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Scotttyd
12-23-2008, 19:36
Has anyone used this light?

IKELITE Pro-V8 LED Video Light (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/3prov8.html)

the price seems much lower ($250) than other lights and I was wondering what the drawback is? I know it is not rechargable, and I noticed it is only a 45 degree beam, does that contribute to the lower price?

ronscuba
12-23-2008, 19:56
Rated at 350 lumens, it's not powerful enough. A single 50 watt halogen video light puts out 1600 lumens.

Scotttyd
12-30-2008, 19:10
If the ikelite is 350 lumens
the top dog is 600 (I think per each light??), then this set has a total of 1200, is this powerful enough? (sorry if it is a dumb question, I am still researching for my first camcorder)

Top Dawg Video Lights reviews and discounts, Backscatter (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=TopdawgClassicLights)

scubarobin
01-02-2009, 12:47
Has anyone used this light?

IKELITE Pro-V8 LED Video Light (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/3prov8.html)

the price seems much lower ($250) than other lights and I was wondering what the drawback is? I know it is not rechargable, and I noticed it is only a 45 degree beam, does that contribute to the lower price?

Get the regular video light instead....... I have the Ikelite 100w and it is amazing!!!:smiley20: On a night dive it lights up the reef like it is daylight.
Which housing do you have? is it an Ikelite also?

robin

palatulog
06-23-2009, 19:34
Can I use a video light to take photos? Can I use Ikelite pro-v8 video light as a strobe substitute used for taking photos? I think this light is not strong---15 watts only, but wouldn’t it be enough light for taking photos? When I went night diving, people were flashing on a subject while I took pictures without using a flash. The pictures seem okay. Does the flash from a strobe scare away the underwater wildlife like fishes and turtles?

For Ikelite 100w suggested earlier, isn't that the color of the light emission is yellow like an incandescent bulb? Wouldn't the light effect be like taking photos or video under an incandescent bulb on land and not white like a sun since it is not LED or HID?

I have a sony P200 (manual setting capable) with an ikelite housing and an ikelite tray.

scubarobin
06-30-2009, 11:22
Can I use a video light to take photos? Can I use Ikelite pro-v8 video light as a strobe substitute used for taking photos? I think this light is not strong---15 watts only, but wouldn’t it be enough light for taking photos? When I went night diving, people were flashing on a subject while I took pictures without using a flash. The pictures seem okay. Does the flash from a strobe scare away the underwater wildlife like fishes and turtles?

For Ikelite 100w suggested earlier, isn't that the color of the light emission is yellow like an incandescent bulb? Wouldn't the light effect be like taking photos or video under an incandescent bulb on land and not white like a sun since it is not LED or HID?

I have a sony P200 (manual setting capable) with an ikelite housing and an ikelite tray.


The Ikelite lights are here: Ikelite Pro Video-Lite 3 (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/videolite.html)

here is a sample video of me using the video lights:
Night dive - lighting test on Vimeo (http://www.vimeo.com/2772400)
this is on a night dive. You can see the color is good, rich reds and greens and blues.

can you use it for photo? I guess you could but it is $600+ and the battery is only good for 1 hour, then must recharge for 3-4 hours. I don't think that is what you want for photos. I would get one of the Ikelite strobes made for still photo, then you can swap out rechargeable batteries and keep diving. IKELITE UNDERWATER STROBES (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/1strobe_index.html)

robin

palatulog
07-01-2009, 15:54
Thanks Robin. There's not so much customer reviews about the Ikelite video lights out there. I prefer Ikelite because I have their housing, tray and handle. It's a reliable brand, but I don't think I will get one of their video lights.

The pro-lite 3 battery that costs $260+ each eats up too much battery life (lasts 25 mins and recharge time is 5 hrs). The other LED pro-v8 doesnt have enough lumen, 350. I think I will get a Fisheye Fix LED1000dx instead. For $599, you get 1000 lumen for 81 minutes, 2hr recharcharge time, and an adjustible light intensity for video light or aiming light use.

FIX LED1000DX Light Set/Black [fix.led1000dx.b] - $599.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4010)

scubarobin
07-01-2009, 16:43
Thanks Robin. There's not so much customer reviews about the Ikelite video lights out there. I prefer Ikelite because I have their housing, tray and handle. It's a reliable brand, but I don't think I will get one of their video lights.

The pro-lite 3 battery that costs $260+ each eats up too much battery life (lasts 25 mins and recharge time is 5 hrs). The other LED pro-v8 doesnt have enough lumen, 350. I think I will get a Fisheye Fix LED1000dx instead. For $599, you get 1000 lumen for 81 minutes, 2hr recharcharge time, and an adjustible light intensity for video light or aiming light use.

FIX LED1000DX Light Set/Black [fix.led1000dx.b] - $599.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4010)

it sounds good but what is the angle of coverage? Most "focus lights" are a spot beam. The Ikelite light has wide coverage and actually fills the recording area evenly. I tried out a focus light once (back in Bonaire a few yrs ago) and hated it. I didn't like the color of the light and also it was a spot beam so it had a hot spot then the light faded out around it. Didn't look any better than a regular handheld dive light! here is the one: Fisheye FIX Light HG20DX - Metallic Gray [fix.hg20dx._sv] - $419.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_21&products_id=25)
I was on a group trip with ReefPhoto and Ryan let me try it out. He said it was a great video light. I thought it sucked.
Just my 2 cents.

robin:smiley20:

palatulog
07-02-2009, 01:57
Thanks Robin. There's not so much customer reviews about the Ikelite video lights out there. I prefer Ikelite because I have their housing, tray and handle. It's a reliable brand, but I don't think I will get one of their video lights.

The pro-lite 3 battery that costs $260+ each eats up too much battery life (lasts 25 mins and recharge time is 5 hrs). The other LED pro-v8 doesnt have enough lumen, 350. I think I will get a Fisheye Fix LED1000dx instead. For $599, you get 1000 lumen for 81 minutes, 2hr recharcharge time, and an adjustible light intensity for video light or aiming light use.

FIX LED1000DX Light Set/Black [fix.led1000dx.b] - $599.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=4010)

it sounds good but what is the angle of coverage? Most "focus lights" are a spot beam. The Ikelite light has wide coverage and actually fills the recording area evenly. I tried out a focus light once (back in Bonaire a few yrs ago) and hated it. I didn't like the color of the light and also it was a spot beam so it had a hot spot then the light faded out around it. Didn't look any better than a regular handheld dive light! here is the one: Fisheye FIX Light HG20DX - Metallic Gray [fix.hg20dx._sv] - $419.00 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_21&products_id=25)
I was on a group trip with ReefPhoto and Ryan let me try it out. He said it was a great video light. I thought it sucked.
Just my 2 cents.

robin:smiley20:

Fisheye FIX light HG20DX compare to other focus lights
Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://www.reefphoto.com/frame.gen.php?content=focus.summary)

Fisheye FIX light HG20DX compare to Fisheye FIX LED1000dx...
Fisheye FIX LED500DX 500 Lumen LED Focus Light [fix.500.led] - $299.99 : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=3793)

I've read somewhere that Fisheye Fix has 80 degree light angle pro-lite 3 has 100. It is really a great light if it doesn't have flooding problems. I have second thoughts about Fisheye Fix lights after reading this

Fisheye Fix Mini LED --- Bad Review - Wetpixel :: Underwater Photography Forums (http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=23259)

Fisheye Fix Light HG20DX flooding problems - Wetpixel :: Underwater Photography Forums (http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=29083)

I think I'll stick with Ikelite video lights. Does anyone has an underwater review video for Ikelite Pro V-8? How does it compare to pro-lite 3 or other video lights?

scubarobin
07-03-2009, 10:48
I think I'll stick with Ikelite video lights. Does anyone has an underwater review video for Ikelite Pro V-8? How does it compare to pro-lite 3 or other video lights?

reread the original post and response from ronscuba.

palatulog
07-14-2009, 17:38
I think I'll stick with Ikelite video lights. Does anyone has an underwater review video for Ikelite Pro V-8? How does it compare to pro-lite 3 or other video lights?

reread the original post and response from ronscuba.

I purchased the Ikelite pro-lite 3 with 50w bulb to double the usage time from 25 to 50 minutes. Thanks.

ADSFire
01-08-2010, 15:57
I bought a pair of these for my Canon HF10 Video set-up. The light from each is not as bright as I thought it would be, but it is a nice white and I did have budget limitations. While the two of them together were adequate, it did take lots of adjustment--due to the narrower focus--to illuminate the faster moving objects. Another "con" for me is that because the heads each have 8 C-cell batteries, they are very "top-heavy" on the standard issue articulating arms. While underwater this is OK, I found them a bit of a pain flopping around while exiting the water. I ended up needing to fold them over and rest the lenses on the housing to have a more compact, stable package to lift out of the water... and it is heavy. Every boat crew person who lifted it for the first time was a bit shocked at the weight. I also started to have issues with the on/off switch contacts. Somehow the lights do not have full contact on the full "on" position and the lights flicker until you find the "sweet spot." This is unacceptable as a videographer when you get that rare opportunity with an uncommon animal that passes you by. However, the LED light is superior to the Ikelite Video Pro II light. I combined one LED and one 50W lighthead to see the difference and the Pro II is VERY yellow compared to the LED. I just received a Fisheye Fix LED 500 and it is much more powerful and seems to have a wider angle than the Pro-V8 LED. I can't wait to actually try it on the next trip.

j1j2j38
01-18-2010, 15:22
The UK Aquasun also works well as a cheap video light with the ultralight adapter for UK lights and an ultralight arm. It's too narrow a beam, but you can build a diffuser yourself pretty easily. I can roughly fill a 35mm frame with it. It doesn't fill all of my 20mm wide angle frame.