Amaran light
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Aputure has added four more lights to their budget-friendly Amaran range of fixtures. The Amaran products still retain Aputure’s impressive output and light quality. However, Aputure aims these lights at content creators and indie filmmakers rather than professional film sets.

Two COB 60d and 60x

The Amaran 60d and 60x are both 65-watt point-source LED COB lights with full-size Bowens mounts. The d model is daylight balanced at 5600K while the x model is bi-color, covering a CCT range from 2700 to 6500K.

Output

Aputure has designed a new hyper reflector specifically for the Amaran 60 series. With this modifier, the 60d can achieve an output of 45,100 lux at 1 meter. As with most bi-color lights, output from the 60x is slightly lower at 37,775 lux. Both models also have great color rendition with a CRI and TLCI of at least 96.

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Lighting effects

The COB 60d and 60x feature an LCD display and offer stepless dimming from 0 to 100 percent. In addition, both fixtures have a range of built-in lighting effects: paparazzi, fireworks, lightning, faulty bulb, TV, pulsing, strobe and explosion. The bi-color 60x also adds a fire effect to that list.

The lights have a ¼ -20-inch mounting point and the tilting support supplied has an umbrella mount. The AC power adapter features a locking power cable and there is also a dual Sony NP-F battery plate that attaches via V-mount.

P60 panel lights

The Amaran P60x and P60c are new panel lights. The P60x is a 60-watt bi-color panel with a CCT range from 3200 to 6500K. When set to 5600K, it can achieve an output of 5070 lux at 1 meter. The P60c is a 60-watt RGBWW panel which means it has both daylight and tungsten white LEDs as well as red, green and blue. It has a wider CCT range from 2500 to 7500K. It’s also slightly brighter, coming in at 5900 lux at 1 meter when set to 5600K. Both lights have a CRI of at least 95 and a TLCI of 96 or better.

Amaran light in use
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RGBWW

As an RGBWW fixture, you can tune the output of the P60c to any color that you want. It also has 46 color gel presets. Both lights feature stepless dimming from 0 to 100 percent and a range of lighting effects. The bi-color P60x includes paparazzi, strobe, fireworks and pulse. In addition to these, the P60c adds cop car, party lights, TV, fire and more. Both lights have an OLED display to show your current settings.

Soft box

As well as a locking DC input, both panels feature integrated Sony NP-F plates. The panels will also charge your batteries when connected to AC which is a nice bonus. In addition, Aputure includes a softbox and light control grid with each panel to further soften the output. The lights have three ¼-20-inch mounting points and the tilting support supplied has an umbrella mount.

Amaran 60x
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Sidus link

All four of these new Amaran lights are compatible with the Sidus Link app, which adds even more control and functionality. The COB 60D and 60x also support Sidus Mesh to extend your Sidus Link control range and integrity.

Amaran P60X
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Pricing and availability

The Amaran LED COB 60d will retail at $169 and the Amaran 60x at $199 and will be available in the last quarter of 2021.

The Amaran P60x and P60c are out now and priced at $249 and $349, respectively. Both will also be available in three light kits early next year. The P60x kit will cost $719 and the P60c kit will cost $990.




Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.