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Ultra Powerful Torch Photography


ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 11:34AM
These new high powered CREE torches are opening new doors for night photography - the old "million candle power" torches were ok, but these allow you to use gels and light things from a distance.

Just done a quick blog review of 5 shots - HERE

Thought it'd be nice to have a thread to share our experiences

I was out in Bradford last night with 7 delegates - painting buildings in the city centre, with interesting results.

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Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 Jan 2013 11:38AM
Which model, Ade?
How long do the batteries last?
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 12:19PM
Sky Ray 3XT6

its proper mental

and it's never dipped on any of my shoots - some being a whole night.

That assume you use a head-torch for "getting around in the dark" to preserve battery
discreetphoton 11 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 12:55PM
Wow. It's much smaller than I would have expected. Interesting Smile
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 12:58PM
dinky little thing
Pete Plus
15 18.8k 96 England
16 Jan 2013 1:00PM
I have a LED Lenser M14 that I'm playing around with at the moment. Would be interesting to compare the two. Certainly compared with those stupidly big 2 to 3 Million Candle torches (Big Yellow ones) they're incredibly small and much brighter more even. The Lenser has a zoom control.
StuartAt 11 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 1:03PM
I've got a couple of the CREE/Ultrafire torches, which originally shipped from Hong Kong (Deal Extreme website) but I notice you can get them on Amazon for very similar prices now. I use them off road mountain biking at night and they last about 3 hours before you need to replace batteries.
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 1:18PM
I chose to get it from the UK - you read about the build quality issues with some Chinese torches and it seemed worth the extra cash (About 48 delivered) to get it local.

It's got 3 LEDs which means you can't really focus it to a small spot - but I've not found that a problem with what I'm doing. Maybe if you wanted to draw around doors and windows, a focussed beam would be better. probably end up with a selection of torches for a complete package if you got carried away!

Realistically, you've got the torch on for 30 seconds every few minutes, so they last all night - if it's 3 hours constant lighting, you can see how long it'll last

Here's a shot from a teaching session on Monday - sculpture park at Bretton Hall

It's just a reasonably quick smattering of light over the snow and on the the statues.

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Owt worth lighting near the M1 between us Pete ? Pop down and get some snowy shots - still got a hoar frost on my trees today!
Coleslaw 11 13.4k 28 Wales
16 Jan 2013 1:23PM
3 hours?!
I was thinking of getting it for dog walking.... LOL (though I do have a Lenser which is good).
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 1:41PM
Probably slight overkill for doggy duties Cole Smile

I got a CREE head torch for 6 which is amazingly bright
saltireblue Plus
6 5.9k 33 Norway
16 Jan 2013 1:43PM

Quote:I chose to get it from the UK - y and it seemed worth the extra cash (About 48 delivered) to get it local.


Care to divulge where from, Ade?
hobbo Plus
5 962 2 England
16 Jan 2013 1:44PM
Look at my Portfolio shot entitled......Waiting for the Light......I had similar thoughts and queries when I posted it.


I am still experimenting.....it is well worth having a go......diffuse the light with a paper towel if it is too harsh.

Hobbo
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 1:50PM
ebay - think it's from Portsmouth or Southampton
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
16 Jan 2013 2:17PM

Quote:Look at my Portfolio shot entitled......Waiting for the Light......I had similar thoughts and queries when I posted it.


post it in this thread - pictures make threads more engaging

plus I couldn't spot it straight away and gave up lol
ade_mcfade 12 15.2k 216 England
17 Jan 2013 11:57AM
Here's one that didn't quite work, operator error, but even standing a long way off a huge old abbey works

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