Scuba diving is one of the more mystifying activities that a human being can experience. Being one with the aqua environments of the earth is both exciting and exhilarating. The one thing that makes sure that the experience is all that it could be is a quality scuba diving light. Our choice is the Max Planch 6000 but we will get to that beauty later. There are a few things that you have to look for when choosing a good scuba diving light. Let’s get into these must-haves so that you can take photos like the pro we know you are!
High power lights or nothing
The importance of high power lights for underwater photography cannot be stressed enough. You may think well that’s pretty obvious, but you would be surprised how many newbies make this mistake. As you descend into the watery deep, the amount of color you see begins to decrease, the deeper you go, it gets darker and all your eyes are going to perceive are blues and greys. Unfortunately, the warm color spectrum disappears first and sea water acts likes a huge blue film. High power lights solves this problem by illuminating the water enough to bring back all the color that you want to capture.
The first thing that you should know is that LED lights give constant lighting and as such they can also double as a scuba diving light. They also have the added benefit of allowing you to see the results before doing the exposure. I don’t know about you but that’s a huge thumbs-up for me! LED lights allows some dual functionality, it can be used for both photography and videography. Generally, LED lights are pretty user friendly with basic controls. If you are new to this this might be the way to go.
Aluminum over Plastic Any Day
You may be thinking why choose Aluminum over plastic for a scuba diving light? Wouldn’t that be heavier? Who needs more weight? However, you may be missing an important consideration. There is no plastic that can beat the heat dissipation rate of aluminum and trust me, you want this feature in your scuba diving light.
No Hot Spots with a Wide Beam
A hot spot in a photo is an area which is brighter than other parts of the photo and as you can imagine it’s not desirable. The main cause of hot spots is a reflective surface. In an underwater environment this is to be expected, your subject might be a silvery fish! A wide beam may help prevent all the light being reflected back into the camera, giving you a pretty decent shot.
Max Planck 6000- our choice for 2017
There are many scuba diving lights on the market but quality is what you need if you are going to achieve magnificent photography. In my estimation there are quite a few decent dive lights on the market that will give you quality lighting – ScubPro Nova 230, UK Light Cannon eLED, SubGear Prolight SP30 to name a few, but you should really consider the Max Planck 6000!
Let’s take a look at the specifications:-
· Unbeatable wide angle white floodlight – 3 settings: 25%, 50% 100%,
· Brightness:6000 lumens
· Battery duration- 1 hour at high intensity
The Max Planck 6000 with its versatile color settings which include a blue light fish attractor mode, a static red light mode for professional underwater photography and color balancing makes it an excellent choice for the newbie and the professional underwater photographer. It allows wide angle illumination, videography and even nighttime search and rescue!
It was specifically designed for commercial divers and professional underwater photographers. Get one today, you won’t regret it!