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dannybot
12-23-2008, 20:59
I'm going to go out on a limb and ask does anybody just use a good light instead of strobe? The complexity and expense of a strobe set up seems overwhelming, and a good light might make underwater photography more doable. I read somewhere on a beginners' guide to UW photo about using a video light for photos. I have used my dive light with the onboard strobe of my FE230, it added some depth to the shots. Any thoughts?

SynCitizen
12-23-2008, 22:03
I was using my dive light along with the on-cam flash in Coz 2 weeks ago with limited success. While slightly helpful all it really did was make me realize that a strobe is a must. But hey, ya do what ya gotta do.

Daz
12-23-2008, 22:22
I tried using a dive light once - The problem I found was that it didn't shut off like a strobe and I wound up with "hot spots" in my pictures. I now use a dedicated strobe (Inon Z240) and a focus light (that has auto shut off) - Granted I spent a few (OK around $6-700) more, but I'm much happier with the results.

Aussie
12-26-2008, 05:09
I'm going to go out on a limb and ask does anybody just use a good light instead of strobe? The complexity and expense of a strobe set up seems overwhelming, and a good light might make underwater photography more doable. I read somewhere on a beginners' guide to UW photo about using a video light for photos. I have used my dive light with the onboard strobe of my FE230, it added some depth to the shots. Any thoughts?

Actually I believe a good video light or HID/LED can light would be great for small point and shots, Especially in Macro. Wide angle you would need a very powerful light/s to punch out enough light.

One would also look at a defuser of some sort on those lights with hot spots. Plastic bag with some rubber bands does actually work.

Constant light would be good for P&S as what you see is what you get. Some p&s cameras have super macro and in this mode the internal flash is turned off which mean you can only take super macro with a constant light.

Alot of focusing LED lights would be suited but remember these lights only punch out enough light for close up/macro work. They are also alot cheaper than a strobe

Regards Mark

DevilDiver
12-27-2008, 09:05
Sea & Sea has some close out & demo strobes on sale on thier website. You have to look under the close out tab at the top of the main page.


SS-03108-1Dhttp://www.seaandsea.com/images/new_mark.gifYS-250PRO STROBE (http://www.seaandsea.jp/products/strobe/ys250pro/index.html)
HEAD ONLY, AS NEW IN PACKAGING. BATTERY AND CHARGER NOT INCLUDED.

$400.00 Reg Price $1,099.00

SS-03103Dhttp://www.seaandsea.com/images/new_mark.gifYS-25AUTO STROBE (http://www.seaandsea.jp/products/strobe/ys25auto/index.html) - AS NEW IN PACKAGING.

$125.00 Reg Price $405.00

SS-03106Dhttp://www.seaandsea.com/images/new_mark.gifYS-110 STROBE (http://www.seaandsea.jp/products/strobe/ys110/index.html) - DEMO UNITS - GOOD CONDITION, NO PACKAGING. USER MANUAL INCLUDED.

$225.00 Reg Price $650.00

JCAT
12-27-2008, 11:50
I must be thick, cause I can't locate the close-out tab. The 110 would be nice at that price!

cheers

DevilDiver
12-29-2008, 08:09
I must be thick, cause I can't locate the close-out tab. The 110 would be nice at that price!

cheers


Top of the home page on the far right side.

JCAT
12-29-2008, 08:41
Ah, I understand now. Your links are going to the .jp site. I see the closeouts tab on the sea&Sea.com site.

no worries

jugglematt
01-26-2009, 03:13
Hi good question
as a few have already said i would recomend just buying a strobe , most video lights only give enough light for the most basic close up photography.

when i started out tried just using a video light with a point and shoot and although i got some good shots of nudies ect i quickly reached its limit.

i would recomend a medium sized strobe like the sea&sea ys110 or a inon d2000 which is fired via fiber optic cable connected to your cameras housing, and would provide heaps of light and a wide variety of setting which would allow u to use the strobe on auto or if u wish manually controll your strobe output.

hope that helps
Regards
Matt

calwolf
01-26-2009, 09:39
If you have more time than money, here's an option:

DIY PVC $10 underwater light arm (http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-PVC-10-underwater-light-arm/)