The Nanlite FS lights promise uniform light distribution with maximum output. Plus, no hotspots.
From solo filmmakers to tiny no-budget crews, indie filmmakers don’t often have a budget for a gaffer, let alone their lighting kit. That means double the power while requiring an affordable yet powerful set of lights that are also flexible enough to illuminate a wide variety of scenes.
Enter the growing FS series of powerful LED monolights from Nanlite, which offer uniform light output without hotspots and not even behind a softbox. It all started last November with the FS-200, and now Nanlite has expanded the FS line to include the FS-150 and FS-300.
The special thing about the FS series compared to the more popular Forza line is that the Forza line offers DMX control and higher outputs. But the FS series is still worth considering for any filmmaker.
Let’s take a look.
The daylight-compensated FS-300 is able to diffuse even light with up to 5600 K. It uses a large number of LEDs that reflect off its reflector to emit up to 36,730 lux of light at 1 meter while maintaining a constant CRI of 96. The result is accurate color reproduction at almost 25,000 lumens with no hotspots. The FS-300 can also produce 11 different practical effects, including loop, lightning, pulse, storm, fireworks and explosion.
The FS-300’s Bowens-style light modifier and yoke umbrella holder make the FS-300 compatible with a variety of other light modifiers, including NanLite’s proprietary fresnels, softboxes, and umbrellas.
The FS-300 is available for $ 349.
The FS-200, which was introduced as the first in the FS line, emits around 10% less light than its bigger brother with a lux rating of 29,380 at 1 meter. The large LED array with reflector emits 5600K daylight-balanced light with the same CRI rating of 96. All other functions are the same. So essentially you get the same light here with a little less power.
The FS-200 is priced at $ 279.
The FS1-50 rounds off the line in the entry-level category and has a Lux rating of 26380 with the same CRI ratings for accurate color rendering. Everything else is the same except for the MSRP, a very affordable price of $ 199.
Nanlite offers the filmmaker affordable options at all levels without feeling like they’re missing out on performance due to a smaller budget. It’s easy to see the FS-150 in your initial lighting kit do the heavy lifting until the budget allows for a larger array. Then it still retains its value when it transitions to a fill roller while still at full power.
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