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Nanlite FS-300B Revealed: A Budget-Friendly Bi-Colour Studio Monolight

Simon Skinner - 6 months ago

Nanlite has revealed the new NANLITE FS-300B bi-colour monolight. The newest addition to the brand’s burgeoning FS range of LED lights. With bi-colour lighting control, they arrive as a budget-friendly option for anyone shooting in conditions that demand a range of colour temperatures.

Nanlite FS-300B modifier

NANLITE’s impressive rollout of studio-based LEDs continues to gather pace with the launch of the NANLITE FS-300B. The latest product to land from the lighting brand’s stable, offers a greater level of flexibility while choosing the right CCT [Correlated ColourTemperature] for a range of applications including video, photo and even live productions. As is common with all Nanlite products, the light promises to deliver ‘outstanding’ lighting levels, ‘excellent bi-colour performance’, and ‘seamless software/hardware integration’.

Nanlite FS-300B controls

Nanlite FS-300B Key Features

  • Bi-colour monolight with a wide CCT range of 2700K to 6500K
  • Outputs 11,130 lux @1M [light only, 5600K] and 38,720 lux @1M [with reflector, 5600K]
  • High colour fidelity with an average CRI of 96 and average TLCI of 97
  • Two output modes available-both constant and maximum modes
  • 12x built-in effects, customisable with brightness, colour temperature and speed
  • 1.3-inch OLED display, two knobs and one button user interface
  • Bluetooth/2.4G/wireless controller [optional] / Nanlink mobile app compatibility
  • Bowens Mount and umbrella holder
  • Cooling system, [with the option to turn the fan off for silent operation]
  • Firmware updatable via USB-A port
Nanlite FS-300B rear

The FS-300B’s provides 11,130 lux @ 1M [5600K] of luminescence. When used with the [included] reflector, the light output boosts to an impressive 38,720 lux @ 1M [5600K]. it also promises a consistent output while changing the CCT range, all the way from 2700K to 6500K, when in the constant output mode. Whilst in maximum output mode, priority is given to maximum brightness; a pro-level feature that’s designed to save time spent on repeated adjustments during shoots. The colour output quality from the FS-300B is in line with other Nanlite lights, with an average CRI of 96 and an average TLCI of 97. With this, the FS-300B promises its users the ability to capture life-like colours

The new Nanlite FS-300B offers 12 built-in effects that can be adjusted by brightness, colour temperature and speed. This allows the FS-300B to be used in a broad range of applications, producing advanced lighting effects with simple operation. The new light has an all-in-one structure, with two knobs, a single button user interface and an OLED display, which gives convenient and intuitive operation. It also offers shortcuts for presets in order to simplify control by quickly recalling previous, saved settings. With built-in Bluetooth and 2.4G module support wireless controller [an optional extra) and Nanlink app control, users can adjust various settings including DIM, CCT and special effects with ease.

Nanlite FS-300B handle

The native NANLINK app gives the option for the new FS-300B to be combined with other FS-300B’s to control in sync. It’s also compatible with both native and third-party modifiers via the widely-used Bowens Mount and umbrella holder and its cooling fan means that the FS-300B can stand up to relentless and prolonged use, guaranteeing a decent lifespan. The fan can also be completely switched off to eliminate noise interference for those who need a silent operation, although maximum output power is reduced to 25% when the fan is turned off.

Pricing and Availability

The NANLITE FS-300B is available in the UK from August 2022, [exact date tba] at an RRP of £432.00 [inc VAT].


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Simon Skinner

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.