228 of 233 people found the following review helpful
Great value - know your equipment!,
This review is from: Sima SL-20LX Rechargeable LED Ultra Bright Video Light (Electronics)
I paid about $30 for this light. It charges fast, works way longer than other lights in this price range, IT DOES COME with the bracket to mount it on your tripod threads. A little cheap, but made of metal and quite useful. My camcorder has a widescreen display and you can angle the bracket forward so the light will not hit the screen. I got this so I could record in fairly low-light conditions, the kids, etc. Does what I need for cheap. **To the people who say it has a green tint to it. #1 its $30 - go see what a professional color correct light costs, then complain. #2 Most cameras and camcorders have what is called a "WHITE BALANCE" setting. Auto usually does ok, but if you are getting funky colors, manually set it by holding a piece of WHITE paper in the light you are using, fill the frame and hit 'set' however your camera does it. And presto! The colors should be much more accurate than before. Learn how to use your equipment!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Made it better w/ a Softbox...,
This review is from: Sima SL-20LX Rechargeable LED Ultra Bright Video Light (Electronics)My inital purchase was based on the other posted reviews and the value price point. Knowing what I was getting based on its cost, I was not disappointed! I works as expected, but it is harsh for closeup work... in comes the LumiQuest Mini Softbox!
I researched the Softbox as an accessory for the Nikon SB-400 on my D40. After seeing the product videos at the LumiQuest site, I thought this would solve that "harshness" problem with these Sima lights too. Wow! What a difference! As the subject of video closeup work, having the Softbox really takes the "edge" off this light and really making it easier to look into the camera without that "deer-caught-in-headlights" stare. It worked so well that I just ordered another Sima Light and a LumiQuest Mini Softbox! (Trying to get a key/fill light combo to attempt 3-point lighting).
(I was able to compensate for the tone of this light within the camcorder using whitebalance & exposure... but now with the Softbox, I... Read more
77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
First Impressions - Great bang for the buck,
This review is from: Sima SL-20LX Rechargeable LED Ultra Bright Video Light (Electronics)I just got mine a few minutes ago and pulled it out of the packaging. Boy is it light and seems bright to me. I haven't done much testing with it. I have it on the charger now and will give it a workout after I get a full charge on it.
As far as the color it seems warmer than most LED lights. I have a few LED lights (round tent camp light and some flashlights) and it is much warmer than them.
It feels cheap and plasticy which it is but it has a clever design. It comes with a mount for a hot shoe and the shoe is all plastic which I like because you don't have to worry about it shorting out anything on your camera. The bottom of the shoe has a 1/4-20 thread mount too. Granted it is only plastic but the whole thing is so light I don't see this being a problem. The other three sides on the light have a hot shoe slot (well a non hot shoe, just a shoe). This means that you could hook another light to the Sima or several to create a multi-light setup. The lights would... Read more