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BescorMorning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light
 
4.0

(based on 92 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (36)
  • Attach securely (27)
  • Easy to use (23)
  • Even light source (21)
  • Lightweight (19)

Cons

  • Flimsy (19)
  • Limited compatibility (4)
  • Too focused (4)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (25)
  • Night video (18)
  • General purpose (14)
  • Indoors (14)
  • Low light (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (16), Business owner (13), Semi-pro photographer (12), Professional artist (10), Tech savvy (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (81), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The good the bad and the ugly (colors)

The good. This light is cheap, light, attractive, and really is 125 watt equivalent. I tested it near and far against my Lowel 100 watt IDlight with a fresh battery, and this...Read complete review

The good. This light is cheap, light, attractive, and really is 125 watt equivalent. I tested it near and far against my Lowel 100 watt IDlight with a fresh battery, and this little LED actually produces 1 stop more light, 6300k light, but more of it. The dimmer actually works well too. The battery hatch closes tight and gives the whole thing a "completed" and tidy appearance.

The bad. The actual light color measured by my broadcast camera is 6300k clear, 5200k with the "4300k" filter. What this means is that this light will not match any other light source you will come across save for bright sunlight, which sort of defeats the purpose of needing a light. The 4300k filter is actually PINK, not ORANGE. I don't know if they packaged the WRONG filter, or just mis-advertise, but you loose 1 stop of light using it, and it is actually closer to daylight (5600k) than without, plus it has the diffusion pattern on it as well. This light is best used as a cheap indoor daylight fill, or on any camera that has a full time auto white balance. The light does drop 300-400k when dimmed down, but at these color temps, you really won't be able to see a shift. I was planning on buying the Bescor "YELLOW" 3200k filter, but I have no faith it will be 3200k, so I will find some gel whatever, and cut and paste onto the clear filter they provide.

The power switch is extremely small, and operates upside down. It's smaller than the HyperBASS switch on an old Walkman, and recessed into the back far enough that it does not protrude. Just remember, once you find the switch, on the RIGHT side of the unit, flip up for off and down for on. Thank God they didn't put the switch and dimmer dial on the left side, you can imagine how inconvenient that would be!

Please don't bump the light while it is attached to anything. As with all of these lights, the plastic feet will most likely snap right off, as they are made of cheap brittle material. Looking at the baser, it appears that you may be able to replace the shoe mount part, as it is two pieces, one inside, and one outside, that come together on each side of the main housing. I will check with Bescor if this part is available, would mean you could just fix instead of replacing the entire unit.

Color temperature and esthetics aside, I did not expect this tiny cheap light to outshine my $255 100 watt unit. I bought this mainly to use on a tiny 1 lb Handycam during twilight and night, and since it has AWB, this light turned out to be the perfect choice. If you want even more light, and don't mind the weight of an additional 2 AA batteries, and maybe a few mm's size dimensionally, Bescor makes a 180 version of this device!

As a final note, the "stacking" slots on all sides can be used to mount other items, such as a small microphone......I like that.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY

Cheap components and poorly made. I was sorely dissappointed by this product, so I took it apart to see what was going on. I am an electical engineer, so after about 30 minutes...Read complete review

Cheap components and poorly made. I was sorely dissappointed by this product, so I took it apart to see what was going on. I am an electical engineer, so after about 30 minutes of tinkering (and a couple resolders) I was able to get it working reasonably well. Bottom line this is a poorly made product; the potentiometer to adjust the brightness is reveresed (so when you try to turn the brightness up is actually goes dimmer, and vice-versa). This could not be an accident as the piece can only be assembled one way. Additionally my unit would flicker. This was the result of poor soldeing of components. Bottom line: don't buy. I have bought other Bescor products in the past, and they were pretty good, but this one was very bad, and far too glitchy to justify the [$]price tag.

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5.0

Great item for the price

By DinoPhotoSport

from Glendale, NY

Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

Needed a light and came across this LED, it made a difference in my shooting. Grea bargain for the price.

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5.0

Muy Bueno

By LEO

from Miami,FL

About Me Hobbyist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

    Funciona muy bien. Estuve haciendo dos videos y me gusto mucho el resultado.

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    5.0

    great light for the price

    By Al

    from Enterprise Alabama

    Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

    I was looking for a great battery operated light for my Canon XA10. This Bescor is perfect for my wildlife videos.

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    4.0

    Nice light

    By mike

    from Flint, mi

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

    Lightweight and easily fits in your pocket. Also seems to put out a fairly decent amount of light for a little light.

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    4.0

    Great Product - Great Price

    By Greg

    from Decatur, IL>

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

        The BESCOR Morning Star LED-125 light is an outstanding light for our needs. Very bright even with the color filter in place still having plenty of control over the light level. Light weight and well built. Especially like the power plug so we can run off of our camera battery and not have to put batteries in the light itself. With the current price at B & H you can't go wrong!!

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        • No

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        5.0

        awesome product

        By Cinema art studios

        from antelope CA

        About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible
        • Improves Performance
        • Lightweight
        • Professional Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

          I am a wedding cinematographer and am always disappointed when my shots sometimes come out grainy. So when I bought this video light, it truly helped me with my problems by giving me the option of turning the light up or down with the amazing dimmable option on it. So now my shots have become a lot more cinematic and more beautiful for my clients to enjoy. Light is amazing, very bright, simple to use, good battery life and most of all very well built.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Reliable lighting

          By K amani

          from New York, New York

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance

          Cons

          • Limited Compatibility

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

          This product is used for low lighting settings. It illuminates the interior very well. It is also easy to put on and off the camera.
          I also use the on camera lighting for exterior scenes, especially at night. Flawless picture quality and lighting occur when using Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light by Bescor

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          • No

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          4.0

          Decent LED Light

          By Jim Costa Films

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Highly Compatible

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies

          Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

          I use this light for video shooting and it is a decent value for the money. It doesn't throw out a lot of light, but when shooting close up, it gets the job done.

          I would say it's drawbacks are: limited output wattage, cheap plastic feel (it's a Chinese knock off) & lack of ability to switch between daylight & tungsten.

          It's strengths are: dimmable output between 10% & 100%, a gel is included to switch between daylight & tungsten, but it's one or the other & not a dimmable feature, it included a mini hot shoe adaptor so you can use the unit with cameras, such as the Canon Vixia, that have a smaller hot shoe.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Bright Price!

          By The Video Guy

          from Close to Houston, Texas

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

            Use the product for in school/classroom interviews where lighting cannot be controlled or is almost absent! For the price, this camera mount light is perfect and a great buy. So, bright light, bright price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Morning Star LED-125

            By Steve

            from canada

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • In The Studio

              Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

              Very useful. Love it. Does the job perfectly.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Great upgrade from Bescor LED-70

              By KeithOKCity

              from Oklahoma City, OK

              About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Wear Many Hats

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Highly Compatible
              • Improves Performance
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Good Camera-mountable
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio
                • Small Studio Sets

                Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                I have a couple of Bescor LED-70's and for the money, they're good enough. I needed a third for a weekly webcast using a small set for one on-cam talent. I took a bigger step and bought the LED-125. With all three I used the swivel shoe adapter so they mount onto light-duty stands. Besides being 55w stronger, the LED-125's housing is of much better construction. I also like that the batteries are loaded into the back of the light, as opposed to loading from the top with the LED-70. This is a good light that I've already recommended to a colleague who was shopping for an on-cam light.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Life saving light

                By Houtz of Hope Productions

                from Lexington KY

                About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Could Break Easily

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

                Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                I purchased this light so I could video a wedding reception and I'm very glad I did. Even the 5D MKII won't record in near pitch black darkness. And this light saved me on the couples first dance.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Awesome constant light source

                By stephanie w

                from jacksonville, fl

                About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Complex Projects
                  • In The Studio

                  Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                  Love that I can dim the light and that it comes with different screen for color temp.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good Light

                  By BUBSKI

                  from CT.

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Btight Light
                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Highly Compatible
                  • Improves Performance
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Fragile Case
                  • Handle With Care

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Independent Films
                  • Live events
                  • Low Light Environment

                  Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                  I been using another type of light but it didn't have the throw like this one. I also like the adjustable intensity, I haven't really use it for long lengths at a time so I can't tell you about battery life. the only thing I can say bad about it is the shoe holder and the battery cover feels and probably is a bit fragile. must take it easy putting on or taking it off. that's why I give it 4 out of 5 stars. other than that I'm very happy with the purchase. environment

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  The good the bad and the ugly (colors)

                  By Paul Anderegg

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility
                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                  The good. This light is cheap, light, attractive, and really is 125 watt equivalent. I tested it near and far against my Lowel 100 watt IDlight with a fresh battery, and this little LED actually produces 1 stop more light, 6300k light, but more of it. The dimmer actually works well too. The battery hatch closes tight and gives the whole thing a "completed" and tidy appearance.

                  The bad. The actual light color measured by my broadcast camera is 6300k clear, 5200k with the "4300k" filter. What this means is that this light will not match any other light source you will come across save for bright sunlight, which sort of defeats the purpose of needing a light. The 4300k filter is actually PINK, not ORANGE. I don't know if they packaged the WRONG filter, or just mis-advertise, but you loose 1 stop of light using it, and it is actually closer to daylight (5600k) than without, plus it has the diffusion pattern on it as well. This light is best used as a cheap indoor daylight fill, or on any camera that has a full time auto white balance. The light does drop 300-400k when dimmed down, but at these color temps, you really won't be able to see a shift. I was planning on buying the Bescor "YELLOW" 3200k filter, but I have no faith it will be 3200k, so I will find some gel whatever, and cut and paste onto the clear filter they provide.

                  The power switch is extremely small, and operates upside down. It's smaller than the HyperBASS switch on an old Walkman, and recessed into the back far enough that it does not protrude. Just remember, once you find the switch, on the RIGHT side of the unit, flip up for off and down for on. Thank God they didn't put the switch and dimmer dial on the left side, you can imagine how inconvenient that would be!

                  Please don't bump the light while it is attached to anything. As with all of these lights, the plastic feet will most likely snap right off, as they are made of cheap brittle material. Looking at the baser, it appears that you may be able to replace the shoe mount part, as it is two pieces, one inside, and one outside, that come together on each side of the main housing. I will check with Bescor if this part is available, would mean you could just fix instead of replacing the entire unit.

                  Color temperature and esthetics aside, I did not expect this tiny cheap light to outshine my $255 100 watt unit. I bought this mainly to use on a tiny 1 lb Handycam during twilight and night, and since it has AWB, this light turned out to be the perfect choice. If you want even more light, and don't mind the weight of an additional 2 AA batteries, and maybe a few mm's size dimensionally, Bescor makes a 180 version of this device!

                  As a final note, the "stacking" slots on all sides can be used to mount other items, such as a small microphone......I like that.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Decent for the Money!

                  By Lin

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Film Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact Design
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Limited Compatibility

                  Best Uses

                  • Independent Films

                  Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                  Used with Canon 5D Mark II for fast outdoor shooting of short films

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Weenie of a light.

                  By Imageviewer

                  from Atlanta

                  About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Functionality
                  • Poor Performance

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies

                  Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                  I cheaped out and bought this light. I didn't go with my experience and have only myself to blame.
                  The throw of the light is OK if your subject is within 5ft. The light pattern is not very wide. So if you are looking for a nice even light this is not for you. If you put diffusion over the light to make a more even light pattern now you have knocked down the light intensity which is not a lot to begin with. One other major disappointment was the dimmer. It does not dim! OK if you look real hard you might see it. My camera couldn't tell the difference.
                  This light is only useful for amateur home movies.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Not a bad light for the price.

                  By Bob

                  from New York, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                        When I purchased this light, I really didn't expect much. But, when I actually used it for interviewing some "talking heads," I was pleasantly surprised. It filled in some shadows and made the footage look so much better than without a light -- and it sure beats lugging along some "real" lights. This is only after one use and I hope it holds up. We shall see!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Nice little light

                        By Steve

                        from NJ

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attach Securely
                        • Even Light Source

                        Cons

                        • Flimsy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                          Bought it for my VDSLR and it works just fine. Small bright light, lightweight but not very robust. Can get you out of a dark situation.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          A Small light with a lot of value

                          By Canon Fanboy

                          from Sacramento CA

                          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Even Light Source
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • Uses Power Quickly

                          Best Uses

                          • Birthdays
                          • Night Video
                          • Special Events
                          • Weddings

                          Comments about Bescor Morning Star Series LED-125 Dimmable 125W On-Camera Light:

                          I LOVED this light. It is a great introductory prosumer light. It uses 6 AA batteries. (USE LITHIUM ION BATTERIES! they will last longer) it has a dimmer dial and a color temperature filter. I used it for a wedding last night and it worked perfectly. I like the lightweight design and I love the price. This is the best value if you need to save money.

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                          • No

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