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Ikelite sees the light: New Fiber Optic Adapter

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by slowhands, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. slowhands

    slowhands Divemaster

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    Ikelite has announced formal release of the Fiber Optic Adapter, price $80 ??? See:
    Fiber Optic Adapter for DS Substrobes

    This is cute. Look at the thumbnails below. It plugs directly into the strobe, so you need no electrical cable and one less O-ring. It can accept both Sea&Sea fiber plugs and Inon plugs, at least the ones pictured. Kudos for the mechanical design.

    Limitations: It is manual only, so you set strobe power on the strobe. It works only on DS strobes, current models. And your camera has to be able to emit a flash; unfortunately many Ikelite DSLR housings do not allow the flash to raise, so... check yours. [In another forum, I recall seeing a hotshoe LED flasher that might be able to drive this optically even with the flash closed. Experimental, but interesting.]

    I suggested this Fiber Adapter product concept to Heinrichs Weikamp a few months ago. They replied there would be insufficient demand to justify the engineering effort and cost. Hmmm...
     

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  2. NautilusCairns

    NautilusCairns Barracuda

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    Great!! I'll be able to use my ds51 with recsea s95 housing
     
  3. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    About time they did something. Never much of a fan of their housings but their strobes are outstanding. Limited connectivity has reduced what should have been one of the top selling strobes on the market.
     
  4. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    I agree but since it will be manual only (no ttl) it may limit its acceptance.
    Bill
     
  5. whale_001

    whale_001 Angel Fish

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    Hi guys
    Does anyone know if it work also on SS200 Substrobe ?
     
  6. dpaustex

    dpaustex Instructor, Scuba

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    One trick to get this new FO to "pickup" a camera flash is to glue/tape a piece of milk carton over your housing, where the flash would emit. The reflection is generally enough to fire the FO connector.

    But as an FYI, flash firing in a housing causes heat > causes condensation > use silica gels packs inside housing to keep fog up at lens port from happening. Have two U/W compact digital rigs which I use for years, but switched over to wired flashes, just for that very reason.

    Happy shooting.
     
  7. jazzcatlee

    jazzcatlee Angel Fish

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    I'm headed for the attic to unpack the 225s.
     
  8. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

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    Yes Bill very limited thinking but at least it is a start. Maybe next year after their sales grow. Still you can't see them challenging Inon or SnS can you?
     
  9. bvanant

    bvanant Loggerhead Turtle

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    Will work fine in manual mode
    Bill
     

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