LD01--FIRST IMPRESSION WITH BEAMSHOTS!

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Guys,

I am on cloud 9! I got my LD01 today (black--the stainless version is hopefully shipping soon!) and it is even better than I had anticipated.

In short, I am in love with this light!

Just 2 short weeks ago I pulled trigger on the 100 lumen (allegedly) Lummi Wee. This is a gorgeous little light, indeed, but I can tell you that immediately upon receiving the LD01, I got the Wee off my keychain and put the LD01 in the pole position!

Likes:
-Build quality is amazing
-Bright as can be!!
-Very nice, smooth beam
-Good beam color--cool, but not purple at all!
-Great size and weight!

Dislikes:
-A teeny tiny bit big for a keychain light
-I'm not the hugest fan of starting off on Medium then going to Low then going to high. I think I would have liked Low->Med->High a tad better. But this is a very minor preference.

To the pics!


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Here is the Lummi Wee, the M@g Solitaire, the NiteCore D10 and the Brand New Fenix LD01!


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Same lights en face...



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Very comfy in the hand.

AND NOW THE BEAMSHOTS!!


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The kitchen at night--control shot



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The M@g Solitaire--barely visible on the wall with full focus and fresh battery!


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The warm, almost purely floody beam of the Lummi Wee!


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The unbelievable raw power of the tiny-but-potent LD01!!



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The super-power of the NiteCore D10--remember this is a AA light rather than the LD01's AAA!


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Comparison: LD01 on the Left and Nitecore D10 on the Right... not bad for such a tiny light!


In sum, I am amazed and delighted by this little pocket rocket. Right now I'm on alkalines but will get some Eneloop AAAs asap. This is a light to be reckoned with and I am getting a bunch more to give out as the gift of the season.

I can say that while I gave my Fenix E01 away since I didn't think it was enough bang for the buck, I am amazed by the power of this light! At a reported 80 lumens it really blows the Lummi Wee (at a reported 100) out of the water. Now, there is a key difference--the LD01 has a reflector and a tighter beam while the Wee is basically pure flood.

I am so happy with this light and want to congratulate Fenix on another winner. This is the Holiday gift of 2008 as far as I am concerned.:D
 

Derek Dean

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Thanks for the beamshots. That's a nice comparison with the D10, and it's nice to see the beam of the LD01 living up to the Fenix claims of an improvement. Mine should be here shortly.
 

sol-leks

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looks nice you dont own an lod do you? I would love to see some lod vs ld01 comparisons
 

Henk_Lu

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looks nice you dont own an lod do you? I would love to see some lod vs ld01 comparisons

I would love to see those too. The beam looks really amazing for an AAA light. I think 70 lumens up to 80 lumens (some 15%) will result in much more visible light! :cool:
 

Mr Floppy

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I would love to see a comparison with the alkalines when you get the eneloops.

(Nice decor too. Especially those bar stools)
 

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Thanks guys!

I will post photos when I get the eneloops comparing them to alkalines.

I don't own an L0D sadly, so I won't be able to compare them.

:grin2:
 

j2kei

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just to make sure, the comparison between the nitecore and ld01 is high to high?
 

1996alnl

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That is an impressive beam from such a tiny light,i wonder if that's a Cree in there?
Thanks for sharing.

Take care
 

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while the Wee is basically pure flood.
Polish your Wee reflector and you get a much more clearly defined hot spot. The reflector isn't a separate item, it's machined out of the case. Get a conical minidrill polishing bit, smear some fine paste on it and give it a quick whiz round. Because the light becomes less floody, it 'looks' a lot brighter.
 

NickelPlate

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Thanks for your review. I'm glad I pre-ordered the SS version from 4sevens which I fully intend on using, no shelf queens here.

NP
 

kts

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I would like to see a comparison to the L0D too, I doubt there will be any difference in beamshots.

Now you must buy the PD20 to blow your EX10 of the wall :twothumbs
 

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Polish your Wee reflector and you get a much more clearly defined hot spot. The reflector isn't a separate item, it's machined out of the case. Get a conical minidrill polishing bit, smear some fine paste on it and give it a quick whiz round. Because the light becomes less floody, it 'looks' a lot brighter.


Thanks Jay. I might have to try it. I :kiss: my Lummi and am afraid to mess with it, but you are right--if it is not meeting my needs, it may well be worth it! Thanks!
 

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I wish I would have known about this light before I ordered a L0D 2 days ago. My biggest reservation with the L0D was the superfluous modes (Strobe & SOS) but I finally bit the bullet, a couple days too soon... :(
 
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