Hey, this is Sasha. Welcome to another episode here on the Inside Days.
Today, I’m gonna go ahead and unbox the rest of this aperture AL-F7. I already took a quick peek at it, couldn’t wait.
I’ll give you some insights on what’s in the box and later on, we’ll do another video as far as testing it. Then also compared to some other lights — see if it’s worth your while, see if it’s worth purchasing and if it suits your needs really.
Let’s take a look here on paper.
Here’s a box that you’re going to get from Aperture.
If you’re getting this light, there’s a nice cool box — very very good coated. You can see here are some of the specs for the lights.
Ultimately, this light goes up to 95K.
It also uses both bulbs, which many other lights do not and the output isn’t as high because of that.
In there you get kind of this case right here. You can see Aperture F1, pretty cool.
Then you unzip it and out pops the light from here.
The light normally comes in here.
I took it out real quick. Took a quick look at it.
You pull it out and you got your knob here, couple knobs to go ahead and turn it on. This adjusts your modes, your temperature, and your percentages.
You can put in a battery here.
The really cool thing I do like about this is — you could put in a USB charger as well, meaning you could connect it through a USB port, USB C. And there’s another kind of 10 amp connector right here which I’ve I don’t know what that is or I haven’t used it.
I have one of these batteries Sony NPF batteries. I’ll plug it in right there. It has a lock if you need to release it so don’t forget to hit the lock.
You can turn it on right there — a very strong, very powerful light.
Here’s the dial so I could go down, just show you here on the light.
Here is 40%.
You can go down all the way to 1% almost if you want, and you can continue to ramp it up.
Let’s just ramp it up to about here 90, 100% there.
If you push the button inward right here, it switches to the temperature.
I could go up to pretty much full blue — which you can’t do with many other lights.
This is what makes this light so powerful and strong — is because of these blues they can go up so strong — which I like because now when you go to 5500 or 5600 on your temperature to balance things out.
They use actually both light. So, you probably can’t see that because it’s really strong.
But let’s dial it back a bit to 5%. Now, you can kind of see it — uses both lights.
Might not be able to tell too much just the way that I have the lighting set up but it does use both lights. You can see those two lights — the yellows and the whites — and then as you crank it up right there. It’ll use both lights.
Normally, half of these lights are out on many other lights but in this case, they work with both lights — and that’s what makes it quite a powerful light.
I would say that this light is a very good, very high-end, very good quality of light.
If you’re looking to light things up — it’s definitely fantastic.
Let’s take a look at maybe a couple of other things in the box.
Obviously, the battery is not included by the way. You can check out these casts are batteries or k-star batteries that I use — another review on them that I’ll be showing.
Let’s see what else you have in the pouch I went ahead and I took one of these out already. This is the USB C connectors right there that go into the side of the light and into your computer.
You got these other things — some instructions right here, a serial number, product manual how it connects and those kinds of things.
Cool little card — follow us on Facebook and here are the diffuser panels.
You could go ahead and diffuse this light.
There’s two of them. One is a little more frosty and another less frosty — or maybe very strong and less strong.
You could go ahead and pop these in. Looks like they go like this and another one right here. Now, you got a diffused light.
Pop the battery back in always pretty quick. Then you can turn it on and now you got a diffused light.
It does help out especially if you’re lighting up a face.
I’ll let this light shine over here on this side, so you can see it and enjoy it.
Got some other things here in the bag. Here’s a little mount for a ball head or a tripod if you want. I’m not gonna open that up but and of course, little baggies.
What else you got? Another little card.
So that’s what’s in the bag. There’s no side pockets or anything.
You got these diffusers. You got these manuals. You got the light and maybe now you can see the two colors.
Let’s see if we can dial the light down a little bit and even then it’s a strong light. You can see some of the lights are there.
You can see one row is now lit and then when you go full strength you’ll have both rows. That’s what makes it really powerful.
If we go back to the face, I’ll just show you here this light as we ramp it up on the percentage, it does take a handful of turns but that’s a hundred percent.
You could use this as your main light. That’s what I was thinking.I was like “Hey, why don’t I get two or three of these. Maybe I could light it up now.”
This right now is at 3200. Let me go ahead and bump it to about 5,600. In a way, you could see this is a very very strong light. It’s about hand distance away. I do have my softboxes on though right now so it does compensate.
You could go ahead and put two of these on each side and have two lights two to light you up and it could be used as the main light.
But I do think you would need another diffusion. Right now, if we got hey we got this main light right here happening add this little thing right here so that’ll turn your face a lot better.
Here it is without it very strong. Here it is kind of with it. So you can see it does a lot better if you do add more diffusion.
That’s where strong light does help. So, something like this can be very very cool very handy. But I think you almost need two of them on each side with the diffusion here you’ve got one diffusion. But I’m saying another level of diffusion to be able to use it in a studio.
Otherwise, I think these are great on the go.
You probably could use it also as a background light. So, you can see here I got a little background light here it is pointed down. So if you want to soften things up in the background, get it even a little bit closer.
If you want, you could probably put a gel on it. So, it’s a purple gel.
Take a look at that. You can see to make it a little more purple there in the background — if you want to do something like that.
You can see it’s not mega-powerful if you’re starting to diffuse it with the gel and so forth.
Anyway, just some thoughts there for you.
I could do a comparison on this versus some other lights because I was always thinking “hey how do I replace my softboxes? They’re so big. So heavy. Am I able to do it with something like this?”
And I think you almost need two of these or three of these on each side to be able to do it, especially if you’re diffusing the light.
Probably, two of these should be able to handle it but the convenience is you can play some just because this light is so strong and it uses kind of both LEDs.
Whereas, if you take a look at maybe some of the other ones the panels. They only use either white bulbs or yellow bulbs. They don’t really mix it like this does.
Anyways, as far as color rating temperature, there are many videos out there that already handle this and talk about this because it is pretty good.
On par, most lights these days, they’re pretty good in terms of their color temperatures unless you’re getting some really, really cheap lights.
But this one I could say definitely very high-end, very high quality. Got your mounts, you get three mounts actually. Got one here one on the top side and one here and then the other side. You get the controls.
A lot of goodness from this light. It is a little more expensive.
The question is — do you go with something like this or maybe something a lot different?
Let’s see. Do I have something nearby? Something maybe more like this newer panel?
I would say price-wise, in fact, this one that’s a little bigger is cheaper but strength-wise they’re probably about equal. So, which one do you go with, right?
I could do a video about that. Maybe more in comparison because they are a little bit different in the scheme of things. This one’s definitely more higher-end but this one’s got more LEDs. So, which one should you go with? That’s a whole different discussion.
As far as what’s in the box and basics about the light –I hope you got some insight.