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CheungyDiver

Member Since 26 Nov 2002
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New Lights

07 April 2015 - 07:47 PM

Hi Folks

 

I have been testing a ton of lights recently and used them in real dive situations with various cameras. I have selected the ones I think worthy of a second look. I am more bias towards video so most here are for video cameras although some are so handy and small it could be used for digital still at least as a focus light if not close up photos under the right conditions.

 

 

 

Since well known brands that have been reviewed in so many places I keep this finding to lights made in China.

Three lights tested really hit the spot for me. They are of course LEDs. All aluminium body with depth rating of 100m. All three has this nifty lit button switch with status indicator. Blue for full, green half charge and Red for low battery. There is also a safety off circuit to prevent completely draining the battery. They are all similar in size in that they fit nicely as a hand light or mounted onto a UW housing. Small and light. Powerful adjustable. Beam width and spot beam. Small common batteries or small long life rechargeable batteries. White and Red LED options. Accessories and package case. Lastly price.

 

Coincidentally all three are from the same manufacturer.  

 

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First of is the Hi-Max V14

A true Swiss Army of LED lights. This has over 2400 Lumen. Wide (flood) and Spot, Red LED, and all dimmable with levels. Even has two UV LEDs. I had so much fun switching this light to various features during my night dive. Seeing the coral glow in the dark under the UV is fun.

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Second is the V11 ( or the company updated the older version which has a magnetic switch)

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Like the V14 this handy light uses a Li-Ion rechargeable battery. Like an oversize D Cell but packs in 5800 mah.

Weights only 400g - light a couple of oranges yet gives out 2300 lumens.

 

 

It has Food, Spot and Red LED and dimmable.

The front bazel with this design is thicker so more aluminium for heat dissipation. The top features a glow in the dark rings so if you drop your light in the dark you have a better chance of finding it.

Lastly the V12 is a real surprise. This is the smallest of the three. First surprise is when I open it and it takes four double A batteries. I have been waiting for such a light for a long time. Four AA not three not two. So this is much more convenient for charging four and keeping track of sets of spare batteries without mixing charged from depleted ones. Second surprise  is that the light is bright. The light is 2200 lumens. It looks more than that as the beam is very bright. It is a simple light with just two power level and 110 deg. beam. Like the other two it have two o-rings and all aluminium body for good heat dissipation. The small is also good for handheld and also as a back up light.

 

Now just when I had tested all Hi-Max send me another one to look at. The X6. This is a dive light and is slim and light to be a carry everywhere light. It pack 1000 lumen and like all the LED used is CrEE with very pleasing colour and temperature. This is certainly a good candid as a Go-Pro companion light.

Well I have more to say and if you are interested in more just click on this:

 

I will post some video samples next using these light on some dive shoots.

 

If interested in more click on this BLOG

 

If you are attending ADEX this weekend drop by Scubacam Booth C19. We have all these lights to try out.

 

Cheers

David

 

 


Magic Lantern is at it again

01 April 2015 - 06:25 PM

Hello All

 

The Magicians in the Magic Lantern group has done it again.

 

If you have read this far then you must know that ML has ibeen cracking into the brains of  Canon DSLRs. Not all of them but some and turning them into something more featured and enable fantastic video capabilities. Including exposure controls, focus, audio tools and RAW HD+ videos like 14 bit uncompressed RAW recordable directly to CF/SD cards. They have done more than the manufacturers who eventually add some of these to new generations of cameras.

 

Whats next? Well don't throw away your DSLRs just yet.....

 

They have just done something unimagainable - again. This is to crack a Canon DSLR to enable booting into a Linux Kernel. Wow what's that you must wonder?

 

This is big deal. The camera is not overtaken like a zoombie by the software and the camera has become a programmable mini computer. So anyone with a knowledge of Linux or App developers could write programs and use it in the camera! Think intelligent control of the camera like shape recognition (there is already smile recognition), daylight level auto trigger, controls for a quad,  multi-spectrial, speed and motion detection and so on. With external detectors and devices working in tantum. Sounds far fetched? Unbelievable ? have a look at this video

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=IcBEG-g5cJg


WETpixel/ScubaCAM Party at ADEX SIngapore 2015

28 March 2015 - 08:38 PM

Hi all Wetpixellers

 

ADEX is almost here 10th April to 12th April 2015

 

As in previous years we like to meet up with fellow Wetpixellers 

 

Scubacam and Wetpixel Party  is on the Friday night 10th April 2015. If you are in Singapore you are welcome to drop by and have a drink with us.

 

Venue this year is the Highlander Bar and Restaurant at Clark Quay. Just click on the   Highlander    link. ( 3B River Valley Road #01-11, The Foundry, Clarke Quay)

 

From 7pm till late.

 

If you are attending the ADEX show come and visit our Booth at C19 at Suntex City - Right next to the Ocean Gallery   here.    

 

Looking forward to seeing some of you

 

Cheers

 

David


Mirrorless Housing Tripod/Slider

27 December 2014 - 02:57 AM

Hello all and hope all is well for 2015

 

 

I have been hinting for a month or so on a device I've been working on. A slider for UW housings of sorts.

 

I was originally made this for extreme macro work for a lens with 5X magnifications (no not the Canon MP65).....A friend with a very large video camera that shoots very low resolution video is shooting with that.

 

I spent five days at the Lembeh Straits learning best to use this slider and it turned out not what I expected in a pleasant way.

 

So without further ado I reveal what this contraption looks like.....

 

 

 

 


Seacam bric a brac for sale (digital 150 strobes)

19 November 2014 - 05:35 AM

I have two Digital 150 Strobe (Nikon) by Seacam for sale. Tip top condition. With new re-celled batteries and accessories like ball adapter and neoprene cover.

 

Price is 1800 USD (retails at USD 2600.00 or more new) each. USD 3k for the pair.

 

I also have cables S6 or Nik V ...

 

 

 

I also have a Seacam D300 housing - price negotiable

1 x Seacam Superdome

 

Finally a Brand New Seacam D800 Housing body - price is very good (interested please email me)

 

Low-ballers will be ignored.

 

Thank you for browsing

 

David