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

(based on 105 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (36)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Attach securely (27)
  • Compact (23)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (25)
  • Night video (18)
  • Home movies (17)
  • Independent films (15)
  • General purpose (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (21), Film professional (16), Professional artist (15), Semi-pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (93), 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

good

By paulluc

from florida

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 On-Camera Light:

    works fine

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    great for the price

    By Dan

    from Fresno,CA

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Highly Compatible
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects

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

      works flawless, mounting is snug and secure if it would dim just a little more I would give 5 stars

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      • No

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      4.0

      Works well.

      By Lladner

      from DeKalb, IL

      About Me Hobbyist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

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

        Works as it was described, so it is a good bargain. It could be a little brighter, but I guess you pay more.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product for the price

        By Envision Photography

        from Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

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

          I use it as a main key light for my photography and videos. It puts out a bright light that is adjustable. So far I haven't found anything wrong with it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Buy!

          By Matty1

          from Nashville Tennessee

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Complex Projects
            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

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

            I use this for fill light in run and gun scenarios. Lightweight but durable. Dimmer works great and I get long life with the batteries. Wish the cold shoe mount was a little more robust but this is an excellent buy for the money!

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            • No

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            3.0

            good light

            By leep719

            from denver co

            About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality
            • Poor Design
            • Pricey / Poor Value

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

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

            bought this light to slip on my fs700 for a wedding, long story short the light is super bright easy to use and awesome for on the go use. im giving it 3 stars as the shoe didnt slide into any of my fitting on my camera. had to rig up a bracket to use it. feels kinda cheap too, didnt want to force it on my camera and break it.

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            • No

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            5.0

            So good, I bought 2

            By ST

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Professional Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wedding videography

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

              I had one of these lights for one video camera (weddings) and another one for the other. This one puts out so much more light that I finally broke down and bought the same one for the other camera. I highly recommend it.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Big bang for the buck

              By Ayandace

              from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

              About Me Business Owner

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  This is a really good on camera light for run and gun ENG style shoots. It has great illumination which is dimmable and you cannot beat the cost.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Bescor

                  By Cornell

                  from Washington DC

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

                  Love this light works like a charm

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                  5.0

                  Great Camera Light for the money

                  By Tomo Bomo

                  from Spring Hill, Florida

                  About Me Business Owner

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Professional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Complex Projects

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

                    For the price it an excellent product. Extremely bright when you need it.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Amazingly Bright

                    By Travelman

                    from Flower Mound, TX

                    About Me Business Owner, Filmmaker, Video Host

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight
                    • Solid Body

                    Cons

                    • Lowes Light Is Too Bright
                    • Lowest Light Is Bright

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • In The Studio
                    • Outdoor Standups

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

                    I bought the Bescor 125 after a lot of research into inexpensive camera lights and I can say that I am completely amazed by this light. It is incredibly luminous for 125 LED lights. Believe the hype. The case is plastic, which I know a lot of my fellow pros despise, and there are no barn doors, but the light is sturdy and very effective. The only downside is the lack of an effective low light setting. By the time you turn it on its lowest setting the light is already quite bright. But for the price and functionality, this light rocks.

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Budget Lighting

                    By Dazby

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Professional Artist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Design

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films

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

                    I certainly wasn't expecting the best when I purchased this on camera light but for the low price I paid it is decent enough. It's not exactly lightweight, but it is one of the bigger units available and was the main reason I got it.I am using it both on a separate stand and onto of my Iographer iPad film case. It throws a good amount of light and in some cases just a little too much even when it is dialed down to it's lowest setting. The only other gripe I have is about the mounting point. It's all plastic so if this were to get get knocked over on a camera or mount I don't think the mounting point would survive anything past a minor knock or bump so that is something to be aware of. Overall for the price it's fair value.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Value!

                    By Mark

                    from Central North Carolina

                    About Me Business Owner, Editor, Videographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Dual Power
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • In The Studio
                      • On Or Off Camera Lighting

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

                      This is my second of these lights. (I always keep a backup.) I use it to primarily shoot wedding videos. The two things I like best are that it was inexpensive, and it can be operated off a 12volt battery belt. (Also a backup plan.) It's brighter than another brand that cost about the same. It's not as robust as some other lights I've seen, (plastic case and mounting points) but if you take care of your gear, this'll likely be fine. If you have a crew who is tough on gear, keep looking. I don't think it'll stand up to rough handling. But remember, it's not expensive, and it works!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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                              • 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 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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