Someplace between an motion mild and a studio mild, there’s a want for a selected mild. For all intent and functions, we’ll name that mild a mini LED panel. The studio mini panels are brighter than common motion lights however they slot in your bag and operates on batteries.
We rallied two of our favourite panels – Litra Studio ($399) and Lupo Kickasspanel ($298). However which panel got here out on prime? Did the sturdy weather-sealed app-controlled Litra take it? Or did the versatile inexpensive and high-quality LEDs of the Lupo take the cake? For this reason we needed to pit these two in opposition to one another to seek out out.
Each lights share the same kind issue. Not fairly as huge as a LED-1000, however far more punch than you can get out of any motion mild just like the Litra Torch or the Lume Dice (which we in contrast right here). They nonetheless match inside an everyday picture bag taking no extra space than a regular lens. Weight-wise they differ, the Lupo is significantly extra cumbersome, and the litra is bulkier however we’ll go over why later within the publish.
Construct high quality
The construct high quality of the Lupo is admittedly nothing to write down house about, it is extremely “plasticky” and it has big vent holes. Surprisingly the buttons really really feel very tactile. You get a giant shiny blue LED display to show all the information on the display.
The litra is constructed like a tank. It even has a number of certifications like “mil-grade” and weatherproofing. It’s in all probability drop-proof and crushproof to an inexpensive diploma. The aluminum chassis homes the inner battery. On the one hand, it’s a proprietary battery, however alternatively doubles as an influence financial institution. the Litra has an OLED panel to show its info. My solely actual gripe with the Litra is that it’s fairly dim and form of small. Whereas the Mild is constructed with aluminum to dissipate warmth, it does endure from getting fairly scorching, particularly if you happen to’re working at full blast.
Clearly, with such huge vent holes, the Lupo suffers on this class. You’re principally restricted to managed environments with no results of climate.
The litra is totally climate sealed. This mild can go principally anyplace, even underwater. Having the ability to take this mild in any situation positively provides the sunshine an edge when it comes to use instances, whether or not you might be capturing within the rain or possibly in a pool or the ocean.
Mild high quality
The standard of sunshine for the Lupo is as you’d count on from a high-end mild. It has a fantastic CRI rating which implies the accuracy of the colour is excellent. Whereas the sunshine underperformed in comparison with the Litra within the CCT settings, the RGB LEDs managed to outperform the Litra.
It is vitally attention-grabbing to me to see that each lights have significantly completely different approaches relating to beam angle. You possibly can see within the video that the Lupo has a a lot narrower beam of sunshine with a hotspot on the center. The Litra has it very widespread and even throughout. Neither are “good” or “unhealthy”, it relies on your wants and magnificence. So, it’s one thing to contemplate if you already know what you’re going to be utilizing it for. Personally, for a light-weight like this, I feel I would like a wider unfold.
This one is a troublesome name with the Lupo for me. I liked the tactile and button structure of the Lupo. The issue I had with it was navigating the interface. It actually does take some getting used to, so whereas the display is greater and the buttons are simpler to make use of, the menu system has a studying curve.
The Litra just about goes the other approach. The menu system is impeccable, it is extremely apparent find out how to navigate the menus. Nevertheless, I discovered myself continuously misclicking. Both the dials would click on or the rotations weren’t registering on the nipple fashion dials. I additionally suppose the buttons might have been a bit of extra tactile.
The Lupo works off a regular Sony NPF battery, which you may get third-party batteries for subsequent to nothing. They’re additionally readily available in shops and, if you happen to’re like me, you in all probability already personal a number of anyway. Along with the battery possibility, the Lupo additionally has a USB-C socket, and DC jack.
I completely perceive that the compromise right here for a proprietary battery might be on account of climate sealing. It’s a trade-off it’s important to be keen to make if climate sealing is a precedence for you. The proprietary battery can be fairly pricey, coming in at $100. It additionally has the choice to be powered by USB-C with the included 65w charger (regardless that it solely wants 45w). I’m personally not an enormous fan of USB-C-powered gadgets that want greater than your commonplace 5v 2a. I a lot want a DC lockable cable just like the Lupo.
The Lupo is available in at simply $300 USD, while the Litra is available in at $650 USD… effectively, earlier than the value discount which has been happening for some time. If you happen to’re trying to purchase a Litra Studio at present, they price $400 USD. The value has been like this for fairly some time. MAybe because of the Logitech acquisition.
Each lights have their pluses and minuses. It actually is difficult to decide on between the 2. the definition of higher mild relies on your wants. Each lights have a fantastic output. They’re additionally each extremely correct and intensely versatile of their RGBWW capabilities. My winner for at present goes to be the Litra merely due to the construct high quality. However I do go away myself questioning if I’ll miss the Lupo one in all as of late that I take the Litra studio to a shoot.