Why is it so difficult to compare one light to another? It would be bad enough to say that watts, LUX, watt-seconds, and guide numbers aren’t directly comparable. And unless you’ve been around lights for a long time, these measurements won’t even make intuitive sense.
Litra’s range of LED lights have become very popular over the last few years. Their products fit into that small LED niche accompanied by names such as Lumecube and Gudsen and even Godox, although Litra generally seems to have led the way when it comes to tough and rugged but small LED lights. It appears, though, that this niche space is about to see a big new competitor, in the form of Logitech.
First announced in May last year, the Aputure Light Storm LS60D and LS60X LED lights are now officially here. Available in both daylight (LS60D) and bicolour (LS60X) variants, the new lights offer an adjustable beam angle, weatherproofing. Both lights also offer a multitude of power options from the supplied AC adapter or through the use of a weatherproof DC input.
It’s taken a little longer than expected for Aputure to bring these to market, having initially expected them to come in Summer 2020, but they look like a pretty exciting addition to the Light Storm product lineup.
Godox has launched their new TL60 LED light, and this time it’s not a new strobe style light that takes softboxes, but a tube light. It comes in several kits, depending on the configuration you need and features both an internal lithium-ion battery as well as external AC power options. It also comes with a multitude of control options including on-board, a dedicated remote, a smartphone app or DMX control.
It offers a CRI of 96 and TLCI of 98 to offer the most accurate colours when shooting video or photography, but it’s also RGB – if you hadn’t guessed from the photo above – offering RGB, HSI and Gel colour modes, along with white balance from 2700K-6500K and 13 different effects modes.
Aputure’s Sidus Link app for iOS and Android is a way to remote control just about all of Aputure’s newest LED lights. It adds a lot of functionality right in your hand and allows you to easily speed up your lighting workflow. It allows you to control the temperature, colour & gel, brightness, effects modes and other features of your lights.
But what about those older Aputure LED lights that don’t support Sidus? Well, now they do, thanks to the (finally) released Aputure Sidus Link Bridge which, as the name suggests, bridges the communications gap between the new system and the old, allowing you to control those older lights in your kit along with the new.
If you’ve shot video, or even sometimes if you’ve shot stills, you know what a hassle practical lighting can be. It’s always too bright or too dim to easily balance with the rest of your lights for the ISO you want to shoot at. Or, it’s completely the wrong colour. So, you have to get tricky with white balance, or gel things, or have a bunch of different types of bulbs on-hand to match to other light sources.
Well, no more. Now you just need one type of bulb to match with everything. Aputure has finally launched the Accent B7c, an RGBWW colour-mixing practical LED light that lets you simulate just about any colour or brightness you’ll ever need.
Product photography can be a lot of fun, especially when you start to experiment with light painting. In this video, photographer Mark Duffy shows us how he does his long exposure product photography using the new KYU 6 LED lights and Godox MS300 strobes in the studio on a pair of trainers (or “sneakers”, for those of you in the US).
Oh yes, you’ve all been waiting a long time for this one. Aputure has now officially announced the launch of the Aputure MC 12-Light Production Kit, initially debuted way back in April 2019 at NAB. It’s a case containing twelve Aputure Amaran MC LED lights, along all the associated hardware and bits to keep them all charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice.
The popular wearable Lumiee LED lights have received an upgrade. Spiffy Gear has today announced its successor, the KYU-6. Like the original Lumiee, it comes in 95+ CRI bi-colour and clean wavelength RGB flavours, but KYU-6 comes with finer brightness settings, better weather resistance, and you can now charge it while using it.
The Godox SL series LED lights have proven to be extremely popular due to their low cost. Two of the models in that range, the SL150 and SL200 have seen a Mark II update today, according to an email that Godox has been sending out today.
One of the features of the new SL150II and SL200II offers up a solution to the biggest complaint about LED lights of this form factor – fan noise! The new lights include a fanless silent mode operation. It’s unclear from the email if there’s simply no fan in the unit at all, or if it’s a mode you can set when you need to minimise noise, but either way, it’s going to be a very welcome feature for many.