Aputure F7 & MX – Overview


Hi Carl here from ProAV TV and today I’m
gonna run you through apertures new new generation if you like of on-camera LED
lights specifically they’re tiny little MX light which is incredibly powerful
for what it is and they’re slightly larger more traditional on-camera light
if you like the f7 so first let’s take a look at the little MX light they call
this a successor to their previous m9 light which was another tiny little
light like this which I really really likes but the MX has definitely got an
awful lot of improvements over the m9 if you’re used to that light the first
thing you’ll notice is that the physical dimensions mostly are quite similar
apart from its width this is a lot thicker it’s about twice as thick and
about two centimetres thick it’s also a lot heavier
the reason it’s thicker and heavier is this red bit on the back it’s one huge
heatsink and that is very much needed because this is a really bright little
LED it’s way way brighter than the m9 was before it when we measured the m9 it
gave us luck scores of about 127 Lux at one meter so you can see from these
scores here that will bring up on screen now the MX is hugely brighter at the
same distance away it’s also very very color accurate notice scores of 1990 LCI
effectively which is just brilliant for a little little light like this I
absolutely love small lights like these because you can basically leave them in
your camera bag and you barely notice that they’re there when you don’t need
them and when you do need them they’re really handy really really handy indeed
I see a lot of people using these as catch lights for people’s eyes I see a
lot of people hiding them in the background or booming them or clamping
them to the sea in small spaces as a backlight for
subjects there’s so many new different uses for a tiny little LED like these so
having one that’s much brighter gives you a lot more flexibility particularly
if you wanted to hide them in the background or use them as a backlight
things like that you sometimes need quite a bit of brightness and quite a
bit of juice from your little light it’s all run off a built-in battery and
that’s charged from a USB C slot on the side and the built-in battery lasts for
about an hour of full brightness or four hours minimum brightness so it’s not
quite as long as the m9 was before it’s obviously it’s much more powerful but I
should be plenty long enough for most types of uses it comes with a built on
diffuser on the front I reckon most people are gonna leave that on pretty
much all the time I don’t see why people it really does get a lot brighter
without it on but you get much more cross shadows and it’s a much harsher
light I recommend most people should keep that diffuser on most of the time
the controls on top are very straightforward the only thing that’s
slightly out of the ordinary is the little booster button this is a
temporary boost for the light and it gives it about an extra 20 percent
brightness the reason that they haven’t just made a brighter light with that
same technology is that this could potentially damage your LEDs and make
mean that your light have it has a shorter life cycle so definitely
shouldn’t overuse that but it’s fantastic to have it there just as a
little boost to get you out of trouble when you need that tiny little bit of
extra light overall really lovely little light nice quarter-inch thread so that
you can mount it anywhere you want I see this being fantastic for pretty much any
type of people working in the industry here I think you should just get one of
these and keep it in your camera bag at all times I think I will so let’s turn our attention to the f7
this first glance is a much more traditional on camera LED you’ve got
normal array of tungsten and daylight bulbs on the front no real diffusion on
it and to get a lot of punch and a very simple interface on the back with a Sony
NPF battery slot nothing new there looks like most other on camera LEDs on the
market but what really sets this apart is its brightness it is absurdly
absurdly bright I will bring up the scores now but I’ve seen one by one
panels with a lot less brightness to them than this tiny little on-camera LED
and note another tha high score of 99 these are both very very color accurate
lights which really shows that apertures really do care about the color
performance of their panels which is just great to see so let’s run you
through some of what they’ve changed with this light firstly it’s very very
lightweight it’s only nine two hundred and sixty grams compared to two hundred
and eighty grams on the MX so although it’s a lot bigger than the MX they’re
very similar weights now of course it doesn’t have a built-in battery it
relies on Sony one so you do need to factor in the weight of your battery as
well but you’ve got several other flexible power options you’ve got a USB
C port on the side for either pairing off mains or maybe off of a USB battery
bank like this one we’ve got here from GP or you’ve got a full size D tap
connection so with the DTaP to detect cable or a pole to do tap cable you can
use batteries like third party DV style battery some sweats or large relock
style batteries if that’s what your rig uses your camera rig it’s a power both
your camera and this led at the same time which is so important you don’t
want to have different batteries going on this camera rig at once you’ll lose
track of them and something will die when the other ones happen it’s much
easier if your entire camera rig is running off of one solo battery so that
you can keep an eye on just that one batteries check
and swap it out when you need it makes your life so much easier and so it’s
fantastic to have so many different flexible power options you’ve also got a
lot of mounting points you’ve got one on the top one on the bottom and one on the
right-hand side so for rigging this either on your camera somewhere or as a
backlight and in spaces it gives you a lot more options now the secret to it
being so crazily bright is the array of LEDs like normal
you’ve got tungsten balanced ones and then more daylight balanced ones but
rather than having those daylight balance runs at 5600 Kelvin they’ve
actually chose to make them way colder apertures saying nine hundred and nine
thousand five hundred Kelvin we’ve measured it closer to soirée thousand
it’s not quite that cold but what that does mean is that the sweet spot in
between the two ranges when all of the LEDs are on max brightness at the same
time is almost dead on 5600 Kelvin which is why when it’s set to daylight it is
so absurdly absurdly bright so that’s why it’s so bright but it’s also gives
you that little bit of extra caught up at the high end of it so that you could
use that for more stylistic looks a little bit of a bluer look to your light
maybe they simulate moonlight something like that or maybe just first stylized
effect you never know it’s nice to have but the main advantage of this is
definitely the brightness and it’s worth mentioning just how well packaged both
of these lights from aperture are they come with a nice case that come with all
the accessories that you need for such competitively priced products aperture
really do put a lot of attention and care to detail into their packaging and
the accessories and their design of their lights overall I think these are
really fantastic solutions for on-camera lights and not really even on camera
just small LED panels that are convenient and you can carry with you
really really easily I really really like these but let me know what you
think and them in the comment section down below and if you want to buy either
of these lights they’re of course available on the probe
website links to them are in the description down below thank you so much
for watching and I’ll see you in the next one

19 thoughts on “Aputure F7 & MX – Overview

  1. I love the warm, friendly vibe of this show 🙂 What's the flexible LED in the background?

  2. Wow, i'm using M9s fr pretty much every Gimbal shot that i do….
    I wonder why the MX costs like 4 of them

  3. great review. i've been trying to buy the Core SWX TorchLED for a while (wedding filmmaker needing run&gun lighting) and they're sold out. i wonder if the MX would be a solid alternative! i only need for dancing shots, cake cutting, etc. not to be on for hours on end. anyways, great review. i think i'll buy the MX

  4. Could you start showing the lights on some cameras? Like for example on a 80D, Xa30, Xf400 and C200? So we can see better how big they are.

  5. I love my MX. It's traveled with me from the mountains of West Virginia to the caves of Iceland and has never disappointed me. Worth 10X its price.

  6. What's the smallest top light that takes a Sony np 570 battery that you've found? Tried one from amazon that uses 2xaa but prefer using Sony batteries. I find the cheap 160 led lights too large for a small gh4 rig / cage

  7. Did you put the F7 on max power? If you turn the brightness down, is it still absurdly bright?

  8. Do the F7 set come with a battery? If not, which sony battery would recommand?

  9. If you were to power the F7 via USB C as a stationary light, which PSU/Wallwart would you recommend?

  10. Basically 2 of these F7 lights together are stronger as 1 Amaran HR-672 light and they shine the brightest at daylight settings … and buying 2 of them still leaves me with enough money to buy 2 NPF bateries when compared to the price of the 1 HR-672.

    I'm buying 4 of these. Using 2 of them together as a keylight and 1 for backlight and 1 fill. 500 bucks and you've got a whole interview setup that is extremely compact.

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