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Mar 01, 2013 18:33 |  #31

I use a Surefire LED light that handles 123 batteries. Super bright and easily lights up the subject.


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Mar 01, 2013 22:37 as a reply to  @ Naturalist's post |  #32

I love the Techlite I got at Costco. 250 lumens, machined aluminum and cheap! 15 bucks for three. I gave out a bunch of them for Christmas & birthdays over the last 2 year's and not a bad one yet. Takes 3 AAA's. Bulbs are good for thousands of hours. All in all, a great little flashlight.




  
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Mar 02, 2013 05:57 |  #33

Just picked up a Gatlight. Highly recommended.




  
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Mar 02, 2013 06:07 |  #34

The police around here use Streamlight Stinger's. They are VERY bright lights. I've seen them in action.


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Mar 02, 2013 06:18 |  #35

Surefire and Streamlight have lots of durable LED lights. Avoid incandescent bulbs unless you need incandescent and I almost no one does. No one will match the durabilty of Surefire, no one. Fenix and others make amazing lights that are good enough for everyone but they are not Surefire. There are a few brands approaching Surefire, purposely, but for what you need I'd ignore them.

Look to Fenix, FourSevens, and Streamlight for some cheaper 1 and 2 cell CR123 options. If the brightness requirement is not too great you can shift to a AA light. I'd be weary of anyone who says their light from Target is "bright" as most there are not too great and if they are you are likely exceeding your price range.

LAPoliceGear.com has deals all the time on Streamlight. Amazon has most of the FourSevens and Fenix lights on Prime. I have a few ShiningBeam lights and they, for less than Target prices, blow the cheap **** from Target out of the water. Be careful though, sometimes the super high lumen lights will fry. A 150-300 lumen light will probably be just fine.

Cruise CandlePowerForums for a bit to gain some perspective on what lights can do as well.


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Mar 02, 2013 19:06 |  #36

Lots of nice flashlights recommended here, but keep in mind that the original intent was light painting. Some of these lights are not appropriate for that use because they are just not bright enough or have too small of a beam.

You need to be able to get a sufficient amount of light on your subject in a relatively short period of time unless you are planning on exposures that run into the minutes.


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Mar 02, 2013 23:45 |  #37

The Costco Tech lite is a good one for a good price. It was on sale couple of weeks ago 3-250 lumen flashlights for $15. They also had the 500 lumen LED 3 C cell flashlight by FEOT. This light has a high and low beam , sliding zoon (wide to narrow) beam strobe light Aircraft grade aluminum body. This was on sale 2 for $30. I have used it at light, plenty of light.




  
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Mar 03, 2013 07:19 |  #38

Maxabeam !
There is nothing else like it on the planet :)
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Seriously though, I love my Surefires, but there is options that are nearly as good, for a lot less money

MalkoffDevices are good solid lights, and dropin modules for the older "P60" or D26 Surefires.

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Mar 03, 2013 08:39 as a reply to  @ Echo63's post |  #39

Not a record-breaker, but very convenient: Coast PX20 (external link)
125 lumen light output; white LED
5 hour 30 minute runtime
53 meter (173 ft) beam distance
3 X AAA batteries (included)
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Mar 03, 2013 14:06 |  #40

Nebo Redline is a great value in a flashlight. It is ruggedly built, 220 lumen, zoom head lets you go from wide to narrow beam which will be very useful for your stated purpose, magnetic base hold to steel, and at $25 you just can't do better I think:

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And it takes AAA's so no CR123's to deal with.


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Mar 04, 2013 01:09 |  #41

Mark-B wrote in post #15662624 (external link)
I use Streamlight and Maglite at work and around the house, but I bought a few of these cheap Home Depot "Defiant" brand 500 lumen flashlights to keep in my camera bags, in the car, etc. Incredibly bright and no problems so far.

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This $20 light is far brighter than my 3 C cell Maglite, my Streamlight Stinger, and my Streamlight Scorpion.

I would second the Defiant flashlight at Home Depot. I bought two and they are very bright and work great. They have a newer version that is listed at 493 Lumen and has a larger head for slightly more money $23.




  
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Mar 04, 2013 02:39 |  #42

I have always used the Mag lite flashlights .Sturdy ,bright and dependable and they come in all sizes with metal body for extra protection..


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Mar 04, 2013 04:48 as a reply to  @ ROGERWILCO357's post |  #43

Mag lites are awful with respect to anything these days.


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Mar 04, 2013 09:35 |  #44

orionz06 wrote in post #15674407 (external link)
Mag lites are awful with respect to anything these days.

actually the new LED AA ones are pretty good, i have one of that cost me about $25 AUD in the local hardware shop (actually cheaper than the first one i bought 18 years ago) and its pretty good
no match for my sure fires, but a good light none the less


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Mar 05, 2013 05:47 |  #45

Their build quality is still decent, always was, but the value is not there. So many other lights offer the same or more at around the same price point, especially in terms of brightness. So much better can be had.


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