F&V ultra-color LED panels – CRI = 95 !!!

April 19th, 2013

The respected lighting & accessories company F&V just updated their LED panel line-up. Additionally to their good quality affordable large and compact LED’s they’ve added ultra-high CRI (color rendition) panels to the mix. Nice!

F&V - high cri LEDWe’ve been following the development of F&V lights very closely over the past years and this has several reasons:
– Even their affordable LED lights the F&V K4000 had very good CRI values (85). The 3 light kit for example
– Their lights have very strong light outputs.
– Their lights are very affordable. The 3-light kit for example goes for $1000 (LINK)
– The lights might not look supercool, but their built quality is solid and lightweight.

With a single panel costing $400 we were very curious to see their newest generation of panels which have a CRI value of 95. Panels with lower CRI values (most LED’s nowardays have below 80) cannot reproduce all the colors on your camera accurately thus resulting in weridly tinted skin tones or colors. Especially when working in combination with other light sources like the sun (CRI: 100) adding a low CRI LED in the mix can be problematic.

For people who want the light quality they’ve gotten used to before LED got big these new lights offer a great lighting quality. The soft distanced milky layer in front of the LED’s will make your light even and soft, avoid multi-shadows and blinding of your talents.

The high CRI panels will come at a price though: With their included DMX module they will cost around $1900.

The good news is that some of their other, smaller panels will also be updated and not see a price increase:
Z180 – $369
Z96 – $169

The new panels should become available in their stores within the next months:
US F&V Store: LINK
European F&V Store: LINK

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Fen
Fen
GuestApril 22nd, 2013

Really great lights, the popular z96 is their old product and welcome in the market still.

shane
shane
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“The respected lighting & accessories company” Twice I’ve emailed these people and they have not even bothered to respond? Not a good way to treat potential customers.

 Bill McCarty
Bill McCarty
MemberApril 22nd, 2013

Not to excuse that, but perhaps, given the fact that the recent NAB show sucks up a huge amount of time, staffing and energy from a small company, they may be slow in responding to the backlog of queries.

Mark
Mark
GuestApril 23rd, 2013

Dear Shane,
thanks for trying to get in touch with us. We try to respond to all message in time, normally wihtin a day but there are several possibilities why your message did not reach us. You can write me directly anytime and I will be happy to give you proper support. Other than by Email we also respond through facebook for example.
All the best,
Mark

Oscar Goldman
MemberMay 22nd, 2015

Hasn’t CRI been discredited as a metric, in favor of the TLCI? From this site: http://www.cined.com/led-light-accuracy-tlci

Bah Blah
Bah Blah
MemberJune 10th, 2015

Hopefully there will be enough pressure from blogs etc to push manufacturers to quote their lights TLCI values, which in some cases seems to be happening. Hopefully this will lead to better quality lighting since no manufacturer would like to quote a bad TLCI rating. Some LEDs are absolutely atrocious, it’s a bit of a minefield out there, but getting better year after year.

Oscar Goldman
MemberMay 22nd, 2015

Hasn’t CRI been discredited as a metric, in favor of the TLCI? From this site: http://www.cined.com/led-light-accuracy-tlci

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