High-power LED flash: too good to be true?

Started Aug 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Nionyn Senior Member • Posts: 2,002
Re: High-power LED flash: too good to be true?

studio460 wrote:

Thanks for the kind words, Nionyn! I initially had high hopes for the product, and if the price were lower, I could perhaps justify it for low-light, ambient/fill-flash interiors, but at least for now, traditional Speedlights still provide a number of significant advantages.

[Read the updated review here: http://lightbasics.com/led-light-cube-hands-on-review/ ]

Agreed. I dare say it's only a matter of time (and a lot of R&D work!) before LED units are produced that compete favourably with flashes, but we're definitely not there yet.

My main field is theatre lighting, where LED units have undoubtedly found a useful place in the lighting designer's box of tools. They're used largely in place of T.H. PARs or fresnels, where the ability to produce a range of colours from a single lantern pays dividends. However they have yet to replace conventional fixtures in all cases - mainly due to cost, inability to produce a decent 'white' and generally poor colour rendering. There are now LED theatre lights with very good colour rendering and a good white - but some of these use seven different colours of LED to achieve this.

I have posted a link to your review of the Light Cube on the Flickr Strobist group. I hope that's OK with you. It's in the discussion I linked to earlier in this thread - it's the one you quote in your review, in fact: https://www.flickr.com/groups/strobist/discuss/72157635062064415/

Thanks again.

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