But in both cases, you have to really look for it on a white wall (note for example that I can't see it in the white wall beamshots). Since my samples are no worse than other lights, I didn't bother mentioning it before.
As for the reflector, only my two EC1 samples and original EA1 has noticeable evidence of rings at the base (i.e. "hybrid") - my EA2 and EC2 both seem quite smooth (as does my replacement EA1). Since all lights have the same size head, I suspect this just some variation in reflector manufacture. But I agree, the more "hybrid" pattern is probably better.
Thanks for sharing. That would suggest the abnormally high "Micro" mode is not just limited to my EC1 sample (i.e., it probably a sign of variability more generally across line, affect various samples). My EC2 and EA2 definitely have comparable micro output (as did my EC1 engineering sample - it is just my EC1 shipping sample that was higher).Also your EC2 and EA2 have about the same micro mode output ~1.8 lumens but my EC2 is closer the to the low mode of the EA2 I'd say about 10-15 lumens. Now my EA2 seems to be about equal with yours at the ~1.8 lumen count.
I hope they are able to lock that down better, as I personally prefer as low as possible for the lowest level (i.e. I would rather take my EC2 with me back into a rainforest, than my shipping EC1 for this reason).
Yes, it could well be my lumen estimates are off in that range - I had few samples in the ~300-450 lumen range to compare to in my original analysis. But in comparing the few lights >~300 lumens lights that I jad in common with BigChelis, MrGman and TiForce, this lumen esitmate conversion came in pretty consistent to their readings. For example, my 4Sevens G5s (both pre-release and shipping), clocked in at ~290 lumens on Turbo in my lightbox using this method (which is very consistent to what others reported at that time for the initial release). And my EC2 is quite a bit brighter overall.Comparing to different light's I have that I know for sure are around ~300-320 lumens then I'd say my EC2 on max is around the 320 mark.
Now that I have a NIST-certified lightmeter, I may start experimenting with building a better integrating sphere and redoing the comparisons that the conversion is based on. No promises, but I'll see if I can spend some time later this summer playing around with it.