NEW Manfrotto LED lights the LYKOS bicolor LED Light and LYKOS daylight LED Light.

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A new range of smaller LED lights from Manfrotto with a power output of 1500lux@1m the Bi-colour is slightly less powerful than the daylight only model at 1600lux@1m. I love the size and design allowing you to hold the light plus the ability to use Sony “L” type Lion batteries as well as the supplied mains adapter. Mounting is via a tripod mount both top and bottom, very useful.

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Manfrotto… “Manfrotto LED lights excel in reliability and light quality and stand out from standard LED panels thanks to their slim and elegant design. Due to its excellent colour rendition, the Manfrotto LED fixture enables high fidelity colour reproduction and always ensures subjects’ skin tones are truly lifelike. These devices are carefully designed paying close attention to reliability and consistent flicker-free functionality. They also give you the possibility to explore and experiment with new lighting solutions and produce new creative effects. With Manfrotto LED lights, you can easily bring your images to life by adding a catch-light in the subject’s eyes or by filling-in undesired shadows. Continuous lighting makes it possible for you to see the actual end result you will be getting, in real-time.
Manfrotto LED Lights are lightweight, compact, easy to use and reliable, in other words, they’re perfect portable lighting systems. Their exceptional versatility makes them one of the most essential tools in every photographer or videographer’s equipment line up. They can be used not only on cameras, but also in combination with many other supports in the Manfrotto product range.”

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You can get an optional soft box which is very useful and an optional Bluetooth dongle allows the panels to be controlled individually or in groups via a Smartphone app that has a memory function to recall light levels and temperature. The app is also compatible with Litepanel’s Astra models, so both types can be controlled from one app simultaneously.

Pricing is as follows…The daylight only version is £300 while the Bi-colour is £100 extra.

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First outing with the Sony FS5 with mixed results ! (UPDATE)

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We have a policy of producing one free video per year and this fell to the STV Children’s Appeal, so it was a no brainer to use both the Sony FS7 and its wee sister the FS5.


The FS5 was bought for its compactness and this low angle shot of a local celebrity wrestler called Grado was a breeze with the FS5. It wasn’t without issues, keeping the noise down inside I used a Samyang 35mm T1.5 lens which works well on the FS7 but had mixed results on the FS5. It seemed to be the focus assist on the FS5 that gave me the problem via my 35mm prime lens, I looked into this the following day to confirm this. Problem is, none of my Sony AF lenses open wide enough in fact you are restricted to f4 so it looks like I may have to dig deep into my pockets for a wider f1.4 Sony AF lens. The AF works very well on the FS5.

On 2 shots, focus assist told me with red edging that my shots were in focus but the shots on the timeline were not pin sharp and this was not obvious looking at the EVF, LCD or my 9″ Sony, saying that my t1.5 lens was wide open which may have a part to play. Further research is needed tomorrow (Friday). I used the same lens on the FS7 with no such problems.


It was a Christmas party night out at the Alea casino at Glasgow Quay, the Casino gave us free run of the 1st two floors so I put the Sony FS7 on my Manfrotto dolly wheels to make it easier the get about. All the PTC were done with the FS7 while all hand held shots were done with the FS5.

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