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Possibly the best focus light ever made
The Sola 800 photo light from Light & Motion is the latest upgrade to the revolutionary SOLA lights. Simply better and 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 sea-life.
Here is a quote from Bluewater Owner Scott Gietler: "The Sola photo 800 is one of the best focus lights that I"ve ever used. It is small, and ultra-easy to turn on, turn off and change power. The strength and beam angle are perfect for macro photography. You can not go wrong with this light."
** Please note: no mount is included with the Sola 800 Photo light, please select your mounting option from the drop down above. Thank you*
Mating mandarin fish, taken with the Sola "red" light. The red light did not scare the otherwise shy mandarin fish, and actually allowed my Nikon 105mm lens to lock focus fairly quickly, even though it was after dark. Amazing! Photo by Scott Gietler
This very shy Scythe Butterfly fish was deep in a small cave. From a distance with my 105mm lens and Sola 800 red light, I was able to get a shot I was very happy with.
This Zebra Goby is extremely shy, and only lurks in very dark out of the way places. I switched from red light to white light to maximize my focus speed - since the red on red did not produce the best contrast, and the white light did not seem to affect the fish. This allowed my Nikon 105mm lens to focus as quickly and accurately as possible.
Still want to focus extremely fast but don't want to pay for the red light? Check out the Sola 500 photo light.
The Sola 800 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.
I can't recommend this light highly enough. One day I accidentally dropped it in a very remote dive site, and was quite upset about losing it. I managed to get back to the same site about 4 weeks later, and went looking for it. Lo and behold, I found it sitting on some plate coral at a depth of 18m. I picked it up flicked the switch, and it turned on instantly. I was absolutely thrilled that despite sitting in 18m of salt water for a month, it still worked perfectly, very little corrosion, and had no problem charging afterwards.
Absolutely quality torch.
The Sola 800 is ideal for travel, as it is light weight, robust and very functional for focus lighting and as a general dive light. The red light function is great on night dives as many marine animals do not flee or hide, increasing unusual photo opportunities. In fact, shooting subjects with only the red light, yields some very interesting effects.
The only problem I've had with the light is that I must purchase another each time I return from a dive vacation - my friends abroad like them so much, I end up gifting them at the end of the trip!
I'm very pleased with the Sola 800, as a dive light, spotting light, and video light. It gives impressive breadth and luminosity on night dives, and the handstrap feels very natural to me. It manages to do it's job as a spotting light mounted on a rig with other equipment. And as a dive light, I've found it plenty powerful; I was wrestling with whether to go for the more powerful(and more expensive) 1200, but for my purposes, I've been very happy with the 800.
I've been less impressed with the Loc-Line arms and mounts, however. Without special tools, I have found it very hard to get the ball into and out of the joint. In fact, I broke the mount the first time I tried. That upended my plan to use the same Sola 800 on both a dedicated video tray-arm rig, and a separate, dedicated photo tray-arm rig. But the light has been flawless (and the easy switch between red and white light is very useful).
Wow, This light packs a lot of punch in a super small package. Perfect for travel.
Super service by Bluewater Photo. Thanks, Scott.
This is a great light- use it to look in/under overhangs, in crevices, holes without hassle of separate light, or removing hands from camera rig; the bonus is the SOS signal feature in this light. This light is a quality build, completed by a hight quality nylon zipped case for the light and charger.
This light is well worth the money. The quality of the light is noticeable as soon as you take it out of the package. I'm really going to enjoy this light.
Bought the light for double duty as a macro light for the Sealife 1400 and video light for my daughter's GoPro. Worked well for both, especially the video. Battery life is incredible - a couple of times we forgot to charge it in between dive days and there was still enough power to complete the second day's dives.
I have looked at this light for a number of months; I finally decided to purchase it. I cannot yet write a review of the product as I have not used it, but I would like to review the service I received at Bluewater.
Kelli assisted me with the purchase. After concluding the sale, she immediately sent me confirming e-mail. Today, she follow up with a shipping tracking number.
This is not the first product I have purchased from Bluewater; if I need/want another product I will look here first.
Lumens (White / Red):
High- 800 / 226
Med- 400 / 113
Low- 200 / 57
Run Time (Min):
283 gr w Ball Mount
57mm x 101mm
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