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Old May 23rd, 2010, 06:46 PM   #1
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Has anyone used this light http://www.flolight.com/microbeam-128.html

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Old May 24th, 2010, 05:04 AM   #2
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Hi Robert...

I just got one of those and used it this past week on an overnight shoreline fishing trip.

It's about one stop brighter than the VidLED I had, and provides a lot better coverage. With the 1/4 minus green filter the overall color seems to be OK. I hadn't checked it with my spectrophotometer but the first impressions were good.

I run it off a small nano-phosphate battery pack that's mounted on the back of my shoulder mount. It was a little clumsy to operate since I had it covered with a plastic bag to protect it from salt spray. But otherwise the quality and variable quantity of light was just fine for what I did.

Overall, I like the light. No complaints.
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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:28 AM   #3
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GOOD top hear Dean

I just bought one and it should arrive any day. i will be using it in a wedding this weekend....
any other reviews?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #4
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How durable is it?
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Old May 24th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #5
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So far I've used in only once. But the construction seems solid enough. The body is extruded aluminum with plastic end caps. There's a battery mount on the back which I will likely never use.

I kept it covered with a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag.

You can see the circuit board through the vents so I'd say the unit's not weatherproof at all. Of course it could probably be treated with something like Corrosion-X to prevent the elements from shorting out the board, but I won't want to do that until I know the unit's working reliably.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 12:42 PM   #6
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Just checked out FloLight's website. I like the Microbeam 256. But I wonder how it compares to Cool Lights LED256?

Comparing the two from their websites, it seems that the LED256 has a higher lux rating than the Microbeam 256. (I know "lux" doesn't mean much until you see the two lights side by side :) The LED256 comes with barn doors (which I like). Also, the LED256 is alot cheaper; but the Microbeam256 is readily mountable. (But I've never tried mounting the LED256 before; I suppose it could be done...)

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Old May 25th, 2010, 12:48 PM   #7
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The LED 256 is bigger than the Microbeam 128, too. I don't know if it was designed as an on-camera light.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 05:27 PM   #8
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We didn't design our Cool Lights LED 256 as an on camera light but just meant to be a very powerful adjunct to the LED 600 for accent, hair and rim lighting as well as a fill. That being said, its the same weight as their LED 256 when our barndoors are in. Take those off, which you can and its lighter than their LED 256 by quite a bit. Some have adapted our's as an on-camera light (saw a posting and picture on that late last year on some board like this one but can't find it) for larger pro cameras like the 2700. All you need is a noga arm or something similar and it would work as some have done it. I just didn't think people would like lights the size of their or our 256 for camera lighting so we never recommended it for that.
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Old May 25th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #9
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mine microbeam 128 just arrived

that sucker is pretty bright.
any more bright and i don't think i could use it as an on camera light. no one would look at the camera lol. little thing is bright. excited to use it.
will be using it this weekend for a wedding.
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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:32 PM   #10
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I ordered one too, well built and not too expensive. Pretty bright for it's size.

I don't know if anyone tested it's power consumption, but last time I used it with a huge 5200mAh OEM Canon battery, it stopped after a few minutes, overheating maybe? The unit was indeed pretty hot.

The only that that sucked with that light.. it's that they ship with UPS, and I had to pay 100$ over the 320$ only to get it to Canada.. yuk..
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Old May 26th, 2010, 08:15 PM   #11
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My initial test with an A-123 nano-phosphate battery pack ran it for a couple of hours. I'll have to do a more definitive test soon.

The battery specs: 13.2 VDC 2.3 Ah (30.36 Watt-Hours).
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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #12
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Would i be able to gaffer the holes around the side of the unit or will it give me heat issues
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Old May 28th, 2010, 11:53 AM   #13
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I wouldn't do that.. it gets pretty hot quickly, even with the holes opened so..
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Old May 31st, 2010, 04:12 AM   #14
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At full power the light can get hot if there isn't enough ventilation. I did my timing test with a fan blowing on the light to prevent it from overheating.

I tested it again and it looks like it will run for about 2 to 2.5 hours on my nano-phosphate battery pack.
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Old May 31st, 2010, 05:35 AM   #15
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is anyone using the Sony plate with the light

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