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Opteka VL-126 Ultra High Power 126 LED Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light

by Opteka

List Price: $129.95
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  • Advanced white light 126 LED technology allows a fuller spectrum of light to illuminate your exciting moments in low or no-light conditions
  • Mounts to all cameras (Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, ect) with a standard hot shoe
  • Knob to dim the brightness or turn on/off the lighting
  • Diffuser and filter included to create a soft lighting effect or lower the color temperature from 5400k to 3200k
  • Can use three kinds Sony Lithium batteries, one kind of Panasonic Lithium battery and 6 AA batteries



Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003TGJ7JM
  • Item model number: OPTVL126
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 21, 2010

Product Description

The Opteka VL-126 is an ultra-bright lightweight video light that brightens up even the darkest video shoots. Its 126 advanced white light LEDs allow a fuller spectrum of light to illuminate your exciting moments in low or no-light conditions. It can mount directly on any camera or camcorder via its hot shoe.

Specifications
Lamp type: LED
Power Source: Choice between 6 AA or Sony NP-F770, NP-F550, NP-FM55H, NP-FM500H, Panasonic CGR-D16S & CGR-D26S
LED Life: 30,000 Hours
Luminous Flux: 650 lux at 1m
Color Temperature: 5400K / 3200K (with the included warming filter)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.5 X 2.4 X 5.9" (141 x 62 x 150mm)
Weight: 9.2 oz (260g)
Mounting: Shoe mount (standard)
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Warranty

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great product that works well in many low light conditions.
Michael Edelstein
They're supposed to contact me about this but I guess I'll have to keep up with them for a replacement mount.
innerconnected.me
And the light has NO DIMMER so bright is the only setting there is.
Tony Turnbull

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tony Turnbull on July 23, 2010
This Was The Old Days---------
I was using a standard video light with a shoulder strap battery pack. These are awkward and heavy to carry around. And the light has NO DIMMER so bright is the only setting there is. And don't even think about battery life, half way through a wedding the light is so dim it was no longer effective. who has the time to recharge your battery pack when there is so much going on at your event. Not Me. And don't even mention the battery cord tangle problems...

These are My New Day's----------
But then I ordered this model of the 126 LED video light. All I can say is WOW. It will except about 6 different styles of rechargeable battery packs (with the battery adapter) or you can just pop in 6 AA batteries and you are on your way. The LED's DO NOT give off the heat like the standard bulbs and have a low power draw so you can keep filming for longer periods of time. When your batteries do get low (check power level with a handy one push test button) just change out your 6 AA batteries (about 45 seconds) and you are back to catching the action. This light is a life save in my business. With the three defuse-rs (three different colors) you can go from a hard spot type light to a very warm soft flush. With full control of light intensity with it's built in dimmer on the side of the unit. Whether you are a beginner or professional, this light is a must have. I use it now for my [...] videos and could not be happier. Lightweight-Powerful-great light output- and NO CORDS.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tim LP on November 15, 2010
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I ordered this light to use at a wedding shoot this past weekend. My Sony camcorder works great in low light, but I wanted additional light for the Formal Dances. With this unit, I was able to dial in just enough to brighten things up without blinding everybody. I used Duracell batteries for the shoot, and since I didn't have the light cranked up all the way, the batts lasted throughout the night.

One thing that bothered me, and I've seen other reviewers as well, is the tendancy for the light head to flop over, even though the two adjusting knobs are very tight. When I took the knobs off and separated the parts, I discovered that the contacting surfaces are very smooth. So, in order to stop 'em from floppin', I decided to see what I could do to add a little friction between the support parts. I have a jar of "star washers" from my dad, so I selected two that would fit the screw threads of the two tightening knobs. What I did next probably will void the warranty, so you have been informed.

Since the plastic parts fit fairly tightly, adding the thickness of the star washers will make the fit too tight, and possibly break something. Using a file, I took off some of the plastic from both ends of the center adjustment arm - I only filed on one side of this piece. Next I fitted the arm into the piece with the camera shoe mount, and pushed one of the star washers in between. Then I pushed the tightening knob through and into the nut on the other side. I repeated this procedure with the other star washer and the arm into the mount on the light.

Now when I use the light, it can be adjusted and tightened with the confidence that it will stay in position. No more funny looks as you video someone, or embarassment for you, as your light flops over! This mod should work on other similar 126-LED video lights from other vendors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Geraci on August 17, 2010
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Short and sweet.

These are the BEST (inexpensive)lights you will find on the market for their quality.

Pros: Dimmer switch (from 0-100)
At the brightness level, it reaches about 15 feet with great fill
Comes with a Sony/Panasonic battery adapter (so you don't need AA's)
Easy operation
Filter pack is included (Daylight converter)

Cons: Not really a con yet, but the hot-shoe stand that comes with the light seems very weak... it WILL more than likely break off if you run with your camera or do any type of movement with your camera. As long as you stand still and have these on a tripod or stand you won't have to worry.

All I can say is that these lights are a GREAT investment because... they weren't much of an investment to being with! ...and they work great!

Buy this. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RamyG4c on August 25, 2010
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Got 2 of these and Amazon raised their prices after one week of receiving them which is good for me.
The light as other reviewers mentioned does what it's supposed to do very functional, tried all the battery mounts that came with it and all of them work, the dimmer works great and the light looks good. Not perfectly 5600K though but wasn't expecting that at this price range anyways.
The lower handle shoe mount is cheap plastic and does not seem to take a lot of beat, will try replacing it with another mount.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brunzie on December 11, 2010
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The light comes with an adapter but zero paperwork. Luckily it's not hard to figure things out. Cheaply made but could have been 5 stars with better construction and some paperwork telling about the adapter and possible hints for better lighting and something about the two filters. Opteka could have a very nice product with very little more expense. It is pretty bright and does a good job.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TT on September 15, 2010
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The light is bright but the mount is made of plastic and will not tighten. It falls in the down position on top of the camera. I will have to find a way to not strip the threads and maintain a grip on the pivet joint.
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