Still freaks me out how the A2 shows up as brighter, even against lights that seem to definitely put out more lumens and candlepower both. Sean, judging by eye, does the A2 trump the Brinkman LX at tightest focus by the amount it seems to in the pics?
The close-up L4 vs A2 pics really show the advantage of the L4 at short range. That's the best demonstration as to why to pick up an L4 for EDC!
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To the naked eye it does look to me like the A2 is brighter at it's center, but it's not as obvious as the pictures make it look.
I've found that the KL4 is least impressive compared to an incandescent when ambient light levels are high. The darker it is, the more the KL4 "shines" relative to an incandescent. That is when its wide peripheral beam shows to great advantage, and the KL4 becomes a short-medium range light rather than just a short range light.
Walking in a dark field or along a dark path is much more comfortable with the KL4 than with any 2x123 incandescent (with the possible exception of a NascarP61/E2E, which has a wider spread than the P61 in a standard size bezel). Not only do you get rid of that "tunnel" effect, you feel as though you're surrounded by your very own field of light.
My ideal version of the KL4 would have selectable brightness in addition to two selectable snap focus beam styles: the current wide beam or an incandescent-tight one. Too bad that appears to be currently impossible in a small bezel, though I'm very curious to put the MCBulkyBear through its paces.
The indoor comparison shot is by far the most telling. When you are THERE, the same impression is given when outdoors as well. For some reason, the pictures just don't show it. All peripheral light seems to be lost in the pictures. And that is where the L4 shines, so to speak.
Good grief, now I must get one, even though I told my wife I wouldn't buy any more lights this year. Those indoor beam shots make the L4 irresistible. But what can I tell my wife? Wait a minute! I have a birthday coming in August - I won't buy the L4, she will! And I will most humbly accept the bithday present, vowing to abstain from more flashlight purchases in 2003. But maybe the L2 will be released around Christmas time...
This should be an excellent night hiking light... It's not so focused that you lose some peripheral vision to the hotspot ahead of you, and the hotspot from the L4's much wider, so you get a wider trail illumination than you would a tight spot from the A2 (or E2x, LX, etc)...