An increasing number of DSLR buyers are using their cameras for their HD video features just as much as their still shooting. And wouldn't it be nice if you have a powerful dual purpose light that would work nicely for both functions. If that is the case, allow us to illuminate you (Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)

CWS Holiday Gift Item # 9 is the Manfrotto Midi Plus 36 LED Light Panel, a compact high quality hybrid light for digital cameras.  When used as a continuous light source, the Midi Plus 36's 36 LEDs emit light at a constant temperature of 5600°K (daylight), with an illuminance of 420 LUX at a distance of 1m. Its dimmer allows precise control over light output and exposure. The light is a convenient, compact and portable light source. The cone of light it produces is diffuse and soft-edged; with no heat generated and with a beam of around 30°, it can illuminate a person standing 3m (10ft) away, making it ideal for many close-range applications such as interview lighting, Vox Pops, casual or social video. It can be used off-camera as a macro photography light without overheating delicate subjects. When fitted onto a DSLR shoe, a handy 3200K LED light the camera controls to assist you in low light conditions. It can be used both horizontally as well as vertically and includes a flex mounting head, a diffuser and gels for different lighting situations. You can click here for more product information and an instructional video from Manfrotto.

$229.95 (less than a top flash unit from Nikon or Canon) gets you light and versatility for your new DSLR. Tomorrow will be a BUSY day but we'll post CWS Holiday Item #10...

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