Video Versus the Hood

I've got four autodark welding hoods, and one with a fixed #10 lens
(might be #11 I forget). Two of them are fairly cheap and two are what
I call 1st stage good. Not a top of the line, but first step up in
price to a helmet some pros have said is adequate. Arguably the Harbor
Freight Vulcan is the best or maybe its just my favorite. My son
prefers the Lincoln Viking. That's the better one Lincoln sent me for
free when I threw a temper tantrum about buying the most expensive
helmet in local box hardware store and finding out it didn't have a
replaceable battery. The Viking is pretty good.
Anyway, none of them produce anything close to the viewing picture you
see on video on the big welding video channels. Is the camera really
correcting that much or is there really an auto lens that will produce
that quality of viewing picture.
Reply to
Bob La Londe
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Cameras are cheap; it's possible to put four or five of 'em in a cluster, with different neutral density filters (or just pinholes) and choose the best image.
In theory, the photochromics used for auto-sunglasses could do it, too, but that would have to be applied at the image plane, by the camera sensor manufacturer.
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whit3rd
I've got four autodark welding hoods, and one with a fixed #10 lens (might be #11 I forget). Two of them are fairly cheap and two are what I call 1st stage good. Not a top of the line, but first step up in price to a helmet some pros have said is adequate. Arguably the Harbor Freight Vulcan is the best or maybe its just my favorite. My son prefers the Lincoln Viking. That's the better one Lincoln sent me for free when I threw a temper tantrum about buying the most expensive helmet in local box hardware store and finding out it didn't have a replaceable battery. The Viking is pretty good.
Anyway, none of them produce anything close to the viewing picture you see on video on the big welding video channels. Is the camera really correcting that much or is there really an auto lens that will produce that quality of viewing picture. ------------------------
I think the answer is to flood the surroundings with bright light such as halogen work lights to reduce the contrast between the arc and surroundings. I can see the joint I'm trying to follow better in full sunlight. A neutral density (ND) filter on the lens protects it from spatter.
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
That's generally what I do. My welding table is right in front of a south facing overhead door in my shop. I either raise the door or pull a couple halogen lamps off the shelf. Can't raise the door and get good welds if the wind is bad.
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Bob La Londe

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