I often take photos of different devices and therefore at some point I decided to purchase a ring lamp. As you may have guessed, my choice fell on a model called RL‑4 from FinePower, about which this review will be. I will try to tell you about all the shortcomings of this ring lamp. But, looking ahead, I’ll say that in all the photographs in the article, only this lamp was the source of light (lighting).
- Complete set
- Operating experience
|3500 — 4000 — 6000 K
|3 types of light
|warm, natural, cold
|Length of cable
The ring comes in a fairly large cardboard box. On the front side there is an image of the lamp itself, the company logo and a list of the features of this model.
On the back of the package are the main technical characteristics of the device. There is no interesting information on the sides of the box, so we will not linger here.
Let me remind you that I only use this lamp as lighting. But in order to demonstrate the complete set, it still had to be disassembled.
Inside the box:
- holder for mobile device;
- movable fixture;
- power cord (non-removable);
I’ll probably start with the most obvious, which is that the RL‑4 only comes in one color: black. Its diameter is 26 centimeters. On the reverse side, it has special ventilation holes, since the diodes heat up quite well during operation.
There are two threads on the outside and on the inside, one of which is used to install the smartphone holder, and the other to install the ring itself on a tripod.
The power cable is quite long — a little more than 2 meters. At the end of the cable is a USB plug, which I usually connect to a computer. But, the lamp can also be powered by a portable charger. The control panel is located on the wire itself and there is an indicator on it that informs us about the lamp being connected to the power supply. But, if you turn on the lamp during power, the indicator goes out.
Demonstrating the maximum tripod length was not an easy task, but I think I at least managed to do it. The blanket is about 2 meters long, so the tripod can extend about the same distance.
The remote control has a mode switch, an on / off button, one LED and two brightness controls. The lamp is able to burn with warm, cold and natural light (natural is light between warm and cold).
In the following photos I will demonstrate how the lamp works at maximum brightness as a single light source in all three modes. But before that, I’ll show you how it looks (I forgot to turn off the usual lamps in the room).
And now with lighting. In the first photo — cold, in the second — warm, in the third — natural.
I mainly take photos using cold light. Let’s now demonstrate natural light at minimum and maximum brightness:
In the following photos I will demonstrate the work of a cold color for each level of light brightness. If there are 10 of them (brightness steps).
Thanks to this design, the lamp can be rotated and directed under a certain trajectory. Otherwise, a phone holder will help you get an even better angle.
What I didn’t like here is that sometimes the ring is supposedly attached to the end, but in fact it happens that it can’t even hold the phone. And sometimes it happens the other way around, it is tightly fixed and easily holds the smartphone.
In the reviews, I saw some people complain that: “the ball head with the tilt adjustment screw does not hold the specified tilt of the ring lamp.” And to be honest, after acquiring this very lamp, I also had such a problem, but after sitting for a while I figured it out and realized that I needed to fix it in a special way.
I also used this lamp for video and therefore I can say that it helps me a lot. We fixed the phone on the holder and started shooting.
Summing up, I want to say that I was satisfied with this lamp, as it allows you to easily take beautiful (as it seems to me) photos both at night and during the day. For the entire period of operation (~ 3 months), there were no complaints in terms of light modes and brightness adjustment. If you need a lamp for photos of devices, then I think this option is suitable. For shooting video (when a person shoots only his hands and equipment) — it’s also good. The only thing I did not like was the flimsy design in it, which I would rate 3 out of 5.
I hope you enjoyed this review and made your own conclusion. Other reviews on different equipment, you can find just below in the section “About the author”. Thank you for your attention!