Is there an UW light that doubles as a Dive Torch?

10 months 4 weeks ago - 10 months 4 weeks ago #302770 by Stonius
Stonius created the topic: Is there an UW light that doubles as a Dive Torch?
Maybe it's a silly question. I like to shoot my dives (video) but I'm only at the GoPro stage of UW photography. However, I've seen how much better the results are when people use off-axis lights on their rigs (because it brings the colours back in the foreground from the blue monochrome of the deep).

So I'm wondering, is there such a thing as a dive torch that can be used to light the foreground up fairly evenly without hotspots? Any recommendations for brands? I've seen some cheapies on ebay, but I had a bad experience with a so-called 'dive light' recently. It filled with water first try. They reimbursed me no questions asked because I think they knew it was a POC.

Any suggestions? BTW, I'm not one for very deep technical diving - 30m rating is fine.

Markus
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10 months 4 weeks ago #302771 by AB
AB replied the topic: Is there an UW light that doubles as a Dive Torch?
Video lights are as important as the camera, as even a cheap camera can produce great results with adequate light. Trouble is, it's hard for a light to be a narrow beam torch and an even light wide enough to cover a video lens. I've seen great results from Gopros combined with good quality lights. I haven't seen a torch which makes a good quality video light.

There are a few brands which offer wide and spot modes, but I haven't seen their results so you would need to see some footage to judge for yourself .
www.housingcamera.com/blog/guides-tutori...-lights#.WDVepner2V4

Alan

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10 months 3 weeks ago #302773 by watsea
watsea replied the topic: Is there an UW light that doubles as a Dive Torch?
Hi Stonius,

I use GoPro video with video lights. (handmedowns)
Firstly there was one video light without a diffuser. OK during the day but at night, spread of the beam did not cover the full width of the camera. When played, the videos' circumferences were black if recorded at night though of course, the main image area is fully illuminated.
After acquiring a second (handmedown) light, plenty of light beam width for the wide angle but I had to use diffusers to avoid sharpness of the lines where the beams overlaid each other around the central area of the images. Works well now.

I have always taken a narrow beam torch as well for better distance light vision. My videos lights do not go as far my torch.

My other half uses some Big Blue video lights to make things easier for her still camera work. Normally they are used as "wide" beam video lights, they can be switched to operate in a narrow 10deg beam mode. She is pretty happy with them.
see link below:
www.scubadiving.com.au/brands/bigblue/bi...led-video-tech-light

regards

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10 months 3 weeks ago #302774 by slug
slug replied the topic: Is there an UW light that doubles as a Dive Torch?
Looks good.. not cheap.

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