Way back at NAB 2018 Aputure showed a few things that haven't made it to market yet but are very exciting.  While we're still waiting on the RGB with a color picker, they are now shipping the second most exciting unit from that NAB, their "Spotlight" ellipsoidal attachment for 120 and 300 daylight units (and probably any light that uses a Bowens mount).  For those of you who love the ability to create a very punchy, hard light, this is big. 


A little background...

Ellipsoidal units, sometimes called Leko units, first gained popularity in theater lighting, but have long been very popular on film sets for that time when you need a very bright, very punchy shaft of light with a very hard edge. 

With this Spotlight you get all of the best features users are looking for in any spotlight unit all rolled into a single package.  The lenses are designed to have a very small color shift, less than 200 degrees, which can easily be compensated for if you need very precise lighting by sticking a gel in the internal gel holder.


In that same slot, you could also use B-size gobos (those discs that let you project images on a wall), and (if you wanted to get really fancy) there are many affordable places online to order precision-cut gobo's

Is the hero in your project having a launch party for their new business?  Get a custom gobo cut and project their logo on the side of the wall of a warehouse and you have a very affordable way to create a big-budget feeling "party" without having to print a logo giant-sized.  

The unit comes in either 19°, 26° or 36° beam spreads, with the 19° obviously giving the brightest punch (a claimed 10-time improvement over a normal unit in terms of brightness), with the 36° being darker but covering a larger area.  Built from aluminum, the unit smartly has the yoke attached directly to it.  Since it's going to be a heavy unit, Aputure has designed it so you mount the Spotlight to the stand (using either a baby pin or a junior pin), and then mount the relatively lightweight light to the back of the spotlight.  This is a very nifty, and highly appreciated choice to prevent your light from drooping after you shoot.


The unit comes combined in a kit with a carry case and some pre-built gobos including the ever-popular "foilage" which is useful for creating a "light through trees" effect.  Available now.

Tech Specs:

  • Less than 200 degrees Kelvin color shift
  • Dual Junior/Baby Mount
  • B-size Gobos, Gobo Holders, and gel frame
  • 19°, 26°, and 36°
  • 1mm edge fringing
  • Aluminum alloy die-cast metal body