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Hey, as the title states I'm looking into either making (I haven't found any ready made snoots for my archon w42r's) or get a spot light for those macro night dives where you want the black background. It would seem like a spot light would be easier to handle and also simpler to get going with, but the results are what matters.

 

Any input is appreciated. Cheers

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Hey, as the title states I'm looking into either making (I haven't found any ready made snoots for my archon w42r's) or get a spot light for those macro night dives where you want the black background. It would seem like a spot light would be easier to handle and also simpler to get going with, but the results are what matters.

 

Any input is appreciated. Cheers

Following as I am considering the same.

 

I will try with my Archon on spot light only to start, and possibly drop by a local hardware / plumbing store to see if any standard pipe reducers would fit.

 

A low tech, and cheap experiment which I did for my YSD1 strobe. Getting a snug fit so it does not wobble will be the biggest challenge. Surgical tubing as a gasket was my first solution.

 

Will post pics if I cobble something together.

 

Regards

 

 

Adam

 

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Please post if u put something together! I wouldn't mind some recommendations for a good spot light without any hot spot.

Cheers

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I have played around with a few home made snoots on my own Archon W42s (I even tried fibre optic cable inside bubble arms) but the light output was always poor.

I am now using an Inon LF800-N - It has a narrow 5 degree light beam and I have been quite happy with it.

 

http://www.inon.jp/products/le_light/lf800n.html

 

Cheers

Steve

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I have played around with a few home made snoots on my own Archon W42s (I even tried fibre optic cable inside bubble arms) but the light output was always poor.

I am now using an Inon LF800-N - It has a narrow 5 degree light beam and I have been quite happy with it.

 

http://www.inon.jp/products/le_light/lf800n.html

 

Cheers

Steve

Cheers! Do u have any screenshots of the footage shot with it that? Is 5 degrees not too narrow?

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I have played around with a few home made snoots on my own Archon W42s (I even tried fibre optic cable inside bubble arms) but the light output was always poor.

I am now using an Inon LF800-N - It has a narrow 5 degree light beam and I have been quite happy with it.

 

http://www.inon.jp/products/le_light/lf800n.html

 

Cheers

Steve

Cheers! Do u have any screenshots of the footage shot with it that? Is 5 degrees not too narrow?

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Cheers! Do u have any screenshots of the footage shot with it that? Is 5 degrees not too narrow?

 

 

Here is a sequence of clips shot with the LF800-N. I have tried to include as many variations as possible (from above, below, from the side as well as a sort of backlight on the seahorse)

The clips have had a light grade applied to correct colour and exposure. Although the manufacturer says that the light is 5000K I found that when I set my camera to 5000K that the images were way too warm. After a bit of experimentation 3500-3800K seemed to be about right.

 

https://youtu.be/hiHJLexzk88

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Great footage. I'll put this beam on my wishlist

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Good footage! The light seems to be a little too bright in some instances tho. Were u using it at full power or do I need to think about some kind of diffuser?

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I can't remember - I usually use it at full power and adjust the aperture down. This tends to give the nice black backgrounds that I was looking for. You could probably use a diffuser if you wanted but unless the highlights are really blown out most things are pretty easily fixed in post.

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