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My UV torches

When I first started doing UV-imaging, there were many questions I had, mainly pertaining to which equipment would be worth buying. Hence I thought it would be worth sharing my experiences on this site, so others can benefit from the tests I have done while finding the right equipment for UV-imaging.

These are the 365nm UV torches I have bought (don’t bother getting the 395nm UV torches as they have more blue light than true UV):

Ultrafire 365nm UV Torch
Ultrafire 365nm UV Torch ~£25 in UK
TANK007 3W 365nm UV Torch
TANK007 3W 365nm UV Torch ~£55 in UK
Nightsearcher 365nm UV Torch
Nightsearcher 365nm UV Torch ~£170 in UK
Nightsearcher 365nm UV Torch (Nichia-chip)
Nightsearcher – the Nichia-chip

Uses of UV torch:

1) To light subjects when adjusting focus in liveview (essential indoors or in the shade outdoors)

2) To induce visible fluorescence when shooting UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF)

The Nichia-chip torches are the most powerful, with minimal visible-light leak, but are also the most expensive.

Nightsearcher-lit Amethyst to show UVIVF
Nightsearcher-lit Amethyst to show UVIVF (2s @ F5.6) – negligible visible-light leak
TANK007-lit Amethyst for UVIVF
TANK007-lit Amethyst for UVIVF (0.5sec @ F5.6) – significant amount of visible-light leak
Ultrafire-lit Amethyst for UVIVF
Ultrafire-lit Amethyst for UVIVF (1.3sec @ F5.6) – negligible visible-light leak

Be aware that the TANK007 and Ultrafire shots were done with the torch just above the amethyst, whereas the 2 Nightsearcher torches were much further away from the amethyst lighting from either side. Hence the longer exposure required for the Nightsearcher shot despite more powerful UV output.

If the UV torch is required for UVIVF, then the Ultrafire or Nightsearcher 365nm UV torches are the choice. If all you need is a small torch for lighting subject to aid focusing, then the TANK007 365nm 3W UV torch can also be a useable affordable option.

These are some UV torch holders I’ve bought which allow mounting to 1/4″ male threads.

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Torch holder with 1/4″ female threads
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Mounted on UV torch, showing 1/4″ female threads
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Alternative torch holder which has 1/4″ female thread and cold shoe
Nichia-chip 365nm UV torch with torch holder
Torch holder with UV torch, angle is adjustable

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