Manfrotto Spectra LED Light 900FT
£370, $470 www.manfrotto.co.uk
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