Review OrcaTorch D900V
by Fiona Ayerst
Size: medium. A good weight and size for an uw torch or a large/strong focus light for underwater photography. Made from very high quality milled aircraft grade aluminum.
Contents in box: the light, Li-ion battery, wrist lanyard, spare O-Rings and a ball-joint mounting bracket. Very well presented.
Output Rating: @2200 lumens, this is a very powerful light. There are low power settings as well as neutral white and cool white settings. This is handy for close-ups and macro work, or for saving power.
Pressure tested to 150 meters.
Runtime:There is no problem at all. It seems to run for ever- Different strengths give you different run times but at 250 lumens you have 18 hours!
Lights:There are four different colors. Nine LED’s provide illumination, with four neutral LED’s, 2 x red and 2 x UVLED’s and then also a cool white spot beam. I did enjoy having this entire array of useful lights packaged into one very powerful unit.
Beam: The main white beam is very even. The beam is not concentrated into a hot spot and has a spread of approx 120 degrees. There is an 8 degree focus beam which doesn’t’ scare away small critters.
No shortcomings, for videographers, that I could find. Perhaps for a diver without something to mount it on it might be a pain to carry around when not in use. I guess it may have some bracket or way to attach it to SCUBA gear that I don’t know about.
I think the safe-lock mode should be better explained in the small manual.
I loved the magnetic fast charging system. It was the best charging system I’ve ever used. Foolproof.
I found it simple and easy to use once I’d gotten used to the settings.
I think it is the perfect light for videographers. Just one of them lit up the reef beautifully. I also used it for a few stills wide-angle photos( see below ) and was pleasantly surprised. There is no doubt it would be a perfect light for macro subjects.
I loved diving with it, even without a camera. It lit up the reef in ways I’d never experienced before and I don’t think I ever want to dive without one again.
I would love to test two for wide-angle stills as I think they could be a good alternative to strobes, which are currently ridiculously expensive. I didn’t think I’d ever say this- but I have!
Cost: Commensurate with its exceptional quality at around ZAR 6500 depending on the exchange rate. It should last you a very long time, as I can’t see how you ‘d break it.