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#1 meister

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:04 AM

Anyone have their DS-125 strobes upgraded by Ikelite to DS-160's?

http://ikelite.com/f...obes.html#ds161
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 06:25 AM

I've just had the first DS-125 upgraded to DS-161, second is with Ike now.

Seems like good value to revive an older strobe when considering moving to a camera with Video capability.

Edited by BigJeff, 19 March 2011 - 06:29 AM.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:44 AM

Yes, I did.

I have not had them in the water yet, but they look great.

I think it is a good idea as well. Strobes are all updated.

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:58 PM

I sent in two of my DS-125s for upgrade to DS-160s. Ike's website says the upgrade is $300-$475. Both my strobes are in good, working condition. I just got the quote from Ikelite - they want $500 each to upgrade the strobes! WTF?
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 04:24 PM

I sent in two of my DS-125s for upgrade to DS-160s. Ike's website says the upgrade is $300-$475. Both my strobes are in good, working condition. I just got the quote from Ikelite - they want $500 each to upgrade the strobes! WTF?


I thought the price was based on the serial number and age of the 125's? Older ones being more expensive that is...
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 05:58 PM

That's not what it says on the Ike website.

"Upgrade prices are based on a fully working Substrobe with no signs of abuse, water damage or other non-warranty issues. Non-working and/or damaged Substrobes will result in increased cost to upgrade."
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 06:16 AM

Ikelite needs to update its website. They now say not only non-working and/or damaged Substrobes, but also older strobes, strobes that are out of warranty, and ones that require electronic updates will result in increased cost to upgrade. If I had known that, I wouldn't have sent my strobes to them for upgrade.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 11:12 AM

Why upgrade?

I have three 125s. I don't know why I would upgrade. Seems like a lot of money for marginal power increase and more settings. I don't use the strobe for a modeling light anyway.
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Posted 25 May 2011 - 07:14 PM

I sold off my Ikelite Ds125's and replaced with new Ds161. It worked out cheaper to sell them off on ebay and use that money towards the new DS161. I get warranty and brand new battery packs with the new strobes.

regarding Marginal power increase: going from 110w/s (Ds125) to 160w/p (Ds160) is a decent power increase

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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:20 AM

regarding Marginal power increase: going from 110w/s (Ds125) to 160w/p (Ds160) is a decent power increase

Regards Mark


The 40% increase in power only has meaning if you find yourself firing at full power on the 125s and not getting enough light. I find myself shooting at half power most of the time.
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Posted 26 May 2011 - 08:35 AM

You can never have too much power - Jeremy Clarkson. :)

Seriously though, I have dual DS-125's and there have been a few situations using the 10-17 where a full dump was just not quite enough - I'm planning on doing the upgrade. I would agree for most of my photos using the 125's works well, particularly macro or fish portraits.

Edited by johnspierce, 26 May 2011 - 08:42 AM.

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 12:11 AM

Though I'm quite content with the current function and output of my current DS-125 strobes, with the DS-160 upgrade I was looking for improved performance for an upcoming and repeat JASA trip, specifically a potential increase in my ability to successfully fire off repeat shots with the strobes at at say one-half power... I didn't keep the return email regarding the estimate for the upgrade cost, but my conclusion at that price I was quoted, I'd be about better to sale off my current DS-125's and purchase new DS-160's for the minimal price difference.

However, I'd already sent in my DS-125's for the upgrade estimate, so while declining the upgrade option, I asked the strobes be serviced and any upgrades be completed as long as the strobes were already at Ikelite. Aside from the cleaning as could be evidenced by a control knob which had become a bit sluggish in operation and after service now functions as new, judging by the return paperwork, o-rings were replaced as well as several parts replaced which I hadn't realized needed replacement. All of this was completed for $100 with the strobes returned in a very, very minimal of time. I couldn't be happier with the service I received, despite not receiving the upgrade...
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