Editors Note: As the video review is relatively short and focuses on visual examples, there will be no written version of the review, only a transcript of the video itself.
Welcome back another workbench session where I take a consider some equipment that all DIY and no budget filmmakers should look at acquiring.
Today I have the Aputure Amaran AL-M9.
It’s a small nine by 6cm light that packs a whole lot of power. It’s really bright. At 0.3 meters it has a crazy 950LUX rating.
The colour rendering index sits around 95, so you’re not going to have any trouble with mismatched skin colours.
Ok, so what’s in the box.
The light is kept in this really handy carry pouch which has a carabiner so you can easily attach this to your belt or shorts and the—
Yeah, it’s bright.
Very basic operations.
Then you have a dim or brighten function. When at its dimmest you have nine increments of brightness.
The light itself has a small magnetic diffuser which doesn’t really diffuse the intensity that much, but it does take the glare away from the nine individual LEDS.
Of course, you’re not going to be using this as key light on a group of actors; it’s not designed for that. But it’s ideal for illuminating a single subject. A prime example is here; this is a dimmer for another light I’m reviewing, and the AL-M9 is illuminating my hand. Then again here in a photograph, I took of my niece. Because of the small surface area, it provides an eye light, an aesthetic adored by many.
The light also comes with an adapter. I wasn’t too fond of Aputure hot shoe/cold shoe adapter they provided with the VS1 Find HD, and I know both products are completely different, but this style of the adapter is much preferred. You very simply slot the light in, attach the adapter and you’re ready to shoot. The side dial also allows you to aim the light where necessary.
We have a standard USB charging cable. Which is how the light is powered, there are no batteries to insert. Everything is powered via a charge.
This is basically it; the light is very much what it looks like it. Thinking creatively outside of the box, this can be put to great use for a lot of practical applications with fictional work as it can be put into places where other lights cannot fit. Inside of a microwave, acting as the illuminance from a mobile phone, and so forth. I’m going to incorporate this into a holographic device prop for the short film I’m working on.
For the price point of, it’s really a no-brainer to pick one up.
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