I’ve got another LED light for photography, but I’ve rarely used it, what with it being a bit bulky and relying on AA batteries that have just run out when I want to use it. So, I was tempted enough by this little thing to wave plastic in Jessops. Well, I was buying something else, and they gave me a discount, so it all made sense.
What we have here is one of a range of LED lights, starting with a 4-lamp one and moving up to this 8-lamp model. Power comes from the ubiquitous micro-USB socket and supplied cable (no power plug supplied,on the sensible grounds that most people will be charging this from a computer or an plug they already have). The charging socket it protected by a rubber cover, but you should note that this isn’t attached in any way, so it has a high risk of being lost.. Oh, and according to the manual it won’t work while being charged.
Also in the box are a filter holder and three filters – a couple of diffusers to soften the light, and one to add a warm cast to the pure white it otherwise puts out. And finally, there’s a foot which will fit in your camera’s hotshoe or on a standard tripod, if you needed to position it away from the camera.
Unlike the previous light, this doesn’t have a dial for varying the power, just a single button. One long press to switch it on, then a tap to cycle it through three power levels, which can best be described as:
- Very bright
- Aaarrggh, my eyes!!! The goggles, they do nothing!!!
So, what you have is a very portable, very bright source of constant light, ideal for macro work. First impressions are that this is a nicely made bit of kit, with a really solid feel to it. Oh, and did I mention that it’s bright?
You’ll have seen some samples in the last couple of posts, but here’s another one:
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 80mm
Taken: 25 February, 2018