In­ter­fit Mati­nee LED 320

NPhoto - - Test Team -

£165, $240 www.in­ter­fit­pho­to­graphic.com

De­spite be­ing the sec­ond cheap­est panel in the group, the Mati­nee boasts a fairly size­able ac­tive sur­face area of 25x8cm. It’s still light­weight enough to be mounted in a hot­shoe, and a mini ball head for this or tri­pod fit­ment is sup­plied. A mains power pack is also in­cluded. Al­ter­na­tively, you can run the panel from a Li-ion cam­era-style bat­tery, which can be bought separately com­plete with mains charger.

The max­i­mum claimed out­put of 1900 Lux is im­pres­sive for a panel of this size, and dual-colour LEDs en­able you to vary the colour tem­per­a­ture be­tween 32005600K. Ad­just­ments for this as well as out­put power are eas­ily made us­ing the two ro­tary knobs. In our tests, the max­i­mum power in oper­a­tion equated to a lens aper­ture of f/3.6.

Pros Fairly pow­er­ful yet light; vari­able colour tem­per­a­ture. Cons Can’t be pow­ered from reg­u­lar AA bat­ter­ies. We say Large enough for soft light­ing, and un­beat­able value.

There are some neat ex­tras in the kit, in­clud­ing a mini ball head and dif­fu­sion panel

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