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#1 tc_rain

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 12:44 PM

Inon float arms or the 2" ULCS buoyancy arms? 



#2 r4e

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 11:26 AM

or TLC/Aquatica Buyoancy Compensating Floats?

 

There are also many inexpensive DIY solutions, but most of them will compress the deeper you go.

 

 


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#3 tdpriest

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 03:40 PM

Stix...



#4 Balrog

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 12:27 AM

Against the grain, I have to say that I prefer UCLS; smoother, less catchy, more durable and I suspect less water resistance. The downside is they are not adjustable: you need to get buoyancy right when purchasing and maybe sort out a way to trim for lens/port variations.

 

If you do choose 2" dia UCLS make sure you buy the longer reach ball clamps which allow a pair of arms to fold 180 deg.

 

I happily used those kids tubular swimming float things for my first couple of years but they do compress and offer less buoyancy at depth. Nevertheless, a good starting point if budget is limited due to buying lots of other kit.  


Edited by Balrog, 11 August 2013 - 12:33 AM.


#5 smk82

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Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:53 AM

depends on how much buoyancy you require. I use the Inon Float arms as my rig is over a kg without it, and I need at least 600g positive buoyancy. (This will reduce when I add the second arm/strobe, as the second arm I intend to add will have a further float arm, reducing the weight to ~ neutral.)



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Posted 10 November 2013 - 12:53 AM

Stix ;)

#7 AllisonFinch

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:23 PM

I like my stix. Easy to pack, easy to adjust for different ports/lenses.