Off with his head. Confession time. I watched a video on Facebook that showed something that looked quite attractive and useful for detectorists. Not only that, it was remarkably reasonable in price.
Being a cheapskate, I was naturally interested. You all know that I am a connoisseur of duff, coin pictures taken with a mobile phone, out-of-focus, on the hand and with at least 80% of the background showing. Perhaps this ‘Selfie Light’, by BAUHN of China, was one way of improving on those dire tekkie shots. I wasn’t deterred by the name – very similar to the German firm of BRAUN, who produce many different high performance products. No, the price of £4.99 at ALDI and the fact that it had a 10X macro lens were determining factors. I had no intention of using it as a ‘selfie light’ and was interested more in whether this attachment was a solution to the problem of taking decent close-up pictures with a mobile phone or tablet.
The first surprise after queuing for the car park and jostling with Sunday shoppers was that the price had plummeted to £3.49 per unit. Why they were in a locked glass case instead of being stacked high like other items, was beyond me. That alone reinforced the fact that I was buying a quality product … or not. Because of the reduction in price, I bought two! The box on the right hand side in the picture above hasn’t been opened. The other bits and pieces on the left are what I used for the test.
I couldn’t wait to give it a go – at night and in my rather dark ‘man-cave’. The components looked well-made and consisted of: Lens protective covers. Fish-eye lens. Attachment clips. LED On/Off button. LED lights. Wide Angle and Macro combined lenses. USB cable and pouch in which to carry the lot. The user guide was basic, but adequate. The twelve LED lights had three levels of brightness. The light comes with a three-year guarantee and is imported by Tempo Internation (sic) of Mid-Glamorgan in Wales.
My first picture was taken in my study, with my iPad and the only illumination was an Anglepoise lamp. I then fitted the Selfie Light after adjusting the intensity of The LED’s to the lowest setting. You can see from the picture below the before and after shots. Although the final result is a definite improvement using the selfie, I was just a little disappointed to find that, to maintain focus, I was unable to take the picture as close as I would have preferred. The pictures have been cropped to get rid of superfluous background. Still impressive.
FURTHER TESTS WITH iPHONE
With available daylight, I conducted further tests and haven’t adjusted or improved the pictures in any way. The one on the left is a straight shot with phone and the other is using the Selfie Light. Again, I was unable to get a decent close-up. The pictures are as taken. Which one do you prefer!
After Cropping and Stitching Together
Whether you use them to enhance your selfies or to experiment with coin picture is up to you. For me, I don’t need them; they are too fiddly for my clumsy fingers and no improvement to what I use at the moment. And so, they are my …
If you’d like to own one of these devices – they are no longer available at Aldi – all you have to do is make a comment on this post or, alternatively, click on CONTACT ME in the black bar at the top. You don’t have to be a subscriber … but you do have to live in the UK. Good Luck! After about a week, I shall choose the winners.
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED
Congratulations to Martin Matthews and Mike Willet, the two winners of the Selfie Light