Beamshots on SuperFonarik.ru (Part 15+16, Thrower and Tactical lights. Updated.)
We are proud to present a new sequence of test photos at 100m distance, shoot recently in Moscow.
Due to that long distance, we shoot mainly far-throwing lights, but we'll do our best to include smaller models as well.
Beamshots were shoot in two parts:
- July 2014г.
- August 2014г. Newer photos, added on August 12, are framed orange.
All the photos were taken from the same single point, and the camera settings were set to:
Distance from camera to wall: exactly 100m., paper signs are set at 10, 20 and 50m from flashlight. Focal Length - 24mm, crop: 1, exposure 4 seconds, aperture F4, ISO 400, white balance on all photos - Daylight (5500K).
Thumbnails are clickable. It's useful to open some pictures you want to directly compare in different browser tabs, and use Ctrl+Tab / Shift+Ctrl+Tab to switch them.
You can also download the archive containing all the photos to view them offline:
- Beamshots 15+16 (32Mb)
Flashlight list (updated, new models are marked orange):
- Portable (EDC) models:
- Tactical Flashligths:
- Professional EagleTac models:
- Rechargeable EagleTac:
- Thrunite EDC models:
- Tactical ThruNite:
- Powerful / Thrower Thrunite lights:
- Fenix Bike Lights:
- Fenix Headlamps:
- EDC and small Fenix models:
- Tactical Fenixes:
- Thrower and high-power Fenix lights:
- Polarion HID flashlights
Personal and EDC EagleTacs
EagleTac D25A Clicky XM-L2
EagleTac D25LC2 Clicky XM-L2
EagleTac P100A2 UV
We also tested two new accessories for G25C2 MKII developed in our lab: 3D-printed diffuser(opensource and free to use) and Hunter's Blend, that is screwed on filter's thread. 3D-printed diffuser seemed to be pretty useless, but the Hunter's blend, which removes good part of the spill, eliminating near-field plants and trees reflection, is awesome. We'll put this in production soon.
We were impressed with the new T25C2 modules based on Nichia 219 High-CRI LEDs. Despite the less output and throw, than Neutral-White XM-L2, the Nichia LED renders colors really well. "Triple" with 3хNichia produces great deal of spill as well as pretty thrower beam. We think it's awesome for a handlight in forest. Just compare its light with XM-L2 NW with diffuser attached (see above) and notice the asphalt contours, border colours, and how natural are flowers in flowerbeds:
Ultraviolet LEDs with peak wavelength of 400nm, 395nm, and 365nm. Our Canon 5D MKII, just like the naked eye, can't directly see the deep UV, but it sees the fluorescence of the paper signs. Look at the violet parasite spill of more powerful 395nm LED, which reduces the visual contrast. It's present on 400nm as well, but 400nm LED brightness is way lower. This parasitic spill is completely absent in 365nm LED beam.
It's spectacular that in 365nm light the signs paper fluoresce as bright, but flowerbeds white paint, which is not fluorescent at all, does not contribute to violet spill, improving the contrast.
T-series Colour Filters attached to Neutral-White T25C2. These top-grade quality glass dichroic filters (EagleTac "Mirror" trademark) cause interesting effect in spill area: Due to multiple reflections in glass, you can see the bead of opposing spectre. It's best noticeable for blue filter, but all four exhibit the same. Is it noticeable in real-world use? Mostly no. Only in blue one and if you look really hard to notice it :)
Colour LEDs modules. For years we told our customers that Colour LEDs modules are way brighter and have much more throw than White LEDs with filters attached, and here we are to finally show it.
So, dear Hunters: if you need the best possible colored light, it's a good idea to choose one of the XP-E Colour Modules. The T25C2 flashlight is extremely convenient in that you can buy many modules, and replace the complete Head Assembly" in field just in ten seconds.
Professional EagleTac models:
Short small reflectors of M25L3C together with stainless steel bezel produce interesting reflection lightrings on the floor. Removing bezel helps eliminate them.
Once again Nichia 219 LEDs are awesome in true colour representation.
Pocket and EDC Thrunites:
Thrunite TN12 2014 XM-L2 NW
Thrunite T20 (sale)
Tactical Thrunite models:
Thrunite TN11S (sale)
Powerful and Thrower Thrunite:
Thrunite TN30 (sale)
Thrunite TN30 XM-L
Thrunite TN31 (sale)
Thrunite TN31 XM-L NW
Fenix Bike Lamps:
Fenix BT-10 XP-G R4 NW
Fenix BT-20 XM-L NW
Fenix PD32 Ultimate Edition XM-L NW
Fenix PD35 XM-L2
Fenix UC40 Ultimate Edition XM-L2
Fenix UC50 XM-L2
Fenix LD41 XM-L2
Fenix TK09 XP-G2 R5
Fenix TK22 Military Green SE XM-L2 NW
Fenix RC15 XM-L U2
Fenix TK15 XP-G S2
Thrower and Powerful Fenix flashlights:
Fenix RC40 4xXM-L
Fenix TK75 3xXM-L2
Fenix TK61 XM-L2
Fenix TK35 XM-L2
Fenix TK35 Ultimate Edition MT-G2
The Polarion PH50 flashlight is out of fair competition again. It may seem, that central hotspot brightness is virtually the same for Polarion and powerful LED thrower like Fenix RC40 or EagleTac MX25L2T SBT-70. But it's wrong. Let's investigate what happens on close-up views:
Open the pictures in Photoshop and use the Eyedropper tool to compare brightness in the middle:
We can see that central beam of RC40 is very bright, but bricks still can be clearly seen.
EagleTac MX25L2T SBT-70 (most thrower light in tests)
EagleTac MX25L2T is much brighter: it does not allow us to distinguish individual bricks. But Eyedropper tool shows the luminance a little below 100%.
And now the Polarion PH50 is totally out of camera dynamic range. Given the fact that we shoot in 12-bit RAW. The luminance in center is 100%, so out of the picture we can tell that PH50 is brighter, but how much is it brighter? We can't tell that. It may be just 20% brighter or 20 times brighter. To figure that out, we'll need to dramatically increase the distance.