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Strobe Arms - Are expensive models worth it?

21 August 2018 - 10:02 AM

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?

Hugyfot Compact Arm System

06 August 2018 - 10:03 PM

Hi there,


does anyone have any experiences with the Hugyfot Arm System (these ones) to share? I'm considering to give them a go, but have never seen anyone mention using them.

Think Tank Airport Commuter Alternatives

26 May 2018 - 04:01 AM

I am looking for a bag to haul my newly acquired gear around the world. I've seen the other thread on the hardcase vs backpack discussion, but could not really find a solution that makes me happy.


For weight considerations, I've already decided to go with the backpack route, which should be 2kg or less empty. However, it seems that the market for carry-on sized large backpacks is tiny. This is what I want to pack:


NA-EM5 housing (if necessary with camera inside)

Nauticam 12-50mm Macro Port

Olympus 12-50mm Lens

Nauticam 7inch Dome Port

Panaleica 8-18mm Lens

2 YS-01 Strobes


For Topside use I would also like to bring

Panasonic 35-100 f2.8 (essential)

Panasonic 100-300 mkII (essential on some trips)

Panasonic GX8 (optional)


I ordered two backpacks from Amazon in the 60€ pricerange, but both did not even fit all of the dive photography gear. I've found the Think Tank Airport Commuter which should fit everything, but 200€ seems like a fairly large chunk of money for a bag.  Does anyone know of any cheaper alternatives?