Just bought a G2 and am confused about what flash to buy.
Posted 08 October 2002 - 12:49 PM
I'm new to the forums and have a couple of questions. I just purchased a Canon G2 and am going on a cruise on November 2-9 Grand Caymans etc. I was told buy someone at Ike that the DS-50 was only good for macro. Also no one has the DS-125 in stock so I almost have to go with the 50. They say 2 to three weeks the ds125 is backordered. Should I wait and get the 125 or will the 50 do ok for the first time out.
Posted 08 October 2002 - 06:00 PM
I assume you have an Ikelite house for your G2...
I have been using my G2 for quite a while without the stobe for the same reason and I've been very happy with the pix. I just got the ds125 in the water for the first time this morning.
I didn't have the best viz to work with but the strobe with the sensor worked flawlessly in TTL. It will require some learning to get the aiming right so I'm glad I got used to the camera without the strobe first.
I got the DS125 from B&H Photo online just last week. They were out for a long time but may still have in stock now. Not sure about the DS50.
I'm no expert, but i decided that if I was going to get a strobe, I might as well get the more power.
Posted 09 October 2002 - 09:22 AM
#6142 Digital Housing for $629.95
#3944.72 Substrobe DS-125 Digital Package for $892.50.
I just received my G2 about an hour so have to start getting used to that. Do you have any tips on the housing/flash setup for a newbie or anything else I may be missing.
Posted 09 October 2002 - 10:01 PM
I paid 614.95 for the housing from B&H and $649.95 for the strobe kit. The housing is the same as you mentioned (#6142) but the stobe pkg I got was #3944.65. #3944.72 has the ball socket which I assume is better. I didn't know about that one.
My only disappointment is that the strobe system I got had a dumb charger. The smart one sounds much better but I didn't know about that til after the purchase either. You might want to look into that.
I mentioned a few things on the tips section of this forum that may be some help. I'll keep you informed as I learn more.
You can check out some of my pix at the address below. They are all without the stobe for now.
Posted 11 October 2002 - 08:06 AM
Your pics look great. Makes me think I can get by with just the housing my first time out. Which will make my wife happy. Instead of spending 1500 I can get away with 600 and learn more about it.
Any tips with handing the G2, ISO focus mode that sort of thing. Again I wont be buying the flash setup till later so it will be the on camera flash.
Posted 15 October 2002 - 01:48 PM
I use AV for almost everything. I bracket the fstop + or- one for most shots that I think were worth it. Continuous focus is a must. I have a 256 card so I can shoot about 120 of the highest rez pix on one card. I usually do 2 shore dives a day and have no problem keeping a freshly charged battery up.
I went out on a boat a couple of weeks ago and did 3 dives for a total u/w time of 3 1/2 hrs. I had the camera powered up the whole time with no battery problem. The screen display sleeps once in a while but I usually wake it up quickly.
I haven't used the raw format yet but I plan to experiment with it later after I have mastered the new strobe.
Other than that, everything is pretty much auto. I was hoping to get in 5 or six dives today and tomorrow to play with the strobe but we got a major rain storm here and the water is like mud. Guess I'll have to play with photoshop until next week
Posted 16 October 2002 - 10:54 PM
I've been using the G2 in Ike housing, with the ds50 and digital slave, for nearly a year, and am very happy. Several folks around here are doing so.
You can see a few results at my pbase site, below.
I plan to get a ds125 soon, to add to it. I often would shoot my n90s with an ike SS200 and SS50, for contrasting lighting...
I love the tiny travel weight, and form factor underwater, compared to a full size 35mm SLR and housing rig.
So far, none of the other strobe folks give TTL flash exposure control, with the G2, or any other P&S digi. Ike rocks.
nikon n90s/ikelite housing/twin SS-200 canon G2/ikelite/DS-50/optical TTL slave
sony V3/ikelite/DS-51/Heinrich DA2 slave