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Strobe Problem

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by Scuba_Noob, May 19, 2012.

  1. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Victoria, BC
    I have a Canon Powershot S95 with dual YS-01s, activated through a flash-sync cable. I went on two dives today.

    Strobes were normal on first dive. However, during the second dive, after a few shots, only one strobe would fire. The other strobe would be on, but it would not fire (still could use the target light, etc.).

    Possible reasons? 1. Maybe it's the sync cable which is activated through flash - maybe it's malfunctioning or broken? 2. Maybe it's batteries - both strobes' batteries were fully charged the day before, and the strobes last way longer than my camera battery.

    PS - Does not seem to be any signs of flooding. I'll update it when I open it up later.

    ---------- Post added May 20th, 2012 at 02:53 PM ----------

    Based on a few tests, the flash-sync fibre optic cable is malfunctioning on one side. I switched around the strobes, and both strobes work fine with that one side of the fibre optic cable.

    How does this malfunction happen? Am I cleaning and storing the cable wrong? I usually just soak the cable with the rest of my camera gear. How do you all clean and store it?
  2. Ardy

    Ardy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Australia - Blue Mountains

    That is why most divers have moved away from cable attachment to FO cable. if it breaks it takes 2 mins to fix it. I was always having this problem with my Nikon set up.
    mth1993 likes this.
  3. Scuba_Noob

    Scuba_Noob Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Victoria, BC
    I have a fiber-optic cable actually. I contacted the company that sold it to me and received a quick response and suggestion, which was that there's probably a fray at the end of the cord. The solution was to cut the end of the cord, put it back in the socket-thing, and then screw the nub back to the cable.

    Voila! It works!!! However, I have bought another cable, just in case.

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