Manfrotto ML240 Mini 24 LED Panel for Video and Still Cameras
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- Back light LED illuminates camera controls
- Icon dimmer
- Perfect for photo or video
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The Mini is ultra light, compact, has the great quality output, 6000°K sunlight, of the professional panels but in a 24 LED panel. It is taylor made on the new 4/3" cameras, compact hybrid SLR cameras and more in general is suitable with compact cameras with video capability. The Mini includes a flash attachment in order to attach it to the hot shoe of your camera. The light has AAA batteries in order to accommodate the design. A backlite LED at 3200°K is included in order to light up the camera commands when shooting in darkness. The icon dimmer makes easier to understand what light output you are looking for depending on the application (0-100% dimmability). Mini can also be used as an add-on light, stacking it to Midi/Midi Plus and Maxima.
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This is a comparison between the two lights.
Manfrotto - 5600k matches daylight and needs no filters to maybe a 1/4 negative green.
Neewer CN-160 - 5600k does not match daylight and needs 1/2 to Full negative green and the skin tones still look awkwardly green. For some people this is not an issue, but if you're as particular about skin tones and white balance as I am you will want this light or the Flolights (Which is 4 x's the price of this light) for your camera.
This Manfrotto wins here, and is probably the best in this price range for a person looking for a True Daylight LED.
Manfrotto - the manfrotto claims to be 220 LUX - which can convert to around 350 - 440 watts.. I think this light is maybe 300Watts tops. The light puts out a great amount of spot light but is weak compared to the CN which is less than half the price. The Manfrotto also has a dimming dial and dims all the way down to 1% - has lots of control. The Manfrotto also has a backlight of 3200k for viewing top dials on the camera. I personally found this to be helpful, but it's not double the price helpful.
CN - Wow.. just wow this little light puts out an awesome amount of light for the price. It is not a spot, it is a flood light so there isn't much control outside of the dimming dial on it.
CN wins here - it was a tough call, but more light is always better.
Functionality for Gels:
Manfrotto - there is no way to put gels on this light outside of gaffing them on - which not only looks ugly but is also difficult to do when you're doing run and gun. So if you're shooting indoors (Which the majority of us are using this light for this very reason, poor indoor lighting) then you will have bad coloring in your shots without a full 3200k filter overtop. I was disappointed that they didn't think of this or even include filter for the light. This light is basically only useful when you have control over your environment.
CN - has filter/gel slots, and comes with a 3Pack of Gels (The Gels it comes with are pretty worthless, but for $30 bucks you can buy a few clear pieces of glass and permanently gaff of different gels). Another work around for this is getting the Filters (Tiffen or similar companies) glass filters and sliding them into this slot. The CN also can have Barn Doors attached - which I have heard causes a slotted blind effect on the spill, but also helps to spot your light.
CN wins here by default, because Manfrotto didn't take that into consideration.
Quality, Build, and Look.
Manfrotto - very small, portable, well built, and stylish. This little light is perfect when it comes to not be obtrusive and also look professional. It's very easy to attach and store. This also leaves lots of room for additional items to be mounted on your other hot shoe mounts when using a Cam-Rak or similar stabilizer or Cage with additional hot shoe mounts. It doesn't get in the way of my monitor, or Shotgun mic.
CN - this is not a little camera light, in fact it's nearly the size of the camera body. This light is big, really big (not as big as the flolights) and it really gets in the way. The light is built very cheap, and feels cheap. Parts have fallen off (But it's still functional) in less than a year and maybe 20 times we have used it.
Manfrotto wins here, because this convenient light will last you years longer than the bulky and obtrusive CN light.
Power Draining -
Manfrotto - requires two AAA batteries and last up to two straight hours at medium power. If you know anything about LED lights you know that this is great. You can use Rechargeable AAA batteries but they're not included.
CN - Has the option to use the rechargeable camera batteries (some of the older models had the option to use a few different batteries not sure if the newer one is the same) I know the Large Sony Battery can slap right in the back and will last all night at full power. Here is where it gets expensive - DO NOT USE AA BATTERIES IN THIS LIGHT. You will go through $20 in AA batteries every shoot. This light eats batteries like a Fat Kid in front of a plate full of hot dogs. If you decide to go with the CN do research to find out which rechargeable battery it takes and spend the $20 - 40 bucks getting that battery and save yourself $100's down the road in AA batteries.
Both lights win here! This is a Tie, because the CN is better when you decide to upgrade to the Rechargeable battery, but the Manfrotto is better out of the box, for using just two AAA batteries and lasting much longer on the fresh batteries.
Summary: the two lights both have their pro's and con's but if I had to choose to buy either light again knowing I would need to replace it within the year I would choose the CN with the Rechargeable battery simply for the fact that you have more functionality.
However if I was looking for a light that will last me a few years, will always be reliable and is not so bulky it gets in the way of the rest of my equipment I would choose the Manfrotto.
In the end I choose the Manfrotto because it is the better camera light that is more reliable, but don't let that make up your mind for some people the CN will be a better fit.
I also have the 160 LED Dimmable from the other brand. It works, but it arrived with problems. I had to "adjust" the batteries to get it working. Quality control is lacking there. But it is brighter, and about $10 cheaper. I use both, and I am happy. But I bring the Manfrotto everywhere with me due to its size, built to take travel damage, and the reliability.
reasonably well constructed
delivers enough light for the purpose
Light output control is smooth and flicker free
Not sure of the CRI
too expensive compared to similar products from other value brands
quality does not justify the premium charged