Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern

I bought a first-hand have a look at the brand new Aputure Lantern at NAB 2019 and, I appreciated what I noticed. Lighting modifiers have historically been costly, and Aputure has modified this making the $89. Aputure Lantern in addition to the $219. 34.8″ Light Dome II probably the most reasonably priced available on the market. However, there’s a catch.

When wanting into lights, I additionally wish to see what sort of modifiers I can use with it and the way a lot they value. The Aputure COB Light Storm fixtures all use the identical versatile Bowens Mount that has a ton of third social gathering modifiers accessible. While they’re typically very reasonably priced, they solely work on a Bowen’s mount fixture.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
Arri Speed Ring for 650 Plus

Back within the day of sizzling lights just like the Arri 650 you’d get a velocity ring after which use differing kinds and types of softboxes. Generally, every fixture required a unique velocity ring and the rings had been costly. The mannequin above for an Arri 650 retails for $106. Add a Chimera Medium Video Pro Plus softbox that retails for $500, and now you’re in for over $600. The good factor is I even have a Bowens mount velocity ring for my older and nonetheless succesful Chimeras.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
Light Dome mini II
Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern

Aputure makes a number of Bowens mount modifiers as effectively. The 34.8” Light Dome II ($219) and 21.5” Light Dome Mini II ($129). Both are the most effective worth modifiers available on the market; nonetheless, pitching them was a chore. Version two of each solved that problem with a complete new design.

The 16 rods are actually connected to the mount and click on into place. To break down, push on the discharge pin for every rod. Done and accomplished! The older method of bending these rods and inserting them was not quick or straightforward. Now it’s accomplished in a matter of seconds with out numerous effort.

Aputure Lantern

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
Aputure 300d II with new Lantern

The new Aputure Lantern makes use of it’s personal trickery to make pitching straightforward too. The Lantern is even quicker! The rods usually are not stiff and bend into place with little strain. You received’t want to seek out the man with the largest muscle mass to pitch the lantern.

Instead of inserting every rod right into a base it’s already put collectively. To assemble you slide the material diffuser over the body and easily push it down and clip the tip right into a U formed holder.

It’s swift and easy. All that’s left is attaching the skirts and mounting to the COB Light Storm fixture or different Bowens mount gentle. I find it irresistible when the gear doesn’t get in your method. The Lantern doesn’t weight very a lot coming in at 6.09 lb / 2.76 kg. While that doesn’t seem to be numerous weight while you add a fixture to the combo it may well get heavy, so ensure that the growth or arm and stand used can deal with it.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
Aputure Lantern Kit

Key options

  • 26″ Diameter, Bowens Mount
  • Comes w/ Skirts to Control Light Radius
  • Absorbs 1 Stop, 270° Beam Spread
  • Use on Bowens Mount LED or Strobe Lights
  • 6.09 lb / 2.76 kg

The package contains the Aputure Lantern body with a 1-stop diffusion.

4 skirt sections with sewn-in Velcro for attaching and holding in place when rolled up in sections and a journey bag.

Once the Lantern is assembled you possibly can maintain it collectively and retailer it within the journey bag.

Using the Aputure Lantern

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
300d II with Lantern. Where is that security cable!

The new Lantern is a sturdy China Ball and can be utilized in many alternative methods. Primarily it’s nice for including smooth ambient gentle to an general scene by flying it in place. You can use a number of to spice up the general publicity whereas sustaining a smooth supply. Great for inexperienced display screen. With the 4 Velcro connected skirts eliminated, you get a full 360-degree smooth supply.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern

Having it as a 360-degree supply makes it very helpful for spherical desk discussions. If you don’t thoughts having numerous spill the Lantern can be utilized as a standard key gentle in the identical place a softbox can be in however once more with out the skirts connected, the sunshine may also fill the room relying on the output of the sunshine used. The Aputure Lantern will lower the output roughly 1-stop.

Lantern Skirts

I discussed earlier the Aputure Lantern has detachable skirts. The finest strategy to work with them is to go away them connected to the lantern and roll the sections up. With 4 skirt sections, you possibly can management the place you don’t need spill or then again the place you wish to add some gentle. The 4 sections have Velcro on them and keep in place.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
Using the
Aputure Lantern as an overhead

I like to make use of Lanterns for overhead product photographs. The smooth gentle provides a pleasant wanting spotlight that I simply love. it’s really easy in comparison with utilizing a lightweight and a diffusion body like a 4×4 that requires extra space and stands plus grip to arrange. Now I slid in some fill or bounce in gentle to create the look you need.

What Fixture ought to I exploit?

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern
New Aputure 300d II

Choosing the fixture to pair with the Lantern relies on the output you want. In most instances, the Aputure COB Light Storm 120d II might be loads but when extra gentle is required the brand new Aputure 300d II is an effective selection. I had mine set to not more than 30% – 40% for my arrange.

You can even use different lights with the Aputure Lantern as long as it has a Bowens mount.

Conclusion

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern

The new Apututre Lantern is nice. I’ve tried a number of totally different strategies of overhead lighting and it’s my favourite proper now. It’s not tremendous extensive at 26″ diameter however appears to cowl the merchandise I’ve used it with as an overhead. it can be used for interviews in a spherical desk dialogue or like a standard softbox in a pinch.

When utilizing the Aputure COB Light Storm you will have a reasonably excessive ceiling as a result of longer design of the sunshine. For roundtable or sitting interviews I believe it should work simply superb in most properties.

Hands-On with the Aputure Bowens Mount Lantern

You have to love a chunk of package that value beneath $100 that’s versatile. The solely catch is you must have a Bowens mount fixture to make use of it plus a sturdy gentle stand and growth arm. I discovered a C-Stand and a 40″ growth arm to work superb with a counterweight on the opposite finish of the arm. Even higher is a growth arm. All in all the brand new reasonably priced Lantern at $89 is a steal and punches method over its weight. It’s vital merchandise if you have already got a COB Light Storm fixture.