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TG-5 Strobe Settings

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by Guitarcrazy, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Guitarcrazy

    Guitarcrazy Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Montana
    I just ordered my first strobe. I was going to order the Sea and Sea YS-2DJ, but after seeing the size I decided to get the YS-01. I am not sure I want to carry a strobe that large, it will dwarf the camera and housing. I know the performance is better, but I figured the YS-01 should be a good starting point. What do you real photographers use for general settings? I have been using the TG-5 with PT-058 and two video lights for my dives thus far. I am hoping the strobe will allow me to get some more dramatic shots with more detail. Thanks.
  2. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Southern NH.
    If you want to use TTL, set the camera to "fill flash" and the strobe to STTL.
    For manual flash settings if the camera is still in "fill flash" set the strobe to the double lightning bolt and use the dial on the strobe to adjust exposure.
    For manual flash and camera set to "manual flash, I usually set the camera to 1/64 power" set the strobe to the single lightning bolt. use the dial on the strobe to adjust exposure.

    These settings should get you started. The TTL has always been hit or miss on my YS-01 strobes, but using genuine S&S fiber optic cables the TTL does work much better.
  3. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sydney Australia
    With the TG- series cameras you probably also want to tone down the ambient exposure a little 1/2 - 1 stop under exposure on ambient light - you want the strobe to dominate exposure. Also get close - for macro should not be a problem, but for wide shots you want to be 1m or less away, closer is better.
  4. Guitarcrazy

    Guitarcrazy Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Montana
    The strobe arrived so I will do a little testing around the house before our next trip in Feb. Hopefully I will get better photos. Thanks for suggestions
  5. JackConnick

    JackConnick Optical Ocean Sales ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    The TG-3 & 4 weren't all that compatible with the YS-01's TTL. It might be a bit better with the 5, but we've found it not to be the best.

    There's a work-around, but it requires you do set the camera up each time.

    We have an article here:
    TG-4 Remote Slave Flash for TTL with External Strobes

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