$120 BUDGET STUDIO LED – GVM80

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Today, we’re gonna be looking at the GVM80from Great Video Maker.

Their 80W COB LED Studio Light and putting itup against these bad boys behind me and seeing how it comparesas one of the cheapest lights of its kind at only 120$ USD on Amazon right now.

I’ve had the light since mid January afterI noticed it pop up as a new arrival on Amazon and I saw the price and thought, I really need to get this light, I really wanna try it out.

In this studio, we’ve got Aputure’s 120d MkIIs and Godox’s SL60Ws, and I was wanting more light fixture of similarpower and if possible even cheaper.

So when I saw this light, I ordered it straight away.

I also ordered the Sokani x60 at the same time.

Let’s start with the pros: It’s small and light.

It only weighs around 1kg.

This is because it’s all plastic apart fromthe hyper reflector it comes with.

Because it’s so small, I’ve been ableto put it in places that I probably wouldn’t wanna put the bigger and heavier Aputure 120d MkIIs.

It’s bright! With it’s hyper reflector it’s only afew hundred Lux dimmer than our 120ds with their standard reflectors on.

Which is amazing for the price difference.

If we take those reflectors off though, itis considerably dimmer at less than half the brightness.

But if you can utilise the hyper reflectoror something like a projector lens, this is a winner for sure.

In my tests with my Sekonic C-800, it came out slightly dimmer than the SL60W.

It’s fan isn’t on all the time.

If you have an SL60W you know exactly what I'm talking about because that fan is on constantly, even if the light is off.

Luckily this fan only turns on when itneeds to and if you run it at lower power it actually never has to come on at all.

I ran it for 31 minutes on 50% before it turnedon.

And i've been running it at quarter power and it's been going over an hour now, and it hasn't turned on at all.

Which is super good if you're noise sensitive or if you don't have to use it at full power.

Just like all these lights behind me, it uses a bowens mount which means you can use all your favourite fixtures from the Light Dome II or something heavier like this105cm softbox from Selens.

It was even strong enough to hold this projectorlens.

This is it’s main strong point over theSokani x60 which couldn’t even hold the free barn doors it shipped with.

It also has an umbrella holder at the front if you want a cheap and easy diffusion solution.

Now the cons, or the not so good things aboutthe GVM80.

Although the fan doesn’t come on all thetime, when it does, it is audible.

And as far as I know there are no moddingsolutions like the SL60W fan swap.

So you can hear what it sounds like, here’s a comparison betweenthe stock SL60W, the modded SL60W, and the GVM80.

As you can hear it’s louder than the moddedSL60W but quieter than the normal one.

Which is good but it’s still louder than the Aputure 120d II but it definitely beats the Sokani x60.

Moving on, the power cable is just too short.

This is a common mistake from a lot of thesebudget light manufacturers, including Aputure.

The light between the power brick and thelight itself is too short.

On the GVM80 it’s a small connector likethis which is probably extendable but as it’s permanently connected to the box, it wouldmean adding an extra cable.

Also because the connector is so small itseems like it’s quite fragile.

In comparison, the SL60W uses kettle plugswhich we upgraded to 5M long ones and we've have had no issues.

With Aputure you can find longer cables fromsome websites, but I believe these are not official Aputure products.

The other option is you can try extending your Aputure cable by adding the 300D II cable to it as that's a M to F but I did asked Aputure about this, and they said it may work, but they cannotofficially recommend doing it.

Hopefully the 120d Mk III or whatever comes nexthas a longer cable.

This is a big one; There’s no remote.

All the power setting is done via one knobon the back.

So if you set it wrong and you’ve put itsomewhere high up, Well, guess what?! You have to go climb up there and adjust it yourself because there's no way of doing it remotely.

All these other lights have remotes, although I think the Sokani’s one is a bit questionable about how useful that one is.

There’s also no screen on the back so you can’t dialin an exact % you just have to ball park it So unless you're you’re using it at 100% or the lowest setting, there's no way of getting it right every time.

Call me spoilt for expecting a budget lightto come with a bag but I just really like that the Sokani came with one.

To be fair, Sokani is priced at 60$ more expensive, and the SL60W doesn’t come with a bag at all.

but it just would have been nice to have abag or something to store the light in when you're not using it oryou're travelling to and from a job.

It's not a deal breaker but just something I would add to a wish list.

This next one is both a pro and a con; there’sno effects.

The unit is very simple to use, you just have the knob at the back it just turns onand you can choose how bright you want it.

There are no lightning effects nor paparazzi effectslike you find on the Aputure 120D II or the Sokani X60.

But to be honest though, I don't use those effectsanyway, so the lack of them doesn’t bother me, but it may for some of you.

And in comparison, The SL60W also has no effects.

Getting a bit nerdier here, it’s a bit cooleror bluer than the other fixtures with my unit coming in at around 6000K and there’sa also a shift to magenta.

This again could be a pro for some of you dependingon how you want to use this light.

The TLCI is very good at a score of 98.

The SL60W came in around 5400K.

But my two Aputures, they were different (from each other) and they're closer to 6000K than I thought they would be.

Which is really interesting, so I don't know if it's just because we've been using them so much? But yeah, if you have Aputures at home, maybe test yours and tell me where they come on the Kelvin scale.

Overall it’s a great little light but beinga budget light it does lack somethings I want, mainly a remote, a screen, and a quieter fan.

And if I’m being greedy, a carrying bag.

Other than that it ticks the boxes, it’sbright, and can use bowens mount accessories.

I would recommend this light to anyone whohas simple needs or wants a cheap fixture for like a projectorsetup to add window blinds in the background, or a distant fill light, But when it’s comes down to it, for only $15 more you can get the SL60W which has the remote and a screen, which is ever so slightly brighter if youdon’t use the hyper reflector, which can use much longer cables, and if you make the extra effort to changethe fan, is quieter too It’s also closer to 5600K.

I would say if you can justify spending the extra $15, go for those extras, if those features aren’t of interest toyou than the GVM80 is perfect.

(Perfectly fine.

) Hope this video was useful, if it was pleasegive it a big thumbs up I’m gonna keep using this light because it doesa really good job for the certain things I use it for but it doesn’t beat the SL60W or the Aputure 120DII.

However it does beat the Sokani x60, but that’s another video.

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