Aputure’s New LS-C300D LED Video Light 300D Available for Shipping

Aputure has finally announced it is officially shipping the new Light Storm LS-C300D LED Video Light. So expect them to be available at retailers soon (if not already). This light was shown at NAB 2017, and has been one of the most anticipated lights in their lineup. Larger and more powerful than their LS-COB120D, some of the benefits to this design is the Single Point Source Light which is easier to shape, and does not display multiple shadows (like many light panels will). It also uses a popular bowens mount to attach a variety of accessories and light modfiers.

Aputure claims to have close to a 2K output, and when you compare this to other popular brands, the new Aputure 300D is less than 1/3rd the price. With a 97+ high CRI rating, remote control, and the ability to power off dual V-Mount batteries without being tethered to a wall outlet, this seems like a great light to have for any type of video shooter. The new Aputure 300D is available now on the Aputure website (found here).

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Aputure Light Storm LED LS-C300D Video Light

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  1. michael

    I don't think the 300d cri is 97+ - I believe it was tested to be less than 95. But they also display a flaw with a skew to green on the edge. When that green is blended back into the fold, the CRI drops further. Also their R9 is below 80. I believe they are trying to resolve this issue but for now it doesn't look so good. Also the joker has a lot more punch when set to spot vs the 300d fresnel attachment. The bare light intensity is probably similar but the quality of the fresnels are miles apart.

  2. Post author

    @Apostolos - That information is 'not correct'. All of the lights can now be powered off a single V-Mount battery. Even the 150w Large Fresnel. They made an update to the lights a short while ago, and also showed the lights working on single batteries at IBC. I'll have a video about this update soon as well.

  3. @cheesycam
    Yes, I've seen the 100w and 150w LEDs CAME-TV offers. Only problem, those are AC only, as I understand it, they cannot be operated from a battery, correct?

  4. Post author

    @Apostolos - I think you're still overlooking the fact that CAME_TV does make a Medium sized light and a Large size light. Both with 'aluminum bodies' and designed for larger softboxes if needed.

    For those guys trying to do too much, DIY is one thing, and common sense is another. It's like people who try to use a screwdriver to smack a nail through a board instead of a hammer, and complain that screwdrivers suck as a hammer. I just don't see why they need to complain about using something that was never intended for use..

    But back to your original comment, it sounds like you want a big softbox, so you should probably look into a large light fixture like the 120D or 300D.

  5. I'm not sure fairness has anything to do with it. You, the ultimate diy shooter, should know that oftentimes people modify a piece of equipment to stretch its capabilities. In my case, I was looking for a light that I could use both for weddings and interviews and the Boltzen seemed to fit the bill. I'm not saying Came-TV were misleading in the way they advertised this product. And, again, unlike you, I don't own any of these, so I'm not speaking from firsthand experience, but from what I've seen in Youtube reviews. But it seems like a very good and reasonably priced product is limited by its plastic body. After all, when people move up from flat panel LEDs, do it because they want the directionality of the single chip light and the flexibility to add softboxes. All I'm saying is that if Came-TV made this exact same unit with an aluminum body, maybe it would make a good product great. Here are the two reviews that made me decide against getting them. In the fist one, Tom Antos is putting on it a large Aputure softbox that's designed for the Aputure COB 120 and it's clearly too heavy. In the second one this other guy shows that ever with the improved rosettes, which Came-TV customer support sent him, the plastic body is starting to come apart under the weight of a medium sized softbox 60x60 cm (24x24 inches). So all I'm saying is that if Came-TV reads the feedback from your readers, they might consider the possibility of offering an aluminum body for these lights. I don't know how much more expensive they would be, but that would put them back on my sights for the dual purpose that I need them (weddings and interviews).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJT8qETZ-4M&t=11s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3WqCiRx_0E

    I am eagerly anticipating the Aputure 300d, to use it in a different capacity. It seems like it might have enough power to use it as fill in daylight, outdoors, which no other light other than the Joker Bug can do currently, at a cost of 7k. So, if the 300d is powerful enough, it will change how indy and event shooters start shooting outdoors. I'm checking Youtube daily for reviews! 🙂

  6. Post author

    @Apostolos - To be fair CAME-TV doesn't just recommend their own softboxes for the Boltzen 55w or 30w lights. They recommend a proper sized softbox. If you're looking for a big light and a big box, they sell larger models. I don't think it's fair to say they have a design 'flaw' because some people have the idea of strapping an oversized unrecommended heavy box on a light that was designed to be both portable and a spot light. They never advertised that, nor do they sell an accessory that large for the small Boltzen, and if you asked them, they would not suggest such a large box. That's just people trying expect too much, and to be honest attempting something quite ridiculous for a mini spotlight.

    If what you really want is a Big Softbox for a broad diffused source, you'd be better off with a Flat Panel (as you mentioned). Or choose one of the larger Boltzen lights as they sell small, medium, and large for a reason. It's always intriguing to see people doing things with products that are not designed to be used in one way, and then have complaints about it. It's sort of like trying to adapt a Canon EF lens on an iPhone (which people do), and then complain about how bad the image quality is.

  7. Weddings are the majority of my business, in both stills and video. So, in my experience, in terms for best bang for the buck, I would say a "traditional" flat panel LED, like the Yongnuo YN-900 or Powerextra 900 might be a better value, since you can pick up any of these panels for about $150-165, i.e. about half of the Boltzen 55w. I looked into the Boltzens for two reasons, a) because I got the impression they have a longer "throw" and directionality because of the single chip and the fresnel lens and because you could fit softboxes easier on them with the Bowens mount. However, they seem to have a flaw, because of their plastic body. If you put a heavier softbox in front of them, the plastic body is starting to strain to the point they are stretching! There is a guy on youtube who reviewed them and demonstrated that. Their rosettes could not handle the additional weight of the larger softboxes, but apparently they fixed that. For that purpose Came-TV only recommends using their own softboxes, which are rather small. So, I really wanted to use the Boltzen for interviews etc, with large softboxes, but this issue with their plastic bodies stopped me from buying them. The guy who posted before me does not seem to have a very good opinion of the COB120D and I really can't counter what he's saying because I haven't used it. But the 300D, at least on paper, has very interesting specs. The company is positioning it against the Joker Bug, an HMI fixture that costs around 7k. If the CRI and the output is what they claim, at around $1100 these things are going to sell like hotcakes. I can't wait for the reviews, to see what people think.

  8. nate

    I totally agree with Craig on the exaggerated output claim, at least that was true on the 120t. That thing does not put out nearly as much light as my traditional tungsten 1k fresnel and it was a bit frustrating to find this out after my first gig with it. That being said, I'm hoping they got it together and the new 300d has a better output and is closer to what is being advertised...

  9. Post author

    @David - I don't consider myself a wedding expert, but I know people who are. First, they've invested in the right cameras. Typically they've all gone to Sony because of the fast autofocus and low light handling. So having said that, Sony cameras don't require as much light as other cameras. So they are finding that they can get away with using smaller less powerful lights. Don't take my word for it, but the CAME-TV Boltzen has been really popular amongst my friends because it can be powered off batteries, they are small, and they throw the light at a distance and in a controlled way (spot, flood, barndoors, etc).

    I have a friend who borrows my set of 55w Boltzens whenever he can for his weddings. He finds them perfect. He wants his own set, but he is waiting on the medium sized bi-color. There's been a recent update to which these medium and some large Boltzen lights can now be powered off a single V-Mount battery. Previously they required (2) v-mounts.

  10. David

    What would you recommend for wedding work ie reception, dance floor? this? or the 120 or came tv bolten? if bolten 55?

  11. Ivar

    Emm , if you would do a comparison between this bad boy, and the Came-TV Boltzen 150... That would be sooo great.

  12. Not that excited for this light after using the 120D. Too many pieces to connect power, very frustrating to move around during a day of shooting. The color seems woefully blue kind of a pain to gel back to natural daylight. The Fresnel absolutely sucks. And it's output claims seem to be exaggerated.

    For me the main problem is most of the time I will want to use it with AC but will still be stuck placing that enormous controller in the power line, no easy way to just plug a single wire from outlet to unit. On long days, on location, where you are continually moving lights this design is a pain.

    Once again an LED for ridiculous money - I say that because with the design flaws, the exaggerated output claims, and the color (that's just not right) I just don't see it being an investment (wanting to take up pelican space) for more than two years.

    Personally I am waiting to see some honest reviews on Came-TVs 100 & 150 Fresnel, how the fan noise is on a quiet set, how controlling light within a complex scene and how much output.

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