Known for energy efficiency and low heat output, LED lights provide convenient continuous lighting for still and video capture. With eight new models from Manfrotto, featuring daylight, tungsten and bi-color options, even the most demanding photographers will find a good fit for their needs. If you’re on a budget and prefer an on camera panel, check out the Spectra2 ($220), MicroPro2 ($350) and the Croma2 ($419).
The new Lykos LED panels are the next step up and priced at $450 (daylight) and $515 (bi-color), with an optional softbox and Bluetooth dongle for wireless control.
The top-of-the-line Litepanels Astra 1×1 LED panels offer the most power and sophistication at prices from $665-$1,300. An optional module is available for wireless operation of the Astras as well.