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.
Wireless VAR ND DEC Adapter
The new DEC controller is very similar to the company’s previous DEC LensRegain, it allows Canon lenses on MTF/E-mounts. As the previous DEC controller, it is also a wireless follow focus. But, the new version adds liquid crystal variable ND filtration to the package. You know how you can change the ND on the FS5? It’s similar tech. The DEC vari-nd will ship in 2-3 month at a price point of about $700
VS5 filed monitor (color parade and vectorscope)
If you do any color grading you are probably familiar with color parades and waveforms. Those features have been here for a long time, but only on a high end monitors. Now Aputure is bringing the price of this feature down to $500. If you look at around 4:33 you can see how easy it would be to calibrate your lights (or grade in post) using an x-rite colorchecker.
Sadly the monitor does not have an HDMI pass through yet, but they are considering.
Tri8 LED lights
If you used Apurture’s AL-528 or AL-672 lights you know how awesome they are. The only thing that feels like it could be improved is the build quality. It is not that it was bad, but it was very plasticky. Now Aputure are doing a haul to the line and releasing the AL-tri8. It is a 888 LED array that is completely made out of aluminum on the back, and holds a bullet-proof plastic on the front.
The battery pack on the back has also been improved and is now a metal bar with quick release and clever LCD.