Rent a Aputure Light Storm 300D LED Light Kit with best rental rate in Thailand
The Aputure Light Storm COB 300D arrives at a brilliant cross roads between size, shape, weight, versatility, output, and cost. That’s why in our TL;DR, we say that the 300D comes really close to satisfying the “god light” desire that many entry level filmmakers spend years searching for.
Aputure 300D features a CRI rating of 95+ and a TLCI rating of 96+. At NAB, someone was walking around testing the CRI and TLCI ratings of various lights, and we can confirm that Aputure lights received very high ratings indeed. The 300D includes the standard control unit that we’ve seen with the other Light Storm lights, which can be adjusted wirelessly with the included remote control. That control unit can be hung from a light stand, serving double duty as a counterweight. The primary difference with this control unit is that it’s quite long, in order to fit the two battery slots.
The 300d can produce its maximum output by using two high capacity V-Mount batteries. You can use this light anywhere your filmmaking takes you. Aputure LightStorm 300d designed fixture with a 5500K color temperature that consumes only 300W of power while outputting 4451 fc of light with a standard reflector at a distance of 1.6′. In addition to power efficiency, this fixture also has a CRI rating of 95 and a TLCI rating of 96, indicating an accurate rendering of color. Even at maximum power the fan is undetectable by most people.
The 10-100% stepless dimming helps you dial in exactly the luminance you need from each fixture. Special effects like lightning, strobe and paparazzi might also be useful for your particular application.
– 360° rotation
– FX Mode via Remote controller
– Stepless Dimming
– Fanless Heatsink Design
The Aputure 300D is daylight rated, or 5500K, which means it’ll require gels for tungsten output. If you are planning to use barn doors for hard lighting, applying a gel will be quite easy. But if you want to use a large diffuser like the Aputure Light Dome, you may need a creative gel solution to apply near the LED itself, but not close enough for the gel to melt. More on this later.
The COB – or Chip On Board – is billed as one large LED source, which promises to have a more natural cast than a series of spotty LED bulbs. While we understand the value of a single source of light over a series of bulbs, we’re not sure how the COB differs from a diffusion screen placed over a LED panel, considering that behind the COB light emitting area is still a collection of small LED bulbs.
Even without the optional fresnel lens, the 300D with its included reflector outputs 11,000 lux at 1 meter, and that’s at a 120 degree beam angle. Aputure’s flagship LED panel, the Light Storm LS1S, outputs about 10,000 lux at 1 meter, but that’s with a spot 25 degree beam angle.
Ok, so now that we’ve got some of the standout specs out of the way, let’s dive into the meat of this article, our hard hitting opinions (without the journalistic integrity to back up our claims).
First and foremost, the number one reason to consider this light over the myriad of other LED lights out there is that it kills in the output department. The race for brightness has dominated the LED lighting industry in the last few years, and the Aputure 300D vastly outperforms the competition in its price point and target market.
300D utilizes a Bowens-S mount, allowing for a wide range of light modifiers, from a fresnel lens, to an octagon softbox, to a beauty dish to barn doors. Thanks to this standard mount, one of the main benefits of this type of light – apart from brightness – is that it’s so much more flexible and versatile than a LED panel.
DEFEAT THE SUN
The reason why the Aputure 300D is so appealing for filmmakers who already have a supply of other lights s because it could actually open the door to more outdoor Thailand shooting.
We have a bias whenever we’re shooting documentary in Bangkok, music video in Phuket or corporate interviews in Rayong, in that we nearly always push for indoor setups. Partly that’s because we can control the audio – there’s always a last minute leaf blower, lawn mower, or airplane that shows up right when you start rolling.
APUTURE 300D POWER UNIT
In order for the main light unit to be quiet, lightweight, and relatively small, the bulk of the 300D’s meaty stuff is shifted to the control unit and AC adapter unit. In fact, there are three components, which can make setup a little bit of a hassle.
First, the 300D connects to the control unit via an XLR cable. The control unit has just two buttons, an on/off button and a brightness dimmer wheel. Ideally you would hang this somewhere on the light stand within easy reach.
Aputure 300D for rent in Thailanf kindly comes with pretty nice, custom bag with the 300D. It is large enough that it can carry the additional fresnel lens along with the reflector, if packed right and ready to move to you next shooting location for your video production in Thailand.