I’m not sure if I can think of a situation in which I will ever be diving with 70 dive buddies. Sounds absolutely horrible to me. Biggest group I’ve dived with was 20 people and that was already chaos. People bumping in to each other, differences in depth and air usage and let’s not talk about the dust cloud so many divers create which reduces visibility. However the notion of always exactly knowing where your buddy is and his air supply definitely has it’s merits.
What to do if you have two underwater camera’s available and you love scuba diving? Exactly, your going to compare the two with each other. That’s what I did with my older Go Pro 2 and my recently acquired limited edition Sport Edge HD from +Intova. I took them both with me on the same adventure and tried both camera’s in the same situation. I’ve compared both camera’s on the following criteria: technical specs, usability and price. I also have a video which shows both camera’s in action so you can make up your own mind. Let’s take a closer look at the results.
When I say Mares, you’re probably not thinking of scuba diving lamps but of BCD’s, fins, masks and wetsuits. However this Italian brand also has a scuba diving lamp productline under the name ‘Eos’. The biggest part of this line focusses on back-up lights, at least for Dutch waters. When diving in the Caribbean they are perfect primary lamps. The flagship of Mares is the Eos R10, which happens to be my new scuba lamp.
Sometimes it’s all about what’s in a name. In this case I’m referring to the LED light with 2000 lumen. This weekend I got the chance to make a dive with this power beast and it was quite experience. To give a little bit of a mood setting. Imagine the cold waters of the North Sea (Grevelingen lake), a concrete wreck around 57 meters long on a depth of 25 meters and a visibility of around 1 meter. Sounds like a situation you love to have that 2000 lumen doesn’t it.
The BCD is not the lightest item of your scuba dive equipment. For example, my Mares Prestige MRS weighs around 4,2 Kg and as we all know when traveling by airplane every gram plays it’s part in packing your suitcase. That’s why several scuba brands have developed a special light weight BCD for traveling. Let’s take a closer look at what is being offered.
I’ve described the professional definitions, the different type of lamps, the price range and the different criteria to help and make your choice in part-1 off this topic. In the meantime I also had the change to speak to a friend and co-owner of my favorite dive center in the Netherlands ‘Go Dolphins’. Her advice: “Use a lamp with a minimum of 800 lumen (LED) and take a look at Metalsub or Light & Motion”. In this second part of ‘how to choose a scuba diving lamp’ I’m focusing on the actual lamps in the 800 till 2000 lumen category. Let’s go and take a walk through the scuba diving lamps jungle.