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NANLITE FS-200 Compact All In One LED Light Announced

November 19th, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 6
NANLITE FS-200 Compact All In One LED Light Announced

NANLITE has just announced the launch of a new 200W LED light that doesn’t require a ballast to work: the NANLITE FS-200. This compact fixture has a color temperature of 5600K with a CRI of 96 and a TLCI of 98. It features a built-in Bowens Mount, you can control it via a Bluetooth remote controller, and it has 11 built-in practical effects. Let’s take a closer look at it!

NANLITE introduced the Forza 200 back in June 2020, which is also a 200W fixture. However, the Forza 200 has a COB lighting chip – whereas the FS-200 uses a new lighting source technology – and requires a pretty big ballast to strike it. If you’re looking for a more compact option, this new NANLITE FS-200 might be an interesting option for you.

NANLITE FS-200 – Features

The NANLITE FS-200 is a 200W daylight-only (5600K) LED light. In terms of output, the company claims that it can throw 29380 Lux at 1 meter with reflector, or 7852 Lux without, which is pretty impressive. Of course, you can dim the light from 0 to 100% via the on-board controller or the optional Bluetooth controller.

In terms of direct comparison, the Aputure LS c120d II has a maximum output of 7000 Lux at 1m without reflector, while the Forza 200 is slightly brighter at 37540 Lux at 1m with reflector and 9213 Lux without.

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The lighting chip of the FS-200 is not a single COB like other “traditional” fixtures of this type, but more of an array of smaller LEDs. NANLITE claims that the light is “ultra-bright but evenly soft at the same time.”

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The NANLITE FS-200 has a CRI of 96 and a TLCI of 98, according to the company. In front of the light, there is a standard Bowens mount so that you can adapt all your existing compatible light modifiers.

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Like the Forza 200, the FS-200 features a built-in fan at the bottom of the light.

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On the back of the FS-200, you’ll find a small LCD with two knobs under it. One knob is used to adjust the light output, while the other is used to navigate the menu. Indeed, the FS-200 features 11 built-in lighting effects, including Pulse, Storm, TV, Paparazzi, Welding and so on. Finally, there’s a USB port next to the LCD to update the firmware.

NANLITE FS-200 on the left, Forza 200 on the right. Image credit: NANLITE

NANLITE FS-200 or Forza 200?

So, you might ask yourself, “Should I get the FS-200 or the Forza 200?” The main difference between the two is that the FS-200 doesn’t require an external ballast. All you have to do is plug the light into an outlet via its IEC power connector and you’re ready to go.

The FS-200 is fairly compact at only 306 x 232 x 123mm/12.05 x 9.13 x 4.84″ for a weight of 3.08Kg/6.79lb. It means that you can carry multiple FS-200 plus light stands in a compact light case and call it a go; harder with the Forza 200.

However, if you win some, you lose some. The main drawback of the FS-200 vs. the Forza 200 is that you can’t power the FS-200 via batteries, it is slightly less powerful, and you can’t control it via DMX. Personally, I prefer the compact footprint over features I barely ever use on interview/corporate shoots as a one-man-band shooter or with a small crew.

Image credit: NANLITE

NANLITE PJ-FZ60 Projection Attachment

Along with the FS-200, NANLITE also introduced the PJ-FZ60 projection attachment for the Forza 60/60B. This light modifier does not feature a standard Bowens mount and is only compatible with the Forza 60/60B.

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The NANLITE PJ-FZ60 consists of a series of lenses with an aspherical lens to eliminate chromatic aberration and maintain color temperature accuracy. It comes with either a 19° or 36° lens that you can flood/spot as you wish via a small screw under the PJ-FZ60.

I have to admit that this NANLITE projection attachment reminds me a lot of the Aputure Spotlight Mini Zoom for the LS 60D and LS 60X that are not yet available.

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The NANLITE PJ-FZ60 has four built-in light cutters. An optional 18 blades iris diaphragm is also available to shape the light output very precisely.

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The PJ-FZ60 comes with a lens, four GOBO, a GOBO frame, a gel frame, a carrying bag and a user manual.

Price and Availability

The NANLITE FS-200 is available now for a rather aggressive price of $369. The PJ-FZ60 is also available now for $299.

What do you think about this new FS-200 fixture? What is your go-to LED light? Do you think the PJ-FZ60 will be a nice addition to your Forza 60/60B kit? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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