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NOT TO GOOD TO BE TRUTH
, November 17, 2013
Here's a doctor's prescription you won't regret provided you understand going in that the NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel is high performance in plastic housing, reasonably durable for the price. One should not expect more than one is willing to spend. However you will receive more then you spend in this instance. This is a prescription for happiness my friend. :>) Scroll that dimming switch from dim to full brightness! (<:
Accepts Multitude of batteries (Alkaline/NiMH AA, and Lithium Ion Camcorder Batteries)
Long battery life
High brightness output
Articulated hot-shoe mount
Includes three filters with vinyl case
Test button and four LEDs (100%, 75%, 50%, 25%)on rear for showing battery level
Lost or damaged -- only out $40 bucks not $300 plus -- easily replaceable
In MY opinion NONE
Some may be off put by plastic housing
No AC to DC adapter or connection
Cannot daisy chain lights together
Open back exposes type of battery in use. (necessary when using larger lithium ion batteries) One could use a black index card to conceal batteries that don't protrude out back.
No carrying/storage case for light itself
I had searched specifically looking for LED lighting for my DSLR and Camcorders . . . you are probably aware too that these type of lights are outrageously expensive. This tech geek is not a pro photographer/videographer by any stretch (more like an intermitted, much less than a pro). I just could not justify spending as much or more on lighting compared to camera cost no more that what it would be used.
I landed on amazon.com sporting NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel. First thought, how good could it possibly be at this price? Even 3 filters with vinyl case, a battery adapter were included -- additionally -- it sported ability to use widely available Alkaline/NiMH AA batteries, as well as some standard camcorder lithium ion batteries. Best of all I had camcorder batteries specified in its product listing. The hot-shoe for attaching to camera or tripod is somewhat durable. Mine has not broken and should it ever I would acquire an universal type hot-shoe adapter for the light. The hot-shoe mount is articulated forward and backward, a little stiff but stays in position you place it. The versatility was unbelievable it had to be to good to be truth -- but it was not -- it was absolutely one of the best buying decisions I have every made for hobby photography period.
After over a year and half of use (I have used this more than I ever dreamed I would) the leds are still as bright as the day I received NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel. By the way, I like using it on full brightness more times and I just threw the Duracell Alkaline Batteries I installed in April 2012. Imagine the battery life I will receive from a six hour camcorder lithium ion battery.
I have not experimented with the filters, they are ridged plastic. I have only used the diffuser filter to soften the lighting output.
This is not my first NEEWER product and quality has been very good across the board given they items are reasonably priced.
Yes this light may be a tad thicker than some of the competitors high valued items. However, you are getting far more than the price your paying. The plastic casing is strong but not indestructible, reasonable care should ensure a myriad of years of enjoyable use. No case comes with the light for storage which was fine for me as I have two high impact cases for my cameras and camcorders. Removing some foam squares both lights with filters and battery adapters slipped right in.
I love this NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel so much that I ended up acquiring a second one. The first one was tested at my nephew's high school graduation. We arrived early but still ended up halfway up on the bleachers. Giving a good distance of over thirty feet. My first thought was when they cut lights to focus on the stage my video footage would be dark and grainy.
When graduating class begin to enter I turn my inexpensive high power baby on, it flooded the gymnasium in a spread of my focus. Plethora of students shaded their faces (ones walking directly in my direction to their sets), I had to dim light down so I was not continually blinding them.
A couple of other people shooting with their camcorders thank me for the lighting assistance. They were just going to stow their camcorders away because everything was to dark to see. Until my light came on and their cameras were satisfied also.
Once I experienced what this NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel could stream out in lumens. There was no hesitation on my part to order another.
I very rarely give any product a five star rating although this is one of those rare instances. This comes with a high recommendation from me for any budding photographer/videographer, anyone on a budget, or someone that just cannot justify the premium cost of a pro lighting unit. At time of my purchase this NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel was $40.36 -- at today's price of $35 there is no reason not to pick one or two up. I would not be surprised if some professionals don't grab up a few . . . you leave one of these behind or its damaged no huge loss. I may grab a few more myself as there are plethora more uses besides the obvious.
SIGNATURE: I bought both NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel with my own money. No party has given me any incentive to write this review or any compensation. I wanted to share my experience with you, inform you what an amazingly fantastic deal the NEEWER® CN-160 160PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel is--
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