View Full Version : Oly SP350 & strobes too negative!!

08-06-2007, 17:39
Ok what do I use to make my OlySp350 with the Ikelite DS51 strobe more buoyant? That rig is now heavy even underwater...And I know it would sink like a rock if I ever loose the clip that attaches it to my BC... Any suggestions or just lift more weights?

08-07-2007, 05:08
What type arms are you using?

The first thing that comes to mind is for you to use buoyancy arms.


08-07-2007, 05:16
I ordered the kit for the Ikelite Strobe, so adding something else $$$$ to the rig is out of the question at this point. Need something cheap!

08-07-2007, 16:51
Well, it won't be pretty, but there is a cheap and effective solution. Take some small diameter PVC and cap both ends. Use some plastic zip ties or tape to affix it to the strobe arm, and badda bing, you have a flotation arm.

08-07-2007, 21:27
I like the PVC idea, but you would either need two identical on each side of the system or more likely, one underneath the tray that was well centered for balance. Shouldn't cost more than $5. The lifting weights thing might help as well. Mine is tethered to me with 5 seconds of being in the water, so I don't worry too much about dropping it. If I clip it off without holding it, there are two clips just in case one fails.

08-08-2007, 08:29
Gonna try the pvc route. I will report back. Has anyone used a clip/retractor they love. I have the Magnaclip bit it is so heavy the magnets don't stay clipped together.

08-08-2007, 15:21
I have one of those magnetic clips that I received as a gift, but don't care much for it. I pretty much always use THIS CLIP (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=CRLO3) for my camera, but then again I don't have a strobe.

If it were me, I wouldn't use a retractor...I'd be too afraid I would snap it if the camera got caught on something.

08-25-2007, 12:42
Zip tie some custom cut pieces of swimming pool noodles to the arms.

Cheap. Replaceable. Easily found. Easily made.


08-25-2007, 18:09
Ohhh...Pool noodles. Wonder if I could fiberglass them to make them more durable

08-25-2007, 18:53
Has anyone used a clip/retractor they love.
I made this one out of a Cetacea CRL-11 lanyard and a locking carabiner from an outdoor recreation store. I'm pretty sure it's not going to come off...


08-25-2007, 19:27
nice which side to the camera?

08-25-2007, 20:13
The caribiner fits through a hole in the bottom of the aluminum handle of my video housing and with it clipped off on my upper d-ring the camera actually hangs about waist level. So it's good for walking in on shore dives.