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    Default L1 Cree beam quality

    I just picked up a Cree L1 yesterday, and I already own two ML-1 builds with different beam characteristics. I must say, I was less than impressed with the quality of the Cree L1 beam. There is a SIGNIFICANT dark ring that surrounds the hotspot, and many deformities that give the beam an overall 'rough and textured' look. Is this typical of the new Cree head, or do I have a dud? I only ask because I've read nothing but good stuff about it, and I didn't know if the issue was not a widespread one.

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    Kiessling's Avatar
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    Hi Josh.
    The beauty of that beam on a white wall leaves to be desired. Some rings, some irregularities ... somelights more and some less I guess, but as it is so hard to capture on photos, this is difficult to tell.

    However ... go and use this light outside. The beam is a miracle. Perfect ground coverage in medium distances, good reach and brightness, perfect field of vision. It rivals my U2.
    This optic is one hell of a performer when usefulness is concerned. I am very very impressed with it. Just not on a white wall.

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    I agree with Bernie. Additionally, the level of the diffusing film varies from L1 to L1. It's not an artifact-free beam, but it works pretty well for me. However, if you have a beamshot, we can tell if it's normal or not.
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    Couldn't agree more with Bernie and Valpo on the points made. And like
    Valpo, my L1's all have slightly different diffusion on the lens.

    IMO there are (3) types of beams.

    #1 - PLAY BEAM - Good to play with and that's qbout it.

    #2 - USER BEAM - Not good on walls but kicks ass out in the world.

    #3 - USELESS BEAM - Well this one is pretty much self explanatory!

    The L1-cree has an amazing "user beam" as Bernie pointed out. Give it a
    few runs out there and you'll be impressed.

    Great light. Enjoy.

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    I had the same reaction with my E2L when I got it! I tought it was a bad one but after I playing much with it inside and outside, I stopped to see the imperfections. This is a great light! After getting the L1 that has the same exact beam, I knew it's the way it is supposed to be!

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    Yup, the L1 has a perfect beam for real world, all round use. I had a bit of the same reaction when I first saw the beam from my Kroma. But that too works extremely well.
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