April 25, 2017
NAB 2017

Aputure Shows Off its Biggest, Baddest Light Yet: COB 300D

Aputure now has an affordable, world-class LED light for on-location shooting.

Apture's new 300w COB 300D LED is the company's biggest light yet. Even at its large size, however, the light retains its portability.

The 300D is a single-source LED, so it casts one hard shadow. What makes the light unique is a magenta glass filter that provides a little magenta color. This innovation boosts the TLCI rating from a 95 to an impressive 98. The LED can run on two 30-watt batteries for up to an hour and a half.

Something that also stands out with Aputure is its remote control functionality. Thankfully, you can use the same remote you bought four years ago on the new 300D. The user can pair up to 50 lights to every channel or group, giving you a lot to work with if you can't afford a DMX device.

Along with the 300D, Aputure showed us a new light modifier. The Mini Dome is a parabolic softbox 24 inches across, with a grid that acts similarly to a beauty dish. The fabric of the Dome is made from the same fabric the military uses to make parachutes; it's tough and durable, while still being color accurate.

The Mini Dome will have a price point of under $100.


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Nonsense! How can a filter add, "pump" magenta? Filters subtract from a light spectrum, they don't add to it!

April 25, 2017 at 5:43PM, Edited April 25, 5:43PM

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LEDs tend to spike a little green - this is not new. Look at a cheap LED work light from Home Depot and it is very green.

Aputure is smart to add the filter - it is, in effect, a tiny piece of "minus green" gel. If you know what a minus green gel is, you know that it is a magenta colored gel - magenta being the opposite of green on the color wheel. Minus green gels are not new.

Heck, I've wondered if Aputure can create a small add-on piece for the 120d that is the same filter.

April 30, 2017 at 11:55AM, Edited April 30, 11:56AM

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Michael Head
Director, DP
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Does anyone know if this would be an appropriate light for high speed? Let's say, sub 240fps. Any flicker? Anyone out there have any high speed experience with the 120d?

April 26, 2017 at 11:37AM, Edited April 26, 11:37AM

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Yep, I've shot up to 960fps at 1/2000th with a 120T as my source with zero flicker.

April 26, 2017 at 3:37PM, Edited April 26, 3:37PM

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Dan Hoene
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Can it run on 1/2 power with one battery?

April 26, 2017 at 7:35PM

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Gregory Greenhaw
DPO/Colorist
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Please correct the price: The Mini Dome will have a price point of under $1000 - not $100

April 27, 2017 at 1:17PM, Edited April 27, 1:17PM

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The mini dome price is correct at $100. The light itself was what they said was closer to $1,000.

April 27, 2017 at 7:27PM

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Daniel Waghorne
Cinematographer/Drone Pilot
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I wonder if these lights will be closer to 5600k as opposed to the inconvenient 6000k on the 120d.... keeping my fingers crossed!

September 12, 2017 at 2:00PM, Edited September 12, 2:00PM

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Steven Shaltiel
Video Producer
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why are you saying "baddest"?! was it sort of a compliment?!

October 4, 2017 at 5:17AM, Edited October 4, 5:24AM

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