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    This will be my first review on a flashlight. First of all, its a beautiful flashlight. Quite light though I didn't expect it to be too heavy. Quality is top notch. My only concern is that the thread on the flashlight is not squared instead using a tradtional screw type thread. This might mean a shorter lifespan on the thread requiring constant maintenance, but only time can tell.












    From left to right: Fenix e11, Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2, Fenix E50 without extension tube



    From left to right: CR123, AA battery, 18650, olight i10 EOS, Fenix E11, Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2, Fenix E50



    Fenix e50 with extension tube vs. Maglite 2d LED



    Fenix E50 without extension tube vs. Maglite 2d LED



    From left to right: CR123, AA battery, 18650, Olight i10 EOS, Fenix E11, Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2, Fenix E50 without Extension tube, and Fenix tk41



    Same order as the previous picture, but with Fenix E50 having the extension tube







    Now time for the beam shots









    Fenix E50 from lowest to highest as per Fenix specification (23, 74, 236, and 780 lumens)
    Aperture, exposure, ISO, and white balance is the same (f5.6, 1/4 sec., ISO160, and 5000 kelvin white balance)




















    Comparison with my other flashlights in their highest output (Fenix e50, Fenixtk41, Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2, Olight i10 EOS, and Fenix E11)
    Aperture, exposure, ISO, and white balance is the same (f5.6, 1/4 sec., ISO160, and 5000 kelvin white balance)



    Fenix e50 at 780 Lumens



    Fenix TK41 at 800 lumens



    Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2 at 360 lumens



    Olight i10 EOS at 180 lumens


    Fenix E11 at 105 lumens








    Next batch is the same pattern as before but with different exposure (1/80sec.)



    Fenix e50 at 780 lumens



    Fenix tk41 at 800 lumens



    Foursevens quark "X" 123-2 at 360 lumens



    Olight i10 EOS at 180 lumens



    Fenix e11 at 105 lumens



    Fenix e50 on top and fenix tk41 on the bottom (note at the difference in their center intensity)



    Just for laughs, a Maglite 2d LED (Surprisingly, maglite is quite good, though
    it is expected of an MC-E LED in a large head regardless if its only 130
    lumens)



    Conclusion: Well, its a fairly warm light that can stand toe-to-toe with fenixtk41 in terms of lumens output. Its a fairly throwy flashlight, but don'texpect tk41 performance. Spill is great in relation to the center spot. Its a good compromise of a spot flashlight and a flood light in such a small frame.
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    Thank you very much!

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    I like the NW tint on this E50!

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    Thanks ponkan! Nice review!

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    Thanks for your review and the pictures ponkan!

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    WOW, how sharp the first few photos you've taken! Special Thanks for the comparison between the E50 and the TK41's tint!

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    The only drawback with my E50 is the side button. It feels "swampy" and not at all as distinct as the side button of my E25 and E35. The button of E25 is best of these lights. I guess it's a "lottery" and another E50 may has a more distinct button.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedpat View Post
    The only drawback with my E50 is the side button. It feels "swampy" and not at all as distinct as the side button of my E25 and E35. The button of E25 is best of these lights. I guess it's a "lottery" and another E50 may has a more distinct button.
    I would much prefer it if it had a tail switch.
    I suppose they used a side switch to appeal to the department store buyers who are accustomed to the plastic Evereadys.
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    The 5000K or so of the E50 looks good relative to the 6000K+ [blue] cool-whites, but is a long way from a quality 4200K neutral-white.
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    Do any of your 18650"s have problem fitting in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    The 5000K or so of the E50 looks good relative to the 6000K+ [blue] cool-whites, but is a long way from a quality 4200K neutral-white.
    The perception of tint I find is very subjective. Compared to Fenix TK15 S2 the E50 is pretty warm. Compared to Malkoff M61W(3700K) it's pretty cool. So I would not consider the tint of E50 cool tint, rather very neutral, warmer tint will be warm. What I mean is that I think I would perceive 4200 as more warm than neutral.
    Anyway the eyes can adjust the perceivable tint so it feels neutral without other tint to compare to.
    I am waiting for a few Nichia Malkoff M61s 4500K, and it will be interesting to see how I will perceive them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    Do any of your 18650"s have problem fitting in?
    Considering that this is my first 18650 light and that I don't have much variety in 18650's, I can't comment much on that. But I can tell you that the AW 2900 mah 18650 I bought with this puppy fits perfectly with a bit of space left (maybe around 1mm, check the photo)

    Regardless, you won't hear the battery rattle inside because both ends of the flashlight (inside) has a spring that presses against the 18650, thereby holding it in place.






    It has enough space to fit a paper folded in two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedpat View Post
    The only drawback with my E50 is the side button. It feels "swampy" and not at all as distinct as the side button of my E25 and E35. The button of E25 is best of these lights. I guess it's a "lottery" and another E50 may has a more distinct button.
    The thing about the botton is, in comparison with my fenix tk41 and Foursevens Quark "X" 123-2, it feels less swampy with a distinct click. Its not in the same league as my maglite in terms of audible and tactile feel of a click (though comparing both is another issue as the fenix E50 is reverse clicky).
    Regardless, I see where you're getting at wherein you can either be lucky or unlucky with the flashlight you get (in terms of tint color, "clicky" feels etc.). As for me, it feels sluggish at times. It does have a distinct advantage of a muffled/silent operation.
    Last edited by ponkan; 11-18-2012 at 11:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twl View Post
    I would much prefer it if it had a tail switch.
    I suppose they used a side switch to appeal to the department store buyers who are accustomed to the plastic Evereadys.
    If you prefer the tail switch, then you might want to consider the upcoming Fenix PD32 Ultimate edition. It has the same body diameter as this fenix e50, has similar lumens output (740lumens), but has less candelas/throw due to the smaller head(6k cd vs. 15k cd). It can use either 2 cr123 or 1 18650, so it's also the same in this respect to the e50 (minus the extension tube).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    The 5000K or so of the E50 looks good relative to the 6000K+ [blue] cool-whites, but is a long way from a quality 4200K neutral-white.
    My beamshot comparison includes the White Balance setting on my camera (the same throughout to make it a fair tint comparison). I used 5000k setting since I feel that its the best compromise between cool and warm. As far as pictures go, the E50 is significantly warmer. In real life use though, I find that with untrained eyes (I can detect the difference, so my eyes might be trained?), the tint color is practically undetectable (if you don't squint and take time to see the difference).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan View Post
    If you prefer the tail switch, then you might want to consider the upcoming Fenix PD32 Ultimate edition. It has the same body diameter as this fenix e50, has similar lumens output (740lumens), but has less candelas/throw due to the smaller head(6k cd vs. 15k cd). It can use either 2 cr123 or 1 18650, so it's also the same in this respect to the e50 (minus the extension tube).
    Because of the nice tint of E50 I ordered Fenix PD32 Ultimate edition today, neutral tint is very nice. I think it will be great for allround use, and better for short distance/indoors use because of a larger hotspot. So many great flashlights from Fenix today!

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    " Regardless, you won't hear the battery rattle inside because both ends of the flashlight (inside) has a spring that presses against the 18650, thereby holding it in place. "

    --> That's good to hear. I am getting this light in the mail almost definitely tomorrow so I'm super excited too! Like you this will be my first 18650 light because: NW Tint, easy operation that anyone can use in a second, TAILSTANDING , and overall quality for the price. I was considering a TK41, but for the same price I could get this light PLUS two of the new Fenix 18650's PLUS the fenix 18650 charger. I want a TK41 style light--- but I'll be waiting until the next generation TK42(?) for that
    Now that I have a light with pretty much the same output as a TK41 I think I'll be satiated lumen wise for a bit. (not for long though )

    I was thinking about making this my first review here too on CPF, but maybe I'll still put up pics too. Good review. I guess It would be nice to have square threading, but that's not a biggie really--- I'm super careful when putting on the tailcap anyway.

    OH --- And that's awesome to hear that even the E50 has dual springs so the batteries won't rattle and it provides a bit more shock resistance. Nice Fenix

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    Oh, by the way if anybody has an E50 or can judge based on the size, can somebody recommend a holster that would fit the E50? I guess any style would do-- open or fully closed. An open one where it hangs might be good so that you can hang it on a wall or a fully closed one that would fit the full 2 18650 size E50 would maybe be good too.

    I'm assuming it won't come with one when I get mine because my E40 didn't come with any kind of holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twl View Post
    I would much prefer it if it had a tail switch.
    I suppose they used a side switch to appeal to the department store buyers who are accustomed to the plastic Evereadys.
    Or, to appeal to the common senses of those of us NON-department store buyers who prefer an ergonomically-correct switch, assuming the light is not a tactical light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinaee View Post
    Oh, by the way if anybody has an E50 or can judge based on the size, can somebody recommend a holster that would fit the E50? I guess any style would do-- open or fully closed. An open one where it hangs might be good so that you can hang it on a wall or a fully closed one that would fit the full 2 18650 size E50 would maybe be good too.

    I'm assuming it won't come with one when I get mine because my E40 didn't come with any kind of holster.
    E50 does come with holster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kj2 View Post
    E50 does come with holster.
    Oh it does? Nice. It must be below the light in the packaging. I've only seen a photo and it didn't look like it had one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinaee View Post
    Oh it does? Nice. It must be below the light in the packaging. I've only seen a photo and it didn't look like it had one.
    (Thanks to neverGUP)

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    So are you able to get the full output of 780 Lumens on one 18650? (albeit with lower run times)

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    Yes, I was able to get full output but with lower run times using one 18650. Furthermore, the fenix manual thats comes in the package also states that. Ill post two beam pictures to prove this, one with one 18650 and another with two 18650. Just to be equal, Ill make sure the exposure, White balance, ISO, Aperture value, and 18650 (full charge) are equal to make sure a consistent critical photograph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbrett14 View Post
    Or, to appeal to the common senses of those of us NON-department store buyers who prefer an ergonomically-correct switch, assuming the light is not a tactical light.
    "Ergonomically correct" applies to more than just the hands.
    A light should be held at the eye-level to reduce the incidence of unwanted off-angle shadowing, and also reduce spill-related iris reactions. Considering that it is a light and not a dog leash, the true ergonomically correct way to operate it is at eye-level, which also places the ergonomically correct switch location on the tail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twl View Post
    "Ergonomically correct" applies to more than just the hands.
    A light should be held at the eye-level to reduce the incidence of unwanted off-angle shadowing, and also reduce spill-related iris reactions. Considering that it is a light and not a dog leash, the true ergonomically correct way to operate it is at eye-level, which also places the ergonomically correct switch location on the tail.
    No one holds a flashlight up their eye or at shoulder height with elbow bent for an extended period of time. It's fatiguing. Also I think a user is suceptible to more rays of light being reflected directly back into his or her eyes when the light is pretty much parallel with their line of sight. When you hold a light in a "casual" position at hip level your thumb is naturally already in position to turn the light on so to me that is really the most ergonomic form for a switch. Tactical tail clickies are nice, but not usually what I would consider the most ergonomic position. That position is dependent upon the body of the light also having good grip/knurling unlike when a switch is on the side of the light towards the head. My Fenix E40 is a good representation of this. It has a tail-clicky but the body is a bit "slick" because it is plastic so I don't consider the operation of turning it on the most ergonomic. It would probably be better with a side switch. (Still a great light though).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ponkan View Post
    Yes, I was able to get full output but with lower run times using one 18650. Furthermore, the fenix manual thats comes in the package also states that. Ill post two beam pictures to prove this, one with one 18650 and another with two 18650. Just to be equal, Ill make sure the exposure, White balance, ISO, Aperture value, and 18650 (full charge) are equal to make sure a consistent critical photograph.
    Thanks you dont have to go to all that trouble I believe you I just wanted to know if it could or not.

    A light should be held at the eye-level to reduce the incidence of unwanted off-angle shadowing, and also reduce spill-related iris reactions. Considering that it is a light and not a dog leash, the true ergonomically correct way to operate it is at eye-level, which also places the ergonomically correct switch location on the tail.
    I think one point isnt being considered here and thats the muliple tube extensions? Are you really going you hold it with your thumb at the back when you have a few extenders attached and the head is a foot from the button. That wouldnt be very ergonomic to be holding it at the back with such a long tube extending so far forward. Furthermore wouldnt the use you describe really only apply if you want to point it straight ahead and not for long period of time? Ergonomics of one or the other switch type would be entirely dependent as to how the user wants to use it. Im considering this light to replace a TK40 that I do a bit of animal spotlighting in trees. The switch at the back is of no benefit for this you have to use both hands to hold and change beam strength. When your pointing the light up at trees to have the light up over your shoulder trying to flex your wrist to get the light at near 90 degrees would be very awkward. So to if you were doing a longer walk or night hike to be holding your arm up for great lengths like that really isnt practical. Thats why you have those for tactical use and rear switches and those with a conventional for many other purposes. I have half a dozen or so lights and they all have rear switches and thats ok for the smaller ones by and large but I need something with a side switch, to be categorised as a department store user because I want a side switch for use in a way you may not use your light I think is perhaps not considering a number of different possibilities. Horses for courses as they say.

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    Thanks for your review and the pictures.

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    Always been a fan of the Fenix brand, have the TK45 myself, thanks for this looks like a great little light.

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    OMFG.... Finally got mine after 2 weeks from Fenix Store.

    I am impressed... very impressed. The thing is MUCH smaller than I anticipated in hand. And the weight is nice. It's got heft with 2 Fenix 18650's, but not overly heavy. It has a smooth swing weight to it. Seriously though--- in my opinion even though it's the E series it's really high quality.

    I'll have to either post a mini review and/or pictures on the weekend.

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