So, I am currently at the point where I have to make a decision regarding strobe arms. I've found a bunch of info on choosing the correct length as well as buoyancy arms, but one thing I'm still not sure about is how much I should spend on clamps and arms.
I've calculated the prices of a variety of different setups and my options range from about 290€ for a set of arms by "Mangrove" (probably chinese knockoff only sold by aditech-uw.com) to about 400€ using Aquatica arms and clamps. While 100€ is not massive in the Underwaterphotography world it is still a substantial amount of money.
The general notion of what I've read on these forums is that skimping on arms is not recommended and that there is indeed a quality difference. With the clamps I can see that there might be a big difference, but how difficult can it really be to built a piece of metal with 1" spheres on either side? Not considering fancy carbon arms or float arms. I will stick to Stix because my Dome setup is neutral/positive and I don't want to carry around multiple sets of arms (let alone pay for them).
So, to list my questions:
1. Has anyone had any experience with Aquatica clamps (and arms). How do they do in comparison to the ever favoured ULCS?
2. Would it make sense to buy premium clamps and cheap arms?