It is a bit disturbing to see how few models are for sale but you’re probably right about selling down inventory before new releases. Seems like more of a “crash” than usual, but then with finding out a 519 is in the 53, yeah, I wouldn’t want to have “w” Cree on my shelf if I was going to put that in other new models.
I still sorta worry they are done with the SC5 line for good. I love it, but it could also be seen as a bit of an awkward big-for-AA size where, if you want it bigger than the 53, you might as well just go for a 64. Guess we’ll see. Happy about the new 53, ordered two.
And as for programming: wow, what an exchange, guys. I would agree it’s a VERY click heavy way to program, and no way but an multimeter to find out later what you (think you) put in. But I also can’t take it that seriously. I program g7, maybe g6, when I get a new light. My fingers will survive.