During photokina we payed a visit to the Aperture booth, had a chat with Ted Sim, and we totally fell in love with their new products. Actually, we have been using Aputure’s LEDs for quite a while now, so we were not surprised. What we were surprised with is the price points for the various products. THe fact that they can deliver a $500 field monitor with vectorscope and color parade is quite awesome.
Small lights are fantastic and well designed ones are extremely versatile. Whether you’re shooting stills or video, you can throw them in dark corners to balance out a scene, add a subtle rim light to your interview subject, or even replace practical lights on-set. They’re also usually quite inexpensive.
Aputure’s are taking “inexpensive” to the extreme with their new Amaran M9; A credit card sized light that’s less than half an inch thick, daylight balanced, runs for about an hour and a half on a full charge and costs only $45.
LED lighting has come a very long way in just a few short years, and Aputure wants to take on the sun with their new COB 120t LED light.
The 120t certainly isn’t the first LED powered light to offer the benefit of a Bowens S-Type mount, but it does have a couple of neat features. The biggest of those, being that you don’t need to have it plugged into the wall.
I am not completely sure how to tag this video, but I am sure that it show at least one specific benefit of LED lights over any other type of light: Durability.
Filmmaker Nitsan Simantov took an Amaran AL-H160 for a spin and while the review does not cover CRI, color temperature or brightness, it does prove one thing and proves it very well. The AL-160 is one tough light.
What starts as an innocent light stand drop, evolves into using the LED as a punch bag, oar, golf ball and Frisbee – the light survived them all, albeit the batteries do fall off on impact every now and then.
A short while ago I got three of Aputure’s Amaran LED panels. While there is a full review coming, I wanted to share my first impressions.
The Amaran LED AL-528x system is a low budget LED lighting system. The name hints on the fact that each AL-528 body consists of 528 LEDs. There are three members in the family, each with slightly different main features. I am going to quickly go over the three types and then share my first impressions. The lights sell for about $180 on Amazon which makes them a good entry level lights. [Read more…]