Holiday Gift Guide – Best Flash Lights & Video of 2021
Giving season is upon us – which becomes immediately evident every time you walk into a store and are overwhelmed by Whamageddon. If you want to avoid Christmas music and prefer to shop online, fear not, DIYP’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guides are here to save you with some of our favorite new releases of the year, as well as some old ones. favorites that always seem to find a place in our gear bags.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at lighting, but keep an eye out for future guides featuring tripods, sliders and gimbals, and other accessories and gadgets, and be sure to check out our previous guide on the. best of this year’s new cameras and lenses.
The Godox V860III is the latest version of Godox’s popular lithium-ion battery powered on-board flash. It supports TTL and High Speed Sync on or off camera with versions available for Nikon, Cannon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus / Panasonic and Pentax. The latest iteration adds a modeling light, the upgraded Godox quick-release foot, and the same battery pack as the Godox V1 and AD100Pro.
For those who still use the Yongnuo system, they also released a flash this year, the YN685II. It follows on from the YN685 from 2015 and has a built-in 2.4GHz receiver that is compatible with some of Yongnuo’s triggers. This runs on AA batteries, which are commonly available around the world, now has a built-in USB port for updating the firmware. It also has a faster recycle time than its predecessor, although so far it’s only available for Canon. A Nikon version is expected in the future.
Ok, let’s crank up the power level a notch or two with the Profoto B10X. The B10X is a 250W studio strobe with a 10-stop range and a recycle time of just 1.3 seconds at full power. Profoto also published the B10X Plus, which costs a little more at $ 2,295 and fewer flashes at full power, but doubles the output to 500W with a recycle time of 2.2 seconds. The two lights offer a powerful continuous light up to 3250 lumens and an adjustable color temperature between 3000K and 6500K
Godox P2400 Pack & Head (B&H) – $ 6,199
If we really crank up the horsepower, we get the new Godox P2400 pack and head system. This monstrous AC powered setup includes a 2400Ws pack and a pair of HP2400P flash heads with Bowens mounting bracket. You get super-fast recycle times of just 0.7 seconds at full power, 60W modeling lights, and t0.1 flash times as fast as 1/17,800. This is an asymmetric pack, which means you can have one or both heads plugged in simultaneously with independent power control on each.
We will again be reducing power for the first of our continuous lights, which is the ever popular KYU-6 from Spiffy Gear. Available in two-tone and RGB versions, these little lights are possibly the most versatile little lights we’ve ever used. They’re great for a touch or fill for your quick social media videos or you can use them in more cinematic productions to shed some light in dark corners or add color effects to elements you set. You can power them up while charging, so they’re fantastic for lighting up your live broadcasts too!
As for the small LED panels, this is probably the one that I used the most until 2021. you can read my full review of this light here, but the short version is that it is waterproof, compact, powerful and fantastic for shooting small products, macro or adding a little on-camera infill to your interviews. It even comes with a silicone diffuser for more even light diffusion as well as a grille when you want to focus its output on a specific area.
Bringing the power back a bit, the Godox ML60 (reviewed here) is still our favorite little portable LED light. Offering 60 watts of output, this lamp can be powered either by the included AC adapter or by a pair of NP-F batteries. It has a built-in Godox mount for use with Godox mount modifiers or you can use it with the Godox S2 mount and access the wealth of Bowens mount modifiers. It is super quiet and comes packed with all of its accessories in a very nice bag to carry it to your location. It’s also a great camping light when you need to pitch a tent in pitch darkness – ask me how I know that.
The Aputure Amaran 100D and 200D are Aputure’s take on entry-level lights commonly used by YouTubers.The 100D and 200D are balanced in daylight, although there is 100X and 200X The two-tone versions also feature a Bowens mount on the front, allowing you to use the wide range of Bowens mount modifiers available on the market. They offer wireless smartphone control from Aputure’s Sidus Link app, which works great. They can be powered using the included AC adapter or taken on the road using the Aputure’s 2-bay power station.
Colbor CL100 (Amazon) – $ 199.99
The Colbor CL100 (review here) is another 100W LED light for YouTubers and small productions. With an output of 100W, this 2700K-6500K LED light offers a CRI of 97+ and is extremely quiet, even when the fan is running at full speed. However, there is no DC power option for this one, so you’re pretty much stuck on AC power. It comes with an included remote, though a smartphone app is on the way.
If you prefer LED panels to one-piece style lamps, Aputure has released their Amaran P60x and P60c LED lamps. The P60x is a two-color LED panel with a temperature range of 3200K-6500K, a CRI of 95+ and a TLCI of 97+. The P60c is a RGBWW LED panel with wider color temperature of 2500K-7500K with green / mangenta setting and full RGB spectrum control with HSI mode. Both lights also include a bunch of built-in lighting effects, along with user presets and a remote control from the Sidus Link app.
the StellarPro Reflex S is something odd compared to the other lights we have shown here. For starters, it claims to be “the first true hybrid continuous strobe,” meaning it is both continuous video LED light and flash. But it also has a rather unusual form factor compared to anything we usually see. Despite this, it is compatible with Bowens, Profoto and Chimera modifiers with the correct adapter, is rated IP65, drop resistant, and accepts D-Tap power. It will also allow you to shoot up to 20 frames per second at full power!
Nanlite Evoke 1200 (B&H) – $ 3,350
We are now entering the realm of very powerful continuous lights, starting with the Nanlite Evoke 1200. This 1200 watt LED spotlight is an absolute monster. It offers 18,400 Lux with the included 45 ° reflector at 3 meters and 65,280 Lux at 3 meters with the 10 ° Fresnel spot lens. One thing to note about this light, however, is that it uses a proprietary modifier mount. So if you have a bunch of Bowens mods lying around you won’t be able to use them with that
Aputure Light Storm 1200D Pro (Amazon / B&H) – $ To be determined
Not to be outdone, Aputure also announced its Light Storm 1200D Pro, a 1200 watt daylight balanced LED lighting with a CRI of 96+ and a TLCI of 98+. It was announced in September but no pricing has yet been announced and it obviously hasn’t started shipping. But if you can treat yourself or your loved one with an IOU, it is definitely an acknowledgment to watch for in the New Year. It is supplied with three different reflectors (wide, medium and narrow) and the narrowest provides 83,100 Lux at 3 meters and 22,400 Lux with the medium. Naturally, this light allows remote control using the Sidus Link smartphone app as well as CRMX, Art-net, SaCN and DMX512.
And finally, we come back to the panels with the Litepanels Gemini 1 × 1 Hard RGBWW LED Panel. They say it is “the brightest, most accurate 1×1 light ever,” delivering 3000 Lux at 3 meters with a 46 ° beam angle and flicker-free power settings of 0.1 to 100% with DMX and Bluetooth remote control. It has a CRI and TLCI of 98 and can be powered by either 13-33 volt AC or DC input. For “white” light, it offers variable color temperature from 2700K to 10000K and of course you get the full range of red, green and blue color spectrum via HHSI, CCT and Freeze modes as well as various color effects. lighting included.
So here is our lighting list for this year. This has been quite the bag mixed up with everything from entry level flashes and small continuous pocket LEDs to big monstrous 1200W continuous and 2400Ws strobes. It’s great to see the competition in the lighting market intensify and I can’t wait to see what 2022 brings! What new lighting equipment did you get in 2021? Will you add any of these items to your list for Santa Claus?
Keep an eye out for the next guides to come over the next few days covering tripods, sliders and gimbals as well as accessories, and don’t forget to check out our previous guide which reviews the best of new cameras and lenses from This year.