Aputure 120d Mark II Studio LED Video Light Light Storm LS C120d II 180W 5500K LED Video Light 30000Lux (0.5m) CRI96 + TLCI97 + Bowens Bracket + Ultimate Upgrade
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The LS C120 II has a CRI of 96 and a color temperature of 5500K. Its TLCI has also been estimated to be as high as 97. A high grade indicates that illumination will portray colors well in a film or photographic environment. Aputure also make a fresnel attachment that makes the light incredibly versatile. The attachment features an adjustable lens for flooding and spotting the light output from a 12°-42° beam angle. I haven’t been able to independently verify this, but Aputure claims the light intensity on the wide side is 14000lux, and goes up to a blinding 67000lux at a distance of 0.5M.
With the additional Aputure Fresnel, the LS C120D II has a brightness of 135,000 lux at a 1.6' distance. The most notable of these upgrades is its power unit – the C120D II is now powered by a single, all-in-one power box. Made of aircraft-grade aluminum but maintaining its lightweight build, a single power unit means less cabling and power components so filmmakers spend less time setting up their light, and more time being creative.So, I say stunning light, and I guess, like almost everything in photography, that’s a subjective statement. But I really love the light this unit produces, in the situations I’ve used it. I held off working on this article as I wanted to get some good use in with the light as I’d originally planned for this review. That was to use it as my key light for food photography. When selecting Auto/Force mode, the fan can also rotate at its top speed. The heat dissipation performance and LED durability are both improved by this complicated fan arrangement.
The 120d MKII boasts an incredible luminance of 135,000 lux at 0.5 meters away with the Aputure Fresnel. With an approximate brightness equivalent to a 1,000-watt tungsten light, the 120d MK2 is nearly 25% brighter than the 1st generation C120D, making it competitive with some of the highest-grade studio lights on the market. As far as the colour rendering goes, above you can see the light recorded an average CRI (R1-R8) of 96.6 and an extended CRI (R1-R15) of 95.0. For accurately reproducing skin tones it recorded 97.6 for R9 (red), 98.6 for R13 (closest to caucasian skin tones), and 97.1 for R15 (closest to asian skin tones). These figures were very impressive and tell me that the light is very accurate in producing correct colours. Spectral distribution of the Aputure 120d on the left and a tungsten bulb on the right. The company was founded in 2005 when Xie first began the company as an online electronics store and used his hobbyist knowledge to keep up with camera-related trends and technology. With the growth of this business, Xie started creating small camera accessories like monitors and adapters before moving on to light-emitting diodes also known as LED. During this project, Xie travelled to Los Angeles where he met with Ted Sim and other Los Angeles filmmakers to develop his initial designs. Within three years, the team was contracted by several large cinema manufacturers to begin producing light fixtures under their own in-house brands, many of which became the first-ever companies to introduce LED lighting to studios and production houses.  Origins [ edit ]I also found the overall fan noise to be less, versus the 120D MK I. You shouldn’t have any issues using this light during quiet interviews where the fixture is placed close to your subject.
Light Dome Mini and Spacelight – New Aputure Light Storm Accessories" Cinema5D. Retrieved 2020-05-26. In 2014, Aputure was founded. Its name was a play on combining the cinematography term " aperture" with "future."The LS C120d uses the popular Bowens-S photographic accessory mount which makes it easy to mount various lightning modifiers such as snoots and soft boxes. It comes included with a reflector dome that helps to both intensify and spread the lights beam source out over a larger area. My only small complaint with the reflector dome is that it does move around so if you were using the light outdoors in wind it is bound to wobble and create excessive noise. You could of course just use some gaffer tape to tape it down if need be. The optional fresnel attachment.