Manfrotto Lumimuse LED Lights Review

The Lumimuse LED light range Manfrotto bring a perfect balance of portability and power to your lighting accessories. The compact design is made from robust, lightweight aluminium which ensures that they are able to withstand the rigors of pretty much all you can throw at them.  Built-in rechargeable USB Li-Pol batteries negate the need for you to carry spares, freeing up valuable space in your camera bag. The supplied hot shoe mount also includes a standard 6.4mm thread allowing you to attach the lights directly to a tripod or lighting stand. The snap-fit filter mount and accompanying filters let you choose how to modify your images. You can change the diffusion of the LED light as well as the colour temperature. Various effects can be achieved by using up to three filters at the same time. Also available to buy separately are a range of coloured filter inserts which should afford no end of artistic license. All the filter kits and mounts come in their own carrying case which again is small and portable enough to fit in your camera bag without taking up much space at all. Whether you are capturing stills images or video footage these lights are a great option for increasing your artistic flair.


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 Specs at a glance: Art

Weight 4.83 oz 137 g
Collection/Series Lumimuse LED Lights Lumimusee LED Lights
Battery Type Built in Lithium Built in Lithium
Beam Angle 50 50
Certification CE ; FCC ; KCC ; RCM CE ; FCC ; KCC ; RCM
Colour Temperature 5600 5600
CRI (Colour Rendition Index) >92 >92
Product – Depth 1.1 in 2.8 cm
Dimmable 3 step dimming 3 step dimming
Product – Height 2.36 in 6 cm
Product – Length 2.99 in 7.6 cm
Lux@1m 440 440
Mounting Method Hot-shoe and female 1/4“ Hot-shoe and female 1/4“
Number of LEDs 6 6
Power Supply mini USB mini USB
Battery Life 60 min 60 min

 

Specs at a glance: Play

Weight 744.83 oz 7474 g
Collection/Series Lumimuse LED Lights Lumimuse LED Lights
Battery Type Built in Lithium Built in Lithium
Beam Angle 50 50
Certification CE ; FCC ; KCC ; RCM CE ; FCC ; KCC ; RCM
Colour Temperature 5600 5600
CRI (Colour Rendition Index) >92 >92
Product – Depth 1.1 in 2.8 cm
Dimmable 3 step dimming 3 step dimming
Product – Height 5.32.36 in 5.35 cm
Product – Length 2.99 in 7.1 cm
Lux@1m 440 22022220
Mounting Method Hot-shoe and female 1/4“ Hot-shoe and female 1/4“
Number of LEDs 6 3
Power Supply mini USB mini USB
Battery Life 60 min 60 min

 

The Manfrotto Lumimuse LED lights are ideal for adding a little bit of fill light whilst shooting outdoors. They are also very handy in the studio for product photography. There are three sizes in the range; the smallest is the Lumie Play which features three LED’s, the Lumie Art which has six and the largest in the group, the Lumie Muse, which features eight LED’s. It goes without saying that the larger the unit and the more LED’s results in greater power output. Regardless of size option all the lights in the range utilise Manfrotto’s super-bright surface mount LED technology which results in fewer but larger and brighter LED’s than their Spectra range.

For the purpose of this review I have been playing around and testing the Lumie Play and the Lumie Art lights with three and six LED’s respectively. Both lights are similar in design and only differ slightly in size and weight. The Play comes in at 28 x 53 x 71mm and weighs just 73g compared to the Art which weighs in at 137g and has dimensions of 28 x 60 x 76 mm. Each of the units within the range have a three step dimmer (the Muse has 4) operated by simply depressing the power button to scroll through each step and the lights all illuminate at 5600K colour temperature.

Lumimuse LED Lights

I tested the Lumimuse LED lights in the studio for some product images and was surprised at just how versatile they can be. The three step dimming allows for creating some great lighting setups and coupled with the filters open up even more scope. I had the each of the units set up on light stands with adjustable hotshoe mounts which gave me the most flexibility. It is worth mentioning here that the included mounts supplied with the Lumie range are basic at best, I would have liked to have seen a better designed mount which allowed some degree of angulation. Whilst testing the lights they were on continuously for around 55 minutes when they suddenly switched off. I did notice the units felt quite warm to the touch so I put the auto switch off down to them over heating before realising they required recharging.   Another point worth noting; there is no low battery indicator. Not sure why but I doubt it isn’t too hard to implement by way of a flashing LED or the LED turning red to indicate the battery level is low. One option would be to turn the units off between shoots or setting up shots but this isn’t always viable when you are adjusting the lighting to create a desired effect. The units are charged via a USB port and again a couple of points worth noting. The USB rubber port protector is tiny and detaches completely from the units which is inevitably going to result in them being lost. Also the USB cable supplied is very short at around 170mm long, not too much of a problem as the plugs are standard so I just used a longer cable from another device.

Lumimuse LED Lights

In conclusion these Lumimuse LEDlights are a no brainer if you require a light weight compact lighting solution which is portable and offers flexible options in a number of situations. Small enough to keep in your camera bag for those ‘you don’t know when you’ll need them’ moments, and they are equally at home tucked into a pocket. They offer good value for money and quality is superb for the price point. They are versatile when used in conjunction with the filters and mixing different models within the range offers numerous lighting setups which should cover most needs. There are however a few minor niggles with them. The USB port protectors will get lost. The lack of battery level indication could also have a detrimental impact on a shoot if you aren’t careful. The short charging cables are fairly restrictive but do their job. The static hotshoe mounts are limiting but again probably just me being too picky. Irrespective of these minor niggles I can honestly say these lights are brilliant, they do the job well and should be more than adequate for most needs. The little bits I am being uber fussy over are not deal breakers in the least and are more of a ‘why didn’t they do…’ observation really. Would I recommend them? Quite simply, yes.

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