Lighting is everything in underwater photography, and SeaLife continues to up its game in that realm. The company recently introduced the new Sea Dragon 2300 Auto Photo-Video-Dive light, featuring 2300 true lumens of brightness and an ideal color temperature ranging between 5000k and 6000k. The light also features a wide 100-degree beam angle. The new Sea Dragon 2300 Auto also offers two unique features — Auto-Bright mode and Auto-Flash Detect mode, which work to enhance your imaging experience.
Auto Bright and Auto-Flash Detect Modes
With the 2300 Auto’s built-in photocell sensor, the Auto-Bright mode automatically dims the light from 100 percent to 10 percent depending on distance. This will preserve your eyes’ natural low-light vision as well as the battery life. If you point it at close range like a gauge or a computer, the light will dim to 10 percent brightness. And when you direct it long distance, the light will automatically adjust the light to full power. You can easily override this feature by selecting a different brightness option of 100 percent, 50 percent, or 25 percent.
The Sea Dragon 2300 Auto also includes Auto-Flash Detect mode for underwater still-image photographers. In this mode, the light turns off for two seconds when an external flash is detected to eliminate undesirable shadows, color shifts and backscatter.
Powered by a rechargeable 7.4 lithium-ion battery, the light burns for a full hour at constant brightness and full power with its new 6x CREE XP-L LEDs. Users can quickly adjust between four brightness options: 100 percent, 50 percent, 25 percent, and Auto, all with a single button.
The Sea Dragon 2300 Auto is depth rated to 330 feet (100 m). The dual O-ring battery compartment is completely sealed and independent from the Sea Dragon’s electronics, so the light will not be compromised if there is accidental water intrusion.
As with all Sea Dragon photo/video/dive lights and flash, users can easily expand the 2300 Auto with Flex-Connect arms, grips, and trays. Sea Dragon lights are universal, and photographers can easily mount them to any camera or arm system using an optional Flex-Connect Ball Joint Adapter. SeaLife offers a Flex-Connect Cold Shoe Mount for the Sea Dragon and a Flex-Connect Handle for handheld use.
The Sea Dragon 2300 Auto photo/video/dive light kit includes a Flex-Connect grip and single tray, and retails for $399.95. The Sea Dragon 2300 Auto Light Head retails for $349.95, and the Sea Dragon Duo 2300 Flash Set, which includes the Sea Dragon 2300 Auto, Sea Dragon Flash, 2 Flex-Connect Grips, and Dual Tray, retails for $699.95.
SeaLife Underwater Cameras are made by Pioneer Research in Moorestown, NJ and first appeared in 1993. In 2000, SeaLife developed the world’s first digital underwater camera. In 2007, SeaLife developed the first non-housed digital underwater camera, and in 2013 SeaLife introduced the powerful Sea Dragon Lighting system and its innovative Flex-Connect tray, grip, arm, and accessory system. By 2014, SeaLife introduced the Micro HD, the world’s first permanently sealed underwater camera, followed by the Micro 2.0 in 2015. In 2017, SeaLife launched the new DC2000 camera which features manual aperture and shutter priority and RAW imaging format. SeaLife cameras, lighting and accessories are sold and serviced in over 60 countries around the world.