Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light

Bluewater Photo Designs a Custom Focus Light Manufactured by Kraken Sports
By UWPG Editors

Focus lights are an often-overlooked piece of equipment that can make a huge difference to your underwater photography. A great focus light allows you to get sharp focus even in dark or nighttime conditions, while also being compact, light, easy-to-use, reliable and affordable. 

Bluewater Photo Store recently released their new 1000 lumen focus light. It was designed by underwater photographers and manufactured by Kraken Sports, a well-known focus and video light brand. So how does it stack up?

Specs and Key Features

  • 1000 Lumens (wide white beam)
  • Modes: White, Red, SOS
  • Beam Angle: 100°
  • Battery: 1 x 18650 (3400 mAh)
  • 80 minute burn time on full power
  • Depth Rating: 100m / 330ft
  • Material: Aviation Grade Aluminum
  • Size: 33.8mm x 127.5mm
  • Weight: 200g on land w/ battery / 100g in salt water w/ battery
  • Single on/off/mode switch
  • Double o-ring seal
  • Two mounting options: ball mount and YS mount
  • Comes with a "snoot" adapter to create a narrow spot beam

The Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light is available now!

At 1000 lumens, with a wide 100 degree beam, this light has more than enough power to help you achieve focus in dark or nighttime conditions. It also has that very important feature for taking shots of any skittish subject - a red mode. It's hard to overemphasize how important it is for your focus light to have a red option. Since water absorbs red light first, many animals cannot even see red light. So animals which would be scared off by a bright white light will sit calmly under a red light, while you lock in your focus and take your shot. 

The single on/off/mode switch makes it easy to operate, even if using it on a night dive. The battery can be swapped out between dives, which can be very important if using the light heavily for macro shooting or night diving, where there is not enough time to recharge between dives. And the battery is sealed with a double o-ring, to reduce the risk of flooding.

Along with getting sharp macro shots, this light includes a "snoot" adapter which can be put onto the light to narrow the beam down to a spot beam. This allows for the photographer to get creative with spot lighting. The light is especially good for producing macro photos in which the subject is lit up but the background (especially if it is on something bright, like white sand) is dark. 

Comparison to the Competition

There are a number of similar lights available from a variety of manufacturers. Here is how they stack up on the key features.

 

Bluewater 1000

L&M Sola Dive 800

L&M Sola Photo 1200

Kraken WSR 1000+

iTorch Fishlite V-12

L&M Gobe 1000

Lumens (white)

1000

800 (flood)

500 (spot)

1200

 

1000 (flood)

800 (spot)

1200

1000

Red Option

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Add-on req’d

Beam Angle

100 deg

60 deg (flood)

12 deg (spot)

60 deg

100 deg

90 deg

60 deg

Burn Time

High – 80 min

High – 70 min

Low – 280 min

High – 70 min

Low – 280 min

High – 85 min

High - 60 min

High – 90 min

Low – 720 min

Size

5” x 1.3”

4” x 2.1” x 2.1”

4” x 2.1” x 2.1”

Uknown

4.76" X 1.22"

4.9” x 1.9” x 1.9”

Weight

200 g

244 g

248 g

Uknown

181 g

178 g

Battery Style

Removable

Integrated

Integrated

Removeable

Removable

Integrated

Charge Time

Uknown

2.5 hrs

2.5 hrs

Uknown

Unknown

3 hrs

MSRP

$170

$250

$300

$190

$150

$180

 

If you expect to use this light fairly heavily in a dive day, then you should consider a light with a removable battery. 

This narrows things down, removing the Light & Motion options from consideration. This leaves the Bluewater focus light, the Kraken WSR 1000+ and the iTorch Fishlite V12. The Kraken WSR+ is the most versatile of these options, but also the most expensive, while the Bluewater and iTorch lights provide better value. If you are interested in having some more creative lighting options available, then the Bluewater light is a good choice, as it is the only one which comes with a snoot adapter. 

If you expect to use the light less intensively during a dive day, consider a light with an integrated battery system, as that is easier to maintain and less likely to flood. 

The lights with integrated batteries avoid the risk of flooding after changing batteries. However, the distinct disadvantage of this design is that if the light runs out of battery power, you have to charge it before you can use it again, and charge times range from 2.5 to 3 hours.

The Sola Dive 800 and Photo 1200 are both lights with nice specs, but somewhat high price tags. The Light & Motion Gobe provides a lot of versatility (including land usage) and through the purchase of different interchangeable heads, can be used for many different purposes. 

Conclusion

The Bluewater focus light is a well-thought-out light designed to accomplish its core purpose very well, which is to give you enough light to lock in sharp focus for as much burn time as you need. It is very competitive with the other options available, with the added option of creative lighting effects via the included snoot adapter. This light should be seriously considered by anyone looking to get a focus light.

 

The Bluewater Photo 1000 Lumen Focus Light is available now!

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