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Spotlights for gameviewing

Unread post by Mauxie » Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:48 pm

Hi everyone,

Can anyone please give me some advice on what good, sharp, clear, but reasonable, spot-light to buy, to use while in Kruger.

I have one at the moment but it's not very strong and tends to spread the beam, weakening it's effect.
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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by Imberbe » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:37 pm

In other words, you have the perfect spotlight ...

The big bazookas intimidate and blind the animals, causing them to move away.

There is actually very little use for a spotlight in KNP.

Energizer makes a good one. Has leds. It is not that bright, but keeps a straight beam that reaches very far and do not diffuse as much. The leds also do not use that much power, saving battery life and increasing the time you can use it.
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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by ndloti » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:25 pm

I agree , if Mauxie is referring to "true" spotlights , they are of little use and I wish they were not allowed in Kruger for the same reasons offered by Imberbe .
I would buy a "Maglite" 3 cell torch which is very robust , the newer versions with LED globe gives sufficient illumination .
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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by DuQues » Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:28 pm

The Energizer one Imberbe mentions is very good, and nice and small. Madach has one.
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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by Kicker Cat » Mon Mar 02, 2009 5:56 pm

Hi Mauxi,

All the suggestions here are good - however what you should also let us know id what you want it for.

If you want a light to Braai with - get an Energiser headlamp - the one with 3 pairs of LEDS - one pair is red.

Maglite make a good Torch as suggested - the 3 cell LED version offers (IMO) the best weight wise - of course the Maglite rechargeable is also great

As mentioned elsewhere you will not really have use foe a spot light and to be honest unless you buy a good one - dont' buy one at all.

The ones used in kriger on the Night drive are good but expensinve - Light force made in Australia - but where are you going to use it.

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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by madach » Tue Mar 03, 2009 4:38 pm

Rather than getting a spotlight have a look at these flash lights. I own one myself and it easily out throws a spotlight. Depending on the pill (LED engine) and reflector you either get extreme throw or a wall of light.

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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by madach » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:20 pm

Hi Mauxie,

If you're in SA then you can probably only buy a Dereelight online from the website I mentioned in my previous post. The guy that operates the website is located in Hong Kong, but delivery is very quick. Delivery of my order took about a week (to Holland). I was very impressed by the flash light (I purchashed the (DBS V3 w/ 3SD Cree XR-E 5A Q3 (SMO)). I still can't believe the throw of this thing. The throw must be at least 300-400m.

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Re: Advice please...What Spot- light do I buy?

Unread post by fazekma » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:52 pm

Hi Oddesey - we do have a red filter - this is handy when animlas are right next to the fence or close to the night drive vehicle for example. In most cases, however, the subject is far away. When we stay at Lower Sabie tents we see crocs, hippos and elephants across the bank and the light beam just makes it to them.

In the Kgalagadi the closest waterhole is at Urikaruus, which is 50 meters away and the light is just right. At Kielie Krankie and the other bush camps the waterholes are about 100 meters away - here you need all the light you can get!

The Lightforce spotlight also has a nice feature in that the beam can be widened and so is less intense for the animals. The 100 watt bulb can also be replaced with a 50-watt bulb which is much less bright and will also save on battery life.

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Led Lamps - anyone used them yet??

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:56 pm

Was just given a new Led Lamp and wanted to know if anyone has any experience with them.
Neat little thing with 63 super White Led's, works with 4 regular AA batteries, 6.000 Kelvin colour temperature.

It is mainly sold as a video accessory but I want to use it for Macro photography.

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Re: Led Lamps - anyone used them yet??

Unread post by Ranred » Wed May 29, 2013 2:17 pm

I see its been a rather long time since you posted this, how have you found using the Led lamp?
I've been using one since about march last year, found it can be rather very useful- not only for photography but as a general camping lights as well, since I've got mine on a GorillaPod. Photography wise have used it for product and macro photography and I'm quite happy with its performance. There are times when a ring-fash is better suited to a set-up, but thats almost entirely due to the design.
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Re: Led Lamps - anyone used them yet??

Unread post by WildImage » Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:39 am

I must admit to owning two of them, but I have only ever used them to illuminate the braai and the dining table in the KNP. I mount them on a quick-release plate and stick that on my fully extended tripod. It is just like having your own personal floodlight.
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