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malley1717
03-25-2008, 17:07
hello everybody-

Just wondering how everybody deals with both a large primary light and a camera on a night dive.

Thanks
Max

ChrisA
03-25-2008, 17:14
hello everybody-

Just wondering how everybody deals with both a large primary light and a camera on a night dive.

Thanks
Max

Some times I'll put a small light on my mask strap to use as a low power head light. Some times I'll just put camera in one hand, light in the other. You kind of have to so the camera has enough light to autofocus. A lot of people use the dive light in place of a flash for macro work. another thing I find myself doing a lot is laying the light down on the bottom and I can see well enough just using the backscatter and reflected light.

I've seen a few others use a rubber band to attach a small 4 AA cell light directly to thier camera rig as focus light

A canister light with a hand mounted lamp head would be really nice to have but then I'd have to explain to the wife why I need a $700 flash light.

dbh
03-26-2008, 11:32
I use a Fisheye Fixlight. It serves as my dive light and focus light. It really has a broad beam so it helps you see critters that narrower beams would miss.

Fisheye FIX Light HG20DX [fix.hg20dx._sv] - $419.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=25)

Dave

bversteegh
03-26-2008, 22:14
The fisheye is the cadillac of focus lights - very wide even beam; but it is pricey:smiley13:

The Fantasea LED 44 is a good compromise - and a lot cheaper - $66.

Fantasea LED 44 (LED44) Focus Light (http://opticaloceansales.com/shop.php/strobes-lighting/focus-lights/fantasea-led44-focus-light/p_21.html)

I've used both; the Fisheye is the King (very broad, powerful beam; variable intensity which is REALLY nice). But at $400, not for everyone.

The Fantasea is not as good as a focus light (it can be too bright, and you can't change the power underwater - I made a red flilter for mine so it wouldn't scare the critters and turned down the intensity) - but it works OK. And with the filter off, more than enough light to serve as the primary dive light. And with the LED technology, battery life is excellent - like 10 hours (5 AA's - NiMH work fine)

Regardless of what light you choose (and I've also used a $20 UK 4 AA light), mount it to your camera. Trying to hand hold a light and take pictures doesn't work very well. Velcro straps, duct tape, or use a triple clamp on your strobe arm - lots of ways to make it work - from cheap and dirty to the Cadillac.

And by the way - I love night diving; lots of great photo ops; whole new set of critters out; and also great coral shots with the polyps open and feeding.

DevilDiver
03-27-2008, 07:02
Here is what I am using right now. I used to attach 2 QLED 40's to the tray of the camera.....

http://reefphoto.com/images/fix.uc.light.jpg
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Reef Photo Price:$45.00

DevilDiver
03-27-2008, 16:01
Here is what I am using right now. I used to attach 2 QLED 40's to the tray of the camera.....

http://reefphoto.com/images/fix.uc.light.jpg
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Reef Photo Price:$45.00

I carry the 2 QLED lights for backup in pocket and use this focusing light for primary.

Dee
03-27-2008, 19:02
I generally use a Princeton Tech head light. I've added crumpled foil to line the reflector cup thingy so the beam is broken up and it's not so bright. It's adjustable up and down so I don't worry about blinding my buddy.

There's also an elastic wrist holder that has a seperate velcro'd loop to hold the light to your wrist. I wear this under my wrist so if I want less light I can just cup my hand over it. It holds my PT Torrent with 6 AA batteries just right.

allison finch
03-27-2008, 19:30
Since I'm carrying a camera rig, I don't want a hand light. I will use the modeling lights on my strobes as a light source. I also wear a headlight that beams wherever I look. Just be careful not to look at your buddy unless the beam is tipped down. I use the Niterider headlight, which is quite affordable.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2211/2178338540_f6191460f6_o.jpg

Yes, I know the red mask lenses are not a night dive lens, but my buddies froze my clear lensed mask in a bucket of water. I didn't have time to thaw it out before the dive!!

Oh, and YES...that is an adult beverage being handed to me. It was a particularly difficult night dive in PNG and I earned it!!!

navyhmc
03-27-2008, 20:31
Well, you're smiling....