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

(based on 37 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (17)
  • Lightweight (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Professional quality (11)
  • Highly compatible (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • In the studio (9)
  • Independent films (8)
  • Home movies (6)
  • Complex projects (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Business owner (10), Professional artist (7), Enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

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

 

OK for Session Work

The ILED312 works well for what it seems intended for - matching & augmenting existing light for relatively close subjects. My first use was for portable lighting on an EX3, which worked...Read complete review

The ILED312 works well for what it seems intended for - matching & augmenting existing light for relatively close subjects. My first use was for portable lighting on an EX3, which worked well, but battery life is a killer. Its difficult enough that it makes your camera top heavy but when coupled with about a couple of hours worth of battery time, its not worth the while. Note that the lights steadily fade as the batteries go. You'll need both batteries for well lit shots. On a plus note, the included diffuser was much appreciated by the numerous subjects.
The second use was a photo shoot for some head shots. For this use it worked well on a tripod with the 1/4-20 threaded insert fitting right onto an old SLIK unit. Being able to match existing studio lighting along with the barn doors for spill control worked well. The fader knob is the on-off switch and works fine. The color temp knob controls the number of 5500K LEDs lit vs the quantity of 3200K LEDs which alternate every other row of lights. Max lighting level is achieved with positioning the knob halfway which is about 4300K.
In summary it works OK. I think it will be durable unit with its metal body, but given its weight it is barely portable and given its battery life it is barely trustworthy for long events without backups. I don't think I'd recommend this for portable use - the main reason I bought it.

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5.0

Great Addition to IKAN LED 3 Point System

By Joshelyn

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This little guy is a perfect addition to the 3 point system. I use it to light the backdrop in our studio. The ability to adjust the color temp is ideal. I also LOVE the case it comes with.

 
5.0

Love it ! Beautiful light

By Richard

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Beautiful! It's a tad big but you get it back in soft light. I am using it on a SONY EX1-R HD camera and of course it rides right above the lens on a small ball head that I can't remember the name Kamu? Bepu? Something like that. Love the barn doors and continuously changeable color balance.

 
4.0

Excellent light and value

By Raspberryfisher

from Eastern Ontario, Canada

Verified Buyer

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

The controls with the light are very good and provides good light. I like the ability to play with colour temperature, when mixing it with another light. Strobes are great, but for quick visualization and execution, this is an excellent tool. I appreciate the barn doors, but attachments to keep them locked together is not very secure and the manual makes more sense after you have put it together.

 
5.0

Love it!

By MAD

from Montreal

Verified Buyer

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

Great fill light - or even primary light - with a robust built. Powerful for the size!

 
5.0

Great kit!

By Bezman

from Paso Robles, Ca.

Verified Buyer

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

Seems well made, packs nicely in the small included case, and the barn doors fit and work well. Two batteries with ac and dc charges included.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By Videojeff

from Mason, Ohio

Verified Buyer

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

I am a professional videographer and this light give me a lot of flexibility with lighting conditions.

 
5.0

Great product!

By Olly

from Oklahoma

Verified Buyer

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

I use it on multiple cameras,no issues so far.

 
3.0

OK for Session Work

By Red Diamond

from Phoenix, AZ

Verified Buyer

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

The ILED312 works well for what it seems intended for - matching & augmenting existing light for relatively close subjects. My first use was for portable lighting on an EX3, which worked well, but battery life is a killer. Its difficult enough that it makes your camera top heavy but when coupled with about a couple of hours worth of battery time, its not worth the while. Note that the lights steadily fade as the batteries go. You'll need both batteries for well lit shots. On a plus note, the included diffuser was much appreciated by the numerous subjects.
The second use was a photo shoot for some head shots. For this use it worked well on a tripod with the 1/4-20 threaded insert fitting right onto an old SLIK unit. Being able to match existing studio lighting along with the barn doors for spill control worked well. The fader knob is the on-off switch and works fine. The color temp knob controls the number of 5500K LEDs lit vs the quantity of 3200K LEDs which alternate every other row of lights. Max lighting level is achieved with positioning the knob halfway which is about 4300K.
In summary it works OK. I think it will be durable unit with its metal body, but given its weight it is barely portable and given its battery life it is barely trustworthy for long events without backups. I don't think I'd recommend this for portable use - the main reason I bought it.

 
4.0

Great overall

By Billy

from Sacramento, CA

Verified Buyer

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

I've had this for a week, and it puts out decent amount of light with great color. Don't plan on overpowering the sun, but great key, fill or hair light for low light situations. I got this to bounce off of my 3x4 ft sunbounce reflector, but it dose not pack enough punch to give me the power I hoped for, but it is nice and soft.

I got this on a flash sale with a $160 discount, so it was worth it, not sure I would love it for the full price.

 
5.0

Versatile!

By @ShootFilmOrDie

from Cleveland

Verified Buyer

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

With the barn doors, this is a great light and a great package overall with the batteries and charger including. Brighter than expected. I also got an adaptor and I can put this on a stand and use it as a back light or fill light.

 
4.0

Product is as Advertised - Good DealZone BUY !

By Curtis

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I needed the ability to match the color temperature from camera and light. I can now dial in the temperature I'm shooting and match the light It works perfectly. I haven't used the barn doors as it will add additional weight that I really don't need. Glad I picked it up on the Deal Zone. Good Buy !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect

By Jay

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Perfect! Brighter than I expected and I bought an adaptor so I can use it on a light stand also as a back light or fill, the barn doors make it highly functional and the brightness stays the same from daylight to tungsten and in between.

 
5.0

Sweet little light!

By Matt

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great light. Zero flicker at every shutter speed I tried. Not too hard. Unsure if the color temp numbers are dead on though. Will have to borrow a color meter and check it. But for the price, can't go wrong.

 
5.0

I recommend this product.

By Marisela

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I really liked this light for the price (flash deal)!
Even it's small, it delivers a really good quality light. Lovely for traveling. The case it's very useful. Loved the dual battery charger. Would recommend.

 
5.0

I will buy more of these

By 247 Creative Studio Inc.

from New York, NY

Verified Buyer

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

Excellent light. Well built and takes the guessing out of setting the light.

 
4.0

Very good to excellent video light.

By Momento Studio

from Columbus, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I am very happy with this video light. I love the dimming capabilities and the color change. It truely is a multi-purpose light. My only complaint is the cold shoe mount does not tighten completely. I will have to buy one that I am more confident in. I would recommend this light to anyone. I have used this light several times indoors and outdoors already.

 
5.0

Love It

By Chicago Realtor

from Chicago

About Me Business Owner

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

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

    So small, so portable. Battery powered. Really like the digital readouts on the back. Actually brighter than I expected. Great for a small studio setup.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great light

    By Mr Pottrick

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Business Owner, Hobbyist, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Uses Sony Batteries

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

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

    This is a very bright LED light that comes in a wonderful package. It packs down into a very convenient, well made zip up bag.

    I wish it used something other than the sony batteries though because I have a huge amount of Canon batteries.

    Still worth it though. It is very easy to use but I find that it is a little bit too large to sit on top of the camera. I feel like the talent will be off-put by its size. I have it on lighting stands anyhow.

    If you are looking for a very portable, well-made, bright bi-color LED light, I highly recommend it. I've have used it on a few music videos now. Worked great!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    The Best Camera Light

    By Tempei Brooklyn

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Professional Videographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

    • Lack Of D-tap Information

    Best Uses

    • Documentary Filming

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

    Creates stable Strong soft Light.
    Very good construction.
    Would be better if 6300K is available.
    Would be better if D-tap cable comes with the kit.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent option for videographers

    By Dave @ Character D Films

    from Milwaukee, WI

    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
      • Home Movies
      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

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

      This light may not look like much, but it produces a significant amount of light when needed, and smaller amounts of light when that's needed. The battery life is longer than you'll need on a one day project. Quite impressive really.
      Initially I didn't think that the Digital display was a necessary feature. But when you're trying to sync up the color temperature with your camera, this comes in very very handy. It's also nice to know when you're thinking about your batteries and shoot time.
      I purchased one of these a few weeks ago and I intend to buy two more this week. I believe they are all that I'll need for most of my projects.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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