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LitePad Loop – Rosco’s LED Ring Light – Is Great for Macro, Portrait, and Product Photography

Rosco LitePad Loop, a new LED ring light, perfect for macro, portrait, and product photographers

LitePad Quality, Convenience, and Value… Finally Available as a Ring Light for Beautiful Portraits and Macro Shots!

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the LitePad product line from Rosco Labs. What’s not to love about these lightweight, low-power, slim-profile, no-heat, versatile, flattering, and — by the way — attractively priced light sources? For years, LitePad has been available in sizes from 3″ squares and circles all the way up to massive four-by-eight-foot custom-made panels, but has never been available as a ring light… until now! LitePad Loop is a ring light with the soul of a LitePad.

Looking to buy LitePad Loop? Click here for a list of dealers!

Why Use a Ring Light?

Macro photographers — those who take extreme close-up photos of things like flowers, insects, and body parts (you know who you are) — prefer to get very close to their subject. With standard light setups, that usually means the tip of their lens will cast a long shadow across the subject. A ring light, on the other hand, can be placed at the very tip of the lens, so it’s impossible to cast a shadow.

Comparison of a portrait lit with standard light vs. a ring light

In fact, since ring lights are “on axis” lights (meaning that since they’re parallel to the camera’s lens and image sensor), they create almost no shadows at all, giving a very pleasing, clean look. This works out very nicely for portrait photographers and product photographers, as well — and it’s well-known that good photography results in higher sales, whether on you’re selling on Amazon or eBay.

How LitePad Loop Works

LitePad Loop, viewed from the back with camera attached

LitePad Loop was designed to work with hundreds of cameras — from entry-level SLRs up to full-blown motion picture cameras. (And yes, Virginia, it even works with the iPhone, if you have a tripod mount.) Included with each LitePad Loop is a mounting sled which accommodates all these form factors. The sled provides a standard 1/4″-20 tripod screw to mate to your camera, and a strong magnetic plate mates to the LitePad Loop. The rig can then be mounted on a tripod or other gear via the 1/4″-20 socket underneath. For extra security, a safety cord (included) can be attached to guard against accidentally knocking the LitePad Loop off its magnetic mount.

Once attached, the mag-plate slides back and forth along a set of 4″ rails (8″ rails also available) and can also be raised and lowered to position the LitePad exactly where you need it, no matter what size your camera or lens is. See the video below for a demonstration:

LitePad Loop Kits and Accessories

LitePad Loop is available as a standard kit, with just the essentials, and in a Pro Kit, which adds useful accessories such as a AA battery kit, dimmer, color filters, and more. The standard kit includes a drawstring storage pouch, while the Pro Kit comes in a full zippered soft case with shoulder strap.

LitePad Loop Pro Kit contents

Other accessories include round color-correcting gels used for color balancing and enhancing (included in the Pro Kit), and pre-cut light masks, which can influence the shape of “catchlights” (reflections) in your subject’s eyes.

LitePad Loop Color Correcting Gels and Stencils/Masks

Where to Buy LitePad Loop

Are you as excited about LitePad Loop as we are? Want to be the first on your block to own one? The premier dealers in the US to carry LitePad Loop include:

Since LitePad Loop is so new, you may find that your favorite dealer hasn’t had a chance to update their online database, yet, so be sure to call or email if you find that’s the case. If you don’t see your local dealer listed, tell them to get in touch with us so we can tell them about LitePad Loop.

A Comparison of Dedolight to Lowel and Arri Lights

Have you ever experienced the awesomeness of a Dedolight in real life? If not, this might be the video that finally gets you to drive out to your local dealer and try one!

Mitch Gross at Abel Cine Tech put together this terrific short demo showing the difference between Lowel, Arri, and Dedotec light heads of similar wattage. Mitch explains what to look for when sizing up a lamp; beyond brightness, it’s also important to consider the light’s evenness, precision, falloff, and other considerations that don’t always show up on spec sheets (but will impact your day-to-day usage tremendously.)

Dedolight: Precisely-Engineered Lighting Equipment

Click here to browse our entire Dedolight category… or download the complete Dedolight catalog.

The Dedolight KAC24B lighting kit offers a perfectly-matched system to get you up and running immediately.

A Beautifully Engineered, Compact Lighting System

Dedolight is one of those rare products that has actually transformed the way still photographers and TV/motion picture professionals work, by combining an unprecedented level of lighting precision with portability no other “hot” light system can match. It would be impossible to summarize the 98-page Dedolight brochure here — contact us for a complete catalog — but here are a few key points:

  • Dedolight’s unique construction allows for a focusing range of 1:25, with virtually no fall-off, and incredible edge-to-edge sharpness.
  • Oscar-winning optical design produces the effective output of over 300 watts from a standard 100-watt bulb. Superior venting allows Dedolight heads to be mounted at virtually any angle, including upside down.
  • Accessory attachments enable the creation of a rectangular beam of light 1/16" in width, or a circle of light just 3mm in diameter.Accessory attachments enable the creation of a rectangular beam of light 1/16″ in width, or a circle of light just 3mm in diameter.
  • Small size and extreme durability mean that Dedolight can be mounted in virtually any way–even using gaffer tape!
  • With a variety of kits and individual units, there is a Dedolight for virtually any shooting scenario.

Some Elements of the Dedolight System

The DT12-4 is a 12-volt control unit that can power up to four 100-watt heads (DLH2P), with each head selectable to a range of outputs and color temperatures, from 3000K to 3400K.

The DT12-4 is a 12-volt control unit that can power up to four 100-watt heads (DLH2P), with each head selectable to a range of outputs and color temperatures, from 3000K to 3400K. The power pack itself can be run from any line voltage in the world. Each individual head can also be run from an alternative 12-volt power source, such as a battery belt or a car’s cigarette lighter.

The DT24-3 is a 24-volt control unit that allows the DLH2P head to use a 150-watt bulb, providing 50% greater output than the 12-volt, 100-watt system.Each head is individually selectable over a range of color temperatures and outputs, similar to the DT12-4.

The DLHM is a "self-contained" 100-watt head, meaning that it has its own built in voltage transformer, and can be plugged directly into any 110-volt U.S. outlet. A 220-volt model is also available.

The DLHM is a “self-contained” 100-watt head, meaning that it has its own built in voltage transformer, and can be plugged directly into any 110-volt U.S. outlet. A 220-volt model is also available.

The DLOB head, a.k.a. "LEDZilla" is designed to be mounted directly on a professional broadcast video camera. This head is permanently fitted with a daylight conversion filter that can be flipped in and out of the light path as needed.

The DLOB head, a.k.a. “LEDZilla” is designed to be mounted directly on a professional broadcast video camera. This head is permanently fitted with a daylight conversion filter that can be flipped in and out of the light path as needed. Extremely flexible power options make it possible to use this head anywhere, all day long.

The Dedolight DP-1 and DP-2 projection attachments are specially designed to match Dedolight's own optics. They allow you to project precise shapes and patterns of light onto your subject or set.

Dedolight’s unique optical design makes possible its most interesting and creative accessories: the Dedolight DP-1 and DP-2 projection attachments. Specially designed to match Dedolight’s own optics, they allow you to project precise shapes and patterns of light onto your subject or set. Geometric shapes of light can be created simply by adjusting framing shutters in the projection attachment. Perfect circles can be produced with an adjustable 18-blade iris. A gobo holder lets you use any of hundreds of Rosco M-size gobo patterns, which include everything from windows to foliage to “breakups” that dapple the light. A pattern’s softness is varied simply by focusing the projection attachment’s lens. And whether the projection is pinpoint-sharp or soft, Dedolight’s optical precision eliminates color fringing.

How it All Comes Together

Dedo Weigert, the inventor of Dedolight, has a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and passion for lighting. In this 13-minute “Lighting Master Class”, he explains how the Dedolight system architecture gives you tremendous lighting flexibility–without sacrificing simplicity.

Interested in Dedolight?

We ship Dedolight products all over the United States, so chances are good that you can buy one locally (or order online, if you prefer.) Get in touch to find a dealer or request a catalog!

The DLH1x150: A Great Light Head for Even Soft Box Lighting

DLH1x150S_Minidome

In the last few years, Dedolight has come out with a range of soft-light heads and matching soft boxes that are unmatched in their evenness of light. One model in particular has been getting a lot of attention: the DLH1x150.

It’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, uses a 150-watt clear bulb rated to last 1000 hours, and mounts in a very small soft box. It’s fantastic as a “run-and-gun” light in film and video and as a way of lighting up the interior of a car or plane; it’s also wonderful for shooting food set-ups on location or impromptu interviews.

Normally it’s connected to an in-line dimmable power supply (DT24-1U), but by changing the bulb to a 100-watt, 12-volt lamp, and using the appropriate accessory cord, it can run from a battery belt or a vehicle’s accessory outlet.

It’s a beautiful piece of engineering, and remember that the light output of a Dedolight head is much more efficient than a bigger and hotter fresnel or open-source light fixture.

LEDZilla: A Game-Changing On-Board LED Light Head

Dedolight LEDZilla on-board LED head

Lightweight, Dimmable, Zoomable, Precise… It’s Everything We’ve Been Waiting For

First annouced at NAB 2009, the Dedolight LEDZilla uses a single, high-power LED to give you amazing output levels in combination with the trademark Dedolight double aspheric optics. Unlike most LED lights, the LEDZilla is focusable from 4° to 56°, with smooth light distribution in all focusing positions.

Click to read the full Dedolight LEDZILLA spec sheet (PDF).

The unit includes a wide angle flip-up diffuser for 70° angle, smoothly covering the widest zoom and widening the beam more horizontally than vertically (1:1.66) — after all, we don’t shoot round pictures! The diffuser lets you achieve a clean, sharp, single-edge barn door shadow or a very gentle light and shadow transition.

An adjustable support arm allows it to be positioned above and forward. Color quality is maintained across the entire dimming range, from full blast down to zero. The dichroic flip-down filter converts from daylight to tungsten quickly. A front-end bayonet allows future attachments and light modifiers.

LEDZilla’s power requirements are impressive, as well. Despite its amazing brightness, it requires only 8 watts, and can be run from any 6V to 18V DC source. Adapters are available for Anton/Bauer or PAG systems, XLR, Swit battery, or your car’s cigarette lighter. The optional battery shoe accessory is compatible with Sony and Panasonic mini-DV batteries, potentially giving you a full day’s use from just one or two camcorder batteries.

LEDZilla accessories are listed on page 3 of the spec sheet.

LEDZilla Accessories

Dedolight believes in the LEDZilla design so thoroughly, they have created an ecosystem of high-quality matched accessories around it. Highlights include adapters for all manner of shoe and stud mounts, international and DC power adapters in various lengths, a self-contained AA battery pack, suction and rail mounts, and a soft pouch.

LitePad: A Daylight-Balanced Flat-Panel LED You Can Use Anywhere

This Daylight-Balanced, Low Power, Portable Flat-Panel LED Light Source Unleashes New Lighting Possibilities

The engineers at Rosco have really outdone themselves this time.

Less than ½” thick, generating virtually no heat, weighing next to nothing, and able to run off AC or 12-volt DC sources (battery or car cigarette lighter), LitePad is a truly revolutionary product.

    LitePad sizes

  • 3″x6″
  • 3″x12″
  • 6″x6″
  • 6″x12″
  • 12″x12″
  • 24″x24″
  • 3″ circle
  • 12″ circle
  • Custom sizes up to 48″x96″

You can fit LitePad anywhere. You can put it as close to your subject as you like — use it to light up a glass of white wine, and the wine will still be cool when you’re done shooting. You can use it for 3-point studio lighting. You can dim it. You can run it for hours off AA batteries. You can hang it around your neck, if you’re so inclined (or if it’s Halloween.)

We did some tests using LitePad as a shooting surface; have a look at these sample pictures that show what you can do with small still-life subjects and a low-heat light source.

Vegetables and leaves are easy to photograph with LitePad to get great, daylight-balanced color with no heat.

Accessories

LitePad gives you tons of new photographic possibilities by itself, but for even more options and control, take a look at the accessories. The following video examines the single-fader dimmer and the AA battery pack:

    LitePad specifications

  • Color temperature: 6000° K
  • Thickness: 0.3″
  • Operating temperature: -22° F to 185° F
  • Lamp life: 60,000 hours
  • Power: 12V DC

A 2-channel DMX dimmer is also available; both the single and 2-channel dimmer fade smoothly from 0-100% without color temperature change. Other accessories include a car cigarette lighter adapter, 4-pin XLR and Anton/Bauer adapters, “Y” splitters and 4-way spider splitters, egg crates to fit any size LitePad, and 3″, 6″, and 12″ mounting brackets.

Want a free product brochure? Just get in touch!