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

(based on 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (29)

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    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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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.

Reviewed by 43 customers

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5.0

Exelente producto

By Pablo

from Argentina

Verified Buyer

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

La iluminacion es muy buena, y se ve bien la diferencia de temperatura color

 
5.0

Great light

By Tanner

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

great for on location work

 
5.0

Bi-Color is essential and worth paying a little more.

By JS Diz

from Trois-Rivières, Québec

Verified Buyer

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

We have used it for a shooting in a crowd mounted on an off camera stand. It saved the gig as we had to be in inconstant light and very different situation. Sturdy, suprisingly efficient, small, light and the battery life is good. Buy it!

 
3.0

Wiggles

By Light

from Undisclosed

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

The light is fine just don't like the shoe mount the hot shoe mount placed on Sony camera wiggles is not firm

 
5.0

Perfect small-ish LED light for a ton of video applications.

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I use this for interviews (mounted on-camera), and for seated interviews with two other identical lights. It works perfectly. All lights match each other perfectly, and it's great to have the option to change color temperature. The digital display is also very useful. I also like that it's a complete kit with case, ball head, batteries, and charger. It's just a great LED light. Enough said. (I would, however, recommend getting some extra batteries for longer remote shoots)

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

would buy it again

By Conrad

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Good light

 
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.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

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