Cree Beamshots: D-mini, Ultrafire C2, Huntlight

woodrow

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Now that I got My Huntlight and some AW 3.7 r123's for the D-mini (thanks for the graph chevrofreak or I would have just used primaries and been dessapointed) I thought I would do some beamshots vs. my first Cree light the Ultrafire C2.

The shots are in my store, the door is 40' away. The camera is in manual at 1/2 sec. at f/5.6 at iso 100. All three cree lights put out about the same overall output to my eyes, but the beams are very differnt. The C2 and D-mini have OP reflectors, the Huntlight has its smooth reflector for all shots taken. I did not crop the C2 shot...the "nice" people at wallgreens did that.

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Just for a brightness comparrison, Here is a MMag3AA led with new batts.
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The huntlight is brighter than the MMag even stepped down to level 3
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Here are some pics of the lights themselves.
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The bigger bezel of the C2 gives it the tightest spot of these lights and the biggest spillbeam. (12" at 1/45 sec...iso 100
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All the lights are great. I cannot choose a favorite. The D-mini is a screamer on AW 3.7v's. It is also the smallest. The huntlight is super bright, and yet would last through 2-3 nights of a power outage on its lowest setting (which is way brighter than I thought it would be to have that kind of runtime). The C2 has a HUGE white spillbeam and better far off ilumination than the other two and my old sl tl-3 incan. I reccomend any of them as well as Batteryjunction and J.S. Burly's as dealers. Light Hound also had fast shipping on the AW batts.

My question for you all is, What do I need to buy next? Thanks for looking.
 

martonic

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woodrow, thanks for the great real-life beamshots!
Get yourself a smooth reflector for the D-Mini. That will give by far the brightest (and smallest) spot of the three lights.
You can also increase the D-Mini's runtime with a 17670 and Kooter's extender.
Beyond that you have to ask yourself one question:
what's next: smaller, or brighter? :rock:
 

HarveyRich

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From your real life beam shots, it looks to me as if the C2 (although cropped) actually illuminates a smaller area with a really bright small hot spot. From the wall shots, and your statement, you describe the C2 as having a huge spillbeam. Why doesn't this show in the real situation--or am I missing something?
 

woodrow

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Here are some shots I took with the Ultrafire C2 vs. the sf p61. Exposure for both is 1 sec. so they are a little over exposed, but the sidespill is shown well. I will also add a bezel pic of the tl-3 and C2.
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The "30 sec on bulb" should have been written as 30 sec on new batteries.

Sorry, when I took these I did not have the other two lights. If I remember right, the bathroom wall was about 16' away. My problem is that I am using a film slr (for the manual settings) and then having a cd made. I am guessing at what fraction of a second exposure will give me the most true to life shots. The only problem, is that I do not know how the shot will turn out exposure wise until the cd is made...sorry.

I will have to get the smooth reflector for the D-mini. I did not realize till now that I would like a smooth reflector. I am glad that the Huntlight came with both. Thanks for the comments.
 

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Would be great to see the Huntlight with the OP reflector for comparison's sake. I've been itching to pull the trigger on that one (like I really NEED another light!).
 

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