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Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel

B&H # MAML360 MFR # ML360
Discontinued
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Product Highlights

  • 36 LED Bulbs
  • Color Temperature: 5600K
  • 420 Lux at 3.3'
  • For DSLR Cameras
  • Shoe Mount & 3/8"-16 Thread
  • Vertical or Horizontal Mounting
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The Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel is a LED light that attaches to your DSLR or other compact camera, for shooting video under 5600K daylight. The compact light features a dimmer that grants full control over illumination from 0-100%.

The Midi light attaches to the hot shoe of your camera – or to a 3/8"-16 screw on a lighting stand or tripod. Dual female attachments enable the Midi to be mounted either vertically or horizontally; this double attachment also means the Midi can be attached to other lights in a larger system.

The ML360 Midi features a 3200K backlight on the bottom-right side of the case for illuminating camera controls under dark operating conditions. The main light's brightness is rated 420 lux at 3.3' (1 m). The Midi runs on AAA batteries (sold separately).

Lamp Type LED
Mount Type Shoe attachment
Power Source AAA batteries
Power Consumption Not specified by manufacturer
Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty + 3 Years upon Registration
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    ManfrottoML360 Midi-36 LED Panel
     
    4.2

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Improves performance (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (4)
      • Shooting indoors (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (11)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Nice, dim-able, expensive "flashlight"

      I use this for video with Canon DSLR. It works great to put just that extra bit of light into the shot. Don't expect It to be a light used for an entire...Read complete review

      I use this for video with Canon DSLR. It works great to put just that extra bit of light into the shot. Don't expect It to be a light used for an entire scene... it is very directional and compared to a studio light it just doesn't have enough reach or volume to expose an entire shot. The dimmer is awesome, and the killer feature for this light. If it wasn't for that, a $10 LED work light from an autoparts store would work just as well. Don't misunderstand, This is a positive review... it works for what it is intended, just keep your expectations real.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Many problems

      I waited for this product over 1 year since it was announced but unfortunately I am very disappointed.
      First, contrary to the description of H&B web site the product that I...Read complete review

      I waited for this product over 1 year since it was announced but unfortunately I am very disappointed.
      First, contrary to the description of H&B web site the product that I received had neither AAA batteries nor a ball mount.
      Battery compartment is very difficult to open, I have almost broken the cover trying to open it - I think it will break eventually.
      At full power the light starts to blink. The instructional booklet includes many languages but does not give any explanations for blinking.
      Also, I expected the light to be brighter. Unfortunately it is not powerful for what I intended it (close-up macro photography/videography).
      I will have to return it for a refund and I cannot recommend it for professional work.

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      5.0

      NO flicker at full Slot for filters

      By Felipe Henao

      from Colombia

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

          Some reviews saying flickers at full , No it doesn't
          Has not gel slot yes it has , you have to cut the gels, from Rosco or other, Build is great

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          1.0

          Overpriced & Inferior

          By Roger

          from Ridgefield, CT

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Design
            • Poor Performance
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

              Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

              Almost impossible to insert batteries. Light flickers and color & diffusion filters not available in USA -.....

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              5.0

              Nice Compact Light

              By Felipe Henao

              from Colombia

              About Me Business Owner

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films

                Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                The light has a filter Slot , this vey important you have to buy the filters and cut them, This is a spot type, so if you need a wider angle you have to clip another, There are cheaper lights with more power and wider angle BUT this is a quality light.
                Buying more of this. Size is a pleasure.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Noteworthy compact lighting option

                By Captain

                from Toronto, ON

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                      The Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel is a VERY compact, lightweight video light. I've used it on the Panasonic GH2 and it pairs very well with the camera in terms of size and weight.

                      The ML360 emits a pleasing 5600K colour temperature that, according to my camera's daylight white balance preset, is quite accurate. Unfortunately, the light comes with no CTO filters or diffusion, nor does it have a slot for filters. This is too bad considering the two other versions of this unit (ML360H and ML360HP) have this feature.

                      Brightness of the ML360 is adjusted with the onboard dimmer (doubling as the power switch), and the dimming produces no flicker or colour change that I can detect. For brightness, the unit is rated at 420 lux at 3.3' (1 m). To put his in perspective, the Litepanels Micro is at rated 280 Lux at 4' (1.2mm).

                      I found that with the GH2 and my fast LUMIX lenses, I was able to use the ML360 to shoot in total darkness without pushing the ISO past 1250. The light was especially nice when used as fill in situations with ambient daylight. The ML360 is no sun gun, but for its size and power consumption, it certainly has kick.

                      The beam angle of the ML360 is rated at 30.0 degrees, which is pretty narrow. There's a noticeable "spotlight" effect when the light is used with a wide lens such as the Lumix 14mm. The effect is lessened with the Lumix 25mm lens. For a light this small, I reckon this narrow beam angle is one of the trade-offs, but it makes the ML360 less attractive for event work where shooting wide is a necessity.

                      As for mounting, the light has a slot on the bottom and the side for the included double-ended flash-shoe (with plastic 1/4" thread). This means the light can be mounted vertically or horizontally. The slots on the ML360 can also be used to stack units together. Not bad. The included flash-shoe is of the static variety and cannot be pivoted or angled. Too bad.

                      The unit takes AAA batteries and is supposed to last an hour at full brightness with NiMh batteries. Not a big problem considering 12 NiMh rechargeables are very light and take up very little room in one's bag or pockets.

                      One of the more glaring weaknesses of the ML360 is the battery compartment. The cover is difficult to remove, and the opening for the compartment is shorter than the length of AAA batteries which means they have to be inserted at an angle. This wouldn't be so bad if they snapped into place smoothly, but, in my experience, they often don't. Removing the batteries can also be a challenge. This really hurt the viability of the light for me. I don't want to be in a time-sensitive situation and struggling with replacing batteries.

                      Ultimately, I think the ML360 is best used as a discrete, on-camera fill light. It could even be used as a key light in dark environments such as a club or wedding reception, but I'd only recommend this with a DSLR/lens system that has a good light sensitivity (and if you can live with the spotlight effect at wider angles). The colour temperature and dimming quality of the ML360 certainly gives the light and edge over some of the cheaper options out there. I only wish I could say the same for the battery compartment design and flash-shoe.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great quality at a good price

                      By photonut

                      from Buffalo, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Low Light Or Night Time

                        Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                        I use this panel in dark settings. It provides enough light that my pictures come out well lit and clear. Would buy again if needed to.

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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Nice, dim-able, expensive "flashlight"

                        By Scott

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Dimmer

                        Cons

                        • Cost

                        Best Uses

                        • Fill Light

                        Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                        I use this for video with Canon DSLR. It works great to put just that extra bit of light into the shot. Don't expect It to be a light used for an entire scene... it is very directional and compared to a studio light it just doesn't have enough reach or volume to expose an entire shot. The dimmer is awesome, and the killer feature for this light. If it wasn't for that, a $10 LED work light from an autoparts store would work just as well. Don't misunderstand, This is a positive review... it works for what it is intended, just keep your expectations real.

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                        5.0

                        awesome product

                        By leeseuh

                        from Los Angeles

                        About Me Aspiring Film Maker

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Interface With Camcorder
                        • Improves Performance
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                          better quality than expected! i believe all should make this investment.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice light, good quality

                          By TheAlchemist

                          from Arlington, MA

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Performance
                          • Quality Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Shooting Indoors
                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                            I like this light. I was deciding on the different variations of this light and decided on the ML360 base model as all I really needed was the constant light and not any flash capabilities, etc. This liht is bright enough for my purposes, but for longer distances probably lacks the power. It seems well made and the fact that I can run it on rechargeable NiMH batteries is great. It lasts pretty long on the batteries before I need to recharge. The dim control works as advertised. As others have noted, the battery compartment is pretty hard to open. I would imagine with time and use it will be come easier, but you do have to use more force than expected. Overall a good product. As with most Manfrotto gear, you do pay a bit more, and I am not fully sure if I went back I would shell out this amount again given alot of the lower cost options out there, but I know I have a decent product so I don't regret it.

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                            5.0

                            Lot of light from small package

                            By r2geek

                            from Pasadena, Texas

                            About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Shooting Indoors

                              Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                              Was skeptical at first due to the smallness of the video light. Put in 4 AAA batteries and was surprised at how long they lasted. And carrying extra set of batteries instead of extra batteries and charger makes more sense to my brain.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great for portraits

                              By Phototoo

                              from Nashville,TN

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Professional Work

                                Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                                SImply stated it's powerful enough as fill lite to either open shadows and put catch lites in eyes or small enough to hand hold for directional. Love it.
                                Might consider using white diffuser to soften it.

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                                (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Many problems

                                By AndreiT

                                from San Diego, CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Manfrotto ML360 Midi-36 LED Panel:

                                    I waited for this product over 1 year since it was announced but unfortunately I am very disappointed.
                                    First, contrary to the description of H&B web site the product that I received had neither AAA batteries nor a ball mount.
                                    Battery compartment is very difficult to open, I have almost broken the cover trying to open it - I think it will break eventually.
                                    At full power the light starts to blink. The instructional booklet includes many languages but does not give any explanations for blinking.
                                    Also, I expected the light to be brighter. Unfortunately it is not powerful for what I intended it (close-up macro photography/videography).
                                    I will have to return it for a refund and I cannot recommend it for professional work.

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                                    • No

                                    Share this review

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