At IBC 2018, in addition to a new and improved RGB LED light prototype, Aputure also showed off their new and super compact Amaran MW waterproof LED light. The tiny new addition to the M line, builds upon the rugged design of the Aputure MX, which is what we used for all of our IBC 2018 coverage, however the MW improves on the light output even more with 2x more intensity. This is kind of insane given how small the Amaran MW actually is.
The Amaran MW also borrows the COB technology from the much larger Aputure 300D and also features built-in special effects, which can be easily accessed via buttons on top. The waterproof design is also good up to 3 meters submersion, however in my chat with Ted from Aputure he mentioned they are trying to make it even better and extend it to 10 meters so it can be used by divers.
Much like the Aputure MX, the Amaran MW is charged via USB-C and has a built-in battery, which is charged to 100% in about an hour and a half. The Booster function kicks out even more light for a few seconds to help you get the shot in a super dark environment.
The light can run for a full day at minimum brightness and around an hour and a half at full blast. Aputure are aiming for an affordable $250 USD price and shipping in December.
Aputure also had their new Fresnel X attachment for the 300d/120d COB Light Storm lights at their stand. Ted showed me the new plastic shell construction, which is a departure from the original aircraft grade aluminium build on the previous Fresnel attachment but now it prevents light leaks. Aputure implemented those changes based on user generated feedback.
The new Fresnel X is still using the Bowens mount and pushes twice more light compared to the original aluminium attachment. This will be a perfect companion for Aputure 300d and Aputure 120d II users. There is no pricing at the moment, however Aputure are aiming to make the Fresnel X available sometime before NAB 2019.
Stay tuned on the blog for more of our IBC 2018 coverage.