My old Sola 600 photo light is getting meaner and meaner with me.
The charging contacts are extremely difficult to connect with, and after i charged for hours and left all indicators green, when i turned on the light it started blinking red!!! Too bad, so i am looking for another light, and it won't be a Sola.
The recent announcements on wetpixel front page about several Fisheye FIX Neo light models caught my attention, in particular those two:
-Fix Neo 1500 DX SWR: 599 USD
-Fix Neo 1000 Mini WR: 299 USD
Two very different price tags i know, but i am not sure yet how much i am ready to spend.
Fix Neo 1000 Mini WR
The cheaper one seems to match quite well the specs of my Sola 600, except:
-the red light that is only 100 lumen (Sola had 250 lumen), i am thinking it's too low. If i were still shooting on Nikon D7000 OK, but this nice little Olympus OMD-EM5 doesn't have such a strong autofocus...
-the ASO (auto shut-off) feature seems interesting, but i am not sure i like it: yes it would be nice to avoid the light's lighting to ruin strobe positioning efforts, but at the same time, this turns off the light for 1 second, i am wondering whether this would be annoying, i don't realize how long it seems in real life.
Also, i am wondering how the battery holds between 2 charges (i usually dive once a week, and don't want to be re-charging the light each time).
Fix Neo 1500 DX SWR
Just looking at the specs, this light is a killer! It has all i need, plus the choice of keeping your light sealed while you charge (like the Sola) or to swap batteries for more flexibility... I am surprised it doesn't include the ASO feature, but since i am not sure i like it, that's not a deal breaker.
So specs are great, but i have no clue on the usability of such a dive light: how easy is maintenance (when you swap battery), o-rings greasing each time? Feels safe or is it a single/scary exposed o-ring? What about manipulations underwater?
And a question that applies to both lights: how reliable are the battery statuses? As you understood, this is the pain point on my current light, i cannot trust it at all.
So i would really enjoy reading any experience you may have on those lights, or on other lights of that same range if they share similar designs.