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newb to underwater strobes

Discussion in 'Strobes & Lighting' started by bradells, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. bradells

    bradells Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Calgary, AB
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    Above water, I am quite SLR savvy with lenses, strobes, etc.

    Underwater, thats a whole different story.


    On land, my D7000 is quite happy from portraits, macro and landscapes, underwater, my s110 (Ikelite housing) isn't as happy.

    I'd like to add some strobes to this camera setup, but also have strobes that will work a few years down the road with a DSLR setup too.


    I think i'm looking for ....

    - Something with non-proprietary batteries (AA or the like)
    - Something that will work off an internal flash fire (for today)
    - Something that will work off a hot shoe (for down the road)
    - Manual control
    - Have enough output for PNW diving
    - I know theres no 'macro' strobes, but strobes that work well for macro shots?
    - Something that won't be outdated/next to useless 10 years down the road.


    BRad
     
  2. snowdog61

    snowdog61 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida's East Coast
    871
    560
    Hard to go wrong with a pair of D2000s or Z240s since it appears you'll be going DSLR. Both take Eneloop AAs and are optically triggered (there's a hot shoe conversion so no worries there). If you are only shooting macro, you may be able to get by with just 1 strobe but from your background, just get the pair. Start saving and buy once rather then constantly upgrading. Take the bullet now - it's less painful in the long run.
     
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  3. fisheyeview

    fisheyeview Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (The Diving Capital of the Worl
    3,100
    432
    I agree with Snowdog. Go with the z240's. I have been shooting INON strobes for a bout 10 years and love them.
     
  4. diver 85

    diver 85 Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: SW Louisiana
    7,899
    1,616
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  5. Ran Mozaik

    Ran Mozaik Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Vancouver, BC
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    Sounds like both the YS-D1 and Z240 would be a perfect fit for you.
    Sea & Sea Underwater Strobe YS-D1 Head
    INON Z-240 Underwater Flash / Strobe
    I shot with the S110 + YS-D1 for a long time and loved it.
    These are very popular strobes, both very reliable and can be synced both electrically and optically.
    For shooting macro, your requirement would be that the strobe can be set to a fairly lower power, to prevent over exposing the subject. Both strobes can be set to very low outputs and would work out for those shots.
    As long as maintained correctly, should last for many years.
     
  6. snowdog61

    snowdog61 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida's East Coast
    871
    560
    that YS-D1 looks like the ticket to me.......
     
  7. Safety Stop

    Safety Stop Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria (BC), Canada
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    I have 2X YS-D1 for my Nikon D7100 and I'm very happy about my setup :)

    Envoyé de mon SM-T310 en utilisant Tapatalk
     

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