Litepanels LEDs Combine Continuous Light and Flash

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LED lights produce very little heat and they’re powerful, lightweight and thrifty when it comes to power consumption. While a continuous light source and a flash unit are typically two separate devices, the Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid, specifically designed for DV and HDSLR cameras, is a portable LED light panel with built-in flash capability.

 


 The Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid combines a continuous LED light source with a flash function, bridging the needs of videographers and photographers. The MicroPro Hybrid is a 9-watt light panel that’s ideal for mounting on a DV camcorder or DSLR camera. It measures only 5.5 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches in size, and weighs only 10.5 ounces. It’s perfect for use with DSLR cameras that shoot video, a feature that’s becoming fairly standard among DSLRs.

 

The daylight on-camera lighting fixture uses Litepanels’ proprietary LED technology to produce luminous, soft, directional lighting with a 5600°K cool white daylight output and an incandescent equivalent light output of approximately 50 watts. LEDs are hearty little light sources, and the MicroPro Hybrid should provide more than 50,000 hours of usage.

 

The MicroPro Hybrid’s continuous mode is ideal for shooting video, producing beautiful, wraparound soft light. An integrated dimmer dial provides 0 to 100% dimming with minimal color shift. The flash mode produces a 400% brighter burst of light, which aids in shooting still images. The strobe function is activated by plugging in the included strobe sync cable.

 

Three filters are included with the panel (3200°K tungsten conversion, ¼ warming and diffusion) and they’re easily placed in the MicroPro Hybrid’s integrated filter holder. Extra filters can be placed in a second integrated filter holder on the back of the light panel.

 

The MicroPro Hybrid will run for up to 1.5 hours when powered by six alkaline AA batteries, or up to six hours when powered by Energizer e2 Lithium cells. Rechargeable batteries can also be used. If you prefer, power can be supplied by an optional AC adapter, or you can buy an optional DV Adapter Plate for Panasonic, Canon and Sony batteries.

 

The MicroPro Hybrid features a 1/4"-20 threaded ball head shoe mount with an adjustable tilt mechanism and locking handle. The light can also be mounted on an optional base plate or on an extension arm for off-camera use.

 

The MicroPro Hybrid comes in a kit that includes the light panel, ball head shoe mount, strobe sync cable, three gel filters, and a padded carrying case. It’s backed by a one-year warranty, but you’ll get many years of service from this rugged, versatile light source.

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The light has no light at all 3ft away!

$475 !?!

are you kidding me? Is that to support the crack habit?

 475USD is rather steep, even for a light panel that has a flash function in addition to continuous. It just seems like one could buy two separate lights (one continuous and one flash) of similar quality and type for less than the cost of this one item. 

I mean, I respect that specialization can be at a premium, but this borders on absurd. 

THREE-HUNDRED-AND-SEVENTY-FIVE BUCKS????

Hahaha, very funny. You had me fooled there for a paragraph.

No No this lite does not work in Africa. A dark face sucks all the light from this Litepanel LED and becomes useless!! We tried it during WCS2010 down here. and NO go! 50watts of Soft continous light is not working down here! Maybe if there is a unit with a better ouput, yes! And also very overpriced at US$ 475!!!!!

Well I hope the hundred or so high dollar photojounnalist types can break and buy enough of these to keep the company in the black. Hate to see them need a bailout with every one else.If the average camera jocky could afford all the whizbangs people come up with we would all be shooting with new S2's.or at least we could afford the flash that is made for whatever system we might have.Not sure when it became law that a good flash had to have a $500.00 price tag but that seems to be one of those things that keep vivitar healthy.Wish Vivitar would make a wireless ttl for Sony Alpha I could maybe get the cash together for one of theirs.

Dear B+H

I read your ads and I belive them.

This product will make me re consider my "Good Faith" Policy.

 Years ago I bought  one of the original litepanels as a toplight . Overpriced and colour temperature is a bit strange. No response from the manufacturers when I asked about this. The upside is that they last all day and I use them successfully in countries where there is no reliable electricity.

Anyone want mind? It's worthless!

i bought an original litepanels micro after reading the hype in the photo magazines.  it has virtually no output, not even good for a close portrait fill source which is all i was expecting to get out of it anyway.  i can't seem to sell it cause people got wise and nobody wants these things.  worst expenditure ever.

overpriced and hard to get or order by mail...prices must come down and be reasonably priced to sell to the event videographers in usa

I wonder if the stated 50 watt equivalent light output comparing a 50 watt bulb with a reflector or a 50 watt light in the center of the ceiling? 

I wanted one of the earlier models, but they were overpriced. I just bought three of smaller generic ones that clip together and mount into the hot shoe.  I now have the equivalent for about $60 total and mine came with AC adapter and rechargeable batteries.
 
The other day I just bought a ring shaped LED tent light at Wal-mart for $10 bucks, now I am just going to cut the center larger so it slides over my lens hood for another cheap ring light that actually is quite bright. 
 
I would still love to have one of these, but I have a hard time paying this price when it does not even come with the ability to triggering the flash from the camera’s hot shoe mount.  

Did anyone try it with a Nikon D3s, since this doesn't need much light to begin with.

Remember for these nocturnal creatures a ittle light can go a long way. Maybe they'll let me prove that point.

Awful unless your are lighting a bug for a close up.