Nocturnal Lights M700i Video Lights
"I had the pleasure of taking the new Nocturnal M700i mini video lights for a test dive on my trip to Crystal Blue, Philippines. These are a new product from NocturnalLights.com. The little lights are rated at 700 lumens, with an 80 degree beam, and a burn time of 1.5 hours. I was a bit skeptical on these little lights, especially when teaming them up with my Keldan Luna 4’s. But I discovered that though my Luna’s sometimes provided too much light, the M700i’s can provide just enough light on a macro subject. The video grabs are straight from the camera, no color correcting. I did crop some a bit. They were shot with my Canon HF S10 in a Light & Motion Bluefin Housing, and a bunch of diopters.
On a bright reef, I’m always battling the big light in the sky. When I turn up the Lunas I tend to get harsh shadows, as is shown with the first nudibranch video grab. When I add the light of the M700i’s low on a subject, it softened the shadows. In the second nudibranch grab, the belly becomes more defined.
Night dives bring out a different group of critters. Many are spooked by bright video lights. With the M700i’s I was able to capture many of these. Mandarin Fish and Bobit Worm are very shy, but with only the M700i’s I was able to get close to a few of them.
The M700i’s really excel at close focus macro shots. The first Skeleton Shrimp grab is with the Luna’s, everything is bright, and a bit blown out. The second Skeleton Shrimp grab, is with only the M700i’s. Colors are better, the backscatter is less. Just enough light! These are sequential shots; the shrimp are about 3/8” tall and 3” from my port.
With most of the new still cameras having a video option, the M700i’s would be a great addition to any camera system. They could perform a dual function as a focusing light and a video light. At about $200 each, it’s a great lighting value."