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AF-Assist Beam Flashlight?

 
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Oct 27, 2010 11:06 |  #1

Does anyone know of such a thing? I have an ST-E2 that works fine but I was wondering if there might be such a device in something like a flashlight format.

Instead of aiming a flashlight at your subject, you'd aim this device projecting something similar to the red lines you get from the AF-assist beam.

Just curious if anyone owns or has seen something like this.

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Oct 27, 2010 11:42 |  #2

Even a laser pointer would work! My suggestion is to find a laser pointer which can project a pattern, like an arrow head, to focus upon. It is possible to get focus on a spot laser but the spot can be quite difficult to see in the viewfinder, which is why I suggest a pattern as a target. There are levels and measuring devices used for project work, which project lines onto walls, etc. rather than a small spot.

If using a laser device to aim, you MUST BE VERY CAREFUL about not projecting the beam into the eyes of anyone (or bouncing it off a reflective object or mirror into their eyes)!!!


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Oct 27, 2010 12:04 |  #3

Wilt wrote in post #11174832external link
If using a laser device to aim, you MUST BE VERY CAREFUL about not projecting the beam into the eyes of anyone (or bouncing it off a reflective object or mirror into their eyes)!!!


I was trying to avoid lasers just because of the danger. What kind of light beam is emitted from the ST-E2?


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Oct 27, 2010 12:06 |  #4

Broad IR pulse, same as from any of the Speedlite master flash units.


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Oct 27, 2010 12:26 |  #5

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Nov 11, 2010 18:08 |  #6

Sweet!!! how do I mount the IR flashlight onto my camera? anybody have any examples?


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Nov 11, 2010 19:09 |  #7

seriously, cool :)



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Nov 12, 2010 12:12 |  #8

I was looking at the IR flashlights and they are kind of expensive


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Nov 12, 2010 12:15 |  #9

Jon wrote in post #11174992external link
Broad IR pulse, same as from any of the Speedlite master flash units.

If its IR, what am I seeing?




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Nov 12, 2010 13:34 |  #10

mike_d wrote in post #11272169external link
If its IR, what am I seeing?

That would be just plain "red". ;)


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Nov 12, 2010 14:26 |  #11

This might be a dumb question, but if the AF system can use IR spectrum light to get focus, would that also foul up the metering system?

Somewhere packed away, I have a SureFire M1, when I get a chance to dig it out, I'll post some results... Been looking for a reason to use that little guy for years!


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Nov 12, 2010 15:49 |  #12

Sweet let us know. I was going to tape a flashlight to the bottom of my camera before I saw this thread.


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Nov 15, 2010 14:30 |  #13

any one have it mounted to the camera?


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Nov 15, 2010 15:09 |  #14

Why not just use a little hand held flashlight or a strap on headlight. I've used both to
help my camera focus in low-light and no-light situations. I use a small Maglit that uses
2AA batteries. The light from the flashlight is not bright enough to interfer with
the flash. I use a 40D w580exII.




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Nov 15, 2010 18:09 |  #15

I wish canon would catch up to nikon

The nikon yellow beam works way better than my canon one :(


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