Manfrotto Spec­tra LED Light 900FT

NPhoto - - Test Team -

£370, $470

Build­ing on Manfrotto’s suc­cess with small, por­ta­ble light pan­els, this new model is a lit­tle larger than ear­lier ones, at 15x10cm. Rated at 540 Lux, it runs on six AA bat­ter­ies and an op­tional mains adap­tor is also avail­able. Dual con­trols en­able out­put power ad­just­ments and a colour tem­per­a­ture range of 3200-5800K. As with the In­ter­fit Mati­nee, a mini ball head forms part of the kit, mak­ing the panel suit­able for hot­shoe mount­ing or fit­ment on a tri­pod head.

De­spite the max­i­mum claimed out­put rat­ing be­ing sub­stan­tially lower than for the In­ter­fit panel, the re­sult­ing aper­ture re­quired in our one-me­tre test was f/2.8, not much wider than the In­ter­fit’s f/3.6. How­ever, the out­put dropped a lit­tle when we tested it us­ing only the tung­sten colour lamps, re­quir­ing an aper­ture of f/2.2.

Pros Sim­ple con­trols; por­ta­ble; takes stan­dard AA bat­ter­ies. Cons More than twice the price of the In­ter­fit Mati­nee. We say It’s con­ve­nient, but pricy for a rel­a­tively small panel.

Smart and stylish, the Manfrotto panel comes com­plete with a mini ball head

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