At A Glance: Rotolight Anova EcoFlood V2 LED Lights

LED lights are very interesting as a choice for a primary continuous lighting source. While historically associated with poor lighting and shoddy manufacturing, today the technology has continued to increase in capability to the point where we see numerous LED solutions available for professional image capture. They consume only a fraction of the same power required for high-output daylight or tungsten bulbs, for example, while also creating very little heat, extremely useful for working with talent on closed sets. With LEDs, the tiny electronics and low power requirements are also ideal for creating much more compact fixtures over traditional light sources that often require ballast and significant heat dissipation in the design.

Currently available as three models, the Anova Bicolor V2 and Anova Solo in two versions, Rotolight has recently updated their Anova EcoFlood line of professional LED panels, leveraging the technology into an extremely advanced lighting system that offers output at the equivalent of a 1K tungsten bulb while drawing roughly 40 watts at full power. At only seven pounds, the second generation of the lights offers a 350% increase in brightness over the previous version alongside a body that has been shrunk to roughly the size of a compact drumhead (17.3×19.4×4.2 inches). The company claims an overall CRI result of 91, while skin tone channels have averaged to a rating of CRI 98. The Anova even has been endorsed by Vision Research for their high-frame-rate camera solutions, as the units have been tested to be flicker-free at up to 6000 fps.

The Anova includes WiFi access to settings, 0-100% dimming and a "Bicolor" model that mixes two arrays of LED bulbs to produce a dial-in color-temperature range of candlelight through daylight at 3120K to 6300K. Two brand-new, dedicated-color-temperature versions are also available, the Anova Solo 3200K and the Solo 5600K. These models are still quite capable, as they include filter solutions for working at 6300K on both lights, as well as 4400K and 3200K with the Anova Solo 5600K. All three models are available with an ultrawide configuration, providing soft light output of 110º. The Standard model includes a 50º spot, channeling the 1K light equivalence into more than 3K equivalence in tungsten output.

For WiFi functions, Rotolight’s Magic Eye app for iPhones and iPads promises remote control over settings like brightness and color. The app also comes with several additional tools like the Colorimeter and preset storage for repeating settings. These can be sent to other users for accurate color information whether on location or in the studio. Pro Fader and DFade are modes that provide programmed light dissolution, and the app is also capable of group control over multiple Anova units or channels at up to 250 lights.

Brightness and color can also be controlled through a simple-to-use dial on the back panel. Wired DMX control is supported not only for the Anova lights, but also compatible lights from ARRI and others. Powering the unit is versatile, with an included universal power adapter or through V-lock batteries that supply up to three hours of operation on a 98 mAh battery. A single yoke is included as part of the light for mounting, and the Anova panels can also be linked together as single, large output panels through optional T-Plate connectors and custom-made yokes. Several diffusion and color-correction filters are also complimentary with purchase.

A number of optional accessories include a softbox, honeycomb grid, 5⁄8" light stand, replacement filters, soft carrying case, Double Yoke for harnessing two models together and the custom Portabrace Rain Cover that can be used with barndoors. Kits are available, as well, and currently the purchase of any of the three versions includes a Pro Kit Upgrade with a dedicated Rotolight Anova Flight Case and barndoor set. Estimated Street Price: $2,195 (Anova Bicolor V2); $1,755 (Anova Solo); $6.99 (Magic Eye app).

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