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    Dive Light for Strobe?

    Has anyone ever rigged their dive light and used it for their strobe? I am on a budget but would like to have/make a strobe... any ideas? Thanks Dan

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    You should do a search in the DIY section - I know people make a lot of their own stuff from strobe floats to small lights, but I'm not sure about using the dive light as a strobe - if you can, you'll find someone who does it over there. If not, maybe you can be the first =]
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    there is a lot of DIY's already on there... will have to take the time when im off work to look

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    A normal dive light is not powerful enough to act as a strobe, it may be possible to use for fill-in lighting for close up and macro depending on the power/output of the light but not the optimum choice and likely to be more frustrating that useful.

    Strobes emit a powerfull and fast burst (light foreground and stop movement) that has to sync with the cameras shutter speed.
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    Rather than attempt to make a strobe from an ambient dive light (IMO like using a match to light a auditorium) you may want to look into old Ikelite strobes. You will have some challenges making an old light sync with a newer cameras, but it at least is possible in some cases. Look at the manual camera options. If there are no manual modes likely it would not work, but I know my D200/300 both can trigger in M mode.
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    The colour temperature of a dive light is quite warm. Even some LEDs struggle to match the temperature of a strobe. This gives a distinct reddish colour cast to images. Not necessarily a bad thing, but worth keeping in mind.

    The lower intensity (compared to a strobe) will require higher ISOs, which can result in grainier images. (Or larger apertures, or longer shutter speeds...)

    If you can get a strobe, it's worth it.
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    Thanks... I actually have been searching and if you go away from the name brand strobes the prices are actually reasonable... since im not a professional photographer I will be ok with an ok strobe... but then again that may change later on in life (I know me)
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