A few weeks back I had a chance to get a preview of the new Crack Light by Blind Spot Gear and for that I want to thank them. This isn’t a review per se, (or a paid post) but more of a hands-on look at the new Crack Light.
I met up with Billy Campbell, one of the founders of the company, at BSC Expo 2019 where he showed me what would become their next light. The Crack Light is a super-tiny and very flexible LED light that weighs just 19 grams and has been designed for content creators, filmmakers and just about anyone who wants to give their videos a bit more polished and professional look regardless of whether you are filming with a smartphone, mirrorless or a DSLR.
I had the daylight version, which is rated at 6000K and it came with a little detachable dimmer, which also has a USB input for a 5V power source. I powered the light from a small external battery bank I always have with me that I often use to charge my mobile phone. It worked perfectly with the Crack Light.
The Crack Light is also waterproof, but I did not test this claim as I didn’t feel like jumping in the Thames river. The optional dimmer gives you 3-100% smooth dimming control and if you ask me is a definite must for this little light.
One thing that was a bit fussy was mounting the light to a camera at least with the unit I had (at the time Blind Spot Gear said they are working on mounting solutions for the light), which arrived with some velcro straps and a couple of rubber bands. Nevertheless, those proved quite useful actually as I used them to attach the battery to the back of the light. But herein lays the beauty of the Crack light – it’s so thing and tiny that you can just gaff it to any surface – or even your camera rig.
For those that want to look a bit more professional in front of their clients, Blind Spot Gear are working on some mounting solutions akin to a GoPro, which you can se demoed in the video below. Seeing this video now makes me kick myself for not using any of my leftover GoPro attachments I bought long time ago and never used.
Check out some of the mounting options for the Crack Light below:
Blind Spot Gear are no strangers to Kickstarter, having successfully smashed numerous previous crowdfunding campaigns for the Scorpion Light, Tile Light and others. They have been working with a Korean company for some time now to bring the new Crack light to market, and you can now get it for even less than retail when it hits the shelves later in the year.
The Crack Light pricing starts from £30 (GBP), which saves you a third from the expected retail price of £45. If you hurry up you can also get the Crack Light + Dimmer for £57 as an early bird special. Shipments are expected to commence in July 2019.
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