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ikaniLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Compact (6)
  • Professional quality (6)
  • Improves performance (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • In the studio (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Nice, Complete, On-Camera LED Package

    I have only used this product on one occasion so far so take this with a grain of salt. I am very pleased with the product and its value. This is a complete package...Read complete review

    I have only used this product on one occasion so far so take this with a grain of salt. I am very pleased with the product and its value. This is a complete package including two rechargeable (Sony-type) batteries + a two battery charger, "barn doors," a diffuser, cold shoe post, and even a smart carrying case. All seem to be pretty high quality. The LED unit also seems to be very high quality with receptacles for the two batteries, a digital display on the back which shows color temperature (which is variable), percentage of dimming, and battery life. Separate knobs control dimming and variable color temperature. The light was much brighter than expected and did a great job on the videos I shot. (Note that this is a pretty large LED panel for an on-camera unit so look elsewhere if you want something more petite and non-descript.) You can also buy additional LED panels. They are made to interlock compatibly with a slider on the side of each LED unit. Based on my limited experience (see above) battery life does not seem to be an issue with this unit. I have two criticisms so far, neither of which would dissuade me from purchasing this again. The documentation is pretty spare and rudimentary, diagramming only where pieces fit, but not how to use them. For example, it took me a little time to figure out that there is a tiny spring-loaded release knob that you have to pull on to slide the diffuser and barn doors in and out of their slots. There is nothing in the way of recommendations for use and care of the product. There is also no documentation for this unit found on the ikan website, probably because this is a relatively new product which they wanted to get on the market quickly. My second criticism is with the cold shoe post, which has a mini ball joint. While the post is sturdy enough, there should be a warning in the documentation because unless the cold shoe connection on the post is properly adjusted, the unit could easily slide out of a cold shoe mount which would obviously be bad. How to go about making this adjustment for a secure mount would be a nice thing to have in the documentation. I was able to get there, but only after some trial and error. Also the knob on the ball joint only controls vertical movement, but not horizontal rotation of the LED unit at all. Because of this it was easy for the LED to freely spin off target. I may look for a mount that dampens rotation at least somewhat. Lastly, a recommendation. Because this is such a large LED and sits so high, I did not feel comfortable mounting it in my camera shoe. I was a little concerned that maybe the high center of balance would exceed the design limitations of the shoe mount. Consequently, I mounted the unit in the cold shoe of a flash bracket (which itself was attached to the female tripod receptacle on my camera.) I felt more comfortable with that arrangement. Even better, I started looking for a relatively inexpensive rig to attach to along with, e.g., a shotgun microphone.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice but feels cheap.

    Theres many lights that have this frame. So I feel they put their own name on it. However they added some features to make it better than the cheap Chinese products you buy that...Read complete review

    Theres many lights that have this frame. So I feel they put their own name on it. However they added some features to make it better than the cheap Chinese products you buy that look similiar

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    5.0

    This product realy worth it´s price

    By magoba44

    from Puebla, Mexico

    About Me Hobbyist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Home Movies

      Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

      this is a must for the video profesionals

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      5.0

      put a sparkle in their eyes

      By tvnvideo

      from Boston, MA

      About Me Business Owner, Director of photography, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio
        • News Shooting

        Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

        This pro camera light is quick to get you the look you need... daylight, no problem, incadsient lighting, no worries, mixed lighting tempetures, just dial it in and start shooting! I noticed it also puts a nice "twinkle" into the talents eyes. Features I love, dim to your liking, barndoors that flag where you don't want the light to go and a great battery power system keeps you up and running!

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        4.0

        A worthwhile buy.

        By Underpaid

        from NYC Mtero area

        About Me Business Owner, Freelance Shootereditor, Freelance Shooter-editor

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio
          • Legal Video Not Deps
          • Legal Video-not Deps

          Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

          I've had one of these for a few months and it serves the purpose. I've used it mounted to a Panasonic HMC-150 for "Day in the Life" and pre-settlement videos in the legal field, and in brief promotional web spots for small businesses. While it fits on the camera, I'd say it's on the threshold of being unwieldy; any bigger and I think camera mouting would be impractical, and maybe even unsafe. I've found that using the barn doors cause the light to cast/reflect visible rows of shadow, particulalry as it gets closer to the subject. Consequently, they seem useless. Despite that, the rest of the kit includes everything you need, but not necessarily everything you want. I don't like the cold-shoe ball-mount that comes with the kit. It's difficult to seat on the camera, doesn't seem secure enough, and I've found it equally difficult to remove. I've taken to using the ball-mount that came with a 7" Marshall monitor I own, and I recently purchased a Manfrotto ball mount, which is heavier and rather expensive for a ball-mount, but is more secure. I'm glad I bought this light, as "Day in the Life" videos often require the camera to change position quickly or follow a subject, and this light allows for that, but that still requires some care, as it sits so high above the camera. Overall quality is OK to good, even though it's all plastic. I bought 2 of the large size batteries, which makes it even more top-heavy on the camera, but the light will run with only 1 battery inserted, whether a large or small one. In fact, I also recently bought the "sb" version (the spot), and intend to get another flood, giving me a 3 light kit that I expect would work well enough on stands for small, one-on-one web interviews. The dual-power feature (both DC and AC wall-wart) make it suitable for long-form shoots such as interviews.

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          5.0

          So far so good. No complaints.

          By Marco

          from Vancouver, Canada

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design
          • Lightweight
          • Professional Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

              Just got this. Love the light compact size. Quality is good. Barn doors seem to be metal. Switches are smooth. Love the LCD readout. Battery life is good. Quite bright for such a small light.

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              4.0

              Compact but powerful

              By Ray

              from Springfield, MA

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              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Professional Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                  It's a nice versatile light. It is made to be camera mounted, but I'll use it on an articulating arm to light a small tight space where larger and hotter lights would never work. It's adjustable color temperature is nice and it runs on AC or batteries.

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                  5.0

                  Powerful Little Lights

                  By Shaon

                  from MS Gulf Coast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Independent Films
                    • In The Studio

                    Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                    Great lightweight light for small settings, macro shooting or where you need low light and control. Small enough to set almost anywhere with no heat. Also, I like the new carry cases these come with.

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                    3.0

                    Nice but feels cheap.

                    By Jim

                    from Photo guy in Kansas City

                    About Me Business Owner

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Too Light Almost Fragile

                    Best Uses

                    • Quick Spot Location Light

                    Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                    Theres many lights that have this frame. So I feel they put their own name on it. However they added some features to make it better than the cheap Chinese products you buy that look similiar

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                    5.0

                    Amazing

                    By rafa

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Behind the scenes
                      • Interviews

                      Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                      Very powerful light. Its just what I need it. Ive used it for both video and photo and it just work wonderful.

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                      5.0

                      Great light!

                      By NeighborsVideo

                      from Los Angeles

                      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist, Professional Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Efficient
                      • Lightweight
                      • Works well

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Interviews
                        • Run And Gun Eng Shooting

                        Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                        good design. the batteries last a long time. I used it off and on throughout a long day and still had 25% battery left just using the 2 small batteries that come with it. It can take 2 large NP-970 batteries as well and, although I haven't tried it yet, I'm betting it'll last for days with 2 of those.
                        It's bright enough for most of my needs. In the sun it only fills in the face slightly, but helps a bit. The barn doors seem useless to me, but the diffusion is nice for wide angle shooting. The knobs feel good and the hot-shoe mount seems sturdy enough. The case is nice too and it's lightweight. Adjustable color temp and dimmer make me feel spoiled. Great camera light that throws sufficiently far and doesn't blind people like my old camera light. well worth the money. I'm very happy.

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                        5.0

                        Best Buy

                        By Maggie

                        from NYC

                        About Me Hobbyist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                            I used it for night photography or in low light situation. It is extremely portable and easy to use.

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                            5.0

                            Small light with big potential

                            By Radiant Amar

                            from Brooklyn

                            Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                            I was looking for a compact solution to satisfy location lighting needs. Most of the units are overkill for what I wanted. I ran across this LED panel and so far couldn't be more happy! It's light weight and portable, it comes as a full kit with batteries and case and it is well built. Some of the other amazing features are that the lights are stackable if you need a bigger stronger source and it comes with barn doors which can double as a diffusion sock holder. The unit is bi colored and fully dimmable. The only thing that I don't like is the mount on the bottom for the camera. I think that it's more of a preference thing, but otherwise I'm pleased

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                            4.0

                            Just right for my needs

                            By Earl

                            from Austin, TX

                            About Me Hobbyist

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good value
                            • Sturdy construction

                            Cons

                            • Limited Light Output

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                              Sturdy construction - much better than my previous break-after-a-few-uses camera lights. Nice case, 2 batteries and metal barn doors. Not "pro" quality to take daily abuse and keep working but good enough for my casual use.
                              Tested exposure in dark room with this light 6 feet from a grey card. ISO 800, 1/60 sec at f/3.5 for 3200K, f/5 for 4400K (midpoint with both sets of LEDs on) and f/4 at 5600K. You can clip together several of these lights to provide more output.

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                              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nice, Complete, On-Camera LED Package

                              By Brian

                              from Seattle

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about ikan iLED312-v2 On-Camera Bi-Color LED Light with Digital Display:

                                    I have only used this product on one occasion so far so take this with a grain of salt. I am very pleased with the product and its value. This is a complete package including two rechargeable (Sony-type) batteries + a two battery charger, "barn doors," a diffuser, cold shoe post, and even a smart carrying case. All seem to be pretty high quality. The LED unit also seems to be very high quality with receptacles for the two batteries, a digital display on the back which shows color temperature (which is variable), percentage of dimming, and battery life. Separate knobs control dimming and variable color temperature. The light was much brighter than expected and did a great job on the videos I shot. (Note that this is a pretty large LED panel for an on-camera unit so look elsewhere if you want something more petite and non-descript.) You can also buy additional LED panels. They are made to interlock compatibly with a slider on the side of each LED unit. Based on my limited experience (see above) battery life does not seem to be an issue with this unit. I have two criticisms so far, neither of which would dissuade me from purchasing this again. The documentation is pretty spare and rudimentary, diagramming only where pieces fit, but not how to use them. For example, it took me a little time to figure out that there is a tiny spring-loaded release knob that you have to pull on to slide the diffuser and barn doors in and out of their slots. There is nothing in the way of recommendations for use and care of the product. There is also no documentation for this unit found on the ikan website, probably because this is a relatively new product which they wanted to get on the market quickly. My second criticism is with the cold shoe post, which has a mini ball joint. While the post is sturdy enough, there should be a warning in the documentation because unless the cold shoe connection on the post is properly adjusted, the unit could easily slide out of a cold shoe mount which would obviously be bad. How to go about making this adjustment for a secure mount would be a nice thing to have in the documentation. I was able to get there, but only after some trial and error. Also the knob on the ball joint only controls vertical movement, but not horizontal rotation of the LED unit at all. Because of this it was easy for the LED to freely spin off target. I may look for a mount that dampens rotation at least somewhat. Lastly, a recommendation. Because this is such a large LED and sits so high, I did not feel comfortable mounting it in my camera shoe. I was a little concerned that maybe the high center of balance would exceed the design limitations of the shoe mount. Consequently, I mounted the unit in the cold shoe of a flash bracket (which itself was attached to the female tripod receptacle on my camera.) I felt more comfortable with that arrangement. Even better, I started looking for a relatively inexpensive rig to attach to along with, e.g., a shotgun microphone.

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