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How to choose the right Manfrotto LED Light for you

How to choose the right Manfrotto LED Light for you There are 6 models in the Manfrotto LED Light family, ranging from a super-compact pocket-sized ML120 up to the powerful 84-LED ML840H.

Selecting the one that suits you best will depend on two factors:

1. your subject and the lighting you need to add

Brightening close-up video shots, or for macro photography

The ML120 POCKET’s power is limited, but its tiny size and ultra-portability make it useful for macro photography of insects and flowers. The ML120 is ideal for cameraphones and super-compact cameras.

 

Fill-in light for head and shoulders shots of couples in twilight, to add an accent to low light group shots, or for macro photography

The ML240 MINI is slightly more powerful than the ML120 but useful in similar situations, and can also be dimmed for finer control of the light. Ideal with bridge/mirrorless and basic DSLR cameras.

 

Interviews, social video, illumination of couples and small groups close up; portraits, food and small product photography

ML360 MIDI units produce a diffuse and soft-edged cone of light, which can illuminate a person standing 3m (10ft) away, making them ideal for close-range applications such as interview lighting, Vox Pops, casual or social video. Ideal with DSLRs. (To choose between the different ML360 versions, check the features)

 

Group shots, weddings, product photography and more

The ML840H MAXIMA has 84 LEDs, making it the most powerful Manfrotto LED Light. Its range and power mean it can be used to light or brighten individuals or couples, or provide an accent light for larger subjects and groups of people. Wedding photographers find it useful for low-lit nighttime scenes. Ideal with DSLRs.

 

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2. the features you want from your LED Light

As you climb up the Manfrotto LED Light range, you'll notice that the number of LED bulbs and light strength increase, but also that extra features are added and that the power source changes from standard AAA to built-in rechargeable lithium batteries. Most models have a useful dimmer function to control the light, and a handy extra bulb on the underside that illuminates your camera controls to help you in low light; "hybrid" units also have a flash function and light modifiers to fine-tune the light intensity and temperature.

Which features you need depends on what you plan to use the LED lights for, but below is a summary of each model's distinguishing characteristics and power ratings.

ALL MODELS:

flash shoe or standard ¼” thread attachments
continuous light at 5600°K (daylight)
long lifespan of LED bulbs compared to incandescent bulbs
durable and shock resistant
stylish design
compact and light

ML120 POCKET:

tiny size fits in your pocket, so you can carry it anywhere
uses common, easy to find batteries

ML240 MINI:

small size fits in a camera case or small bag
variable dimmer & extra light for camera controls
uses common, easy to find batteries

ML360 MIDI:

variable dimmer & extra light for camera controls
DUO flash shoe fitting (mounts vertically or horizontally, and can be stacked)
uses common, easy to find batteries

ML360H MIDI HYBRID:

sync-cable flash function
variable dimmer & extra light for camera controls
DUO flash shoe fitting (mounts vertically or horizontally, and can be stacked)
uses common, easy to find batteries

ML360HP MIDI HYBRID PLUS:

includes light modifiers: diffusor, 2 x gels
sync-cable flash function
variable dimmer & extra light for camera controls
DUO flash shoe fitting (mounts vertically or horizontally, and can be stacked)
ball head to hotshoe system allows the ML360HP to be pivoted, angled and turned
built-in rechargeable lithium battery

ML840H MAXIMA HYBRID PLUS:

includes light modifiers: diffusor, 2 x gels
sync-cable flash function
variable dimmer & extra light for camera controls
DUO flash shoe fitting (mounts vertically or horizontally, and can be stacked)
ball head to hotshoe system allows the ML360HP to be pivoted, angled and turned
built-in rechargeable lithium battery