Aputure have announced some really exciting new lighting accessories for their growing range of LED lights. The new accessories include the Light Dome II, the Light Dome Mini II, Aputure Barndoors, Aputure X Chimera Lightbank, and a new light shaping accessory for their Amaran series of LEDs called the EZ Box+ II.
Aputure have been pioneering high quality and affordable LED lighting and accessories for indie filmmakers and content creators and have been absolutely killing it in the past few years, and their latest lineup of lighting accessories has been designed to further improve your on set experience and get your lighting game to a new level.
- Aputure Light Dome II
The Light Dome II is Aputure’s flagship light shaping accessory and is an upgrade to the original Light Dome, featuring even higher quality diffusion fabric, a rapid build and breakdown system, an included honeycomb egg crate, and several more new additions.
It comes with two layers of ultra-soft diffusion: Magic Cloth and Silk Cloth. Combined, these materials turn your hard 120D or 300D COB light into a beautiful soft light that provides a very even wrap around your subject, making the Light Dome II the perfect accessory for portraits, interviews, documentaries, music videos, and narratives.
The 1st generation Light Dome was a bit of a pain to build at first until you get used to it, however the 2nd generation Light Dome II has been completely redesigned for a super-fast deployment, allowing users to completely set up their Light Dome in under 5 seconds.
The interior of the Light Dome II is a highly reflective silver coating, which intensifies your light’s overall output. Combining the silver reflective fabric and the two layers of diffusion retains your COB light’s incredibly high output while still providing beautiful soft lighting.
The Light Dome II supplies one of the deepest dome designs on the market. Measuring in at 24” deep, the dome design produces a large light source while focusing your light to a controlled beam angle. 16 rods create two points of contact for 32 sides of an ultra round shape, giving your subject a flattering specular highlight in their eyes.
Priced at $219 USD, the new Aputure Light Dome II includes a studio grade fabric grid to help focus in your light beam angle to 40 degrees, and also comes with a specially designed gel holder to allow users to maximize their creativity while minimizing fabric use.
- Aputure Light Dome Mini II
If you the Light Dome II is too big for your needs, Aputure also have a new Light Dome Mini II – the a neat diffusion solution for filmmakers and photographers who are shooting in smaller spaces or want a shallower, wider spread of light. The Light Dome Mini II has a smaller footprint than the larger Light Dome, making it the ideal choice for creatives needing soft light in a more confined space, such as an office or a small studio,
It uses same new technology as the Light Dome II, with durable rods which can easily be assembled and broken down in less than five seconds for a rapid deployment. With multiple diffusion layers such as quarter grid cloth and gold + silver reflective inner baffle options, the Light Dome Mini II offers multiple options for diffusing your light source, giving you more creative choices.
The Light Dome Mini II includes an fabric egg crate-style grid to help fine tune your cinematography and control your spread of light to 40 degrees, while the 16 rods create two points of contact for 32 sides of an ultra round shape, giving your subject a flattering specular highlight in their eyes.
The Light Dome II comes with a specially designed gel holder to allow filmmakers to maximize their creativity while minimizing fabric use. Pricing for the Light Dome Mini II is set at $129.00 USD upon release.
Aputure have teamed up with legendary Hollywood lighting accessory maker Chimera, for their new Aputure X Chimera Lightbank accessory for Aputure’s flagship panel, the Aputure LS-1 LED.
The Chimera Lightbank includes two types of high quality diffusion: Magic Cloth and Half Grid; the two layers can be used interchangeably or together, giving creative shooters multiple options for softening their light source. The new Aputure X Chimera has been specially engineered to easily and intuitively fit onto the LS-1, while reliably staying on the light, no matter your set conditions.
The Chimera Lightbank includes an industry-grade egg crate-style fabric grid to help shooters control the spill of their light and have a more refined look. It is priced at $249.00 USD.
- Amaran EZ Box+ II
The Amaran EZ Box+ II is the new and upgraded version to the original EZ Box, and is the flagship diffusion accessory for the Amaran line of LED lights. Designed specifically for the AL-528, HR672 or the Amaran Tri-8, the EZ Box+ II includes ultra soft diffusion cloth, a high quality egg crate-style grid, and a newly designed rapid build assembly system.
Priced at just $65 USD, the EZ Box+ II is built for the indie filmmaker who’s always on the go; it comes pre-built with foldable rods that can be assembled and disassembled in a matter of seconds. The diffusion cloth is carefully engineered to create the perfect balance of soft, flattering light while maintaining high output.
The EZ Box+ II increases the area of your Amaran light by 150%. For filmmakers and photographers looking for a more refined, controlled setup, the EZ Box+ II includes an fabric grid which brings your light source to a soft, narrow 35 degree beam angle.
Weighing in at just 120 grams (4 oz), the EZ Box+ II is incredibly lightweight and portable, making it easy to transport and bring to any shoot; it is constructed out of high quality aluminium alloy and the highest grade cloth quality to ensure a long and useful light capable of withstanding the rigours of modern video production.
- Aputure Barndoors
The Aputure Barndoors are the optimal solution for shaping your COB light and preventing light spill. Designed specifically for the 120D and 120T series and 300D, the Aputure Barndoors feature four velvet leaves, a newly designed negative reflector dish, and a high quality gel holder.
The Aputure Barndoors also include a magnetic gel holder that allows filmmakers to easily add colour to their lights; a 30-degree honeycomb grid to control light spill even further and allow filmmakers to have full control over their look.
The four leaves of the Barndoors are made of smooth finish aluminium to ensure a strong, sleek build that is lightweight and easy to open & close, but remain incredibly durable. At just $59.00 USD, I think these barndoors are a hell of a deal for any 300D/120D/T owners.
The new Aputure lighting accessories are expected to start shipping in September and you can use the B&H links below to pre-order. Alternatively head over to Aputure’s website.
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