I recently had an opportunity to review yet another great product from FloLight. This time it was the MicroBeam 128. This is a great little light that is the perfect solution for HDSLR “Run & Gun” setups. Inside the box, you’ll find the following:
The MicroBeam 128 lives up to the reputation of it’s big brother, the MB 256, as it has a rugged anodized aluminum case, 1/4-20 mounts on the top and bottom of the unit, a heavy duty switch and a highly sensitive intensity knob so you can dial in exactly the right amount light easily.
These lights come in wither 5600k or Tungsten with either a spot or flood option. No matter which one you get, the light will have 128 ultrabright LEDs.
Once I unpacked the box, I tested it out with the assistance of my Kessler CineSlider which provided a smooth dolly from 3 to 6 feet.
I mounted the MB 128 using the supplied shoe mount on the the shoe of my 7D. I shot using the EF 50mm 1.4. Using the microFollowFocus | Blue, I set my focus marks and then set hard stops to make sure I got the same rack every time.
I shot with an f5.6 at a 160 ISO. If you’re shooting ENG or just run and gun, you’ll most likely use a higher ISO, but for the purposes of this test I wanted to keep it low just to see how much of a difference the light will make.
The above picture is from screen grabs of the actual footage coming out of the 7D. I think they pretty much speak for themselves. As I said before, don’t let the size full you. This tiny, featherweight light packs a punch, and it consistently lit our model evenly from as far as 6 feet. If you use a higher ISO, you’ll get much more out of it than six feet.
To find out more about the MicroBeam 128, and all of the other products from FloLight, go to their website at: www.FloLight.com.
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