Well, not much you may say. But you can do a lot, yes, indeed you can. I bought a pair of MCOPlus LED 322A video lights from Hi-tech Wonder in Lisbon, with the sole purpose of using them for still photography. At less than €75 each, they were a steal. Obviously, forget mega productions, massive fashion shootings or anything like it. But if you need complementary light, studio lighting for small objects, that extra hand when photographing indoors, this is the kit.
These two units, alongside a smaller Metz Mecalight LED 480, a pair of Manfrotto Pixi mini tripods, a very, very old Cobra Portapod, a few B+W polarisers and a battery charger all fit inside my old, faithful Lowepro Nova 1 shoulder bag. Being a Fuji X Series mirrorless system user, portability, size and weight are paramount for me, hence the choice.
Beyond the technicalities, I’m posting a few shots made with this set – mainly with the MCOPlus LED322A: they are the best possible testimony of what you can achieve or expect from these units. As a reminder, I would say that “stage/set lighting design” is personal to the bones, so bear that in mind when observing the photographs that illustrate this review.
There is a battery tester on the back, next to the potentiometer. On the usability side: six AA batteries, rechargeable the better, or any of these camera batteries: Canon LP-E6; Nikon EN-EL15; Panasonic CGR-D16S; Sony NP-FH70, NP-FM55H or NP-F550. On six AA’s each unit will run for 60 to 120 minutes at full power, a very acceptable amount of time. There is a universal input for an external power supply, handy for studio or location work.
As with the vast majority of competitors on the market, MCOPlus LED322A is delivered with a pair of diffusers, white or orange for a warmer lighting tone.
The units are made of industrial-grade plastic (beauty is not of their attributes) and none has overheated so far – keep them away from moisture, take good care of them and I believe they will last and stand the test of time.
As for anything else in photography, knowledge and technique are much more important and far more critical to achieve good results than gear and that applies to lighting as well. For a budget this is a very good option, strongly recommended.
Bottles are extremely difficult to photograph – with two LED322A and a Metz LED480 this was the result.
Same setup, with the help of a small Fujifilm EF-X20 TTL Auto Flash
Just two LED322A units lit the scene above and the following sequence was lit using one or two LED322A units.
Below, another studio session where nothing else but one LED322A was used to create the light design used to lit up the set.
Last, but not the least, all photographs below produced with a pair of LED322A’s from MCO.
Hi-tech wonder MCOPlus 322A LED video light page here.
Tech specs for MCOPlus 322A LED video light here.
MCOPlus website here.
“O Fotográfico” reviews where these units were used to lit the set: