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Nautieye NE22 Video/Focus/Spot Light review

Discussion in 'Lights' started by aviator8, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    Now for a video light review! I have the Nautieye NE22 light for review today. This light is a multi function light that can be used as a video light, a snoot (not with a snoot attachment, just a focused beam), red, blue, or combined red and blue. Each selection can also be adjusted in light intensity. I did a video review of the light and features here:

    I ran bucket tests to check published specs on this, which took forever because I checked burn on high and lowest power for the video, spot, and red light.
    Here you can see a few of the test runs
    P1010334.JPG P1010335.JPG P1010340.JPG

    The only published specs on burntime where video light(1800 lumen) 60 mins and spot (300 lumens in a 5 degree spot) 120+ mins. My results were as follows:

    Mode High Power Low Power
    Video 1hr 25min 6hrs 27min
    Spot 5hr 12mins 21hrs 57min
    Red 6hr 53 mins 20hrs 46min

    I did not test blue only since it should match the red times, and I don't know anyone who runs blue and red so did not run that test. Real test numbers on this are quite a bit better than published.
    I am told the battery on this is a genuine Panasonic and I tend to believe it is based on my test of it. It is a 5000Mah battery and when i tested it with discharge it came out to 5218Mah.

    I have never shot with a red focus light so I wanted to get this and see how that works out for keeping the critters from running. This will also let me try out some snoot type blackwater shots. It is quite convenient for me to mount up on a cross arm with either a single ball clamp or a flex arm that lets me get the light out and over a macro subject.
    P1010269.JPG P1010275.JPG P1010273.JPG

    If you remove the ball joint it does have a tail connector you can attach a boltsnap or lanyard(included) and use as a handheld dive light giving you multiple lighting capabilities. It is however, intended as a photo/video light.

    Here I show video light spread, and a comparison to the DGX600 video light. These were all shot 26" from my garage door with a fixed iso, aperture, and shut speed.

    NE22 flood high.JPG
    Med NE22 flood med.JPG
    Low NE22 flood low.JPG
    comparison NE22 DGX600flood video.JPG
  2. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    Continued light function puctures

    Spot High
    NE22 spot high.JPG
    Spot Med
    NE22 spot med.JPG
    Spot Low
    NE22 spot low.JPG
    Red High
    NE22 red high.JPG
    Red Med
    NE22 red med.JPG
    Red Low
    NE22 red low.JPG
    Blue High
    NE22 blue high.JPG
    Blue Med
    NE22 blue med.JPG
    Blue Low
    NE22 blue low.JPG
  3. aviator8

    aviator8 Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Georgia
    I also wanted to try out this light's auto off functions for shooting with this in red light mode. There is a sensor that detects a flash and shut the focus light off so that no red highlights are seen in the image being shot. I tested this out and it worked just like it was supposed to.

    These two picture show the difference between shooting with the focus light on while strobes are on low power and the auto off feature with the same low power strobe output.

    _DSC2697.JPG _DSC2698.JPG

    Here is a comparison of the video light with the much larger NE23 12K video light
    NE22 NE23.JPG

    And this compares the spot 5 degree beam against other lights NE650 10 degree beam, and T1800H 6 degree beam.
    NE22 spot NE650  T1800H.JPG

    ⦁ Small form factor, easy to use mounted without adding much weight, and small enough to be used as a hand held
    ⦁ Long burn times
    ⦁ The ability to do macro snoot type work without the extra gear
    ⦁ Many functions in one light

    ⦁ The video light has a slight greenish hue to my eye. That is easily correctable in RAW images, video takes a bit more work.
    ⦁ There are multiple functions and LED's for each which creates some unevenness in the light falloff pattern. This is most noticeable in the red and blue as seen in the pictures. I do not expect this to be much of an issue though.

    I have worked out discounted pricing with Nautieye. The MSRP on this light is 299. I can offer it at a discount at 259 buyer pays shipping. If there is enough interest in this light I can place an order.

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