Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light

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.

Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light

Manfrotto ML120 Pocket LED Light

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! 

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This review was first published in the April 2012 issue of Digital Photo - download back issues here.