Aputure Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light

Aputure Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light

Aputure Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light

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Product Highlights

  • 9.37 x 7.48 x 1.26" Panel
  • Spot 25°, Beam Angle
  • 5500K Daylight-Balanced Light
  • 4,380 Lux Brightness at 3.3'
  • Full 0-100% Dimming
  • 30W Maximum Power Draw
  • Dual Sony F/FM/QM Series Battery Slots
  • Slots for Connecting Multiple Panels
  • Tilt Adjustable Light Stand Adapter
  • Diffusion & Orange Filters, Carry Case
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Beam Angle: 25°

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Aputure AL-528 Overview

  • 1Description

The on or off-camera Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light from Aputure is a daylight-balanced (5500K) LED light that delivers precise color accuracy thanks to its high CRI 95+ rated LEDs. The light produces a spot 25° beam angle with a brightness of 4,380 lux at a distance of 3.3' and features a stepless rear dimming dial for adjusting light output from 0 to 100%. The AL-528S can be powered by the included AC adapter or optional Sony F/FM/QM-type batteries using the dual rear battery slots. Four LED indicator lights on the back of the unit display the remaining battery life.

The 9.37 x 7.48 panel is only 1.26" thick and generates little heat, allowing it to squeeze into places where other lights, especially incandescents, just can't go. The AL-528S ships with a multi-voltage AC adapter, 5/8" tilting mount for stand mounting, a 5/8" spigot with 1/4"-20 and 3/8"-16 threads, an orange 5500 - 3200K conversion filter, a diffusion filter to soften the light's output, and a carry case with shoulder strap.

Powerful and Compact
The AL-528S has 528 LEDs packed into a compact design that is the same size as the original iPad. It's an LED light that doesn't sacrifice power for portability
High Color-Rendering LEDs
With Amaran's advanced LEDs featuring a color-rendering index of 95+, the AL-528S casts a more radiant, natural light
Color Temperature and Diffusion
The AL-528S comes with two filters: a tungsten filter to change the color temperature from 5500 to 3200K, and a white diffusing filter to soften the light's output
Frictionless Brightness Control
Freely rotate the brightness wheel to adjust the AL-528S intensity. An adjacent LCD screen displays the power of your light by percentage for repeatability and consistency
Slim Profile
The Amaran is only 1.26" thick - significantly thinner than many competitive LED units
Double Power Supply System
The AL-528S can be powered by two ways: AC adapter or 2 Lithium-ion batteries. The two methods of power can also be used simultaneously so you can charge your batteries while using your light. The Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used (Sony F/FM/QM series) and easily sourced. It also features a 4 LED lights to indicate remaining battery power. When the light is almost out of power, the status LEDs blink red
Carrying Case
Included with the AL-528S is a convenient case for your light and all of its accessories, such as filters, lamp bracket, and the AC adapter. The compact design makes it perfect for shooting on the run
In the Box
Aputure Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light
  • Tilt Adjustable Light Stand Mount Adapter
  • Spigot (5/8")
  • AC Adapter
  • Diffusion Filter
  • Orange Filter
  • Carrying Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Aputure AL-528 Specs

    Light Fixture
    Beam Angle 25°
    Color Temperature 5500K
    Color Accuracy Standard CRI 95
    Cooling System Passive
    Display None
    Number of LEDs 528
    Expected Lamp Life 100,000 Hours
    Fixture Dimensions 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.3" / 23.8 x 19.0 x 3.2 cm
    Fixture Weight 1.19 lb / 540 g
    Connectors
    Battery Plate 2 x Sony L-Series (NP-F)
    Mounting
    Fixture Mount 1/4"-20 Female Thread
    Accessory Mount None
    Power
    AC Input Power 120 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 18 VDC at 2.8 A
    Power Source AC Adapter, External Battery
    Max Power Consumption 30 W
    Physical
    IP Rating IP20
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.9 x 9.4 x 4.35"

    Aputure AL-528 Reviews

    Amaran AL-528S Daylight LED Spot Light is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from fantastic for single person interviews! While it won't be confused with a 1x1 from Dracast or Litepanels, this LED is insanely bright for the price. The color accuracy is excellent for the price as well. Two things to keep in mind- this light is very hard and they are not lying when they say it's a spot light. The angle of the throw is quite narrow. I use this light diffused with a minus green for single person interviews and it's perfect. I definitely would not use this to light two person interviews though because of how narrow the angle is. There is a 1/4-20 female thread on each side of the light though for connecting multiple lights together, so I may get a second one in the future though because they are so affordable! The plastic housing feels a little light and therefore feels more breakable than the housings on higher end LEDs. The adjustable mount it comes with also feels plastic-y and like it will be stripped after a year of regular use, but we shall see!
    Date published: 2015-08-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 - Would Buy Again! I literally use this product for every project - photography and video production. Professional, high quality product for such an affordable price. Below is my experiences with this light in photography and video production. PHOTOGRAPHY I use it as a fill while using a portable flash as a key. It sounds unorthodox. But, for the given situation, it pairs great. the color temperature matches perfectly. Also, the high range of light intensity allows me to reach the desired look with precision. The best part is the portability. Ever since I purchased a couple Sony batteries, I have fallen in love with this product. I can easily move around the this LED panel without having to worry about cable management. I have yet to use it for portraits. Can't wait to try it out for that. VIDEO PRODUCTION The first time I used this LED panel for video was when I was recording an interview. Because the interview was taking place in the direct sunlight, the situation for composing a decent shot was quite grim had it not been for this little LED panel that could. We decided to use the sunlight a the rim light by putting the sun to the back of the subject. We positioned the Amaran on the opposite side of the sunlight as a key. We assumed we needed to punch the intensity to 100%. Then we realized that this thing was so powerful, that we brought down to 60%. The position of the Amaran also allowed it to function as a rim for the other side. This broke the subject away from the background and really sold the look as professional. The light was perfect. The shadows on the subject's face had the slowest falloff - it was like butter. Mind you, we set up this shot in 10 minutes and all we used was the sun and the Amaran to pull off a professional look. OVERALL I would highly recommend this LED panel to anyone. If you're just starting out, get it. Skip tungsten and any other old school lighting setups. I have a whole light kit of tungsten lights and only use it if the Amaran can't do it - which is rare. For those professionals, get it. It's a handy, portable light that can complement any professional arsenal.
    Date published: 2016-04-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple, Effective, BRIGHT! The 528S is a great, versatile, and low-profile light that's perfect for lower budget situations. PROS: No flicker at different frame rates Bright, clear light at useable CRI Small, not heavy at all Mounts easily everywhere CONS: A little difficult to add non-native light modifiers (ie- black foil, barn doors, third party diffusion) Build quality seems unlikely to handle high-stress situations OVERALL: Amazing and effective. Just be realistic about what you need it for.
    Date published: 2016-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't beat the price. I bought my first Aputure LED, an AL-H 160, two years ago to use as an inexpensive on-camera fill light for hand held interviews. I was so impressed that I thought I would start testing a larger size to see if I might be able to replace my KinoFlo Divas for formal seated interviews. While this one doesn't have the output for that, it's compact size and low cost give it a place in my camera bag as a much brighter on camera light that can even fill outdoors at close range.
    Date published: 2017-08-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad for news Don't expect a lot from this LED box. It feels very delicate and the supplied batteries take over 12 hours to recharge when totally drained. However it's great for a quick running gun local news piece or stand up. The supplied diffusion and 3200k filters are ok but slide out the frame very easily. The case provided is cheap at best. The yoke that attach to the head feel very fragile and can break very easily. Do not over tighten.
    Date published: 2017-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great! Great light. I use it mainly for detail shots at weddings. Portraits works great as well especially if you are going for something with a lot of contrast. It's very light weight and easy to use. You can hand hold it or put it on a light stand. The color temperature seems to be pretty accurate as well.
    Date published: 2016-01-25
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was fun while it lasted.. I bought this light 3 months ago and immediately loved it. It was quite bright, the color temps were great and overall just a lovely light, but one day i had it plugged into the wall for a shoot and the light just went dim and since then the light will flicker between brightness and is still very dim even at 99%! After this i am quite disappointed so i would recommend this light but make sure you buy BATTERIES for your own safety
    Date published: 2018-04-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light for the price. This product was my first foray into LED panel lighting, and I am very impressed with what aputure has done here. The quality of the light produced by this thing is really fantastic, very accurate, and very close to the color of sunlight. By my eye, and I have used it in a variety of locations and times of day now, the color of this light is a tiny bit more purple than it should be, but it matches very well with sunlight and is flattering to most skin tones. I like the wireless remote, but never use it. The fact that it can use cheap batteries as well as plugin power is fantastic though. Build quality or lack thereof is why this light light only gets 4 stars in my book. All brittle plastic, with a power input that feels like it's about to snap off, I very much wish I had purchased the new all metal aputure panel for twice the price. If you can afford it, spend the money on something that is built to last.
    Date published: 2017-08-03
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    question

    Does these lights work without the batteries attached when used with only the cord?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, you can use just the cord. If you use battery power, you just have 2 batteries attached. The batteries charge if attached and using the power cord.
    Answered by: Jefe
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Is this the updated AL-H528 version with CRI 95+? Or is this the previous one...
    Asked by: Anthony L.
    This is the updated one.
    Answered by: Levi H. FeelWorld Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Do these lights flicker at 1/50th shutter speed? I heard at 1/48th they had no flicker, but did when the shutter speed was higher.
    Asked by: Dandan L.
    I have not tested at 1/50th
    Answered by: dan k.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    Where can I buy its barn doors?
    Asked by: Marco R.
    This light does not have any barn doors accessories. It offered a softbox and honeycomb/grid attachment for any light shaping you may need.If you're looking for an Aputure LED light with barn doors, check out the Aputure Ls1s or Ls1c
    Answered by: matt b.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    If I use it with NP-F 970 series batteries can I face down it how many degrees?
    Asked by: zgr a.
    You can face it down all you want. Just make sure it is secure.Thank you
    Answered by: Levi H. FeelWorld Expert
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    does it work with DSTE NP-F970 Battery?
    Asked by: Salib C.
    Yes it does I love DSTE batteries they're great!
    Answered by: Sully C.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    What's the runtime on a Sony NP-F970 battery?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    About 2 to 2-1/2 hours on full power. Do note that power output/brightness is lower on battery power than AC.
    Answered by: David C.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    question

    does it include 2 batteries?
    Asked by: Salib C.
    Nope. No batteries. You'll have to order them separately.
    Answered by: John M.
    Date published: 2018-11-21
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