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jugglematt
12-04-2008, 13:33
Hi everyone

its been a while since ive posted , ive been doing lots of diving but only just got my camera rig back in the water, in Jervis bay Australia.

ive finally decided i need a camera focus light and was looking for some recomendations.

what i want is
led
aa battery
compact
reasonable priced

led camera foicus light

any recomendations?

regards
Matt

DevilDiver
12-04-2008, 15:43
Hey Matt,

Here is what I have now....
http://reefphoto.com/images/fix.uc.light.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=1470)
Fisheye Mini LED Focus Light (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=1470)

$56.00

Pro's:
Cheap
Cut out (1 sec) when flash is fired
AAA Batteries
If it floods it is cheap to replace

Con's:
Needs a diffuser to soften the beam
(I put a couple of layers of scotch tape over the lens)
Twist on/off- potential flood if turned to much or wrong way.

You could look at one of these as well......
http://reefphoto.com/images/bos.ff.1x5w.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=2814)
BigBlue 5W LED Focus Light w/ Auto Flash Off (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=2814)
$149.00 $139.00


http://reefphoto.com/images/sea_sea/ss_lx15.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=211)
Sea & Sea LX-15 Light (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=211)
$210.00

http://reefphoto.com/images/fix.48led.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=1266)
Fisheye FIX Light LED48DX (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=1266)

$239.00

Daz
12-04-2008, 17:46
Reef calls it Fisheye, but it looks exactly like the Fantasea nano led focus light that I bought from Jack Connick at Optical Ocean. He sells it with the YS mount for $42.50.

Fantasea Nano Focus Light (http://opticaloceansales.com/shop.php/focus-lights/fantasea-nano-focus-light/p_25.html)

DevilDiver
12-04-2008, 19:04
Reef calls it Fisheye, but it looks exactly like the Fantasea nano led focus light that I bought from Jack Connick at Optical Ocean. He sells it with the YS mount for $42.50.

Fantasea Nano Focus Light (http://opticaloceansales.com/shop.php/focus-lights/fantasea-nano-focus-light/p_25.html)

True. I bought mine direct from Fisheye (Japan) and it cost around $45.

You could purchase a mount adapter for an existing pocket dive light as well. Most of the arm manufactures have one of some kind......

example:

http://www.divervision.com/catalog/images/product/ulcs/AC-USL_3.jpg

Daz
12-04-2008, 21:05
Those mounts can help when you're really trying to work with a budget - but regular dive lights don't cut out when the strobe fires and can leave "hot spots" in pictures. The more expensive (relative term here) focus lights sense camera flash and shut off when the strobe fires.

jugglematt
12-04-2008, 22:16
thanks for the fast reply all.

i have looked at the fisheye nano and find im cautious about buying a light with screw on/off flooding concerns . also i wondered if it would be powerfull enough as im mainly diving in temprate water which will often have low vis . so do u find the nano powerfull enough to use as a spotter light as well?
auto off is important too
to me the big blue looks good , but im concerned it might be a bit bulky or heavy sitting on top of my camera.. not shure though . it would be great if i could line all these lights up and have a feel and play.


by the way guys i have some new pics on my flickr site if you want a look .

regards
Matt

DevilDiver
12-04-2008, 22:59
Check out this link (originally posted by dbh in a previous thread)

Reef Photo & Video Support Center - KnowledgeBase - Focus Lights - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (http://www.reefphoto.com/tt/index.php?action=kb&article=14)

Really good info and test photos, some of the newer models are not on there but still relevant. There is a good side by side comparison link on the last page.......

Aussie
12-05-2008, 18:09
This has been an interesting thread and thanks for the information provided by all. My housing is out of the water getting service by Ikelite so no photos for me for month or so.

Its also interesting to see Ikelite having LED modeling lights in their new DS160 strobes.

Regards Mark

Daz
12-05-2008, 19:45
This has been an interesting thread and thanks for the information provided by all. My housing is out of the water getting service by Ikelite so no photos for me for month or so.

Its also interesting to see Ikelite having LED modeling lights in their new DS160 strobes.

Regards MarkBuilt-in focus/modeling lights are great. That's one of my favorite things about my Inon Z240 - Push a button and it lights up nice and bright. I still use my Fantasea focus light, but the built-in shows me exactly where the strobe is pointed.

Aussie
12-05-2008, 19:53
This has been an interesting thread and thanks for the information provided by all. My housing is out of the water getting service by Ikelite so no photos for me for month or so.

Its also interesting to see Ikelite having LED modeling lights in their new DS160 strobes.

Regards MarkBuilt-in focus/modeling lights are great. That's one of my favorite things about my Inon Z240 - Push a button and it lights up nice and bright. I still use my Fantasea focus light, but the built-in shows me exactly where the strobe is pointed.

I have built in modeling lights with my Twin Ds125's but never use them as they suck my batteries dry. I always have my defuser on which reducing the effectiveness of the ikelite builtin lights. I will have to look at one of these dedicated focusing lights especially when shoot super macro.

I would like to see how the DS160's are like in the water and whats there power usage is like.

Regards Mark

jugglematt
12-08-2008, 04:57
Thanks once again all for the input

just a few questions, is there anyone out there using the Big Blue light? if so whats it like ?
also how big is the big blue,,, say compared to the fisheye fix light ?

remind me to stay of the internet , i just end up spending money i dont have !!!! :-)

regards
Matt

jugglematt
12-19-2008, 16:38
just a quick update . after lots of searching i decidede on the fisheye fix 48 led, seems to get good reviews .
i purchaced it through yuzo at uwdigitalcamera in Japan , so if im lucky ill have it here by xmas.

ill post again when ive got it in the water

Regards
Matt

DevilDiver
12-19-2008, 18:08
just a quick update . after lots of searching i decidede on the fisheye fix 48 led, seems to get good reviews .
i purchaced it through yuzo at uwdigitalcamera in Japan , so if im lucky ill have it here by xmas.

ill post again when ive got it in the water

Regards
Matt


Very cool, please post when you get a chance to try it out. :smiley20:

imasinker
12-19-2008, 18:25
Thanks once again all for the input

just a few questions, is there anyone out there using the Big Blue light? if so whats it like ?
also how big is the big blue,,, say compared to the fisheye fix light ?

remind me to stay of the internet , i just end up spending money i dont have !!!! :-)

regards
Matt
Welcome to the world of Scuba....LMAO:smiley31::smilie40:

SynCitizen
12-19-2008, 19:22
Jugglematt, you got some very artistically composed pics. Thanks for sharing.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3026/2703499822_6d9dd6db5d.jpg
(right off the bat, this one caught my eye.)

jugglematt
01-26-2009, 03:32
Hi All
Just a an update on the focus light .

finally got the fisheye fix48 . and did a few dives with it over the weekend .
the main reson i wanted this light was for focus assist for wide angle shooting in low light conditions , (which is a lot of my diving in temprate waters)

the light reduces the focus time by at least half in low light, so im happy with that.

another reason i wanted the light was for critter spotting , and it works well there too , giving off a nice blue/white light that can be dialed up or down .

batery life is very good , im still using the batteries that came with the light
and ive done 3 dives and played around with the light for a while at home .

here is a photo of the setup

camera 12 on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jugglematt/3187657167/)


i like the light a lot

Thanks for the comments syncitizen i do try for a unusual look in my shots
regards
Matt