a must for most shooting situations. Also, it would be good if there was a way to use AA batteries as a backup.

Priced at $299, the FlapJack 7-in round light is one of the more expensive lights in this range. There is plenty of competition if you don’t need the thin styling. I have used a much cheaper light, which I bought on Amazon for about $50, that uses AA batteries when I need a small light. Of course, it’s much bulkier and doesn’t come with a nice protective padded case.

robert.lachman@latimes.com

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1 Comment

  1. January 17, 2015, 1:04 am

    GOOD IDEA ))))) USUALLY FOR RAW PHOTO !!!!

    By: Adam Smith

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