Aputure COB120T COB120D LED Lighting

If you're looking for a small (hard) source LED light with bright output, you might want to consider the Aputure COB120T (tungsten 3200K) or COB120D (daylight 6000K). It's an impressive design that offers many sought after features such as the ability to be powered with batteries (v-mount or AB mount), Wireless Control, and a native Bowens mount for light modifying using inexpensive and readily available Bowen mount accessories.

With high output somewhere between a 500w and 750w Arri Fresnel, integrated umbrella holder, and bowens mount, it can be adapted to a number of different use cases. Remove the collector and it can throw enough light to boost ambience in a room, or set it behind a scrim for a large soft source. But as versatile as it is, there may be few things to keep in mind if you're planning to add this to your kit.

The Aputure COB120 LED Lights is smaller and lighter than an Arri 1K fresnel, but all of it's parts, I wouldn't refer to them as super compact. I'm a big fan of lights that can be battery powered, but if you plan to power the Aputure COB120, you'll need to ensure you're buying good (typically meaning a bit more expensive) batteries that can handle the constant draw. High output doesn't necessarily equal far throw. If you're in need of throwing the light output further, they do offer a Fresnel adapter, but I can't say i'm a big fan of the overall bulky design.

Outside of those small things, the COB120 has a quality build, excellent color reproduction, and many desirable features you would want in an LED light. Starting at around $600 US each, I don't think you necessarily have to have a complete lighting kit comprised of COB120s, but having a one or two would certainly be a great addition to any lighting kit.

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7 thoughts on “Aputure COB120T COB120D LED Lighting

  1. Rob S.

    Em, How hard can you get the light with the fresnel lens? Do you think it could cut a cucoloris pretty cleanly?

  2. As far as NPF-compatible batteries go, do you have any experience with the DSTE brand? They are rated at 7900 mah. I've used the ones they make for the Lumix G7 and I'm happy with them and they seem to be well reviewed on Amazon.

  3. I know Aputure and Came-TV are both your advertisers, but you sold me on those Boltzen lights. Well, not just you, I've read other reviews too. But as far as I can tell the combination of the single COB, that quasi-fresnel lens, NPF battery operation, the ability to flood or spot, future wifi operation, quiet fan (one reason that I'm staying away from the larger Yongnuo LED units) and $300 price point (or lower when you buy a set of two) seems to be the right mix for a LED light in 2017. My main uses for continuous light are events and interviews so I'm thinking that Boltzen 55w (with one of those inexpensive quick setup softboxes Came-tv is selling don't seem half bad -- even though I don't see grids yet--) would be perfect for me.

  4. Duncan Craig

    You'll can find the same battery by Rolux for $257 with a USB power adaptor included: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rolux-RL-190S-190Wh-Sony-V-mount-Li-ion-Battery-for-DV-Camera-LED-Video-Light-/252440138714

    Here the new model of the battery, which now has a digital display screen. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rolux-RLC-190S-190WH-Sony-V-mount-LCD-Display-Li-ion-Battery-fr-Video-Light/122144630059

    I have the old style Rolux 230 and it works well with my Aputure LS1c.

  5. DavidBP

    Thanks for your review! Could you link the CAME-TV battery's what you suggest to use with these light's? Thank you!

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