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    Default Neutral-warm small light

    Hey all

    I am looking for a small light, the primary purpose is to "paint light" for night time photography, but it will be used for general outdoor trail walking. I will use the flashlight to add light to something which is otherwise too hard to pick up when shooting a primarily an astro shot. It does not need to be incredibly bright as the exposures are very long, so even a small light (cellphone flashlight) can work. For this reason medium-flood pattern and variable power are two important elements.

    1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?
    No preference

    2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-)
    Under $50.

    3) Format:
    hand held flashlight

    4) Size:
    Small or Tiny.

    5) Emitter/Light source:
    don't know

    6) Manufacturer:
    want to buy a light from a large/traditional manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.

    7) What power source do you want to use?
    AAA/AA Alkiline or Li Ion

    8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is not a happy experience).
    200-400 lumens max, with at least one varibale power setting, ideally two IE Low-Med-Hi

    9) Flood vs Throw: Flood covers an area, Throw reaches out to a distance.
    Narrow Flood (but being variable would be a great option

    9a) Distance: How far away will you typically need to see with this light (check all that apply)
    5-20 yards/meters (check out a noise in the backyard)

    10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum continuous output).
    ____90-120 minutes (Runtime is moderately important, but still not critical)

    11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
    ____Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood).
    ____Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).

    12) Switch Size, Type, and location (choose all that apply):
    Any size switch will do.

    13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.
    2-4 levels (more is fine too, but at least a low-hi option)

    Anodized Aluminum – either type II or III (Hard Anodized) (Aluminum, specifically HA, is the most common material/finish for today’s higher end flashlights).

    15) Water resistance
    don't care

    16) Storage conditions
    Emergency kit (long standby periods)
    Automobile glove-box (wide temperature swings, long standby periods, critical reliability)

    Last edited by vivid; 09-01-2019 at 08:37 AM.

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    Default Re: Neutral-warm small light

    Wowtac A2S covers most of what you are wanting. It doesn't do 20 yards (60 feet) without using high or turbo mode though as it is not primarily a thrower. It has 5 total modes (3 normal LMH, 2 hidden moonlight/turbo). I got the neutral version but I think it is a little more yellow (warm) than neutral. I think the problem with distance is you could end up with a more pronounced hot spot to get distance at lower light output levels. It is a headlamp but can be removed and used as a right angle flashlight.
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