Popular powerful LED maker Aputure ships their new Spotlight Ellipsoidal attachment.
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.
- 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