I was a bit sceptical at first using the ICE light, one hour of battery light and would it power up once the battery was dead.
This is a picture of Rachael without the light, not bad but I would prefer some fill from the right side of her face.
The ICE light does the trick because its diffused you get a lovely soft light…the same as the daylight coming in on the left.
I took time to show Rachael the pictures as she was keen to do her best.
Strangely you hold the “ON” button to power up and press the off button briefly to switch it off.
Once again this picture is more than acceptable and this time I have a 2700K light coming from behind Rachael.
The ICE light brings the same picture alive along with the 2700K back light, I was also using my GH3 with my Leica 42.5mm f1.2 lens…stunning.
This was taken with the Panasonic GM1 just to show you the setup but note how little space the ICE light takes compared to an LED panel.
I used the ICE light to film my interview with Allen who has just taken charge of a Sony HXR-NX3.
The ICE light is great for video work and has a dimmer, I did a test this morning and to my surprise the light stayed on at full power for one hour, thirty minutes, you get a colour change on the unit from green, orange to red when the light is almost empty. I also have a third light to the left of frame giving me a 2700K wash behind him. After the battery died I tried it on the mains and yes it lights with no battery power a major bonus.
This is the final screen grab from the GH3 of Allen’s Sony HXR-NX3 user review. Allen is a broadcast cameraman and is off his work with a serious foot complaint but was delighted to take part as it kept his mind off his foot. The interview was filmed using the Panasonic GH3 with a 42.5mm f1.2 Leica lens (35mm equvelent = 85mm). Sound was via the Tascam DR60 and a Rode lapel mic.
The ICE light is a major bonus for both photography and video work due to its diffusion and its ability to have a very low foot print…the ICE light is distributed by one of my site sponsors Production Gear. Just for the record I bought my ICE light just in case you think I got one for nothing.
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