Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Toolbox: LED Continuous Lights
The next generation of led tools for working with stills and video
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Manfrotto offers a complete line of on-camera daylight (5600K) LED panels, starting with two pocket-sized LED lighting kits. The affordably priced ML120 Pocket-12 LED outputs a mere 120 Lux at 3.3 feet while powering itself from a single AAA battery. The more powerful ML240 Mini-24 LED panel bumps up to twice the amount of LEDs for 200 Lux at 3.3 feet. It includes a backlight for illuminating controls and a dimmer with a full 0 to 100% range, as does the ML360 Midi-36 and the ML360HP Midi Plus-36 (both rated at 420 Lux at 3.3 feet with 36 LEDs). The Midi Plus-36 also includes a diffusion and gel set, plus hybrid lighting technology that will provide a flash burst at four times the maximum light intensity of the continuous light output. The ML840H Maxima-84 Hybrid LED panel features the flash function and gel set, with a light output of 670 Lux at 3.3 feet. Estimated Street Price: $59 (ML120); $89 (ML240); $129 (ML360); $199 (ML360HP); $299 (ML840H).
OMICRON Flash/Video Ring Light
Rosco LitePad DL
At less than half a pound, the Seculine on-camera LED Light is available with a tungsten (3200K), daylight (5400K) or hybrid tungsten and daylight module, delivering an output of 325 Lux and 380 Lux, respectively. The built-in dimmer features 30 steps of output between 0 and 100%, and the onboard fan offers five steps of control for best controlling the noise level. The beam angle of 120° is very wide for a large spread of light. List Price: $429 (L2S3K/L2S5K Seculine Daylight/Tungsten LED units); $613 (L2S3K5K Seculine Tungsten & Daylight module).
The Flashpoint 312 LED fixture offers daylight or tungsten in an aggressively priced on-camera solution with the equivalent output of a 100-watt bulb. There's a hot-shoe mini-ballhead mount for off-axis lighting maneuverability, and the two LED arrays of daylight and tungsten can be mixed through easy-to-understand dials. The fixture claims a working time of approximately five hours on two AA batteries. A diffuser is included for shadows. Estimated Street Price: $139.
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