Shootout time again.
This one is similar to an older thread I did a while ago:
(The two shootouts aren't directly comparable as they do not have a controlled environment and the setting is slightly different. You can use the lights that appear in both to judge the lights that don't)
The difference is that the lights are now brighter and there are considerably more incans present. Just like the last time, the set-up is a dirty one:
I am choosing dirty and unfavourable scenes to simulate real life as closely as possible and in order to challenge the lights to the max.
The lights are held at about 1.20m above ground by my Living Light Holding Apparatus (wife) again and shot at the target from the left side of the camera in order to be able to see some of the tighter corona cut-offs on the ground before the camera.
The target itself is the orange thingie hidden behind some branches in the background. Right below it in the line of sight is a dirty concrete wall that was the target for the last shootout and is in fact about 5 meters nearer than the orange target itself. This time the lights are stronger and the weaklings had to stay at home, so the target is more difficult … and allows thus for a better judgement of the size of the hotspot and the depth of field in conjunction with the concrete wall.
All the trees and things in the area allow you to judge the width and power of the corona.
Just like the last time there is some light pollution present, some more evident from the pics, some less.
Camera settings are fixed with white-balance set to daylight. Lights were on fresh batteries or using freshly charged Li-Ion power sources. All pics have been made brighter by 6 steps in my software to make them easier to view. This does not change the relative data and a comparison is still valid.
I’ll shut up now and let the pics speak for themselves. Any questions about specific lights are welcome of course.
SF A2 on 2xCR123
Aleph1 TW0K SDC1000 by ARCmania on 2xCR123
Aleph3 NG750 TY0J on Li-Ion
ARCmania TowerModule WX1S at 700mA
(Please note that this is a conservative version of Mike’s TM)
SF E2D on 2xCR123
HD45 UX1S Wiz2x2 917mA; Joker-LED; 2xCR123
HD45 WX1S NBBx2 at 700mA; 2xCR123
SF KL3 gen2 on C2 Centurion; 2xCR123
SF L4 on 2xCR123
SF L5 on Li-Ion
SF L6-P on 3xCR123
LedLenser Tactical Light; Luxeon LED on 3xC-Cell
McLux-PR X3T BB750 on 2xCR123
SF P60 in M2 on 2xCR123
SF N1 in KT2 on C2 Centurion 2xCR123
SF N2 in KT2 on C3 Centurion 3xCR123
SF MN16 in KT2 on C3 Centurion 3xCR123
SF P90 in M2 on C3 Centurion 3xCR123
SF P91 in M2 on C3 Centurion 3xCR123
PILA 3,7V Lamp on Li-Ion
SF U2 highest level on 2xCR123
(Please note that this U2 is my new “perfect” U2 and kicks butt much better than the one in the old shootout )
SF M6 LOLA on 6xCR123
SF M6 HOLA on 6xCR123
IMHO the difference in beam characteristics of the various lights is rather obvious and quite pronounced. Lots of choices for sure.
There are two other observations I just have to make, even if they are painful for me as a LED-guy:
1) incans are just simply brighter, and the M6 HOLA is the King
2) LED color rendition still sucks, even for the “pure white” ones
BUT … we can also see that LEDs obviously can throw quite well, especially when their smaller overall luminous flux is considered.
AND … I dare to say … incan is more or less dead in the 2xCR123 application. Performance-wise I mean. Personal preference and color aside.
Thanx for looking!
P.S.: one last thing … my U2 really rocks!
P.P.S: I am sorry that those pics are a bit less optimal in quality than those of the last shootout ... if I knew why I could do better in the future.
Edit for clarification of color rendition: ... the fixed white balance of "daylight" in this shootout actually makes things a bit worse than they are in reality ... some sort of overemphasize ... the LEDs aren't that bad and cold (you can actually see a red car in real life), and incans aren't that warm either. The difference between the two is exaggerated with my camera.