Giants of the throw in the sky of Rome!

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Giants of the throw in the sky of Rome!

Comparative Test

 

I’ve enjoyed making a comparative tests between the major throw torches: the Thrunite TN42vn NW and the Acebeam X65vn NW, alongside with what is currently considered to be the world's most powerful portable HID torch: the Lemax LX70 SuperPower (right now offered at 25% off!).


I chose the X65 because - even though it has less candles than other torches - it has a wider and shaded hotspot that lets you better see what you are lighting. With the tiny TN42 hotspot, it's often necessary to "investigate" a bit by moving the spot here and there.

Living in Rome, I went on the terrace of Pincio hill which dominates most of the city and I lighted some of the emerging elements of the urban fabric, not the most important of course, as they were already well lit by the city authorities.

No wonder about the short distances reached by the bright beams. Though it was a fairly clear day for a city like Rome, the night gravitates on the city a luminescent haze due to the artificial illumination that reduces the light of the torches. Suffice it to think that the HID spot of the LX70, which should reach 4.2km, was barely visible on the dark part of the dome of St. Peter in the Vatican, which according to Google Earth is exactly 1600m (one mile) afar from Pincio's terrace.
So the test is little useful to evaluate the absolute brightness of the torches but it is still good as a comparative test, as the haze reduced the beam of all the torches.

A due observation about the photo at the top right, with the lantern of a dome lit by the HID torch. The lantern looks a little brighter than it really was. The fact is due to the inability of the camera sensor to record high lights, over 95%, so that a white area without any detail appears making the light to seems dazzling. In fact in pictures with darker subjects, the difference in light intensity is smaller.

From the test, it is clear that the LED torches have still some way to go before matching the HID torches, especially as the LX70 SuperPower that at 70W produces 4.500K cd. Conversely, LED torches are much more versatile, with multiple levels of brightness, special performance such as strobe, S.O.S. etc. Of course they are also more pocket-sized and light weight. To be honest, I fell in love with the new Lemax LX70 SuperPower not only for its great performances but also for its amazing design, the robustness, versatility and reliability, which I’d never found before in any HID torch. When I don’t use it I keep it in the living room over a table, face down, like a modern art sculpture!

Edited by: Giancarlo on 02/18/2018 - 09:07
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Nice pics, awesome! Thanks

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Very nice! I wouldn’t mind more Rome/flashlight pictures, that is a great spot to do the beamshots.
(I guess the Lemax produces 4.500 k cd)

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djozz wrote:
Very nice! I wouldn’t mind more Rome/flashlight pictures, that is a great spot to do the beamshots. (I guess the Lemax produces 4.500 k cd)

You are right, thanks. Just corrected. Smile

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nice HID, no chance to beat that with LED

but wrong forum category

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Sorry, I am new at BLF. Which was the correct forum category?

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Giancarlo wrote:
Sorry, I am new at BLF. Which was the correct forum category?

Welcome to BLF!

http://budgetlightforum.com/forum/nonled

but you compare it with LED lights, so it’s okay here too i.m.o.

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Where can we find this light for 25% off?

..waiting for parts..

Still looking for 5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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Jerommel wrote:
Where can we find this light for 25% off?
I bought the Lemax LX70 SP from the Italian distributor at about € 4000 ($4.665) including a spare battery ($524). Few weeks ago I received an email directly from Lemax with an offer with a discount of 25%. So the torch was available at € 2050 ($2391) + shipping. Of course I did not bought a second torch and was also quite surprised that the torch was available almost to 50% off respect to the price I paid. I called the director of Lemax (we are both photo enthusiasts) and he told me that the special offers lasts just one month and it is repeated twice to years. Also, shortly it will be available an updated battery with same mAh but a charging time reduced by 50%.

If you wish to buy the torch, I suggest you to write directly to the director of Lemax (Petr Kralik) at kralik@lemax.cz telling him that I told you about the special offer etc. I am Giancarlo, an Italian photographer, he knows my photo-books.

Some advices: the Lemax LX70 Super Power has a throw of 2,6miles but weights more than 9 lb ! The Lemax LX70 has same specs and a throw of 1,4 miles, but the weight is exactly half respect to the Super Power. Practically they are the same flashlight with different reflectors: 117mm and 219mm head Ø. Well, you need a great passion for flashlights to take with you a 4Kg flashligt for long time! Also it is quite big. If you are content with 1,4 miles of throw I suggest you to buy the LX70. It is big like the Acebeam X65.

 Shipping fee is very big as the flashlight is in a heavy huge box.

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