Check out my post about the Flashpoint 300 Pro and the screw on Bowens adapter. It makes the pairing something that was made in heaven!
Update May 6 2020
I’ve just tested the new Flashpoint 300 Pro and in addition to the MANY advantages I see in the product it is perfect for use in my Aputure Spotlight. Why? Well the bulb and forthcoming Bowens mount attachment allows it to fit into the Spotlight without any adapter! You can read more about my impressions of this incredible little light here.
Update January 13 2020
I am now testing a LED/Strobe combination that attaches natively to the Aputure Spotlight without an DIY adapter.
Update December 8 2019
I was able to use the Aputure instrument during a publicity image session for Little Shop of Horrors adding a green gel to the light.
Updated November 18 2019
Unless I come across a different way to use this instrument other than what I’ve posted to date this will be my last entry. I will simply say that it is a remarkable device especially considering its price point. The ability to change lenses is really useful for my work.
Updated October 22 2019
I wanted to update this post to say how pleased I have been with the Spotlight. In most cases I am shooting in confined spaces where a narrow beam makes the use of a gobo light impractical. I recently shot a dance session and due to the 36 degree lens on the Spotlight I was easily able to use the lighting instrument. The funny part is the dancers and teacher wanted to know“What Mark is going to do with that bazooka thing?!” LOL it does kinda look like a bazooka! But once they saw the images appear on the tethered iPad everyone wanted to be lit with the device.
In the images that follow the key light was the Aputure Spotlight with an industrial window gobo. But I also added an overhead light, my beloved Saberstrip v2.0 to add fill light to the shadows. Without the fill areas in the dark portion of the gobo were almost completely black.
The Aputure Spotlight’s construction, switchable lenses and lack of fringing make this instrument extremely valuable for my work.
Updated October 12 2019
I have had the opportunity to test this instrument before placing it into my workflow. It performed flawlessly and with the 36 degree lens I am able to keep the device in close proximity to the area I am illuminating with a gobo. This is especially valuable for me since I seldom have a large distance between where I need the light to appear and where I can place the device. Well worth the money for this type of quality and versatility.
Original Post September 26 2019
This initial post is about my findings of the physical characteristics of the unit, not its actual use at this point in time. For anyone who has followed my blog it’s pretty apparent that I like to use gobos to create shots when it’s the right tool for the right job.
I’ve gone through all sorts of iterations to fabricate, modify, adapt modifier tools that aren’t really meant for still strobe photography. The Aputure Spotlight Mount Set is really no exception. I was very excited about purchasing the unit for these reasons:
- Native Bowens mount
- A choice of three lenses of different focal lengths
- It uses B sized gobos
- An optional adjustable iris
- A nice padded case
- The unit is made for the Aputure LED constant light film industry, but I ‘thought’ it would be a plug and play affair since it uses the Bowens attachment system. More on that later. I’ve used my converted Leko spotlight enough to know that in cramped spaces a wider lens would be optimum. So I ordered the 36 degree lens and if I need tighter focal lengths they are available for around 259.00.
- B sized gobos are the standard in most theatres. So I can borrow some if needed. My other now discontinued Bowens projector uses smaller M sized gobos.
- Aputure makes a very cool optional adjustable iris for the unit which I purchased. I plan to use this for upcoming sessions. I’ve never had an adjustable iris option on a spot projector.
- Although the case that comes with the unit is not ATA rated, it is well done and protective.
And last but certainly not least is the Leko stage follow spot I converted cannot be replaced. So if it’s stolen or more likely lost during airline transport I’d be sunk.
OK so let’s start off with why the unit is NOT plug and play for my Flashpoint or Godox strobes. I could not see in any of the online photos or specifications the distance between the Bowens mount and the first lens in the unit. (there are two) Using any of my Flashpoint or Godox strobes inserted into the unit cause the bulb to foul against the first lens…no bueno! So I had to fabricate (what else is new in my world LOL) a female to male Bowens adapter. Now any of my lights, the 600s the 600 Pro, the 200s the 200s with the circular head all fit! YAY!!!
I found a much easier way to fabricate a Bowens male/female extender. Here is what I use:
- Flashpoint XPLOR 600 Protection Cover
- NICEFOTO SN-10 Interchangeable Mount Mini Mount to Bowens Mount
I cut the Protection cover about 1/75 inches from the Bowens male flange. (Cutting off the top of the cover) I then slide the open end into the Nicefoto mount and screw it down. All done for $18.00 USD!
Below I am showing how versatile the unit is in using ANY of my Godox/Flashpoint strobes:
Flashpoint eVOLV Dual Power Twin Head with Bowens Mount. Two 200s with two bulbs.
So far I am VERY impressed with the build quality and optics of the system. I have no doubt it will work very well in my work. As I use it I will continue to update this post. Aputure if you’re reading this, making a strobe adapter will make us still photo guys very happy and my increase your market too!
Hi Mark and thanks for the great info. Is it possible to share how you fabricated the adaptor? Thank you so much.
Sure Dwight I just added it to my post since you asked. Figured it may help others too. Thanks for asking!
Thank you for the info, this seems like the best way to go for studio spot/gobo effects with strobes. https://www.adorama.com/glceibw.html I want to use this with my Einstein’s. Do you think this adapter will work, without any interference? Any recommendations on how to adapt?
Will yes I believe that will work well. One caveat is that your bulb ‘may’ hit the first lens in the Aputure instrument. If so then you will need to add spacers to the adapter. But if not then that is all you will need. Best of luck.
I just wanted to follow up and thank you for the information you’ve put in your blogs. I went ahead and bought the 36° Aputure Spotlight Mount and Bowens to PCB adapter linked above. Here’s my findings. Although there is no bulb interference, I had to slightly modify (grind) the Bowens side of the adapter as it would not fit. It is now on the unit, is extremely snug and will probably be very difficult to remove. I might modify the case foam and just leave it on for good. However, on the PCB side of the adapter, it seems very loose and not a correct fit to securely lock my Einstein into place. I have temporarily used a bungee cord to put extra tension but I do not trust it will stay on. I will make some type of bracket to ensure my Einstein doesn’t crash to the ground but it does indeed work very well. I have not used it on a live subject yet but have tested with a dummy. One thing I’ve noticed, it seems the further you throw the light the less output is achieved so you need to increase the power. Also, my studio is pretty large and I’m glad that I got the 36° lens but I feel a wider lens would be helpful too.
Will thanks for updating your experience as it will help other users. I agree and hope that Aputure offers a 50 degree lens in the near future.
Thanks for this review. I am interested in connecting this to the godoc ad600 ii, but I see that the nicefoto sn-10 is not available any more. Do you know of the following adapters might also work. They were suggested as alternatives on the amazon page
Thanks. Such a long wait for delivery. I guess I’ll just have to be patient
thankyou for your precious reviews!
I bought a PIXAPRO EF Snoot: it’s a nice snoot that uses canon lenses (I used a 50mm 1.8, old at 1.8).
I noticed a lot of less power with this modifier. So I’m considering a more professional choice, I also would love to use blades, so I checked for the aputure spotlight 36.
I’d like to use it on elinchrom ELB 400 (I’ll buy an adapter bowens to elinchrom that probably will fix the distance lens/bulb)
I’d love to have your opinion:
do you think that Aputure spotlight is a professional choice?
Would you recommend it?
Does it lose or gain power (like they declare on their website)?
Do you think it will overarm in strobe mode?
Hey Fabri, thanks so much for posting your question here rather than through email. As I mentioned I receive a LOT of questions via email and don’t answer those privately, only here. I had to search for your Pixapro EF snoot since I am not familiar with them. Very intriguing since it uses Canon glass. I have used and own four different gobo projectors.
The Aputure Spotlight Mount
A converted LEKO spotlight
A Bowens Universal Spot attachment (No longer made)
A Photogenics Pattern Maker
If the Pixapro is not emitting enough light it could be a combination of a number of factors. Where you are using it, depending on the amount of ambient light. The actual output of your ELB400. The ISO you’re using, etc. Yes the Aputure is very good, equal to my converted LEKO follow spot. I don’t really notice a drop in light unless I am using a gobo with very small openings which would affect any light source. As I mention in my post about the Aputure, if you use a Flashpoint/Godox strobe you will need to make an adapter as I have so the bulb does not impact the first lens in the Aputure unit. The other big advantage to the Aputure is its ability to use two gobos, one steel the other glass at the same time.
Your main question about light loss is not something I’ve experienced with my units, any of them. Sure there is light loss using ANY LIGHTING INSTRUMENT, but HOW you use it makes all the difference. Hope this helps.
ThankYou! I ordered: I found an offer on amazon.
I’ll let you know! 🙂
Thanks for sharing knowledge
Do you think the same method can be made for a godox AD600pro? Planning to get the spotlight, just wanna know if I can use the same method you did with a AD600pro!
Ngoh, yes you can. The beauty of that design is you can slide the cover as close or as far as you need. I use the 600 Pro and non pro bulb with the unit.
Thank you! Will try it out and let you know!
I tried with my ad600pro with the bulb head but it fell and broke.
Anyways, I want to ask, how did you secure the sn10 adapter?
Because I can’t seem to lock it to the light, only could lock the screw. Was it the same for you?
Could you recess it in completely and lock the bowens mount?
Shian, I explain pretty clearly that the SN-10 mount ALLOWS YOU TO ADJUST the modified (end cut off) Xplor 600 protection cover in or out depending on the bulb you’re using. The SN-10 has three set screws that tighten a rubber gasket. And YES the Bowens mount securely attaches on mine.
Ooh just re-found this with the updates on the ad300pro! I have one coming soon and I already have a s2 bracket so this is great to see. Thankyou.
Jonathan, so glad you found this helpful. I believe most folks look at the new 300 Pro as just another strobe in between the 200 and 400. But for me the design and power lends itself to so many of the way I use strobes. The Aputure is a great example as is my use with focusing rod modifiers. This new 300 is a godsend for me.