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reeldive
01-12-2009, 11:21
Has anyone used a pocket LED for a focus light? I found a Princeton Tec "Impact XL" on one of my dives a while back. Not very bright and the beam is'nt very sharp and sort of blue.

DevilDiver
01-12-2009, 12:00
Yes, in fact my focus light is a pocket size LED.
http://reefphoto.com/images/fix.uc.light.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_14&products_id=1470&zenid=2bde6fbb18f09d0622fb15e2cbc89be4)

You need to make sure that it has a wide beam with out a hot spot or it will show up in your photos.


All you need is an adapter that you can attach to one of the arms or the hot shoe depending on your set up.

http://reefphoto.com/images/ulcs/ulcs.ac.tosh.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_97_35&products_id=1404&zenid=2bde6fbb18f09d0622fb15e2cbc89be4)http://reefphoto.com/images/ikelite/4074_1.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_97_35&products_id=271&zenid=2bde6fbb18f09d0622fb15e2cbc89be4)http://reefphoto.com/images/ikelite/98slr_mini-c_mt.jpg (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=135_97_35&products_id=270&zenid=2bde6fbb18f09d0622fb15e2cbc89be4)


There are different options on the market but with a search of one of the U/W photo sites you should be able to find one that works for you. I would start with the manufacture of your tray and arm set up.

reeldive
01-12-2009, 17:06
Thanks devil. Working on some sort of mount for it as we type

lund0485
01-13-2009, 10:24
you should post a picture of the final product when you're finished

Cheddarchick
01-13-2009, 13:54
Do you have a hotshoe on your UW Camera case? I use the same light with the rotary hot shoe base. and love it. The best thing is it senses the flash and shuts it's self off so you don't get a hot spot. Plus it is really bright. I did a whole night dive with just the focus light. One less thing to carry and juggle....

Aussie
01-19-2009, 14:23
The issue with using Ikelite housing is that there isnt any accessory points for focusing lights as you get with alot of other housing brands.

Fantasea Line Water Sports Photo Products & Accessories- Single Port Bracket 92 (http://www.fantasea.com/s.nl/it.A/id.140/.f?sc=2&category=501)

I recently found the Fantasea bracket which clamps around the flatports and comes with a small flex arm which connects with their Nano focusing light via the Sea & Sea mount which comes with the Nano.
The bracket is made from stainless and has a heat shrink cover over it.

Its cheap and it works very well.

Regards Mark

CompuDude
01-21-2009, 14:59
If you're using an Ike housing and a rig big enough to want a focus light, you often already have a strobe arm. I believe Ikelite and ULCS both make a number of adapters to add a focus light into the mix.

fisheater
01-21-2009, 16:43
Just one pointer on camera terminology:

A "hot shoe" is one with an electrical connection to fire the flash unit. A "cold shoe" or simply "shoe" is one without the electical connection and is designed merely to hold the flash unit in place.

Your housing likely has a simple "shoe." I don't know of any that would use a "hot shoe" in water.

Small point, but you don't want to go around talking about "flippers" when you mean "fins" or "oxygen tanks" when you mean "air tanks," do you?

DevilDiver
01-21-2009, 19:04
Just one pointer on camera terminology:

A "hot shoe" is one with an electrical connection to fire the flash unit. A "cold shoe" or simply "shoe" is one without the electical connection and is designed merely to hold the flash unit in place.

Your housing likely has a simple "shoe." I don't know of any that would use a "hot shoe" in water.

Small point, but you don't want to go around talking about "flippers" when you mean "fins" or "oxygen tanks" when you mean "air tanks," do you?


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Point taken! Thanks......