Constant lighting has come a long way in a short time, and the ZHIYUN FIVERAY F100 is the second iteration of the FIVERAY light stick. The lamp’s design, with its bright temperature adjustable illumination and full RGB option, offers plenty of flexibility in how you light your subjects.
The F100 comes hot on the heels of the FR100C and, for all intents and purposes, looks and operates in much the same way. However, with a price difference of £100/$100, there are a few changes, although how major you consider these will be down to how you use the lamp.
The major specifications remain the same, but those small differences make a difference in a professional environment. The first big change is that, for your additional £100, you get all the lighting modifiers in a handy carry case. This in itself almost completely justifies the price difference. In addition to the modifiers, the new lamp also features slightly fewer clicks on the control dial, which means you can fly through the settings a little quicker; then, double-clicking the power will change the brightness from 0% to 50% to 100%.
When it comes to the temperature-controlled light, this remains at 100W; however, the RGB illumination goes from 16W to 30W, which is quite a difference in use. The F100 will also appeal to videographers who can take advantage of the new lighting effects such as SOS, Fire, and TV.
When the lamps are in use side by side, both function exceptionally well, with the battery lasting around the same length of time using the same lighting settings. However, when it comes to charging, the F100 can charge through 100W rather than the far slower charge of the F100C at 28W; in real terms, that’s a big difference. Other than those few differences, the two lamps are essentially the same.