At some point in every photographer’s career, we find ourselves in that interesting situation of not having a lighting assistant. Meaning, if we need to adjust our off camera speedlights, we need to stop what we’re doing and adjust the light and let’s be honest, that can be a pain when you’re trying to work efficiently.

[REWIND: ONE LIGHT, ONE PHOTOGRAPHER: SHOOTING DRAMATIC PORTRAITS WITHOUT AN ASSISTANT]

Enter the Panlight. The Panlight is a new remote controlled panning and tilting head that can be attached to a light stand, allowing you to mount a speedlight or mirrorless camera to it and control it via a remote. Check out the video below to see the Panlight in action!

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Features

  • Cold shoe mount making the Panlight nearly universal with all hot shoe speed lights
  • 360 degree panning and 140 degree tilting
  • 4 channels: allowing individual control of up to four different Panlight units
  • Uses 4 AA Batteries
  • Standard 3/8″ thread for mounting to light stands or tripods
  • Support for up to 2.2 lbs of gear weight
  • Remote control allows you to control units up to 100 feet away

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Thoughts

Costing only $149 USD,  I could see the Panlight having a place in my wedding photography lighting kit. Having the ability to control the angles of my off camera speedlights from where I’m standing in a reception hall, ceremony or virtually anywhere is great. It would be awesome for when I want to bounce light for a group photo, then tilt it down to backlight and create a rim light during the first dance. I also think it’s great you can mount a small mirrorless camera to it at a unique angle, maybe on the balcony of the church for a high and wide shot of a wedding ceremony. Wedding photographer or not, I could see any photographer who works with off camera flash finding a use for the Panlight.

Panlight hopes to being shipping in March of 2015, so if you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the Panlight, you can check out more on their Kickstarter page or website.

Via: ISO1200.com

Images captured via screen grab