Aputure releases LS 600D Pro and announces Amaran 100D/X & 200D/X Bowens mount LED lights

Dec 11, 2020

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Aputure releases LS 600D Pro and announces Amaran 100D/X & 200D/X Bowens mount LED lights

Dec 11, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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It’s a busy day of announcements for Aputure today. Their new Lightstorm 600D Pro LED light is now available to purchase, and they’ve also announced four new lights in the Aputure Amaran range; the 100D, 100X, 200D and 200X Bowens mount continuous LED lights.

The Aputure LS 600D Pro, as the name suggests, is a monstrously powerful LED light, offering equivalent output to a 1200W HMI or Joker 800 with a CRI and TLCI both over 96. The Amaran lights are somewhat less powerful and Aputure hasn’t released much information about them yet, but here’s what we do know.

Aputure LS 600D Pro

The original Aputure LS 600D was first announced way back at IBC 2019 and that original model hasn’t actually come to fruition yet. But that hasn’t stopped them working it. They’ve received a lot of feedback and feature requests, and it essentially evolved into a much more capable light than was originally envisioned. So, the Pro version was created with all the bells and whistles one could hope for. The original non-Pro version will be coming at some point, of course, it won’t contain all of the features of the Pro version that’s being released today.

Colour temp5600K +/-200L
CRI>96
TLCI>96
SSI (D55)>72
Beam angle105°
Beam angle (600 series hyper reflector)55°
Power consumption<720W
Operating current 8A
Operating voltage110-240v 50/60Hz
Battery powerA pair V-Mount or Gold Mount batteries or 48v via 3-pin XLR
ControlOn-board, 2.4Ghz, Sidus Link (Sidus Mesh), Art-net, LumenRadio
2.4Ghz Wireless range<100m
Bluetooth Wireless range<80m
LumenRadio Wireless Range<100m
WeatherproofingDust & light rain resistant
Modifier mountBowens mount
Dimensions (lamp head w/yoke)30.8 x 25.03 x 45.6cm
Weight (lamp head w/yoke)4.64kg
Dimensions (control box)32.41 x 17.9 x 14.28cm
Weight (control box)5.8kg

The light itself is available in two flavours, depending on how you want to power it and both are available to buy now. There’s one that takes a pair of V-Mount batteries and one that takes a pair of Gold Mount batteries. Both versions of the light cost $1,890.

Aputure Amaran 100D, 100X, 200D, 200X

 

The four newly announced lights, the Aputure Amaran 100D, 100X, 200D and 200X are all essentially variants of the same light. It comes in 100W and 200W maximum power options, and each of those choices is also available in daylight and bicolour variants. The “D” is the daylight and the “X” are the bicolour, with a range of 2700K to 6500K.

Aimed at YouTubers and small space content creators, these lights are compact and lightweight, and run on 48v DC through the use of an AC power adapter (they come with a 3-metre cable). However, that 48v DC socket is an XLR input, so those of you with accessories like the Aputure 2-Bay Battery Power Station can use these lights on the go as well.

They have a Bowens mount on the front, allowing you to use your favourite modifiers (handy for those who also shoot stills and have a decent collection of Bowens mount modifiers) and come with the Aputure Hyper-Reflector to help project more of the light forward as well as an umbrella holder. Naturally, they’re compatible with all Aputure modifiers, as they’re all Bowens mount, too.

They have a fairly simple control interface on the back, featuring just a single dial on the daylight versions or a pair of dials on the bicolour versions and a BT Reset button and a large display. They’re also compatible with Aputure’s Sidus Link system, allowing for easy remote control from a smartphone or tablet – yes, you don’t need to buy the Sidus Link Bridge for these.

There’s no word on prices for these yet, but they’re expected to be released at some point in January 2021, so no doubt we’ll hear of prices along with more spec details as we get closer to the date.

Update: It looks like the prices have now been published and the lights are available for pre-order.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Aputure releases LS 600D Pro and announces Amaran 100D/X & 200D/X Bowens mount LED lights”

  1. David Peterson Avatar
    David Peterson

    Only US$199 for the Amaran 100D!

  2. Jack Hajewski Avatar
    Jack Hajewski

    Only $349.00 for the Amaran 200X