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on February 22, 2014
This light is extremely bright! Using my Nikon D600 camera with 6 NiMH AA's installed in the light with no diffuser, in a dark room, an exposure of a white wall from 1 meter is:
ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/160 with center being brightest and severe falloff at the edges of a 24mm frame. This equates to around 2600 Lux @ 1 meter.

I used an Extech multimeter to measure at the battery terminals:
On 6 AA's at 7.76 V (no load), at full light power, current consumption is 1.4 Ah; at half brightness (one stop darker) 560 mAh; and at minimum power (5.67 stops less than full) 26 mAh (the light turns off after this level).

It's impossible to look at the light at full power and for video work, I can't imagine ever using it for fill, but it certainly can light up a large room if you need to. You could save money and buy the CN-160 if you need it just for fill light.

In a real world example, at full power with diffuser, in an 8x12 room facing the long way @24mm, the D600 metered ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/30. You would have to shoot at least at 50mm to minimize vignetting though.

If you would use this at full power, you would need a change of batteries every hour. However for typical video fill light use, it might last 4-10 hours depending on brightness.

White balance according to Lightroom custom WB picker with a D600 RAW file on a calibrated neutral target is:
Orange Diffuser: 3350K, -4
White Diffuser: 5100K, +11
Pink Diffuser: 4950K, -12
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on April 15, 2014
The price is best among similar offerings. Feature set is good. The problem is the color difference between same product. It is useful as a single light source, but its use as part multiple lighting setup is hampered by inconsistent light colors. Latest version with clean white light is preferable to older version with green cast.

Neewer should be commended for the price. At this price, there are no better alternatives. This is good for videographers and photographers alike.

It is bright. It is portable; it takes 6 AA batteries. There is also adapter on the bay, which I have yet to test.

The only problem is in color of the light. There is one product in name, but two distinct versions in terms of color. One is clean white like one expects from a white light. The other has green cast; this is the older version.

Slight color cast itself is not a difficult problem. Modern cameras have white-balance. The real problem is when the two gets mixed in the lighting set. Side-by-side, the color difference is noticeable. The newer clean white is preferable.

Source of the problem is they are sold mixed when you order from Amazon. Sometimes you will get the former, sometimes you will get the latter. I ordered three lights on three different occasions. I received one clean white version and two green cast versions.

To ascertain which was the right one, I ordered direct from Neewer via the bay. My suspicion was right, they had fixed the green cast problem in newer ones. They also got rid of the magenta filter, which is no longer needed to counteract the green spike. Although not always the case, telltale sign of newer version is "Neewer" branding on the box and on the light. Older version will say "Nanguang."

This LED light is still an excellent value. If you are planning to use just one light, then buy it and set white-balance. However, if you are planning to use more than one, be sure to get the newer version with the clean white light.
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on December 14, 2013
I have both the CN-160 and the CN-216. The following is a comparison of the two.

The CN-216 has two additional rows of led lights. Both the CN216 and CN160 seem to be the same size and in the same container. Both take 6 AA batteries or other batteries with the adapter. The CN160 seems to have a mirrored reflector behind the leds where as the CN216 does not.

In casual non-scientific testing, the CN216 seems brighter. The color temperature are different between the two lights. I did not use an instruments to test out the lights and these were just my casual observations.

There is also a CN-304 which accepts 8 AA batteries and should be larger in size. I tried to order it on Amazon, but was told that it was damaged in shipping and no others were available.
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on February 4, 2014
I bought this light because I had seen so many good reviews and I figured I'd check it out myself. I plan on buying at least two if not four more! This light has a ton of throw, no flicker, and can be used in so many ways! The dimmer is fantastic, the ability to use both camera and AA batteries is great and the overall build is good! The only downside is that it doesn't come with a case/bag, but if I have multiples I'll put them all together in a case anyway.

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on December 20, 2013
I also have a CN-160 and the CN-216 is considerably brighter.
Both have a very good light and the colors on the pictures are vivid.
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on November 4, 2013
for the price, this light is awesome. the light is bright, nicely even
and easy to adjust. the filters are fairly sturdy and very effective
for changing color temps. bonus that it works with AA batteries.
definitely worth trying out.
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on March 11, 2015
This on camera light is great! I was afraid about the quality, but it's more than i expected.
I would recommend it with a pack of AA Batteries.
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on May 4, 2014
This is an ok product. Its works, and produces a bright light, but the quality is lacking. I won't go into all the details of how this product could be drastically improved, but if you are considering this product, remember to purchase Sony Replacement NP-F550 Digital Camera Battery (you will need to purchase a charger as well). The AA batteries will not last long at all.
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on May 23, 2015
The LED body and mount are all plastic and compared to the more expensive, metal casing lights, I worried it might break easily. I've never had a problem and actually while I was filming hand held, the light slipped off the shoe (I hadn't tightened it down securely) and hit the concrete floor. The back cover popped off and the batteries flew all over. I thought that was the end of it, but I retrieved the batts, put the door back on and it still works perfectly and that was over 30 shoots ago. The amount of light this puts out is huge and the rechargeable batts last a long time. The amount of light does diminish a little after the first hour, but seems to hold steady from then on with ample light. Product arrived on time, was as described.
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on September 23, 2014
"BUYER BEWARE"!!! The lights work great but the construction is very CHEAPLY made. The screw hot shoe mount breaks and or strips out very easily when you try to fasten it to the shoe on the camera. I contacted the manufacturer, (NEEWER) and complained about the issue of them breaking and stripping within a couple of days and or a couple of weeks of use? I then asked them to either replace the mounts or if I had to pay for the part I would. Guess what? They declined to do either even to allow me to pay for the parts that I needed to replace and be able to use the lights, now I can not even use them they are useless to me. They have a very POOR and UNPROFESSIONAL way of showing support for their customers let alone their products. Absolutely no concern for me as a customer!! I bought 6 of their lights and I can assure you that I will NEVER, EVER purchase ANY of their products in the future. Now I am stuck with 4 of lights that I can not even use or mount to my cameras... I just returned the two new recent ones I just purchased back to them because one srtipped out the second time I used it and the shoe mount was broken when it arrived. "BUYER BEWARE"!!! There are many other light systems out there that constructed better and have a better relationship and support with their customers. Rob C
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