Almost completely under the radar, Manfrotto introduced a new and interesting little line of LED lights with built in batteries called – Lumie – here is a first look.
It might sound strange that such an interesting product line is announced without any media attention, however Manfrotto were never very strong when it comes to PR. At any rate, the Manfrotto Lumie is a line of (currently) 3 LED products – all small enough to carry in any type of photo bag.
Lumie in action
So what does the Lumie line has to offer? (more from the Manfrotto website)
- LUMIE PLAY – the smallest member of the family – 220 lux output, 3 dimming modes, 92 CRI, 60 min minimum run-time, 50 degrees beam angle, USB connection.
- LUMIE ART – the mid size member of the family – 440 lux output, 3 dimming modes, 92 CRI, 65 min minimum run-time, 50 degrees beam angle, USB connection.
- LUMIE MUSE – the largest member of the family – 550 lux output, 4 dimming modes, 92 CRI, 60 min minimum run-time, 50 degrees beam angle, USB connection.
Besides the lights themselves there are also accessories including color filters and mounting accessories allowing the tiny LEDs to be connected to anything with a 1/4 20 thread (or even to be place on top of the camera directly).
Small as a cassette tape
The only thing that we don’t know (and we are trying to figure our with Manfrotto) is pricing. If priced currently these tiny units can be a real hit and a very useful tool for many types of photographers who require small portable lights, with accurate colors and a built in battery.
Lumie filters – several different sets are avaliable