|Review rating: ***|
|List of sponsored/free gear: None
Did I get paid for this review? No
This is the complete review of the NanGuang CN-60F LED fresnel.
Here are the important questions I wanted answered:
- Does the NanGuang CN-60F LED fresnel sacrifice quality for its low price?
- Is the CRI rating of 95 worth it?
- Is the light output of the fixture high enough?
- Are the barn doors only for show?
- Is the dimming really stepless, and will there be a shift in color?
- Can it be used for high frame rate (HFR) video?
Let’s get started.
Important: Prices, specifications and my observations and analysis can be totally wrong or incorrect. Please refer to the manufacturer’s website for correct information. You are responsible for your own actions. Results seen here might only apply to me personally and may not reflect your experiences.
NanGuang CN-60F LED Fresnel Review
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Notes and specifications from the review
Here’s a quick list of specifications of the NanGuang CN-60F LED fresnel:
|Power draw||60 Watts|
|Fan||No, fully quiet|
|Rated Color Temperature||5600K|
|LED Rated Lifespan||50,000 hours|
|DC||12-18V, 4-pin XLR|
You get a fresnel attachment, three warming filters (3200K, 4000K and 4800K), AC adapter and connector to light stand, plus a bag. I got a free silver/gold reflector (small size, 24″) but either that was an oversight or a gift. You might not get that.
Remote control and Bowens adapter are optional extras.
All measurements were taken at 6 feet, and are in lux.
You can see quite clearly the performance is very similar, and even better in flood mode. But the thing that takes the cake is the power draw. Only 60 Watts!
The NanGuang CN-60F dims all the way to 0%, but not linearly (Readings in flood mode):
It’s okay till 50%, but then drops off rapidly. In any case, once you use the light a few times, you’ll know where the numbers are and you can dial it in.
All white balance measurements were taken with a DSC Labs OneShot Chart and a Sony a7S II.
Cheap LEDs change color temperature when dimmed, not the NanGuang CN-60F:
It holds on to its rated 5600K rating strongly.
Here are the results of the green color cast test:
And here are the original vectorscope readings:
You can see how only the Yongnuo YN900 is off, the CN-60F performs admirably! Here’s the full image:
Here are the results with the three color filters measured for color temperature:
They are pretty close enough, though the 3200K filter is off by 200K, which is okay but not perfect.
Adding a filter reduces the light output. Here are the results of the light loss when using each filter:
You lose about a stop and a half with the 3200K filter.
High frame rate mode
I tested the light at 25p, 50p and 100p, and didn’t find any issues. I believe it will be fine up to 120 frames per second, and maybe more!
The NanGuang CN-60F LED fresnel is cheap ($398), and is rated to run for 50,000 hours. If you’re shooting 4 hours a day for 300 days a year, that’s 40 years.
The NanGuang CN-60F LED fresnel for its price and features, is unbeatable. The only major downside I see to it are the plastic composite construction, which includes the yoke and the tightening knobs. The fresnel attachment is detachable but also feels flimsy. This lighting fixture is great for the independent filmmaker and solo cinematographer and videographer.
But it’s definitely not made for rentals.
Well, that’s the end of my review. I hope you have found it beneficial. If you need any clarifications let me know in the comments section below.