I got mine last night. Wow. I said 'Wow' a whole lot, especially when I pointing
it and my LR up into the night sky. The light is just beautiful and the beam is amazing.
I am thrilled to have it and will try to find the perfect balance between protecting it and
using it as it deserves to be used. Thank you saabluster - I can't wait to see what
you build next.
(On a lighter note, the DEFT enthusiast also makes a great cat toy. Before going
outside I turned the light on in the house and from out of nowhere my cat throws
herself at the wall where the beam was pointing and then chased it all over the floor
until she was out of breath.)
Tic Toc, Tic Toc, in about 12 hours I should have mine
Guys, it will be really interesting to publish few pics comparing with other flashlights or even older DEFT versions. Thx
The sipek clone has more ~ triple the size hotpot and has about 1/5 of the useable throw and is considerably less bright, probably close to 1/3 as bright . The best feature of the Enthusiast is it's awsome optics. SaaB was dead on with his comments that a diffuser is not needed! I am not a big fan of square images of an emitter, but I can say that these are deffinately different. A couple turns of loosening the bezel, and you have a bright round hotspot! Loosen all the way and the hotspot is three times larger for better upclose work. During my previous attempt at some beamshots and comparisons, the Entusiast holds it's ground against lights that have 4X more lumens. Ex. the SR51 lights up the same target at about 600 yards with simular brightness, only it is a swath of light spread across a much larger area. The Enthusiast shines proudly against other lights with much more output. The tighter beam does out throw most other lights with much more output. Even though other lights 4X as powerful light the same target, they also light a larger area making it harder to see the target itself because of the wider divergence of the beam. I will get some beamshots the next time I am out.
I was fortunate enough to snag one of these jewels. I had high expectations seeing the writeup and images. I know what Saabluster's lights can do, as I have 3 versions of his larger DEFT's (with 5 pills), and all 3 of his EDC's. When I got this Enthusiast model, I just admired the workmanship and details for quite a while. I thought it would be a little brighter than the LR+, but my expectations were blown out of the water. The precision sharpness and intensity of this model's focused LED die compared to all the previous DEFT and EDC's seems like it is from another planet, or some "Back To The Future" future Doc Brown creation. I don't know how many of us have all the model versions, but I need to get a single beamshot view showing them all together.
I haven't had anything here at CPF create enough interest for me personally--to make me want to go out and do more shootouts like I used to, but this light REQUIRES that I get it done. I could go on and on (as I did in my email to Saabluster), but what's needed is "the money shot" of them all together. Stay tuned.
Just got mine. While I'm very happy with the brightness and throw of this flashlight, I have a few issues. There are irregular artifacts and rings around the main beam as I project it onto the wall. This is quite unlike the original Deft EDC which I have, which produces a relatively artifact free beam. Why is this...
I'm going to try an interesting experiment. A friend that also has an Entusiast and I will try some long distance signaling. The neat part about this is that we will not be in line of sight with one another. An attempt is going to be made to see if we can signal each other over a distance of about 35 miles. If we did have line of sight I am confident that would be easy. Any suggestions are welcomed. We still have a few weeks of planning before this will happen.
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Do you do custom mods for people? and are you going to be selling any more lights any time soon?