- Dec 16, 2007
Interesting. See if it has suffcient throw for your needs. It may or may not suit you as well as the Haiku in that instance.
I wanted to love the SunDrop but as you correctly noted above, the beam isn't for everyone. That said I kept it a long time before I could actually cut it loose recently.
since you've owned multiple sundrops, what LED did you find produced the most uniform beam in intensity and shape?
Reds are often a more informative test ....
I've been sitting in my chair and shining light on my legs, and this SunDrop really is an amazing light for closeup applications. Apparently I've had a spot of ketchup on my jeans for a while now and never knew it.
I think you said you preferred 119 over 219, didn't you. If so, could you elaborate on that a bit more, since we talking tints of mcgizmo lights?I couldn't tell you which was the "best" beamshape ... because I don't really care about the peripheral beam artifacts (although multi-die emitters, like the MC-E are not an ideal choice due to central beam artifacts)
Best color rendering ... N083
Best tint ... N119
Note also that the original SunDrop has some substantial differences compared to the more prevalent SD XR-U
I think you said you preferred 119 over 219, didn't you. If so, could you elaborate on that a bit more, since we talking tints of mcgizmo lights?
Well, to my knowledge, McGizmo has not used the N219 as a stock emitter to this point.
And, of course, the N119/119v, N219, and most other LEDs, are available in a wide range of flux and tint bins.
That said, the particular N119 emitters used by McGizmo have a very pleasing tint and color rendering for my vision.
Many of the N219 that I have seen in other lights, to me, seem to have an odd and almost "desaturating" quality. Although the tint appears neutral and the colors appear correct, the light appears sort of washed-out and lifeless with no "pop" .... I sometimes think of it as a "neutral gray" light, but that's not exactly it either.
It is not every N219 emitter, however, as I have a Tana TripLED and a Vinz P60-Triple that both provide beautiful bright white light .... I would think that they have used hand-picked and matched emitters, though.
That Vinz P60 dropin, in particular, is one of the very cleanest neutral white lights that I have experienced.
My CCT preference tends more towards the warmer side, and both of those are "cooler" than ideal for me (although the Vinz is likely very near 5000K neutral)
The only difference between the 119 and the 219 of the same generation is the packaging. The 219 should actually be superior to use as it offers DTP so it has better cooling capabilities. And remember there are different binnings of the 219B. If someone tells you they have a 90 CRI 219B it doesn't even mean it is the best 219B. There is exists the R9050 which is 90 CRI min and 50 R9 min. There is also the R9080 which is 90 CRI and 80 R9. The latter will give far superior color.
A lot of my BBQ instagram ( @bgbbq_ ) posts are illuminated with my 119v Sundrop, I concur with the quote above.