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Light it up

A rev­o­lu­tion­ary lit­tle light, the Lume Cube is an ul­tra-com­pact and ex­tremely por­ta­ble ad­di­tion to any on-lo­ca­tion shoot. Much loved by pho­tog­ra­phers, videog­ra­phers, and iPhone-og­ra­phers, this nifty de­vice opens up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for shoot­ing in low light and in the thick of the ac­tion.

A three-cen­time­tre-square cube weigh­ing in at just 112 grams and en­cased in an alu­minium-alloy shell, the Lume Cube is built for the out­doors — and is durable when ex­posed to the wildest el­e­ments. Able to go vir­tu­ally any­where and to mount to vir­tu­ally any­thing, this nifty de­vice is wa­ter­proof down to 30 me­tres. It can be at­tached to GoPros and DJI drones via mount­ing bars, as well as to light stands, tri­pod heads, and ac­ces­sory arms, thanks to a stan­dard tri­pod thread lo­cated on the bot­tom of the de­vice.

The cube boasts a var­ied light out­put rang­ing from one lu­men to a strik­ing 1500 lu­men at a 6000K colour tem­per­a­ture — and it’s so bright, in fact, that a warn­ing no­tice re­minds you not to look di­rectly at the light when it’s glow­ing at full power. Of­fer­ing 60 de­grees of beau­ti­fully soft and feathered light, it en­sures no hot spots and no sharp edges.

De­spite its hefty power out­put, the Lume Cube prom­ises a bat­tery life of about 20 min­utes of con­tin­u­ous light at full power, while full charge from empty takes one hour. The in­te­grated bat­tery is ro­bust, and, when it does need charg­ing, you just use an in­cluded USB ca­ble con­nected to a power source to re­plen­ish it.

While at first glance, it ap­pears a very sim­ple de­vice, its real trick is that it can act as a con­tin­u­ous video light or a still photo strobe — mak­ing this lit­tle fella the per­fect part­ner to any shoot.

Two but­tons are lo­cated on the top of the unit: one turns on the built-in op­ti­cal slave, es­sen­tially putting the Lume Cube into strobe mode. This will cause the light to flash upon reg­is­ter­ing an­other speed­light fir­ing, at du­ra­tions that freeze mo­tion from as quick as 1/8000s to longer ex­po­sures of up to a se­cond. The other but­ton en­ables con­tin­u­ous light out­put — ideal for videog­ra­phy or light paint­ing.

The Lume Cube comes with a free com­pan­ion app for iOS and An­droid, al­low­ing the re­mote ad­just­ment of flash du­ra­tion, light out­put, and con­trol of the op­ti­cal slave, while mon­i­tor­ing the bat­tery level and the Blue­tooth sig­nal strength of your con­nec­tion to the cube.

How­ever, if you want to con­trol mul­ti­ple Lume Cubes at once and to ex­plore the full range of its cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties, a Pro ver­sion of the app is avail­able via the App Store and Google Play for just $4.49.

Of­fer­ing free­dom of shoot­ing that’s yet to be ri­valled by a more por­ta­ble de­vice, the Lume Cube can be pur­chased as a sin­gle, dual, or quad pack, and is avail­able in black, gun­metal, and sil­ver colour­ways. For more in­for­ma­tion, see crknz.co.nz, or visit your lo­cal in­de­pen­dent photo re­tailer.

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