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    Popcorn REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    That are real tests with many flashlights which are popular and known.
    It was made on secret Russian tank testing area.

    All photos were made with the same white balance and exposition.
    We took different distances: 10, 40, 100 and 250 meters.
    Black lines are made each 50cm for 10/40 meters, and each 100cm for 100 meters - then you can see how big is beam diameter.
    At the end of 250m distance is white Audi auto.
    OP - orange peel reflector, SMO - smooth reflector.
    For JETBeams was removed "Pro IBS" in model names on photos because that is shorter.

    The list of competitors:

    Raidfire Spear, SMO (1xAW 18650 Li-Ion 2200mAh)
    Surefire E2DL, SMO (Surefire 2xCR123A)
    JETBeam JET-III Ultra Pro IBS, SMO (1xAW 18650 Li-Ion 2200mAh)
    JETBeam JET-III Ultra Pro IBS, OP (1xAW 18650 Li-Ion 2200mAh)
    JETBeam JET-III Pro IBS SMO (1xAW 18650 Li-Ion 2200mAh)
    JETBeam JET-III Military Pro IBS, SMO (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    JETBeam JET-III Military Pro IBS, OP (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    JETBeam JET-III ST Pro IBS, OP (1xAW 18650 Li-Ion 2200mAh)
    JETBeam JET-II Pro IBS, OP (1xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    JETBeam JET-I EX Pro IBS, SMO (2xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    JETBeam JET-I Pro IBS, OP (1xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Olight M20 Warrior Premium R2, SMO (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Olight M20 Warrior Premium R2, OP (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Olight T25 Regular, OP (2xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Olight T25 Tactical, OP (2xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Olight T20 Military, half OP + half SMO (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Olight T15, half OP + half SMO (1xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Fenix TK11, SMO (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Fenix TK10, OP (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Fenix TK20, SMO (2xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Fenix P3D Q5, OP (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Fenix P3D 100, OP (2xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Fenix P2D Q5, OP (1xAW R123 Li-Ion 750mAh)
    Fenix L2D Q5, OP (2xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)
    Fenix L1D Q5, OP (1xSanyo Eneloop AA 2000mAh)




    See and enjoy! You can in easy way compare the color of light, the sizes of spot, beam distances etc.
    There you can find full archive with all photos (12.2Mb).

    1. 10 meters.






















    2. 40 meters.




















    3. 100 meters.


















    4. 250 meters.













    Last edited by Megatorch; 12-14-2008 at 08:36 PM.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Nice. What are you illuminating in the 250 meter pictures?

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    As I remember it was white Audi auto.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    VERY nice photos,this must have taken along time,Thank you,if you would happen to have any incandecent lights that you happen to by mistake to compare would you?(I know this is in led lights,but I can allways hope ).Thanks for your time,and welcome to CPF!

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Quote Originally Posted by loving light View Post
    VERY nice photos,this must have taken along time,Thank you,if you would happen to have any incandecent lights that you happen to by mistake to compare would you?(I know this is in led lights,but I can allways hope ).Thanks for your time,and welcome to CPF!
    Thank you very much. Yes, these tests took much time, you know.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Quite an extensive list of beam shots you got there. Must have taken some time. Thanks for your efforts.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    ZebraLight H30

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    wow i can appreciate the work put in for this and now i am convinced the jet military is the way to go, so bugout should thank u as well as the nice review i read about it ,, thanks and kudos

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Awesome work, thanks for posting.




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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    wow.... that would have taken some time to organize! Nice!
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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Thanks for the hard work, you have definately spent some time on this. The shots at 40 and 100 metres show the characteristics of the lights nicely.
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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Wow, awesome job man, looks like Raidfire Spear is gonna be my next investment. See what you've done.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Very nice work indeed. I would only suggest a poster of real people or 2 for reference in the photos, especially the closer ones. I can get a much better feel for beam intensities and total output in that partially torn down old building.

    I think I am going to get the Olight M20 R2 Warrior. Would sure like to play with one first though, some people say the UI isn't that good.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Thank you, real world beamshots are always welcome.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    BTW Megatorch, several of those lights are on my list for my next purchase.If you had to pick one of the longer throwers, which one would it be and why?

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    Thanks a lot.
    Nice photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANDREAS FERRARI View Post
    BTW Megatorch, several of those lights are on my list for my next purchase.If you had to pick one of the longer throwers, which one would it be and why?
    Of course, the reflector should be smooth.

    It could be:
    Olight M20 Warrior - has good color of light for real beam throwing and small sizes.
    JETBeam Jet-3 Ultra Pro IBS - has deep reflector and 3 modes which can be programmable like you wish.

    If you would like the flashlights with bigger and larger sizes: instead of Raidfire Spear I would like Dereelight DBS V2.
    Spear is not produced now, as I know, it has one strange thing with the possibility to change focus - can be broken in this way. You can ask more Dave from 4sevens.com about Spear model.

    Of course, I could wait for new quality flashlights from brand names on market. But that can be bigger flashlights.
    Last edited by Megatorch; 12-14-2008 at 05:20 AM.

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    Default Re: MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS of Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralight.

    EPIC effort - well done!

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    Nice compilation!

    It appears to me the O-Light M20 beam shots are identical between OP and SMO. Are you sure the reflector was changed? I experienced a significant differnce in diffusion with mine.

    I long for the day O-Light uses a truly warm Cree (5A), instead of the greenish side of cool white.

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    Default Re: REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralig

    Megatorch,
    First, great collection of lights! This might be the best and most usable collection of beamshots I have seen to date. Thanks for all the time you had to have invested in making this.

    After carefully looking at all the beamshots, I am tempted to buy another e2dl, because I really like its wide hotspot at 10-40 meters. I am also impressed and will be using my Olight T20M more for its bright spill.

    While I really like my M20, I have been disapointed by its off center ring around the hotspot. Looking at your pictures, I see that a number of lights (including the Fenix TK11 that I have been thinking about buying) can have this issue. Your review has made me less irrated by it.

    Finally, I realize that about 100 yards (maybe a little more) is the outside limit of usefullness of most of my lights. I do have a Spear, and I like it better than all my other lights for anything even over 50 yards.

    Thanks again for showing what the current lights will/will not do well. Again, this is a fantastic review and your work is really appreciated.
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    I have one conclusion. Beloved (by many) E2DL was outthrowed and outshined by many flashlights with longer runtimes. Even Olight T25 seems a tad brighter!(and runs longer with two e91).

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    Default Re: REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralig

    Really nice compilation.

    Congrats

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    Awesome. Thanks. VERY helpfull. I knew the Raidfire Spear was the king of throwers but when I saw your 100m pics... . Can't beleive it's not in production anymore.

    Thanks again.

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    Ever since I stopped carrying my Lumapower M1-T, I have been looking at the Jetbeam II IBS so I can carry a smaller thrower. These images helped solidify that train of thought. Thanks for the hard work!
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    Default Re: REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralig



    Thank you Megatorch for this monster beamshots review

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    Thanks a lot for your words! It is really great to hear that.
    We will post new tests on CPF soon.

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    Default Re: REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralig

    Quote Originally Posted by woodrow View Post
    Megatorch,
    First, great collection of lights! This might be the best and most usable collection of beamshots I have seen to date. Thanks for all the time you had to have invested in making this.

    After carefully looking at all the beamshots, I am tempted to buy another e2dl, because I really like its wide hotspot at 10-40 meters. I am also impressed and will be using my Olight T20M more for its bright spill.

    While I really like my M20, I have been disapointed by its off center ring around the hotspot. Looking at your pictures, I see that a number of lights (including the Fenix TK11 that I have been thinking about buying) can have this issue. Your review has made me less irrated by it.

    Finally, I realize that about 100 yards (maybe a little more) is the outside limit of usefullness of most of my lights. I do have a Spear, and I like it better than all my other lights for anything even over 50 yards.

    Thanks again for showing what the current lights will/will not do well. Again, this is a fantastic review and your work is really appreciated.
    Thank you very much!

    You are right, the beamshots of flashlights on near distances with smooth reflectors have some dark circles. But they are designed for real long distance beam-throwing (hunting). The eyes feel the light better on 100-200 meters with smooth reflector: it is more contrast and sharp. Then eyes can recognize the items well. You can not see that on beamshots but should feel that in real night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EngrPaul View Post
    Nice compilation!

    It appears to me the O-Light M20 beam shots are identical between OP and SMO. Are you sure the reflector was changed? I experienced a significant differnce in diffusion with mine.

    I long for the day O-Light uses a truly warm Cree (5A), instead of the greenish side of cool white.
    I have M20 Warriors with SMO and OP reflectors by default. You can see the difference on beamshots. But you are right, that is not so big. In real life it is bigger as I said in previous post.

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    Default Re: REVIEW. MANY REAL BEAMSHOTS: Surefire, Olight, JETBeam, Raidfire, Fenix, Zebralig

    Very nice comparison.

    I think you just "sold" me an Olight T-25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holepuncher View Post
    Good work Megatorch. How come in the 10 meter shots the P2D Q5 seems the brightest of the bunch and brighter than the P3D Q5. Maybe its my eyes or my monitor.
    That conclusion can be because of near distance - P2D makes more diameter of light beam. Luxmeter shows 2 times difference for these flashlights. You can see that on 40m distance well.

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