Chinese manufacturer Aputure is gearing up to release a COB LED lamp called the LS 600D Pro.
The upcoming fixture will come in at the top of the Light Storm (LS) product line. Other lights in this series include the popular LS C120D II and LS C300D II LED heads, a fresnel light called the Mini20C and a couple of matrix panel lights, 1C and 1S. The as-yet-unreleased Aputure LS60d/x will be a 60-watt fresnel lamp. The LS 600D Pro appears to be essentially the same product as the LS 600D, the ‘Pro’ suffix just added to follow marketing trends.
Previous coverage of the LS 600D mooted it as being the most powerful Aputure light so far, with output ‘comparable to a 1200W HMI’. It has a fixed 5600K daylight-balanced colour temperature and the manufacturer-claimed TLCI is greater than 95. It has a Bowens S-type accessory mount and an IP54 ‘weatherproof’ rating. Up to 720 watts of power are drawn from a multi-voltage AC adapter, or from V-mount and Gold mount batteries via its dual battery plate. It can also run on 48V DC via XLR input.
We’ve obtained some pictures of the Aputure LS 600D Pro and it looks the same as the LS 600D, but with ‘Pro’ printed on it. Maybe that will assuage the doubts of new clients during a shoot?
According to manufacturer specifications, the LS 600D has a brightness of 98,500 lux at one metre—when using the highly-polished ‘Hyper Reflector’. This intensity is exaggerated by the narrow beam angle: the bare bulb gives a photometric reading of 22,150 lux at one metre, 2,600 lux at 3 metres and 1020 lux at 5 metres. CRI is ≥ 96, TLCI ≥ 96 and CQS (colour quality scale) ≥ 95.
The Aputure LS 600D Pro has a price in China of ¥10380 CNY, or about $1600 USD, and is currently slated for a 10 December 2020 release. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s product page.