In this episode, we take a look at two new lighting products from Aputure: The AL-MW and the Fresnel 2x. The AL-MW is a tiny LED video light with a daylight color balance and is waterproof to 10 meters or 30 feet. Its in-built battery will power the light for 85 minutes at high power. The color quality is very good with a CRI of almost 98 and the light puts out enough light to use even as a key light.
The Fresnel 2x is a new add-on focusing lens for lights with a Bowens mount like the Aputure COB series of lights along with lights from several other manufacturers. The lens focuses the light beam between 12 and 40 degrees so you can add a good bit of drama, texture, and dimension to your lighting design.
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Links to gear used in this video:
Aputure AL-MW tiny, waterproof LED Light
Aputure Fresnel 2x - Lens to focus your light into carefully defined beams.
Aputure COB 120DII LED Light - this is my main workhorse light for 90% of my video work.
Aputure COB 300D LED Light - a BIG light for BIG jobs
Aputure Barn Doors - You can use this on its own, or with the Fresnel 2x to cut the light for even more dramatic lighting designs. I use this a LOT for lighting backgrounds.
Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Wireless Lavalier Set - used this to record all of the audio for this episode. Review coming soon.
1/4-20 to Light Stand Adapter - the adapter I use to attach the AL-MW to a light stand
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - I used this to record most of this episode
Panasonic 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS Lens - Used on the Pocket 4K camera
Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd
Music Copyright 2019 by Cary Judd. Used with permission.
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