Rotolight Anova Pro 2 LED and HSS flash announced

Rotolight has announced the upgraded Anova Pro 2, a large bi-colour LED panel that supports high-speed sync flash for stills photography.

Rotolight Anova Pro 2

Rotolight, the British LED lighting manufacturer, has announced the Anova Pro 2, a ‘revolutionary’ LED lamp that can be used as a continuous light or as a high-speed flash. The product was announced today via a live stream.

The Anova Pro 2 is over 70% brighter than the older Anova Pro, while only drawing 72 watts of power. Television lighting consistency index (TLCI) is rated at 91, which shouldn’t need correcting in post production. It is aimed at “the most demanding professionals”.

It supports DMX control as well as an RJ45 (Ethernet) connector. The lamp is bi-colour, so colour temperature is adjustable, with Kelvin temperature displayed on the rear LCD of the panel. “SFX” functions also let you simulate firelight and lightning effects.

This isn’t just a continuous lamp — there is a built-in Elinchrom Skyport HSS receiver that lets you flash the Anova Pro 2 at 250% output, in synchronisation with a stills camera, at up to 1/8000 second shutter speed. Using an Elinchrom transmitter you can adjust settings wirelessly.

A sync port on the back of the light lets you attach other brands of radio receivers (e.g. Godox X1, PocketWizard Flex, Yongnuo YN622), also allowing fast synchronisation if the camera and trigger combination supports it.

Recent products from Rotolight include the Neo 2 and Aeos LED panels, which support high-speed flash synchronisation using the Elinchrom Skyport wireless system.

The Anova Pro 2 adds to this but is larger and more powerful than either the Neo 2 or the Aeos. However it can still run on DC power, via V-lock batteries.

Its predecessor, the Rotolight Anova Pro, also had a flash mode that supported high-speed sync, but only at 150% output, and there was no radio trigger built in.

Rotolight Anova Pro 2

There are three different models: the Bi-Colour Standard, with a 50° beam angle, the Bi-Colour Ultrawide, with a 110° beam angle, and ‘Solo’ Fixed Colour, with 50° beam angle.

The price for a single Anova Pro 2 is £1,249.99 excluding VAT, available to pre-order now and set to ship in January 2017. Barndoors are not included, but the yoke mount, AC adapter, V-lock plate and 6-piece gel filter kit come in the kit. For more information, visit the Rotolight web site.

Are you a stills photographer? Would you replace your conventional studio flash with a flashing LED? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
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  • Simon Tutty

    Do you have any idea what the output of the “flash” is in joules?

    TIA!

    Simon

    • Joules measure input energy, not output. Your question is reasonable, though: to what grade of studio flash would this be equivalent in brightness, at typical distances and camera settings? I’ll see if I can find this out.

      • Simon Tutty

        Watt/seconds maybe?!

        • Watt-seconds and joules are literally exactly the same thing. But the Anova is 72 watts, so a 1-second exposure would use as much energy as a shoe-mount flashgun. In practice, it’s probably a good deal more efficient than that…

          • Corky

            Maybe a guide number?

    • Zoe Gardiner

      Hi Simon, Zoe from Rotolight here. Both Joules and Watt Seconds are inaccurate measurements as they measure the power a unit consumes, and are not at all representative of its output. Traditional lights consume a lot of energy, but this may be lost in heat emission, for example. LEDs by nature are 94% more energy efficient so as David rightly said, the Anova PRO 2 only consumes a mere 72 watts, despite emitting an incredible 10,700 lux at 3 feet! The Anova PRO 2 has industry leading energy efficiency, giving it the best power to consumption ratio currently out there. PLUS a whole suite of extra features and benefits as David mentioned above! If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on [email protected]