I just received an SST-50 4500K module from Nailbender. This is a very nice module, and I love the beam pattern of this emitter.
Nailbender was very clear to me that the neutral tint SSTs are much different than Cree emitters, however it's amazing to see the difference in real life. To my eyes, the SST neutral 4500K is the coldest emitter I have. It was hard to believe that something with a 4500K tint would be colder than a 6500K Cree R2. I always liked my Sniper P7, but it was almost blue it was so cold. However, it actually looks slightly warm in comparison to this 4500K SST-50.
For those of you with an SST-50 4500K light, is this your experience?? Mac uses these in his EDC lights, and he even mentioned that the SST-50 4500K is the perfect neutral tint emitter, so I'm shocked at what I see. I wouldn't call it the slightest bit neutral.
I took some beamshots to capture what I saw compared to some other cool and warm tint lights, and they actually turned out pretty well. These are very close to what I see with my eyes. I used manual mode with white balance locked to "daylight" and a 1/2 second exposure.
Sniper P7 (cold tint)
Milky Q4 5B XRE (x4)
XRE R2 Cold (left) / SST-50 4500K (right)
Sniper P7 (left) / SST-50 4500K (right)
Milky Q4 5B (left) / SST-50 4500K (right)
UPDATE - 4/19:
Well, I thought I'd report back in on my dilema. Nailbender was kind enough to let me return the 4500K SST-50 module since I thought it shouldn't be that cold, and I had him send me a warm XP-G instead.
But I still really wanted a true warm SST-50, so when I saw that supasizefries was making his own and selling on CPFMP, I pulled the trigger on one. It was pretty much the same as the Nailbender's - 2.5A max, 4500K, 3-mode regulated. But there was a bonus - it had a true neutral tint! So I did some more beamshots with the exact same settings as last time - 1/2 sec exposure, white balance daylight, ISO 100.
Besides the beautiful warm tint this time, the SST-50 was noticeably brighter (looked to be 40-50% brighter) than the Nailbender SST-50 module as well as the Sniper P7. Whereas the P7 was brighter than my previous SST-50 module. I'm not sure if it has something to do with the bin or something else, since they are both supposed to be running at 2.5A regulated. But I do know that supasizefries said that this was the highest flux bin in the 4500K SST-50. I guess it is!!
Nice work on a great product supasizefries!!
Nailbender 4500K SST-50
supasizefries SST-50 4500K
Sniper P7 (6500K)
supasizefries vs. P7 Sniper ani gif
P7 Sniper vs Nailbender SST-50 4500K
P7 Sniper vs supasizefries SST-50 4500K