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    This is a follow up to Graham Collins pic of his first night shot of an owl. He was trying to hold a torch and found that difficult and thought a head light might be better. Here is a pic of my set up. The torch is one, 5 watt LED and is very light and bright. It was a headlight ( I found with the flash on it was useless as a headlight) and I cut it down to suit the lens. I am sure the owl experts ( Akos and Richard etc) have different set up. Maybe they could post theirs here so we could have a look at their set ups.

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    Looks good Rev. I'm using a Led Lenser T7 and on the most part I just hold it in place under my 400mm lens when in use.

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    Looks like just what I needed the other night. Good thought to mount the torch on the lens. I was using a Led Lenser P7 (similar to Paul's Led Lenser T7 I believe) but was a bit clumsy with it.
    Thanks for posting Rev. Hopefully others will add their bit (unless the patents are yet to be granted !!).

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    I like it, Ray!!!

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    Now your really hooked Ray
    this night time shooting has taken another level
    looking foward to some more captures now.
    Just wondering if Pauls T7 is the battery one or the rechargable.
    and just how long do they last on an outing
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    Its a battery one Rick and states that a good battery will give 64 hours of light

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    Don't have it myself but I've seen setups with video lights (this one was a square panel of LEDs) that screwed straight into where a tripod plate would go.

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    64 hours seem way cool
    is mounting position critical
    when putting on the lens ??
    I've never attempted anything
    like putting a light source on a camera before
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    My LED light is a "Cree" and cost $8 on ebay. I use rechargeable batteries and get at least 30 hours. It has a better and brighter beam than my $100 rechargeable hand held spot light.
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    Ray has your light got a focusable beam ??
    or does it just flood the area??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Playle View Post
    Ray has your light got a focusable beam ??
    or does it just flood the area??
    It's has an adjustable zoom Rick. It goes from pin point to flood . It is unbelievable for $8. We bought 2 , but are going to get another couple for spares..
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    You definitely want a torch that can adjust to a beam.

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    Ray, you may be better off with your headlamp mounted back a bit so any stray light (if there is any) does not wind up in your lens. The main problem with on-axis lighting with nocturnals is that it gives flat images and serious red-eye
    Richard Jackson
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    Just ordered 2 very similar looking headlamps from http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....#ht_4370wt_905
    Cost me the princely sum of $9.79 for the 2. ie about $4.90 each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Jackson View Post
    Ray, you may be better off with your headlamp mounted back a bit so any stray light (if there is any) does not wind up in your lens. The main problem with on-axis lighting with nocturnals is that it gives flat images and serious red-eye
    Yep, thats the problem I can see with the above set-up. I think a bracket, lifting the flash above the camera, connected with one of those flash extending cords (whatever they're called) with the light source attached to the flash so 1) you could aim the flash (at a distance this is important) and 2) you're not going to get serious red eye.

    Just my thoughts, I'm yet to rig anything like this up.

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