Colour involves the Gentle Storm line from Aputure with the 600C Professional. In case you’ve used the LS 600X or LS 600D, this mild will really feel acquainted, however now you’ve got the added flexibility of full tunable RGB colour, lots of of selectable gel presets, and a large selectable kelvin vary from 2300K-10,000K – simply to call a couple of options. I took the LS 600C Professional for a spin over a number of shoots and right here’s my overview.
All of us need the identical factor: 15 inexpensive color-capable lights which can be simply powered and have a implausible output to rival the solar when wanted. We merely aren’t there but, however I believe we’re shut – once you evaluate an identical daylight-only fixture to a color-tunable fixture you get a big output bump on common in that head-to-head matchup from the daylight-only fixture.
So, the place does that go away you? Do you go for the daylight model, bi-color model, or is colour the one strategy to go at this level with the LS 600-watt draw line of lights? The reply is: it relies upon. In conditions the place output is the first consideration, you’re nonetheless going to wish to go along with a daylight-only fixture and gel that fixture the old style manner. For nighttime shoots or studio shoots or shoots the place you’re in a position to tent, ND, or black out home windows the place wanted, you then’ll discover the LS 600C Professional has loads of output and suppleness in your wants (when taking pictures regular body charges/shutter speeds).
So, the place does that go away us? In conditions the place output is the first consideration you’re nonetheless going to wish to go along with a daylight-only fixture and gel that fixture the quaint manner. For nighttime shoots or studio shoots or shoots the place you’re in a position to tent, ND or black-out home windows the place wanted you then’ll discover that the LS 600C Professional has loads of output and suppleness in your wants (when taking pictures regular body charges/shutter speeds).
One of many causes I’m particularly enthusiastic about laborious mild colour sources is just because laborious mild may be softened and it’s, in fact, troublesome to harden a comfortable mild. This provides you extra flexibility with the LS 600C Professional versus the Nova 600C 2×1 panel until you’re working within the magnificence and style area the place comfortable mild is king. After all, the Nova 600C 2×1 additionally has a number of mild engine zones that could be useful in quite a lot of circumstances.
With an inventory value of $2,490.00, the LS 600C Professional has quite a few standout options:
- XY Colour Management
- 300 digital gels
- The flexibility to regulate frequency when taking pictures sluggish mo up-to 200fps
- Totally different selectable fan speeds in noise delicate conditions
- HSI Colour
- CCT Mode – 2300K to 10,000K
- Constructed-in wi-fi DMX
- 5-Pin XLR Connector
- Climate Resistant
- Bowens S-Sort Mount
From afar, the Aputure LS 600C Professional seems similar to the LS 600X Professional. A superb slip-free yoke dominates the perimeters and huge vents maintain the lamp head cool. Up shut, you’ll word the Aputure LS 600C Professional yoke has a colourful rainbow fringed ‘C’ denoting colour.
Aputure has completed a bunch of labor refining later generations of their fixtures and the UI on the controller/ballast, particularly, is now colourful and simpler to navigate than is the pixelated text-only 1980’s menu techniques of different manufacturers.
After all, you continue to have the lightning clamp for connecting the controller/ballast to a Combo stand or C-Stand, and the 7.5-meter head cable is definitely lengthy sufficient for many functions the place it’s a must to fly the lamp head excessive off the bottom or over hard-to-reach locations. You can too place the controller/ballast on its “again” the place it rests neatly on two metallic protecting bars in order that it isn’t straight sitting on the bottom in mud or mild moisture.
You might mount the LS 600C Professional on a C-Stand, however I’d personally really feel extra comfy having this lamp head on a beefier combo stand – particularly if you happen to’re mounting the controller/ballast on the stand.
A number of fan speeds like Good, Excessive, Medium, and Silent provide you with management over the fan noise in conditions the place the LS 600C Professional is near a mic.
Navigating to completely different colours or your favourite gel quantity within the menu is straightforward, however Sidus Hyperlink (by Bluetooth) is a hair sooner in relation to navigating by the settings. Sidus Hyperlink retains enhancing and there’s additionally now a Sidus Audio app aimed toward Deity audio customers (a accomplice firm with Aputure). For DMX customers, you’ve got built-in Lumen Radio and a 5-Pin XLR Connector.
An etherCON connector would work with ART-NET or sACN. Between Bluetooth and wired or wi-fi DMX choices, you’ve got all kinds of management choices and that’s one of many causes the LS 600C has the phrase “Professional” in its identify.
The Aputure Fresnel F10 accent does work on the LS 600C Professional, however with out the output positive factors because the F10 wasn’t designed particularly for the sunshine. You do get a spot and flood impact that equates to a spread of roughly 25-75 levels, nonetheless. All of the LS 1200 Professional reflectors additionally work on the LS 600C Professional too and you should buy them as a separate SKU HERE for $179.00. Past that, you’ll must test all of your Bowens S-Sort equipment for compatibility as outcomes could differ with what number of 1st and third occasion equipment are available on the market today.
With an influence draw of 720W, the Aputure LS 600C Professional may be powered by 48V V-Mount or Gold Mount or, in fact, AC energy. For me, I’m utilizing primarily turbines for exteriors shoots or giant block batteries, so an on-board battery isn’t a use case I’m drawn to due to the expense of excessive capability batteries. You might completely energy the LS 600C Professional by block battery utilizing the 3-pin XLR enter on the controller/ballast.
It’s value noting that my 14.4V 15A digicam targeted batteries solely enable the Aputure LS 600C Professional to run at half output, in order that’s one thing to bear in mind.
I do respect that Aputure continues to help each V-Mount and Gold Mount battery techniques natively – not the case with all lighting producers.
Output & Kelvin Dealing with in CCT Mode
Regardless of accessing all kinds of colours with the LS 600C Professional, it’s probably you’ll most likely nonetheless spend a variety of time utilizing this fixture in CCT mode in frequent kelvin settings like 5600K and 3200K. If the LS 600C Professional can’t deal with naturalistic colours, then the fixture could be relegated to a specialty merchandise for me – one which comes into play just for “occasion colour” moments on a given mission. Solely a colour meter will inform the story.
To that finish, I grabbed a couple of measurements on my Sekonic C-700U Spectrometer (now up to date with the C-800U) to see how precisely the LS 600C Professional handles colour temp measured in kelvin and output (lx) from a distance of three ft. Listed here are my readings with a goal of 5600K and output set to 100%. This take a look at was accomplished with the equipment Hyper Reflector hooked up that’s 62-degrees with the completely different form of the LS 600C Professional COB.
A results of 5582K is great. I went again and checked out my overview of the LS 600x Professional (take note it makes use of a distinct 55-degree hyper reflector from the one examined right here) and it had a [lx] variety of 62200 on the identical distance and with the identical reflector. The LS 600C Professional has a [lx] variety of 38200 in response to the chart. This displays the tradeoff of adopting a colour fixture over bi-color or daylight.
I’d word that the LS 600C Professional is extra correct when concentrating on a given kelvin quantity versus the LS 600X Professional. With this identical take a look at, the LS 600X was off by a couple of hundred kelvin in my earlier testing.
And right here’s a take a look at with a goal of 3200K.
Once more, a really shut kelvin consequence at 3163K. It’s value noting that the output is lowest round 32K for the LS 600C Professional. For the LS 600X – we noticed a [lx] variety of 46500 with a goal at 3200K at this identical distance.
Right here’s a glance with a goal of 4700K:
Pay explicit consideration to how the Pay explicit consideration to how the output drops all through the kelvin vary over the course of the three checks. This provides you with a sign of the place to set your kelvin if you happen to’re searching for pure output as the first purpose in your given lighting setup. In case you’re specializing in kelvin accuracy in these three checks, you’ll discover the LS 600C Professional is fairly darn correct at 56K, 32K, and 47K.
So no, this isn’t a specialty mild, and its kelvin accuracy is great if you happen to don’t thoughts the fixture being not fairly as punchy as its daylight or bi-color cousins.
In conditions the place I’ve management over ambient mild, the LS 600C Professional could be one in all my go-to lights – it’s simply that versatile. An enormous number of gel presets and a large kelvin vary additionally make this an excellent first mild right into a location. You possibly can audition quite a lot of choices shortly over Sidus or Wi-fi DMX after which add different much less versatile lights to the scene based mostly on outcomes.
One of many issues I have a look at is how typically does a lightweight go away the truck or how typically is it taken out of storage – it’s a easy indicator of how versatile a lighting device actually is. That is very true since I’m primarily a DP and never a Gaffer. I take note of the kinds of lights my Gaffers attain for to finish a shot. The LS 600C Professional obtained a ton of use over the a number of weeks of testing time I allotted for this overview – it was that common as a key mild. And due to this fact, most likely a wonderful merchandise for rental homes.
We aren’t fairly on the level the place a color-capable mild with an identical energy draw is as punchy as a Bi-Colour or Daylight model and that would be the actual second we cross the horizon into the one-light-for-all-situations territory, however till then, my recommendation stays the identical: maintain quite a lot of lighting choices in your equipment and also you’ll by no means be shocked.