Focus Light for Underwater Photography
Focus lights are essential equipment for underwater photography. To focus on a subject digital cameras use contrast detect autofocus points, phase detect autofocus points, or a hybrid mix. Each autofocus system requires an image to have contrast, color, and detail. However, due to a process called light attenuation, we lose light underwater. This makes it difficult for cameras to find focus underwater without assistance. A focus light brings back some light into the scene in order to help your camera focus quicker, without blemishing the scene with a hotspot. Therefor focus lights must be bright, but not too bright. A quality focus light is always recommended with your underwater photography kit.
Look for a light that is small, easy to attach to your camera system, and includes both a white and red mode. Many fish and marine creatures do not see the red spectrum, so a red light can be used to focus on subjects without scaring shy critters that can't see red. Some lights will offer other advanced features such as auto shut off, or have a higher lumen rating allowing you to use them as a back up video or dive light. Choose the best light to fit your shooting needs and budget.
FOCUS LIGHTS FOR UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY:
Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light
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*The Best and Most Affordable Focus Light*
The Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light is our top pick for a focus light. It's the most affordable focus light while being extremely compact and easy to use. All it takes is the push of one button. It features a bright and wide white light in a compact body. It also has a red light which is great for getting close to skittish creatures. Finally, the Bluewater focus light comes with a snoot tip which is great for producing creative macro photos with high contrast.
- 1,000 Lumens
- 100° Wide White Beam and Red Focus Beam
- Modes: White, Red and SOS
- Comes with a snoot for macro shooting
- Double o-ring seal
- Compact and lightweight
- 80 min battery life on full power
*Easy to Use, with Red Focus Mode*
The Light & Motion Sola 1200 Photo Light is an excellent high end focus light. It features quality LED's with a wide white beam and a red focus beam. The light is fully sealed to prevent flooding. The magnetic slider switch makes it easy to turn the light on and off. Finally, the Sola 1200 photo is extremely light and compact - great for travel.
- 1,200 Lumens
- 60° Wide White Beam and Red Focus Beam
- Fully sealed - no o-rings to grease!
- Compact and lightweight
- 50 min battery life on full power
Big Blue AL1200WXP Focus Light
*Small, Wide Beam Angle, & Long Battery Life*
The Big Blue AL1200WXP Focus Light is a tiny, ergonomic, 1,200 lumen focus light. This light features a wide white beam with multiple power levels. The single push buton control is very simple to operate. The best part about this light is it's long battery life - 2 hours on full power and up to 20 hours on low! This is great if you dive often in places where you cannot recharge or swap batteries safely between dives.
- 1,200 lumens
- Wide beam angle of 120°
- Small and compact
- 2 hour battery life on full power, up to 20 hours on low!
*Auto Shut Off When Strobe Firing, Spot, Wide, & Red Light Modes*
The FIX Neo Mini 1000 SWR Focus Light is a 1,000 lumen focus light with a clean beam for spot & wide, and a red focus mode. The light includes an auto shut off mode which turns off the light in tandem with your strobes firing to prevent any backscatter or lighting issues in your photo. Easy to use with a single push button and easy to charge / replace the battery along with it's small size make it a perfect companion for the underwater photographer.
- Wide: 1,000 lumens at 100°
- Spot: 600 lumens at 30°
- Auto shut off when stobes are fired
- Battery status indicator
*Multiple Modes and High Powered Focus Light*
The Kraken Sports Hydra 1500+ WSR is the most versatile of the focus lights available. This light features a wide beam, spot beam and red focus beam. In addition it has an auto off feature which shuts the light off for 1 second when a strobe fires. WIth 1,000 lumens and a wide 100° beam angle all in a compact body it's a great choice for all levels of photographer.
- 1,500 lumens
- Wide beam angle of 100°
- Wide, Spot, Red Beams
- Auto flash off feature
- 85 minute battery life on full power