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    Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Since everybody here is an expert on something. We are!

    What is the best powerful LED handheld flashlight, when considering price and light output?

    I am a big fan my key-chain Fenix E05 LED torch and use it many times a day. I consider it a modern miracle.

    An ad I just saw online showed big light power handheld, which would be great for night shots, paint by light or daytime fill.

    Any suggestions and actual experiences welcome.

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    I am interested in such too and would like to know the color temp of any suggested flashlights if you know them, as I prefer a warm k value for light painting.
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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    I think you guys need one of these- http://petapixel.com/2015/11/24/the-...-90000-lumens/

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Thanks for the link Richard. Great video, but maybe more than a city can handle?

    I have been researching those very LED's and have them in my eBay list. I need to find the lenses.

    Kirk here is what i have been looking at they are available as RGB, warm and cool temps. This is not an auction, and I have nothing to do with them. This supplier seems to be the factory and is getting an order from me shortly for UV strip LED for an Alt Process printer.

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Very cool for constant light. My flashbulb arsenal would beat it down in a heartbeat - which is as long as the bulb lasts.

    Good stuff. Thanks for the link.

    EDIT: I am waiting for Randy Moe to advise or build the ultimate. I'm with ya, Randy!

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    One more question for making this FLASHLIGHT is why not use 3x12vdc high amp batteries in series and eliminates the power supplies?

    On thinking a bit while typing, the power supplies most likely have a low voltage cutoff and a method of maintaining output as the parallel wired batteries dwindle in available power.

    I will add one of these $24 100 watt warm white LEDs to my order. For experimentation purposes...


    I also now see whole kits with lens LED, heat sink, fan and power supply.
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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Those are boost supplies rated for 150 watts (optimistically). You put in 12V or more and can get a steady 32 volts out. See here. The lenses are available here. You will need a heat sink for the LED.

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Nitecore TM26--basically a handheld search light. The current version kicks out 4000 lumens of neutral light from a focused array of four emitters. Built-in charger, uses 4 18650's, OLED output/voltage/temp display. It also has a tripod mount. Bought it so I can focus at night or in dim light and for some light painting.

    http://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tm26

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Tilden View Post
    Those are boost supplies rated for 150 watts (optimistically). You put in 12V or more and can get a steady 32 volts out. See here. The lenses are available here. You will need a heat sink for the LED.
    Thanks Robert, I was not finding those.

    I will make a single 100 watt LED first.

    Found this guy...I haven't read all his insanity yet...

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    Re: Best LED Tactical Flashlight for photography? Suggestions/expeiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by BarryS View Post
    Nitecore TM26--basically a handheld search light. The current version kicks out 4000 lumens of neutral light from a focused array of four emitters. Built-in charger, uses 4 18650's, OLED output/voltage/temp display. It also has a tripod mount. Bought it so I can focus at night or in dim light and for some light painting.

    http://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tm26

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    That's what I asked for, but wow, definitely not free.

    Thank you~

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