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I-Torch 555

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F.I.T. Pro Series LED 5000 Video Light








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Canon 100mm L Macro, Canon 16-35mm L, Canon 8-15mm FE, Nexus Housing
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Size comparison



« Last Edit: 20 Sep 12, 17:47 by Alvin Ho »
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Cree XM-L T6 800lm 1-Mode White Light Diving Flashlight



Website - http://dx.com/p/new-608-cree-xm-l-t6-1000lm-1-mode-white-light-diving-flashlight-fluorescent-green-1-x-18650-160052

Detail
* Size - 120mm (Length) x 35mm (Front) x 28mm (Rear)
* Weight (with batteries) - 110g
* Battery Type - 1x 18650
* Switch Type - Twisty


Test Beam

Distance between Light to Curtain - 7.2m
Width of livingroom (wall to wall) - 3.3m

Test Beam

Distance between Light to Wall - 2.2m
Masking Tape - Black line to black line (1m)

Camera Setting
* Camera - Canon Powershot A650IS
* Mode - Manual Mode
* Aperture - f4
* Shutter - 1/2 Sec

Personal Info
Saw this little wonder on Deal Extreme - http://dx.com/ - recently... Its cheap enough to risk buying without real proof that it could 'Dive'. This light is using a T6 LED emitter... combine with the power of a single 18650 Battery... its a lot more powerful than some of the other dive lights I've seen so far. Its small size and power light make this divelight a very useful backup light.

Note
As any buyer of DX product... we all know getting stuffs from them is kind of based on luck... or lack of luck. Manage to get this light in the afternoon... remove from box... and what do you know... the glue that holds the inner waterproof plastic cap to the 'Sliver' Bezel comes undone (sorry.. forgot to take photo)... not sure what the China man was using as glue. Luckily, both parts are waterproof in themselves and should not affect the waterproof-ness of the light. I 1st use some kerosene to clean off the glue, let it dry off... use 'Super Glue' to stick the 2 part together... once dry, add some Silicon Grease for O-Ring on both the double O-Ring of the divelight... and also to grease the Screw Thread on the plastic body to ensure the Bezel fits smoothly....   

PS... this light has yet been tested in a dive... and I can't be certain that it will survive. Anyone going to dive soon and live near Woodlands and is willing to test the light... PM me.  ;)
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ARCHON W40VR Diving Flashlight



Website - http://archondivinglights.com.au/Products.php

Detail
* Size - 124.8mm (Length) x 50mm (Front)
* Weight (with batteries) - 483g
* Battery Type - 1x 32650
* Switch Type - Switch
* 4 Color (White, Red, Purple, UV)
* 3 mode on each switch (6 mode total)
* White High - Low - SOS
* Red - Purple - UV



Its has 2 switch, one for color light... the other for white light.



The number of LED emitter infront



Test Beam
White HIGH

White LOW

Red


* Both 'Purple' and 'UV' is not tested due its low light level which the camera could hardly detect.

Distance between Light to Window - 7.2m
Width of livingroom (wall to wall) - 3.3m


Test Beam
White HIGH


White LOW


Red


* Both 'Purple' and 'UV' is not tested due its low light level which the camera could hardly detect.

Distance between Light to Wall - 2.2m
Masking Tape - Black line to black line (1m)

Camera Setting
* Camera - Canon Powershot A650IS
* Mode - Manual Mode
* Aperture - f4
* Shutter - 1/2 Sec

Personal Info
One of the most impressive divelight I have yet tested. At HIGH, the light produce is just too painful to look at. It lighted up my own living room with an even 'Hotspot' without any Halo effect. I dare said at full power, this light might be an overkill. But like any good divelights nowadays, it comes with a less powerful (and more suitable) LOW power mode. Included is the usual RED light for night macro.... and the less usual 'Purple' and UV light. One real good thing about this divelight is its use of replaceable 32650 Battery... by buying 2 battery (from dealer or from web shops like DX)... you could use the torch and have a spare battery full charged on land.... and replaceable batteries meant there is less fear of the troublesome issue of sending your light back to the maker when the battery fails... example, Light and Motion's SOLA series of divelight
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While I'm not sure what is the retail price for this wonderful dive/video light... Bro NavSteel SG (which has loan me the light) is selling it on this very forum - http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=9965.0 - I strongly encourage those interested to PM him ASAP as I heard the stock is low.
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ARCHON W17V Diving Flashlight



Website - http://archondivinglights.com.au/Products.php

Detail
* Size - 125mm (Length) x 40mm (Front) x 24mm (body diameter)
* Weight (with batteries) - 190g
* Battery Type - 1x 18650 or 2x CR123
* Switch Type - Twisty
* Single mode

The handle/Ball Joint is removable... but I didn't try to do it

Power by only one single LED emitter infront



Test Beam


Distance between Light to Window - 7.2m
Width of livingroom (wall to wall) - 3.3m


Test Beam


Distance between Light to Wall - 2.2m
Masking Tape - Black line to black line (1m)

Camera Setting
* Camera - Canon Powershot A650IS
* Mode - Manual Mode
* Aperture - f4
* Shutter - 1/2 Sec

Personal Info
A small and affordable video light using the smaller 18650 rechargeable battery. Solidly built in 'aircraft-grade' aluminum.But as one can see on the farther 7.2m photo... at range, the light is spread too wide to see far. But at close range of 2-3 meter... this light (or a pair) should work wonder with a GoPro setup due to its power and light weight. I would have prefer that it comes with more than one mode... so as not to overpower when shooting close subject... but you can't expect too much at its current price.

While I'm not sure what is the retail price for this wonderful dive/video light... Bro NavSteel SG (which has loan me the light) is selling it on this very forum - http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=9965.0 - I strongly encourage those interested to PM him ASAP as I heard the stock is low.
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ARCHON V10 Diving Flashlight



Website - http://archondivinglights.com.au/Products.php

Detail
* Size - 132mm (Length) x 28mm (Front)
* Weight (with batteries) - 138g
* Battery Type - 1x 18650
* Switch Type - Button
* 3 mode (High, Low, SOS)


Power by only one single LED emitter infront

The press button to ON/OFF, change mode... but I find it too hard to press

A blue glow surround the button when the light is ON


Test Beam

HIGH

LOW

Distance between Light to Window - 7.2m
Width of livingroom (wall to wall) - 3.3m


Test Beam

HIGH

LOW

Distance between Light to Wall - 2.2m
Masking Tape - Black line to black line (1m)

Camera Setting
* Camera - Canon Powershot A650IS
* Mode - Manual Mode
* Aperture - f4
* Shutter - 1/2 Sec

Personal Info
A solidly built aluminum divelight. With its tight beam of 16 deg... this is ill suited for video purposes. I have issue with the press button as I find it too hard... perhaps to prevent accidentally turning it ON. But nevertheless... I find it way too hard to press the button. On HIGH mode... this is one powerful light which has a good balance between 'throwing' and 'flooding' the area. The LOW mode seems rather pointless to me... either here or there in term of power. And quite unnecessary for a non-video divelight. Also, the SOS mode may come in handy one day... but IMHO, I personally find it just as unnecessary.

While I'm not sure what is the retail price for this wonderful dive/video light... Bro NavSteel SG (which has loan me the light) is selling it on this very forum - http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=9965.0 - I strongly encourage those interested to PM him ASAP as I heard the stock is low.
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ARCHON W16S Diving Flashlight



Website - http://archondivinglights.com.au/Products.php

Detail
* Size - 145mm (Length) x 29mm (Front) x 24mm (Back)
* Weight (with batteries) - 135g
* Battery Type - 1x 18650
* Switch Type - Switch
* Single Mode


Power by only one single LED emitter infront

One switch to turn ON/OFF... just push forward


Test Beam


Distance between Light to Window - 7.2m
Width of livingroom (wall to wall) - 3.3m


Test Beam


Distance between Light to Wall - 2.2m
Masking Tape - Black line to black line (1m)

Camera Setting
* Camera - Canon Powershot A650IS
* Mode - Manual Mode
* Aperture - f4
* Shutter - 1/2 Sec

Personal Info
The W16S has a tight beam of 8 deg... making this a normal divelight and not suitable for video. I really like the push switch over the push button of V10. Again... this torch is made out of 'Aircraft-grade' Aluminum and is rather light for its power. I also prefer this over the V10 for its uncomplicated ON/OFF switch without the need to cycle through a few mode before turning it OFF. All in all, with its slightly greater brightness than the V10... I highly recommend this as a secondary backup light for night diving.

While I'm not sure what is the retail price for this wonderful dive/video light... Bro NavSteel SG (which has loan me the light) is selling it on this very forum - http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=9965.0 - I strongly encourage those interested to PM him ASAP as I heard the stock is low.
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