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Nikon reveals LD-1000 LED movie light for 1 System and Coolpix

By dpreview staff on Sep 5, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

Nikon has announced an LED movie light for its Coolpix and 1 System cameras. We could swear the LD-1000 was already available, but maybe that's because we've been seeing mockups of it attached to 1 System cameras at tradeshows for a couple of years. The lamp is fairly compact and uses LEDs behind a diffusion panel for soft, even light. Although it comes with a bracket to mount it onto compatible cameras, the LD-1000 can be hand-held for more control. It will be available next month at an MSRP of $99.95.

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NIKON INTRODUCES THE NEW NIKON LD-1000 LED MOVIE LIGHT, A COMPACT LED LIGHT FOR NIKON 1 SYSTEM AND COOLPIX CAMERAS 

MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 5, 2013) – Today, Nikon announced the new LD-1000 LED Movie Light, an optional lighting accessory for Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras. The LD-1000 LED Movie Light is compact and lightweight, making it convenient to take anywhere. Additionally, it features a built-in diffusion panel, enabling natural, even exposure and smooth textures with soft light. For further versatility, the bracket can be removed from the movie light, allowing it to be held in the hand for free control over the angle of lighting. 

Primary Features of the Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light:

  • Diffusion Panel for Soft Light that Enables Natural Rendering. The built-in diffusion panel evenly diffuses light for clear and consistent soft illumination. It also enables natural rendering of textures with minimal glare. The movie light can be used as an additional light source when capturing close proximity photography of still subjects like food, or as an additional light source for HD video.

  • Continuous Lighting, The Degree of Which Can be Confirmed During Shooting. As the movie light emits light continuously, rather than momentarily as a conventional camera flash does, the degree and effect of the light can be confirmed in the live view display as it strikes the subject while shooting. 

  • Removable Bracket for Lighting From Any Angle. The movie light can be separated from the camera bracket, allowing users to adjust direction and height, as well as the distance of the light from the subject to achieve an optimal lighting angle regardless of the camera's position. Flexible control over the way a light strikes a subject makes natural rendering possible with a three-dimensional feel. 

Price and Availability

The Nikon LD-1000 LED Movie Light will come in Black and White and will be available in October 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $99.95*. For more information on this new Nikon lighting accessory as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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Total comments: 27
jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (7 months ago)

Oh good. Thanks Nikon, you found my dad's army flashlight. When the switch is left in the standby mode the light will turn on instantly once the release button is pressed halfway on any Nikon camera. It uses a short range proprietary radio frequency to achieve this. Oh it doesn't?

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iamphil
By iamphil (7 months ago)

From Nikon site
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Brightness: Approx 130 lux/65 lux at 3.3 feet (1 meter) selected with switch
Beam Pattern: Circular, 72 degrees, up down, left, right
Illumination Duration: 30 minutes
Powered By: Four (4) AAA batteries (alkaline, lithium or Ni-MH)

No mention of lumen or CRI ratings.

You may as well buy any of the high end AA flood flashlights/headlamps on the market and just attach those to the shoe via a holder or magnet. Cheaper, lighter, longer lasting and not a huge pain in the ass when you need to change batteries.

P.S. No word on whether this is made in China or Japan. (LOL)

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chouster
By chouster (7 months ago)

agree 100% .There are flahlights out there that run off one single AA, therefore smaller and lighter than this one, have high cri LEDs, give over 120 lumen out of 1 AA!! and are cheaper...

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

Good luck to Nikon with this thing. Since it is for the prosumer 1 series, it is probably priced 4x or 5x higher than it is worth.

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PHOTOJOE55
By PHOTOJOE55 (7 months ago)

Well it fits right in with the camera's design, that's for sure.

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Charlie boots
By Charlie boots (7 months ago)

If they make this camera with interchangeable lenses and an adaptor to fit my nikkor F lenses I will be happy as a clam and not buy the Fuji xPro system.

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (7 months ago)

This looks like it's designed to lift shadows and put catchlights in the eyes of your subject. If you watch most news video shooters they all have some form of this light on their cameras that they leave on most of the time. If it works right, it will make your videos look more professional. Nikon is really creating an ecosystem for the Nikon 1.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

"Nikon is really creating an ecosystem for the Nikon 1.... by selling a $20 or $25 video micro light for a whopping 100 buckaroos. That is their "ecosystem."

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

this is brilliant. I've been always wanting a hair dryer beside the camera to blow the hair of the model. well done Nikon.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (7 months ago)

boring and overpriced like most of the recently accessories released by Nikon. Also it looks like a 1-2$ cheap flashlight that is available in one of those stores selling cheap chinese products.

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Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (7 months ago)

This can only serve as a catch light and lift the shadows of a persons face very near to the camera. It can't illuminate a scene. Don't expect to much.

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Simon97
By Simon97 (7 months ago)

It's a photo accessory. It is supposed to be expensive.

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audijam
By audijam (7 months ago)

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg..............seriously?!

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Langusta
By Langusta (7 months ago)

What you pay for is a "the SK-1000 bracket and two LS-32 lock screws". Thingy with LED is for free...

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CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (7 months ago)

These gadgets either reminds me of my doctor during my routine physical check up or my Jurassic Metz Meca Blitz Lightning Bomb...

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Langusta
By Langusta (7 months ago)

I guess bracket is the expensive part...

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chouster
By chouster (7 months ago)

For filming outside at night times this just isn't bright enough. 130 lux at 1m is a joke, you'll barely be able to film your own feet in the dark at reasonable ISO levels... There is no lumen output specificated but I doubt this has more than 150 lumen. For that price you can get high quality lights that deliver about 1000 lumen.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (7 months ago)

130 lux is probably enought to illuminate faces at short distances. The diffusion feature limits glare. It will not illuminate a ballpark, no. But even a mere 1,000 lumens would blind any close subjects and draw complaints from others.

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Marcelobtp
By Marcelobtp (7 months ago)

Having at disposal 1000 lumens or less is like a option, here the option does not exist, this price is ridiculous...

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chouster
By chouster (7 months ago)

Can go from 0,01-970 lumen, neutral-white-LED,Waterproof to IPX7, ....90 $
http://www.zebralight.com/H600Fw-Mk-II-Floody-18650-XM-L2-Headlamp-Neutral-White_p_118.html

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Edgar Matias
By Edgar Matias (7 months ago)

A few days ago, I bought 3 off-brand equivalents of this, for less than the price of one of these Nikons...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/857242-REG/36_LAMP_COMPACT_LED_ON-CAMERA_LIGHT

Not as pretty, but does the job.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (7 months ago)

Third party brands are cheaper? Wow, who would've thought.

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Edgar Matias
By Edgar Matias (7 months ago)

Shocking, I know. :-)

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MightyMike
By MightyMike (7 months ago)

Wow a flashlight and mounting bracket that costs $100, pitiful!

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belard
By belard (7 months ago)

If you remove the marketing jargon, it's a 100 dollar flashlight.

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jkoch2
By jkoch2 (7 months ago)

Yet you'd be mesmerized and pay $250 for an Apple iLight.

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johnparas11zenfoliodotcom
By johnparas11zenfoliodotcom (7 months ago)

Come on nikon.. How about an adapter so Nikon ,V1and V2 owners can use regular Nikon flashes with TTL?

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