Portable lighting solution for video and photography

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Portable lighting solution for video and photography

I am looking for a high CRI light I can use with my Panasonic GH5. I like to take macro photos and videos, especially of insects such as moths and I also sell items so need to take photos of them and need a lighting solution for that, but because I take a lot of videos and not just photos, a flash wouldn't work for me.

I currently have a Aputure AL-M9 Mini LED Light but it seems useless for what I want as when I use it, often the camera doesn't see the light at all, especially outdoors in lower light and when using an Olympus 60mm Macro lens.

I also have 2 Interfit F5 mains powered softbox lights with 5 screw in bulbs each (or 3 each since I broke 2 bulbs). The problem I have with those is that they are not portable so I can't really use them outside. When I do use them, the bulbs get hot and the light tripod legs can get in the way of my camera tripod so I can't get the lights in the right position. Not only that, because the bulbs get hot, when I try to take photos and videos of insects like moths, the heat disturbs them and they move too much.

As well as that, I often sell a lot of different items and need to photograph them and do that on a table and currently use an Olympus 12-40mm lens, but getting the light in the right place is tricky especially as I mentioned with the tripod legs getting in the way of eachother.

I am looking for a better solution, something I can use on my camera that has a high CRI and low heat and will give me enough light for what I am doing. I would like to use it outside when taking photos and videos as well so it has to be portable and work with a battery with good battery life.

When I shoot video, I use a shotgun mic on a shockmount on the shoe of my camera, so I can't mount the light directly on the shoe mount of the camera.

I can't find where I saw them now, but I once saw a ring light that screwed onto the lens filter thread that I thought may work, but I am unsure if I could use one since I use a Variable ND filter to control exposure when shooting videos.

Can anyone help? Looking for a light I can get in the UK.

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