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The Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light is a 12 array LED assembly inside a compact housing with a flash accessory shoe bracket so it can be mounted on your camera to provide some extra light on the subject. Manfrotto have a full range of LED lights starting at the Pocket 12 LED we are taking a look at here right up to a Maxima 84 LED. Visit Manfrotto's website for more information.
Also available are ML240 and ML360 continuous lights, with 24 and 36 LEDs, for much brighter output, as well as a ML360H Hybrid LED that also acts as a flash unit.
- 120 Lux output at 1 meter
- 5600k colour temperature
- Flash shoe mount
- 1/4in tripod thread
- Powered by 1x AAA battery
The light has added just enough to make the gold contacts on a lens stand out when using using bellows.
And to the most beneficial use of the Manfrotto Pocket LED Light - Video. Yes with all these modern cameras including a video mode it make sense to invest in a light, and you no longer need to splash out on a huge item that weighs your camera down. This light really does deliver the goods in this department. Below is a sample of what the light can do when used with the video mode of the Olympus Pen E-P2.
LEDs are becoming a more popular light source with torches and lights of all shapes and sizes springing up. Until this product most of the devices have been either round so not quite the right spread for a photo based format or too large to be truly portable. They often don't have a mount for camera either so you'd have to hold the gadget. Recently several Chinese based gadgets have appeared including a 64 LED light that's appeared on Amazon for less than £17 with 480Lum (not lux). This has a similar shoe mount, but also comes with a bracket for side mounting.
Value For Money
Olympus Pen E-P2 that lacks flash it provides a practical alternative to a small flashgun. And for specialised applications such as macro it could just be the job. But for video you could find it becomes an essential accessory in the bag.
Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light ProsCompact
Easy to use
Flexible universal mount
Great for video
Not very bright for stills
Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light Cons
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|Battery Type||1x AAA|