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#1 johnjvv

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 02:12 PM

Hello,

I am getting some buoyancy for my camera and have seen that 2 x 6 inch Stix arms with floats will cost about 100, as opposed to getting two 8 inch ULCS arms and floats which would cost about 130.

My existing setup uses ULCS clamps, are they compatible with Stix Arms or will the damage the ball at the end of the Stix arms which appears to be rubber?

Would appreciate anyone's advise on this.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 03:00 PM

Hello,

I am getting some buoyancy for my camera and have seen that 2 x 6 inch Stix arms with floats will cost about 100, as opposed to getting two 8 inch ULCS arms and floats which would cost about 130.

My existing setup uses ULCS clamps, are they compatible with Stix Arms or will the damage the ball at the end of the Stix arms which appears to be rubber?

Would appreciate anyone's advise on this.

Cheers,
John


I use the Ultralight Arms with the Stix floats and love them. Can't go wrong with that combo. ULCS are the gold standard as far as I'm concerned. Ive tried others, but I haven't tried the stix arms or even looked at them. What make ULCS different is the o ring on the ball end. It helps keep the arms locked in place.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:58 AM

I use Stix arms and find them very good. Very lightweight and a modular system so you can add/remove buoyancy as you wish. I also sell them, caveat....
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:07 AM

Alex since you sell them can you answer the OP's question "My existing setup uses ULCS clamps, are they compatible with Stix Arms or will the damage the ball at the end of the Stix arms which appears to be rubber?" ? I am curious too.
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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:41 AM

I have used the Stix arms with ULCS clamps going on 5+ years now. They work well, the only draw back is that the early Stix ball ends were a softer plastic/polymer and would get chewed up a bit when really tightening the clamps. That was easily solved, since the ball ends can be exchanged. The new ball ends are harder and it is not really a problem now.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:32 PM

Thanks....

Did a little comparison of lift vs approx cost however this does not take into account the negative buoyancy of the Ultralight 8" Double Ball Arm segment as I dont know what it weighs.

Ultralight 8" Large Buoyancy arm - 2" diameter - $68 - Lift 4.5 oz
Ultralight 8" Double Ball Arm segment - $66 - 12 oz
StiX 6" Strobe Arm with 2 large floats - $45 - 9 oz

Seems like the Stix arms is the best value for money but I am afraid of them getting munched up by the ULCS clamps...

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:21 PM

Seems like the Stix arms is the best value for money but I am afraid of them getting munched up by the ULCS clamps...


The ULCS clamps work well and really don't munch up the Stix ball ends. I have both ULCS and Stix arms and prefer to use the Stix arms because they are lighter and give me adequate buoyancy with the large floats where I would need a few jumbo floats if I used my ULCS arms.

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