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#1 digital newbie

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 10:49 AM

I am looking for recommendations for some web sources for Ultralite arms. I know Marine Camera carries them and I am checking with them, but can anyone recommend any others?

#2 Tio Loco

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 11:05 AM

Helix Camera

http://www.helixphoto.com

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#3 Tio Loco

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 11:07 AM

Grrrrr... can't edit posts!

Sorry, they carry TLC arms, not Ultralite...

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#4 james

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 12:34 PM

I got my ultralight arms from Helix.

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#5 Tio Loco

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Posted 19 August 2002 - 01:39 PM

ok, I guess I was right the first time!

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 09:35 AM

There is a link on the ultralight website page www.ulcs.com to dealers by state.

I was shocked and amazed by how much these things cost. My closest dealer is in Idaho, and although I haven't done a price comparison or bought from them yet their estimate was as follows for a 5"-8" combination to fit Ikelite housing:

BA-IK fitting: $ 22.95
AD125 Strobe Adapter: $22.95
AC-CS Clamps (3) $22.95 ea.
DB-05 Double Arm $47.95
DB08 Double Arm $47.95

Just over $200 plus shipping (in fact they had a little discount to $185) Is this about what I should expect pricewise?

What combination of lengths do y'all use and what recommendations do you have?

Bob.

#7 Tio Loco

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 10:12 AM

Obviously not annonymous... how'd that happen?

#8 james

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 02:18 PM

My personal preference is for the ultralight clamps because they "hold tighter." The ultralight's have this rubber "o-ring" on each ball that lets gives the clamps something "squishy" to clamp on.

Other than that, the arms war is pretty much the same.

I use the same setup as the crazy uncle - 2 x 8" segments on each side. I use a ball adapter on each strobe to give me one more "degree of freedom" though.

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 02:20 PM

Here's what the Ike coolpix 5000 housing looks like with 2 x 8" arm sets:

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#10 Tio Loco

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Posted 20 August 2002 - 03:23 PM

My personal preference is for the ultralight clamps because they "hold tighter."


That's only important for you young guys who swim really, really fast....

Richard