Aputure Amaran F7 & MX Deliver Power & Portability

Aputure Amaran F7 & MX Deliver Power & Portability

I have to admit, I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Aputure.  For me, some of their products are a bit kludgy, with lots of pieces and cables, that I really think could be a better more streamlined. That said, Aputure Is the one company that keeps churning out products that meet both my functional and budgetary needs. The Amaran F7 & MX are the latest examples of that.

Amaran F7 & MX

Let take a look at their latest announcements. The F7 is the modern answer to the very popular Amaran 198c. Of course, it has more LED and better output. I would expect anything less.  Aputure also listened to customer feedback and improved the powering options with the addition and d-tap and USB-C power ports. but the feature that impresses me the most is how they have managed to get some light power out of this bi-color light.  I have always in team Bi-color. I love the flexibility and speed it offers and I’ve learned to just live with the fact that bi-color light is going be less efficient than the daylight version.  For this first time that I’m aware of, Aputure has selected warm 3200k and cool 9500k LEDs so that when both are at full output, the resulting light is perfectly balanced to 5600K. Let’s face it, it’s in daylight situations that we need all that light. Many other bicolor units produce about 4000K and max output. That’s a bit of a compromise but can work in some situations.  Oh, and did I mention the $98 price tag.  I’m already sold.


The MX (or M10) this the big brother to the very popular M9. It’s bright, lightweight and tiny enough to fit just about anywhere.  The MX takes that to the next level.  It has it bit more bulk to accommodate the durable all aluminum construction. It has a 4-hour internal battery that allows you to tuck into tight spots, with needing room for an NP-F style battery. There’s also a clever Boost Mode that overdrives the LEDs, in 60 sed. burst, for increased output.  I guess this is limited to 60 sec. to preserve the longevity of the LEDs. I can see this being pretty helpful on still shoots but less so for video.

Amaran F7 Specs

  • 256 LED
  • 3200k – 9500k Color Temp.
  • 45° Beam Angle
  • 1500 LUX @ 1m
  • CRI 95
  • TLCI 95
  • 15w power draw

Amaran MX Specs

  • 128 LED
  • 2800K – 6500k Color Temp
  • 120° Beam Angle
  • 200 LUX @ 1m
  • 260 LUX @ 1m Boosted
  • CRI 95
  • TLCI 95
  • 2A power draw

All in all, these look like two very handy lights to have in your package.  In fact, a couple of each could make for nice little lighting kit for when you have really to travel light. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on both of these as soon as I can. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep at least one MX in my camera bag and a pair of F7 in my light kit.  Stay tuned for more.

CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel [REVIEW]

CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel [REVIEW]

In this review, I wanted to take a look at the CAME-TV Boltzen 55w Fresnel lights to see if they would make a good replacement for my Arri 150w Fresnels. The Boltzens are available in both daylight and tungsten. I reviewed the daylight version. The color and intensity are just what I was looking for, even using the tungsten color correction filter. I was just a little disappointed with the sharpness of the fresnel lens, but it’s not a deal breaker. Build quality is nice and the variety of power options is a big plus for me.

If you want to add the Boltzens to your get you can find them here.

Single 55w Daylight – http://amzn.to/2oR9Pkx

2 Pc. 55w Daylight – http://amzn.to/2otXlmU

3 pc. 55w Daylight – https://goo.gl/x1eCko

Update Old Tungsten Fresnels with VisionSmith ReLamp LEDs

Update Old Tungsten Fresnels with VisionSmith ReLamp LEDs

VisionSmith ReLamp System

The VisionSmith ReLamp System just might be the LED solution I’ve been looking for to breath new life into my old fresnels. In the past few years, I’ve become more and more reliant of LED fixtures.  I’ve come to appreciate the low power consumption. The low power needs allow me to run almost everything on batteries, the lightweight of the fixtures and the versatility of LED in terms of color.

LEDs have really changed the way I work.  On many shoots, I’m able to move faster and be or agile with my lighting.  But sometimes I miss the utility of the fresnels in my trusty old Arri kit.  There a number of companies making very effective LED fresnels. Rayzar 7, Intellytech, Arri, and Ikan just to name a few.  The problem I have with these is a combination of the price, size and output trade-offs. Also, I have all these great fixtures gathering dust in my garage.

VisionSmith ReLamp is a direct replacement for Tungsten bulbs in most traditional fresnel lamps. It’s not retrofit that requires modification of the fixture, rather this upgrade is as simple as a bulb replacement. (Although, removing the internal reflector and swapping in VisonSmith’s fresnel lens does produce better performance.)

The ReLamp system offers replacements for 300w, 650w, 1000w and 2000w fixtures. They come in both Tungsten (98CRI) and Daylight (95CRI) options. As with other LED lights, they use a fraction of the power of tungsten or HMI fixtures of similar output.  They all work with common dimmers. No need for LED specific dimmers. Best of all the cost is about 1/4 of a comparable LED.



Luxli Viola – One of the BEST On-Camera Lights!

Luxli Viola – One of the BEST On-Camera Lights!

On-camera lights come in a lot of forms these days. LEDs, for their low power consumption, light weight, and versatility, are the most popular. There are options in daylight, Tungsten and Bi-color. The Luxli Viola takes it a step further, adding full RGB color output.

Viola is part of the Orchestra Series from Luxli. Along with its elegant design is an equally elegant iOS app  (no Android yet) that offers full wireless control of animated lighting, color programming, eyedropper selection, and the ability to instantly control groups of Luxli Orchestra lights. For only $350, the Viola would be a valuable addition to any kit.

Luxli Viola Features

  • Light panel
  • Bluetooth version
    4.0 LE
  • Battery
    Sony L-Series type
  • DC power input
    2.1 mm 7.2–12 V
  • Dimensions
    5” x 1” x 3” (12.7 x 2.5 x 7.6 cm)
  • Weight
    .75 lb. (340 g)
      • 3,200K  –  597 lux
      • 4,300K  –  624 lux
      • 5,600K  –  643 lux
      • 6,400K  –  610 lux
      • 7,200K  –  612 lux
      • 10,000K  –  614 lux
      • Red (0°)  –  80.7 lux
      • Yellow (60°)  –  343 lux
      • Green (120°)  –  264 lux
      • Cyan (180°)  –  380 lux
      • Blue (240°)  –  143 lux
      • Magenta (300°)  –  194 lux

In the box

  • Orchestra Viola LED
  • Shoe-mount ball head
  • NP-F550 battery
  • Battery charger
Aputure COB 120 Fresnel Mount Has Landed

Aputure COB 120 Fresnel Mount Has Landed

The long awaited Fresnel Mount for the Aputure COB 120 LED lights has started shipping. This new lens attachment makes this already useful LED flood light a much more controllable light source. Jem Schofield of theC47 takes a close look at the fresnel attachment.

The Aputure COB 120 LED light has been a hot property ever since it was launched in early 2016. The Tungsten balanced COB 120T version was the first model released follow recently by Daylight, COB 120D version.

COB 120 Features

  • Features CRI96+ and TLCI96+, excellent color reproduction. Integrates 324 powerful luminous chips, with Bowens Mount Reflector attached, provides 14000lux@0.5M(1.64ft).
  • Ultra Silent Fan, Noise Low to 18dB. Dual Cooling Mode, One Key Switching. COB 120D has a remarkably intelligent temperature control system. The fans rotation will be varied based on the correspondent ambient temperature. Furthermore, the fans will go to the maximum of rotation when you press the Auto/Force mode. This complex fan system is convenient for both improving the dissipation efficiency and light lifespan in complex shooting environment.
  • Dual Power Supply via Power Adapter or V-Mount Battery(Not Included). 2.4G FSK wireless control within 100M, no blind angle.
  • Unique Light-Control Separation Design allows people to control illumination on the COB120’s controller box no matter where it is mounted and greatly reduces the traditionally top-heavy weight of mounted fixtures.
  • Featuring a Tough Aero-Aluminum body, the LS C120D is remarkably tough and durable. Portable and lightweight, weights similar to A Macbook Pro.

If you’re looking for more info about the Aputure COB 120 LED Lights, cinematographer Eric Naso has done a great review. Check it out.

The Versatility of Quasar Science LED Lighting Review 

The Versatility of Quasar Science LED Lighting Review 

Review by Hot Rod Cameras

Quasar Science LED makes a flicker-free, dimmable, LED tube that can be a direct replace for fluorescent tubes used in architectural lighting and Kino style fixtures.  But you don’t actually need a fixture, as each tube can work as a standalone fixture.

The Quasar Science tubes come in 3000k, 5600k, and Bi-Color version.  The Bi-Colors are offered in a switched 3000/5600k version or their “Crossfade” tubes, which allow you to dial in your color temp.

The tubes are offered in 2′, 4′, and 8′ lengths. Custom lengths are available thru special order.

These 95 CRI fixtures are compatible with most dimmers and promise a lifespan of over 25,000 hours.


Looking around at the many options available to lighting professionals today, the technology is becoming increasingly integrated and delicate. When designing systems like the Q-Line Linear LED Lamps and Accessories, we chose to approach things from a different angle.

Given the inevitable fact that all LEDs eventually “burnout” after lengthy use as the phosphorus fades, our LED boards are completely replaceable just like a light bulb.

This allows the Driver and Heat Sink to last well beyond the life of the Light Emitting Diodes. Once the CRI drops, just slap in a new LED board.

Upgrades are also possible as advancements are made in the ratio of Lumens Per Watt, future LED boards will output more light utilizing the same driver and power supply.

Our Snap-In driver system makes maintenance quick and painless; allowing for a quick swap between 120vac and 240vac drivers. This also keeps entire systems from being “totaled” as when one simple malfunction would drag down the whole apparatus.

Increased durability was a result with a reduction in soldered and crimped terminals we are able to build incredibly tough and long lasting hardware for the rough conditions of professional lighting.

For pricing or other info, visit the Quasar Science website.