NANLITE FS-200 Compact All In One LED Light Announced

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.

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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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Dan Brockett
Dan Brockett
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13 days ago

The main challenge with all of these newer generation LED lights are color temp consistency and green levels between brands. I’ve tried mixing my Aputures with my Godox lights and they don’t play well together, they each have different green and magenta levels and color correcting skin tones with mixed color lighting can be nightmarish.

These Nanlites look interesting and a good value but I wouldn’t buy one because I doubt it could integrate with my existing lights as far as color matching. I’m phasing out my Aputures from my kit exactly for this reason, it feels like I need to buy some smaller Godox to match my three VL 300s, so instead of trying a Nanlite, I will likely buy two or three Godox VL150s so my main kit stays all Godox.

Unlike in the tungsten or even fluorescent days, it seems as you need to stick with one brand/line to light talent at least. Other instruments can still work for lighting up backgrounds I supposed or other shoots where color consistency isn’t paramount.

Mark
Mark
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13 days ago

I wonder, for a interview setup where I would make a book light (bounce+ 6×6 unbleached muslin) 12 feet away from the talent. What light fixture should it require? Forza 60, 200, 300 or 500watt?

Spencer Snider
Spencer Snider
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7 days ago
Reply to  Mark

Depends on what ISO / Aperture you’re aiming for but I would say Forza 500 for that type of set up. The Forza 300 is very bright, but in a book light configuration you will loose a lot of output from the light.

Peter Tannenbaum
Peter Tannenbaum
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4 days ago
Reply to  Mark

I bought a bunch of
300s and 500s recently. I’ve only been able to use them on one shoot because of COVID. I would say the 500s are equivalent to a 800w joker – If that helps you visualize power. The 200 as a book light might not offer you the power you need.

Jak 234
Jak 234
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13 days ago

Wow this is very affordable. Any idea where to buy the fs-200 (reminds me of my beloved sony fs-100 :-)) in Germany?

Cheers

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13 days ago
Reply to  Jak 234

Hi Jak 234.

Indeed very affordable! We are currently checking with CVP our European site sponsor if and when they will have the light. And as long as the UK is still in the EU, it shouldn’t be an issue for you, I hope…:)

Thank you.

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