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YS-110 and YS-110a Strobes

Discussion in 'Sea&Sea Society' started by Sortsol, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Sortsol

    Sortsol ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a YS-110a strobe. Does anyone know if I added a YS-110 would I notice a real difference in performance or are they virtually the same? I can't find a real breakout of the differences.
     
  2. hammerhead man

    hammerhead man Manta Ray

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    I have two 110a's and it does make a difference. You get a larger light coverage that allows for more of the object to be illuminated. I like having two strobes. I also recently bought the FIX fisheye lens and adapted it for my DX-1G and the two strobes really allow for much better pictures because you can get so much of the reef or object into the picture.

    Regards,

    Bill
     
  3. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hi Bill, not sure that is what lacycroft is asking.

    What I think lacycroft is asking is there any difference in performance between the YS-110a and the YS110 (no a).

    I actually use two YS-110a and prefer the lighting with two strobes

    Lacycroft, I would try both together and see how the output compares. If one outshines the otehr you can always adjust the settings to balance them.
     
  4. Larry C

    Larry C Dive Con

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    AFAIK the two strobes have identical output and performance. The YS110a is supposed to respond better to a fiber optic input. The YS110 had a reputation for spotty performance when used optically. I think they also expanded the ttl capabilities for more cameras. If you're firing with an electrical sync cord or using a camera that functions in ttl with the YS-110 it shouldn't matter which you use. If you're firing it optically, the 110a is supposed to be quite a bit better.
     
  5. Sortsol

    Sortsol ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    All, thanks for your posts. They all gave me something to think about.
     
  6. giffenk

    giffenk Great White

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    Larry C's post covers the differences between the 2 models. In practice, you will not notice any difference in performance.

    I have 2 YS110's and a DX-1G with optical cables and have always been surprised by the number of complaints I see on the boards. I do see a failure every couple of hundred shots. Not often enough to even worry about considering I toss about 90% of my shots. Maybe my strobes are "older" 110's and are closer in spec to the 110a's?

    And yes: 2 stobes are way better than 1 (more than 2x better!).

    So if the price is right, go for it.
     
  7. Sortsol

    Sortsol ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Cool, thanks
     
  8. BluewaterPhoto

    BluewaterPhoto Bluewater Photo & Travel ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    A YS-110A + a YS-110 will be much better than using just 1 strobes. Your 2 strobes do not necessarily have to be the same exact strobe, this combo will be fine.

    That said, the YS-110A is a much improved strobe over the YS-110 with more power and a faster recycle rate. S&S really did a great job with the YS-110a.
     
  9. bmchugh

    bmchugh Solo Diver

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    I had one of each on my set up for the last year. I recently upgraded the my loan 110 with another 110a. T the 110a's performance is much better with respect to recycle time and optical ttl accuracy. The older 110's also miss firing far more often. The other unusual thing when using one of each strobe is that the flash intensity dial is reversed, not a problem if they are both the same strobe but not ideal when setting both strobes on manual and adjusting.

    Brian

    Brian
     
  10. Sortsol

    Sortsol ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Good to know, thanks.
     

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