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#1 Rugani

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:21 AM

Hi,

I have to buy new strobe arms and wonder, which are the best.

The one from Seacam are very expensive.

Are Nauticam ore ULCS arms good for heavy flashes?

How about Ikelite? The DS161 are as heavy as the Seacam 150d.

Please help me!

Thanks in advance 

Armin



#2 bnf-austin

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:26 AM

From experience:
- ULCS and Nauticam strive arms are very good.
- in the USA, I would pick up the idas strobe arms that perform just as well as the Nauticam for a fraction of the price (included is an example link):
https://www.opticalo...s/#/product/488
- on the other hand, I have both the idas and Nauticam clamps, and prefer the Nauticam and ULCS ones.


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#3 TimG

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 09:10 AM

I've had my ULCS for about 18 years and they have been flawless. I can recommend them highly. I've had Nikonos strobes on them and Inons.


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#4 Rugani

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:25 AM

I have Seacam 150d strobes and my ULCS don´t do a great Job.



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:09 PM

I've used ultra lites for Inon 240z back to Oceanic 2001 with out any problems.


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:58 PM

On a semi-tangential note... what have been people's experiences with the newer, fine thread ULCS clamps? I've never been thrilled with how tight I've had to crank down my clamps, to keep them from moving - especially with longer arms and some sporty dive conditions.... my thought is that the fine threads should allow significantly greater clamping force for any given torque on the knob....

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 02:07 AM

I have UCLS arms for more than 12 years and since 6 years with Seacam 150d arms together with mike dive clamps. I have no complaints and theay still do a great job. I would buy them again.


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#8 JohnnyQuest

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Posted 14 October 2017 - 04:44 AM

On a semi-tangential note... what have been people's experiences with the newer, fine thread ULCS clamps? I've never been thrilled with how tight I've had to crank down my clamps, to keep them from moving - especially with longer arms and some sporty dive conditions.... my thought is that the fine threads should allow significantly greater clamping force for any given torque on the knob....

 

 

I like my ULCS arms, but I agree that the clamps can be a bit tough to fully tighten or loosen. I made these handles quickly as a prototype (out of scrap Azek), but they work so well that I haven't improved them yet. I was planning on connecting them via SS screws in lieu of the zip ties, but I've used these for about 100 dives, and I kind of like them. I'm a Canon shooter so I don't mind the white. Nikon shooters will probably prefer black.  ;)

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#9 Rugani

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 09:51 PM

What about Reikle or Subtronic?

Are this systems as good as the Seacam arms?

Kind Regards

Armin



#10 echo2600

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Posted 17 October 2017 - 11:21 AM

@JohnnyQuest,

I like your solution... very simple and looks to be very effective. Thanks, for sharing.





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