I've been looking to acquire a new torch.
Like a lot of people here,I take more than a passing interest in the subject.
I like the idea of an LED light source, an adjustable beam perhaps,TOUGH, something bright, NOT Solely dependant on CR123A's, maybe with a rechargeable option.
Price isn't too much of an issue. If I decide I like it then I'll find a way to buy it.
I then start searching and one particular model stands out.
The ArmyTek Predator V1.2.
Now I'll probably never be out in an emergency in the situations this torch is built for but my alter ego says I might.
Anyway, I check out its spec and features on the website.
WHAT THE HELL?
Durability,build quality,beam characteristics (though not adjustable) choice of power sources, redundant circuitry....GREAT so far..
Then I delve a bit further.
And there are SO MANY MODES it is totally stupid.
All I want mode wise is full power,half power possibly an SOS and a strobe mode to get me out of any potential bother.
Why the hell would I ever or ( I imagine) 95% of users ever want with a three stabilisation modes, 7 custom modes and a multitude of other modes is utterly beyond me.
It reminds me of a camera released about 20 odd years ago-the Pentax Z1
A superb machine capable of full blown pro results but THE MODES?
Potentially a photographer half familiar with it could come to grief and another one fully familiar would probably use 2 out the dozens on offer.
Modes for the sake of it?
ArmyTek are by no means the only culprits.
Manufacturers need to get back to basics.
And if their customers HAVE to have a multitude of modes then maybe modes via a micro USB and a Laptop etc is the answer.
For the rest of us it is gilding the lily and a completely unnecessary option.