Unremarkably Excellent! Aputure amaran T2c and T4c RGBWW LED Tube Review
Well, finally, that wait is over behind me is the amran t2c and amarante 4c, as most would already know. Amaran refers to aputures entry level lineup, and i think this genre of lights need no introduction in 2022.. These are rgb, www led tube lights, so, in addition to being bi color, they can also do rgb. The t2c is two feet long and the t4c you guessed. It is four feet long now, to be very, very blunt about it. I actually consider these two amaran tubes to be relatively speaking, unremarkable thats, because these are two very functional led tubes. They arent necessarily flexing any groundbreaking features, but just because i consider them unremarkable doesnt mean they are not well made. Dont get me wrong. These are very good, led tubes. They do what one would expect an led tube to do nothing more, nothing less. All things considered. Aputure did make these under the entry level amaran line, so while these might not be the most exciting led tubes, they damn well are led tubes that fulfill their purpose, but thats, also not to say that they do not have some unique merits to them. Despite being an entry level offering the hardware on these lights scream quality, these certainly do have an above average build quality for their price range, with the exception of the light emitting surface and the control panel area, everything else on the surface of this light is metal. However, one thing on these lights thats done a bit differently and has given the community mixed feelings is the battery the batteries are not built into the light they attach externally the battery locks into one end of the line.
So that means, if youre mounting this battery powered youve got one protruding end, thats, also quite heavy. At the moment, this 77 watt hour battery is the only battery available for both the t2 and t4 c. The connection that physically mounts the battery to the lights is very robust, definitely strong enough for you to hold the lights by the battery as a handle. One thing, however, that i dont really like about this design is the fact that you still have to plug. In a cable connecting the battery to the fixtures dc input, theres, no actual powered connection at the mounting point. If we want to take advantage of this design, while it technically is possible to power the light from the battery without actually mounting it onto the light, the dc cable that is permanently fixed onto the battery is just long enough to make the connection while mounted to The light it would certainly be possible to get extension cables for this, but at the moment that is not an out of the box solution. All that being said. However, i actually prefer that the battery is removable if the battery was to wear out over time. I could replace just the battery instead of the entire light. If a battery runs out mid shoots, i have the option to just swap out a fresh battery and continue shooting that would not be an option if the battery was built in also if the battery was built in, i would have to plug in an entire four Foot long fixture wherever i intend to charge it instead of just plugging in a little battery unit, and if i decide to run the lights off a wall socket, i can have my light setup without the battery, which makes it a lot easier to mount because its Now a lot lighter now that actually makes a bigger difference than it sounds because for the case of the t2c, the battery actually weighs more than the light itself.
The t2c weighs 510 grams and the battery is 636 grams, so the difference in weight is more than double with and without the battery on the t2c, the t4c weighs 968 grams without the battery. So a removable battery still means you have the option to shed over 600 grams per light when you dont need portable power. Now, when you do plan to mount this light, there are 3 8 inch threads on both ends of the light, and that includes on the end of the battery as well. On the back of the light, you have three sets of mounting threads each set with two quarter inches and one 3 8 inch in the middle that 3 8 in the middle is also compatible with mounting accessories that use the rv locking pins. Finally, the two metal segments on the back are also compatible with the nato accessory mounting standard. So youve got quite a number of ways to mount this light now, because both these lights use the exact same battery unit. You can expect a much longer runtime on the t2c, because the longer t4c draws more power. It is a fairly sizable, 77 watt hour battery. So, im actually really satisfied with the runtime. I got off a single battery, especially on the t2c at full brightness in cct mode set to 4 500 kelvin. My unit lasted three and a half hours. The same test on the t4c got me one hour and 20 minutes, and i should add that these lines throughout a very decent amount of output at max brightness, depending on how you use it, it could certainly be bright enough to be used as a key light.
The controls on this light are quite minimalistic. An oled display two buttons and a clickable dial its just enough input for you to navigate the menus and dial settings in, but, as usual, it is a lot more intuitive. When you operate it from the siders link. App youve got all your familiar modes: cct, hsi gels and effects in cct mode. You get a range of 2500 to 7 500 kelvin with green and magenta tint compensation and foreign lights. It actually comes with a rather extensive suite of effects because i dont quite recall my other amaranth rgb fixtures having effects like color chase candle, welding and club lights. One feature that, unfortunately, is not present on these two lines is the ability for pixel mapping. Again, these lights are in the amaran entry level range, so perhaps that is a feature intended for apertures higher end tube fixtures. One thing i have to commend them for doing an excellent job on, though, is the quality of the front diffusion panel. It is really good when its lit, you cannot make out any of the individual diodes hidden beneath it, which is fantastic news for scenarios like this, when the fixtures are being used as practicals, hence visible on camera, you get a beautiful, solid beam of lights without any Weird bumpy hot spots, so, with these two lights, kicking off amarans range off led tubes, i would say: aputure definitely went with the conservative approach theres, nothing too daring about these lines, but i suppose that also makes some very safe choices.
Its got excellent, build quality. It fits into apertures side sling ecosystem for those who already own multiple aperture lights. Theyve got plenty of output and theyve got swappable batteries, so this has been the t2c and t4c by amaran by aputure purchase links below for anyone interested, and if you found this review helpful, maybe check out some of my other ones.