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#1 aorr

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:11 AM

Hi everyone,

I just finished shooting video in North Carolina with the new, and very affordable, FIT LED 2400 lights. If you're curious about buying them my opinion is: Get them! For most of us, cost is a huge factor on video lighting and to get lights for under $500 each with that kind of output is incredible.

 

I wanted to do a video review of the lights but haven't found the time yet. So in the meantime here are my initial impressions:

 

Build Quality

- The build quality of the light is excellent. No complaints there. The threads are tight for both parts of the light and there are two o-rings to keep the water out. 

 

- My impression of the battery is that it's a pretty cheaply made generic rechargeable battery. For the replacement cost of $25 you can't expect more. I can't say I expect the life of the battery over time to be outstanding but with the cheap replacement cost you can afford to buy more of them.

 

- The battery charger is junk. It works, but they really skimped on costs here. My battery barely stays in the charger and if the charger is at any angle it'll fall over and the battery will fall out. Careful if you use a rubber band to hold it in as it may become too hot. While I criticize the battery charger, they do work so no worries there.

 

- The box comes with extra o-ring lube and an extra o-ring or two.

 

Light Performance

- The light output is as advertised: very bright. Do NOT make the mistake I made when turning it on and looking into the light head. You will not see for a few minutes. 

- The batteries last at least an hour on full output. I burn tested mine in ice-cold water (most of my diving is done in 30-40 degree temps). Output is definitely diminished at the end of the hour, but it is still useable. With the cheap battery cost get a second set for each dive you plan to do a day. 

- The light beam on wide is very wide. This will be perfect for you GoPro users who want a light or two for the wide angle lens. I was using it on a full frame Nikon D800E with 16-35 lens and the width was nearly enough to cover the full frame. Getting a second light easily covers the gaps.

- If anything, the light is too wide. I almost would prefer a tighter but brighter beam.

- The red LEDs are worthless to me. I tried shooting with them and the output was too dim for my use. The spot light is handy if you need to switch and signal your buddy...but generally a pain when they're mounted to a camera rig.

- Running the red LEDs with the white LEDs is interesting. The white light output is diminished though. I don't see this as useful for my applications.

 

If you have any further questions please let me know. I may have missed a bit in this short review.
Now for the good stuff. See it in action in this first video I took with them:


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 05:17 AM

Just to follow up since I didn't mention this...the video lights are bright enough for limited photography. They're surely no strobe...but if you're able to shoot at 1/30-1/90th second at f/5.6 at ISO 800 or so, (depending on background lighting), you will still get good results. I took the following pictures with these lights:

 

https://www.facebook...57487108&type=3

(I hope that link works). Either way, it's the "sharks and wrecks" album on my facebook page.

 

-Andy



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:01 AM

Awesome, Andy!!  Newbie questions for you:

 

Were you not set up for stills with strobes?

Would you ever use just one mounted in the cold shoe over the lens as a focus light for macro?

When are you available to teach me how to shoot u/w digital with my new RX100?? :pardon:


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:13 AM

Hi Becki,

I have Ikelite DS-161s for strobes but didn't have them on the camera. It was too much weight/bulk for the dives we were doing. Not evident in the video is the 1.5 knot current we had to deal with on deco. Since I'm fresh out of Duane's class I already thought it a tad risky with the camera and switching bottles for deco...let alone with an extra 5 pounds of lighting strobes on it. I am considering getting a two-way mount for the FITs and the DS0161s so I can have all four mounted at once...but that's a lot of weight to be moving around on the surface. 

 

 

You could do with a single light on the hot shoe but I think this light is too bright for a focusing light. Unless you dim the output. Not sure. I don't have any experience here. Perhaps the extra light would be great so you can get better DOF and a higher shutter speed.

 

Haha, we can go diving any time! You should come to France Park with us this winter. Beautiful diving conditions when there is a quarter inch sheet of ice over top and it's 37 degrees. :)

 

-Andy


 



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:17 AM

I have the gear for cold water, but no longer the desire as in years past.  I'll need to de-wimpify myself (and my hubby).  Maybe after early Sept. we can meet up at France, Haigh, or Gilboa?  Invasion is just a few days away!! :clapping:


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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:39 AM

Awesome! Have a great time! And do dewimpify for the cold. It's our best diving conditions!!

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 10:42 PM

Thx for the review. I am considering to get the UV-Version (has both UV and purple LEDs: http://www.fun-in.co...product_id=1689 ) of this light. Is there anyone who compared the light output with the Light & Motion Sola Photo 1200?

Since the angle of the light output is quite large (120 °), I wonder if this light might not be a good choice for normal (night) dives. Any comment on that?

 

Thanks,

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:11 PM

Hi everyone,

I just finished shooting video in North Carolina with the new, and very affordable, FIT LED 2400 lights. If you're curious about buying them my opinion is: Get them! For most of us, cost is a huge factor on video lighting and to get lights for under $500 each with that kind of output is incredible.

 

-Andy

 

Thanks for the detailed report and example video. It at least convinced me to sign up for the next trip to NC wrecks...

Is this just me or some of your wreck shots showed two things: the full field of your camera was not covered by your two lights (might have been a light placement issue) and there was a hot spot each time a shark came close to you?



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:18 PM

I'm still very new to underwater photography and especially video. I'm learning a lot and appreciate the critique but I'm sure the things you guys have noticed are my fault with poor technique and/or poor light placement. Ya have to start somewhere and since this is my first video with the lights it's a good baseline to improve on.

Definitely go to NC. Tortuga Charters was a good boat but they're not very tech oriented. We were the first group he's let on with two sets of doubles plus deco bottles for four divers. I don't think he's thrilled to be doing it again. CCR might be another story though.

Olympus operates cattle boats and they were not helpful to us for getting deco gas fills. Very disappointing for a shop.

-Andy

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:28 PM

I'm still very new to underwater photography and especially video. I'm learning a lot and appreciate the critique but I'm sure the things you guys have noticed are my fault with poor technique and/or poor light placement. Ya have to start somewhere and since this is my first video with the lights it's a good baseline to improve on.

Definitely go to NC. Tortuga Charters was a good boat but they're not very tech oriented. We were the first group he's let on with two sets of doubles plus deco bottles for four divers. I don't think he's thrilled to be doing it again. CCR might be another story though.

Olympus operates cattle boats and they were not helpful to us for getting deco gas fills. Very disappointing for a shop.

-Andy

 

Not a critique at all! The video was really entertaining and shots were very nice. I was just wondering why you would get holes in your light field with lights which are supposedly 120 degree whide (!?). It also seems to me that the light has a hot spot (I have seen something similar on another video), but that s only an issue when a big Lemon Shark (?) comes and checks you out up close. Not many are that lucky ;-)

If I go to NC, I will probably try a pre-organized trip (Hollywood Divers organizes one every year). But thanks for the pointers. Discrimination against long bottom timers should be illegal!



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:32 PM

Nice. I like Hollywood Divers. Never got to go on a trip with them when I lived in the Inland Empire but they have a great shop and staff from my experience with them.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 08:31 PM

Here's another video (with better lighting, IMO) in it.

 

-Andy



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:58 AM

From my experience, all 32650 battery chargers are cheaply made, don't know why.

 

The UV version of the FIT 2400 is very interesting, will need to wait for review comparing it to Sola UV light.

 

The FIT 2400 seem to only have one light output level, so it's not that flexible for macro or anything in between.

 

There are a few lights to consider, such as X Adventurer M2000 and La Luz L5000 (their 800 Lumen version seems to be popular, so should be an okay manufacturer).



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 05:02 AM

Hmm.... looks like the light output has multiple settings:

 

http://www.fun-in.co...FIT_LED2400.pdf



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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:51 PM

It has three power settings on flood, spot and red. Full, half and quarter.


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Posted 04 October 2013 - 07:23 AM

Hi Alex - I believe (from the exhibitors list) that Underwater Visions will be at the NEC Dive show at the end of the month. Will you have any of these lights on hand that weekend for joe public to have a look at? After Dan Bolts glowing review and recommendation:

http://wetpixel.com/...=50759&p=337761

I'm very interested in one.

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 02:20 AM

Hi Jason,

 

Yes, we will. 

 

See you there!

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