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Old August 1st, 2008, 08:43 AM   #1
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DIY Camera Light

Has anyone ever tried making a camera mounted light?
I have researched and found on for a still camera but would like to make a bigger LED light to fit in the shoe of my camera.

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Old August 29th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #2
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I have thought of making an eyelight that is powered by the hot shoe in the past but no time to do it.
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Old August 30th, 2008, 09:59 AM   #3
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I kludged together a functional-but-cheap (and cheap-looking) on-camera light using a clamp-on lamp fixture, a daylight balanced compact florescent lamp, a small 100-watt DC-to-AC inverter, and a 12-volt gel cell in a belt pouch. It actually worked quite well, but looked like the product of a dumpster-diving session. Sorry, no pictures exist, and I burned the media card that contained the images to make sure they could never fall into the wrong hands.

I often wonder if somebody makes CF lamps that work directly off 12 volts DC, like for RV use. That would eliminate the inverter, and increase battery life.

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Old August 30th, 2008, 12:58 PM   #4
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LED Worklight

Drop the light onto a flash bracket and instant DIY LED light. It comes with a 7.2v NiMH battery pack.

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