Why The Amaran HR672s Are Our Go To Lights, Product Review

Aug 10, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Why The Amaran HR672s Are Our Go To Lights, Product Review

Aug 10, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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A while back we got an upgrade for our Amaran 528 LED system and replaced them for the Amaran HR672 system. We are still using the old panels when we need more then the lights that we have, but all and all the 672s became our go to panels for almost anything out of the studio.

It is quite fascinating to see how LEDs have evolved over the years and from being a crappy lighting option they are slowly becoming more and more mainstream. The HR672 are the perfect example as they manage to deliver what we want from a lighting systems: a very bright light, with good quality (no green or purple casts), and low power usage. And they do it all at a pretty affordable price (around $280)

Like all their products Aputure delivers great value on this one. (awesome light quality aside). And the package includes 2 batteries, a swivel, a power adapter, a remove and gels if needed. I am not really impressed with goodies, but clearly Aputure went out of their skins to provide good value on this package.

The two main changes vs. the old AL-528 series are brightness (50% more) and CRI or light quality (up to 95 from the previous 85, sunlight is 100, anything under 85 is not really suitable for photography). And of course there is the remote. It’s an RF remote so you can work the lights from quite a distance (Aputure claims 100 meters, but I did not test this). This is a big plus over the take-the-stand-down-adjust-the-light-put-the-stand-back-up method.

There are three  variants (or flavors) to the system: straight forward (60°, 45W), narrow beam (25°) which is suitable for interviews where you want to avoid spillage, and a variable color flavor. I personally found the straight on version and the 25° good enough if gelled.

We did have one minor overheating issue, where the panel was flickering after a long use in a particularly hot day. We were never able to recreate it, so it looks like it was a one time thing.

You can get the system on Amazon or B&H for around $280.

 

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3 responses to “Why The Amaran HR672s Are Our Go To Lights, Product Review”

  1. Kasper Schürer Avatar
    Kasper Schürer

    I have two of the S version that I use for filming interviews, along with four F&V Z96 lights that are assembled as one panel.

    One Aputure light is way more powerful than the four Z96’s together, and I do believe that the price of one Aputure light is about half of what I originally paid for the four Z96 lights.
    The only problem I have with these lights is the build quality: they definately don’t feel very sturdy (made of a light plastic material) and I’m always concerned of how well they’re going to hold up when I’m out on location (the four Z96 lights are definately of a better build quality, even though they’re also made of plastic, and I never seem to worry about them as much as I do with the Aputure lights).
    Other than that, I really can’t say anything bad about these lights: High output, good CRI, no flickering and a good handful of accessories provided with the lights – I was hooked the moment I received the first one!

    Now I just need to find a good pair of softboxes to go with these lights. I’ve been eyeing the Airbox Lights for a little while (they do seem a bit pricey to me, though) or perhaps I should just go down the DIY route on this one… :)

  2. Daniel Avatar
    Daniel

    I looked at their site and it does not list UL certification, are they selling in the US?

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Hi, Daniel,
      I checked with Aputure and they are allowed to sell in the US and have the relevant certification, as dealers like B&H and Adorama require. I am not sure about the type of certification, but they would not have been in B&H if they were not legit