Recently, I decided to start recording videos with technical reviews on the YouTube channel. Therefore, first of all, I faced the question of buying a budget light and a tripod in the kit. I did not want to buy something expensive, instead I looked for the cheapest, at that time, LED table lamp with a diameter of 26 centimeters RING FILL LIGHT SL-26E with a tripod. Today I’ll tell you what it is.
|External diameter||26 cm|
|Light source||LED SMD|
|Material||plastic, LED, carbon steel|
|general power||21 W|
|LED lamps||120 pcs|
|Nutrition||USB from 5W/5V power supply|
|Smooth brightness control||There is|
|General lighting||2500 LM (lumen)|
|light temperature||warm light (2800K), natural light (4500K), white light (6000K)|
|Device weight||500 gr|
The lamp is supplied in a black cardboard box with a picture of the contents on the front side. The back side contains information about the technical characteristics and recommendations for use. There is no useful text on the sides other than the name of the LED ring.
The kit includes:
- LED lamp with power cable
- Table tripod
- Holder for your mobile phone
- Selfie Remote
Let’s start with the most important part. The lamp is made of cheap black plastic. The seams are not of high quality, in some places even pieces of plastic stick out (you can immediately feel it if you touch the inner seam of the device). There are no holes for ventilation on the back, it follows that the lamp will get very hot during operation.
There is also a hole in the back from which the power cable is stretched. The length of the cable, as stated, is 2 meters, but when I measured it, I realized that I was deceived by 3–4 centimeters, but this is not so important, because the problem is completely different. The cord bends near the hole, letting us know that we need to be careful in unnecessary movements, otherwise it will not last long. The fact is that I have not had time to use the device yet, and the wire is already a little broken.
Below, on the inner and outer sides, there are two threads. Inside for attaching a smartphone holder, and outside for installing a hinge.
The phone holder is a little tight in my opinion, in order to bend it in the right direction, considerable effort will be required (it becomes much softer over time).
The hinge is made of metal, which could not but please. Allows you to rotate the paw 360 degrees, making it easier to work with it. I note right away that the mount often breaks and the lamp falls under the weight of the phone. At the bottom of the hinge there is a hole for a tripod.
The desktop tripod seemed very fragile. It seems that if you press a little from above, then the whole structure will fly apart. The legs of the tripod are rubberized, but this does not help at all, the device easily rides on the table without any resistance.
A selfie remote was also included as a gift. I won’t dwell on it, I’ll just show you how it looks.
Having assembled the device, which is not difficult, we connect it to a power source. It is very convenient that the lamp is powered via a USB connector, you do not have to be tied to sockets, you can easily connect it to a computer or to a portable charger.
You can understand that the device is working by the light-up button on the control panel. The remote control itself is very convenient, there are 4 keys on it, two of which are designed to switch brightness levels, one is on / off and a button to select the lighting mode. During long operation, this remote control gets very hot.
The lamp shines in three modes:
- Warm light
- natural light
- White light
Each mode has ten levels of brightness. My phone was unable to transmit these levels. In the photos I will show you only how the lamp works in all modes.
Warm light, gives a more yellow tint
natural light. I only use it, because in the evening it replaces the light from the window.
White light. The photo is almost indistinguishable from the natural.
I will also show how the lighting changes in the photographs of the subject. To begin with, I photographed without the use of additional lighting.
And now he turned on the lamp and closed the windows so that it was darker. Warm light in the first photo, natural light in the second and white light in the third.
Since most often I use natural light (more pleasant in my opinion), I will show the difference between the maximum and minimum brightness levels.
I really liked that there are indeed ten levels of brightness, although there is not such a strong difference between them.
Minuses noted not so much, realizing that the device is very cheap and it is not worth demanding the impossible from it.
- cheap, poor quality plastic, leaves much to be desired
- lamp and remote control heat up quickly
- screw adjustment points loosen over time
- unstable tripod legs that slip on smooth surfaces
The advantages noted are:
- despite all the disadvantages, the light suits me, even very
- three light modes
- Ease of connection to any power source
- long cable
- ease of assembly
Video with the operation of the device
Summing up, I want to say that for the money this is a great option. If you want to take photos and shoot videos, but do not have a large amount on hand, then this light option will suit you.