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4.0 out of 5 stars First Impressions - Great bang for the buck, March 3, 2008
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I just got mine a few minutes ago and pulled it out of the packaging. Boy is it light and seems bright to me. I haven't done much testing with it. I have it on the charger now and will give it a workout after I get a full charge on it.

As far as the color it seems warmer than most LED lights. I have a few LED lights (round tent camp light and some flashlights) and it is much warmer than them.

It feels cheap and plasticy which it is but it has a clever design. It comes with a mount for a hot shoe and the shoe is all plastic which I like because you don't have to worry about it shorting out anything on your camera. The bottom of the shoe has a 1/4-20 thread mount too. Granted it is only plastic but the whole thing is so light I don't see this being a problem. The other three sides on the light have a hot shoe slot (well a non hot shoe, just a shoe). This means that you could hook another light to the Sima or several to create a multi-light setup. The lights would work separately so you could switch one light on, both or either one.

The diffuser seems to work quite well.

I could see having a bunch of these to bring with for tricky lighting setups in small areas. Trying to light inside a car this thing would be perfect. Tape on a gell if you need it and use a small suction cup with mini ball head on it or even just stick it on the dash.

Pros:
- dead simple to use
- amazing bang for the buck
- great light weight and decent run time
- clever design with hot shoes built in and included little flash bracket thing for camera's without a hot shoe that do have a tripod mount

Cons:
- no dimmer
- non-replaceable battery pack
- no standard battery option (like AA option)
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Initial post: May 25, 2008 9:57:52 AM PDT
J. Shinn says:
Found one can replace batteries in the older Sima models on this PDF file. It could be possible with the model in hand.

http://www.simaproducts.com/support/files/SL-10L_user_manual.pdf

Posted on Feb 28, 2009 5:21:43 PM PST
Lot of detail given you just pulled it out of the box and are still charging it. Next time, might be better to actually use it before posting.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 10:02:05 PM PDT
You say there is a diffuser that came with yours? I don't have one. It is quite bright. Any ideas for a make shift diffuser?

Posted on Jun 3, 2011 5:28:57 AM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Jun 3, 2011 5:31:02 AM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 4, 2012 9:26:53 PM PDT
the "built-in" diffuser is the clear plastic plate in front of the LEDs. It's not a loose accessory that you attach.
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