** UPDATED 2 August 2013**
Full Blog post fstopacademy.com/blog/censorship-when-a-review-does-not-go-the-way-of-a-manufacturer/
This video was removed on Wednesday 24th August by Rotolight Ltd who claimed a copyright infringement by using the name Rotolight and Anova in the title and tags. Today this video was reinstated by Vimeo because such an infringement had no grounds and my comparing of products is fair use. This was actioned as a result of social media outcry at how this could have happened. Thank You Vimeo for reinstating this film.
5 Months after the video went up and had less than 150 views - Rotolight now claim that this particular light was faulty - Note the light was purchased and brand new when we used it.
I have offered to retest but on my conditions and we will film the test.
If the light was faulty then I will republish a new test video with those results. At a cost of almost £2000 tye lesson here at the very least for Rotolight is to re-evaluate their QC procedures.
However I stand by my set up and the results we found using this light. I have ben contacted by 2 further Independent DP's who have experienced similar results to me and I have images to back that up.
However in good faith and as a gesture of goodwill I will hold off publishing those images unless a retest does not happen for any reason.
In addition Rodney Charters ASC, DP/Director, 24, Dallas, Shameless USA, Nashville has agreed to work with me on the tests and we'll be including a large number of comparable LED products.
If you are a manufacturer if such products and wish to be included in this comparison please contact me den(at)fstopacademy.com
Original text from when I first posted this video in Early March
On a recent lighting class one of my attendees brought his recently purchased Rotolight Anova.
Rotolight make some pretty bold claims about their Anova light so I was curious to see for myself if this indeed was the 'worlds most advanced LED light' as they claim in their marketing.
While manufacturers continue to develop LED tech, my first and primary concern is light quality and colour consistency.
I have less interest in lab tests and spectral graphs and measure the quality based on shining the lamp on a skin tone and in a mixed lighting environment because that is where I'm likely to use any fixture for real.
I'll let you make your own mind up based on the results we discovered when filming this video.