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The Sola 1200 photo light from Light & Motion is the latest upgrade to the revolutionary line of SOLA lights. Simply better! Still half the size of the competition, it produces more light than any focus light in its price range. Its wide flood doubles as a general video light for the new classes of camera with video capability and the red light lets you sneak up on the sealife.
The Sola 1200 photo lights have a factory sealed body so you never need to worry about flooding. Control is accomplished through a magnetic tap switch that allows quick power changes and locks for travel. Three indicator lights behind the bezel report the power and battery charge status.
Choose from a wide variety of mounting options. For photography the 1" ball mount allows you to mount your dive light on your SLR rig and use with Ultralight arms. Video, LocLine mount works for 1/2" Locline flex arm systems. YS Mount allows for attachment on YS style flex arms. The wrist mount offers comfortable neoprene padded molded plate with locking light release and adjustable straps Size large and small available.
Light & Motion offers 2 year flood-free warrany to their focus and video lights.
Very bright and light-weight! I will also get a wrist or hand mount for other purposes. Good purchase!
This deceptively small light will really impress you, I am primarily a photographer taking mainly still shots. This light is by a long way the best focus light you could buy but at the price too expensive right?
Well double the use up and you have a brilliant dive torch for any dive, I used it inside wrecks and caves and was very impressed.
But wait there's more, it has red LEDs for focussing on skittish critters that really does work, I used it on both clown fish and Mandarin fish in Palau.
But wait there's more, on this last trip I took my gopro hero 3 on all of the dives and the sola 1200 work really well as a video light.
Ok the down side, when using the red focus light it can give the pics a red hue, sometimes this was awsum and sometimes not as desirable. Also the battery doesn't come out so you need to remember to charge it after every couple of dives, that being said it never let me down.
This is a highly recommended light.
wish I bought 2 of this. So easy to use and does fantastic job. I have used in the open water and will try more in the cave and tunnel later. If you don't have one, get one. If you take video a lot like me, get 2 :)
To get started with my underwater video work, but also in anticipation of doing more in the near future, I bought a single Sola 1200 Photo Light. On the good advice from Kelli at Bluewater Photo, I also bought a hotshoe mount as well as the longer clamp to mount the Sola 1200 in the center of my rig while still carrying two strobes to the sides. This was a great set-up because it allowed me to switch as needed between strobe and video light and easily use my video light for night diving. The single Sola 1200 was powerful enough by itself to do what I wanted to do, the controls were easy to operate, and the battery was adequate for my dives. As my needs grow, I will have no trouble getting a second Sola 1200.
First used with the wrist strap, I also only needed the lowest setting unless the water was particularly clear and dark. Purchased in anticipation of adding it to some kind of system, it has gone very well with a GoPro Hero2 setup. Used in Truk Lagoon to 40m, the middle setting was as high as needed for the inards of most wrecks.
I was diving 2-3 times per day for 9 days. Charge was good for 2 dives, but I topped up for the 3rd. I agree with the other review that the red seemed to scare the fish less. Good for focussing stills.
Another tech diver at Truk used 2 of these with a go-pro to 70+m. He also was very pleased & the footage was nicely lit. My dive buddy liked hers very much on a wrist strap, but it got knocked off her hand by a mooring rope in a high current at the SS Yongala in Qld, Australia. There's a Groper there now with indigestion if you're keen for a freebie.
I was looking for a light to compliment the compact 10bar housing for the LX5 and this is a perfect fit! The unit is very small & lightweight, but packs plenty of light. Most of the time I used the lowest settings, which was still plenty for most situations - even during night diving. The option for red lamp was very nice for deeper daylight dives, and didn't seem to scare off the critters as much as full white light so it was very useful.
Lumens (White / Red):
High- 1200 / 226
Med- 600 / 113
Low- 300 / 57
Run Time (Min):
283 gr w Ball Mount
57mm x 101mm
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