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Canon 5DSR Ikelite DS161 strobes not firing

07 August 2016 - 03:03 PM

Hello gang,


I'm reaching out for some help to try to avoid calling Ikelite tomorrow morning. I'm in Roatan and have a brand new setup I'm using for this trip. 



Canon 5DSR w/8-15mm fisheye 

Ikelite housing

Dual Ikelite DS161 strobes with dual sync cord


I couldn't get the strobes to fire for the life of me today. The camera is brand new as well, but it was firing a 580 speed light just fine before I came down here, so Ive ruled out the hot shoe. I've been able to short the sync cable at the housing port plug and fire both strobes just fine, so I've ruled out the sync cord and strobes as being the issue. 


I've adjusted the settings on the camera and tried to fire it both with and without live view with no success. The White balance is set to flash. I've tried automatic mode, P mode, and Manual with no success. I've also read where turning off Silent Shooting in Live view could help. Nothing there seemed to make a difference. 


So either I'm missing a setting on the camera, or there is a problem between the hot shoe adapter inside the housing and the bulkhead plug on the housing. 


Anyone have anything else I can do to try to trouble shoot? I'm trying to avoid having too many days of down time as I bought all this gear in anticipation for this trip.


Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!







FS: Complete Canon DSLR UW Package

27 July 2016 - 12:09 PM

Complete Underwater Photography Package for sale


This is a perfect beginners package with everything you need to start shooting with a DSLR. 


At this point, I will NOT sell separately so please don't ask. If I decide to do otherwise, I will update this post. 


I am the original owner for everything included in this package. All items have been meticulously cared for. The housing was rebuilt (O-rings, buttons, etc) two years ago. The extra rebuild kit that is included can be used to save money on the next rebuild which will be due soon. The housing has always been fresh water soaked after chlorine or salt water use and has never been flooded.  The strobes have also been fresh water soaked after diving.  I’ve had the housing to over 250ft of depth several times with no problem whatsoever.


All items work, as they should. I have taken many awesome photos with this setup over the years. The fisheye lens produces some amazing photos when combined with the strobes.


My portfolio can be found at the link below. ALL images (including land based photos) in this portfolio were taken with this camera setup.



When traveling, I place the camera inside of the housing without lens / port and then store the lenses in a separate carryon bag. The Pelican case is the correct size for a majority of the airline requirements for carry on size.


Although the strobes are not TTL compatible, I find shooting manual lighting to fit my style better.


Shipping will be actual cost of shipping once buyer has confirmed address and insurance will be required.


Images of everything included can be found HERE.


Price is $2500.00 for everything.


Camera and accessories:


(1) Canon Rebel Xti Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) Camera body



(2) Canon Battery Chargers for Xti Batteries

(2) Canon Batteries for Xti

(1) Canon EF 20mm 1:2.8 Ultrasonic Lens w/lens cap



(1) Rokinon 8mm 1:3.5 Fisheye Lens w/lens cap



(1) Canon TC-DC58 1.5X Teleconverter w/lens cap

(1) Generic 0.5X Wide Angle Lens with Macro

(1) Generic 2.0X Super Telephoto Converter Lens w/lens cap

(1) Targus Extended Battery Grip w/Canon Battery holder and AA battery holder

(6) Quantaray Lens Filters – Most never used in packaging

(3) Hoya Lens Filters with ring adapters

(1) Generic Corded Shutter Release

(1) Canon Wireless Shutter Release

(1) Camera Armor Protection Case for use topside

(1) Lexar 4GB Platinum II 80X CF Card

(1) Lexar 2GB Platinum II 80X CF Card

(1) Sandisk 4GB Extreme III CF Card

(1) Sandisk 8GB Extreme III CF Card

(1) Generic 2GB CF Card

(1) Sandisk Neoprene CF Card Holder

(1) Magic Lantern Guides Book for Rebel XTi - unopened

(1) Generic Lens Cleaning Kit

(1) Atlas Camera Backpack style bag to hold everything

Multiple filters, rings, and adapters


Underwater Camera Accessories


(1) Ikelite Underwater TTL Housing for Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi DSLR w/port cap


(1) Flat Port for Macro Photography w/focus light bracket installed and neoprene cover – minor scratches from normal use

(1) 6 inch Dome port for fisheye wide angle use with neoprene cover – Minor scratches from normal use

(2) Sea and Sea YS-100A Strobes w/built in video lights – uses (4) AA Batteries


(16) AA high capacity rechargeable batteries with smart charger

(1) Ikelite Dual Sync Cord (Ikelite housing to Sea and Sea Strobes) for strobe triggering – NOT TTL compatible

(2) Ball / join arms with Sea and Sea adapters and extra joint clamp

(2) Focus ring adapters for use with lenses

(1) NOVUS 7136 Plastic Polishing Kit -2oz each – Used once, plenty left

(1) Ikelite O-ring Kit 6201.01 Housing rebuild kit – unopened

(1) Ikelite Ring kit 9059.9 – unopened

(2) Ikelite 1” Ball and release Handle Extensions 9571.3 – unopened

(1) Ikelite Silicone Lube (4 1cc tubes) – 5020

(1) Pelican 1550 Case to hold all underwater accessories