Manfrotto’s range of camera support systems was strengthened last year with the release of a series of bags and photographic accessories. More recently the company has turned its attention to producing a range of continuous and hybrid LED lighting systems for video and still photography, with the ML120 being the smallest and cheapest in the range. Featuring 12 LEDs, a neat On/Off switch and powered by a single AAA sized battery, this continuous light attaches via the hotshoe and uses a screw lock to secure it.
Designed to produce constant illumination for shooting in dark situations, or when lighting subjects as far as 1 metre away, the 12 LEDs give off a bright beam, but we did detect a small dead area of light in the centre of our test shots. Loaded with a single Duracell Plus Power AAA battery, the ML120 produced its brightest light between 0-20mins of being switched on, but after this time brightness slowly reduced. After 55 mins’ use a replacement battery was required, so you’ll either need to use rechargeables or carry a few spare AAAs with you. The ML120 is a good solution for CSCs that may have a hotshoe but no pop-up flash (such as the Olympus E-PL3) and it’s handy for video use when you need a constant source of light rather than flash. Bear in mind that you’ll need plenty of spare batteries, though!
- Street price: £30 (As of July 2016)
- Visit: www.manfrotto.co.uk
This review was first published in the April 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.