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  1. You're absolutely right. I'm new to this (moneysucking hobby) and I am overwhelmed at how expensive all the gear is. It just means that I have to put off buying that second lens and port and spend the money on a good regulator instead. Sigh...
  2. Can anybody recommend a cheaper (say, under $300) regulator that's good for underwater photo? I'm getting a Seatool housing for my XTi, and though the viewfinder has a .8x pickup, I imagine that I will have to get my face pretty close to the housing. Thanks!
  3. Does anybody have the Nexus housing for the Canon 400D XTi? If so, do you like it? Is it TTL compatible with Inon strobes? Either the Z240 or D200. I'm looking for a setup for my Canon 400D plus Tokina 10-17mm and Canon EF-S 60mm. If you have any experience with the Nexus housing, please let me know. Thanks!
  4. Thanks, guys! Your opinions are infinitely helpful. I have decided to go for a pair of Z240s (and screw the TTL). Reef Photo has recommended the ULCS arms to go with my setup; two 5" and two 8" to be exact. I've read that the Z240s can be somewhat heavy. Should I consider getting the bouyant 8" segments and the regular 5" segments or vice versa? I am a little concerned because my arms are VERY whimpy. Again, the other components are: Canon 400D, Tokina 10-17mm, Iketlite housing/ port. Doumo arigatou!
  5. I swear that I've scoured the Internet and haven't found this specific topic approached directly. But if it has, you guys are all welcome to kick silt in my face (or just not answer this post because that would be more of a dis). The DS-125 has been compared to the Z-220/ Z-240; the DS-51 has been compared to the D-2000, but so far, I haven't read any specific comparison between the DS-51s and Z-240. I know it's primarily because one model costs twice as much as the other, which just goes to show how irrational my thought process is. I want to outfit my Canon 400D, Tokina 10-17mm and Canon EF-S 60mm. Primarily because of cost, I'm pretty much decided on the Ikelite housing and lens ports. Judging from what I like to shoot on land, I expect to be shooting wide more often than macro. Originally, I was very attracted to the idea of getting two DS-51s but a lot of people have discouraged me, saying that the light beams are too focused and bright. Another down-side to the DS-51 is that there is no focus light. But I really like the size, weight, price, and I've heard such great things about Ikelite's customer service. I also read in the article by Jeff Farris that his first set was a pair of DS-50s and he thought that it was a great set for beginners. Which makes me stressed in advance, for thinking about the next time I will be shelling out for a new set of strobes, and I haven’t even bought my first set! A lot of people have recommended the DS-125 but I would like to add here that I am against the idea, due to size, weight, and proprietary battery. Many other people have recommended the Inon Z-240s, especially because I plan to shoot wide. The first downside is obviously cost, the second is some of the bad things I’ve heard about their customer service, and the third is lack of TTL. I've read the forum topics here and around, but since I've only shot with point and shoots w/o strobes underwater, it's hard for me to really assess the importance of TTL without having done it. I suppose if I buy the Z-240s now, I won’t ever have to worry about it for having deprived myself of the capability… The upside is the wide angle beam, the focus light, and the probability that I won’t need to upgrade, even after I upgrade my camera (which is probable). But is it really worth the extra $700, and the sacrifice of TTL to get the Inons? If anybody can throw in any opinions, additional information, or pieces I may have not have considered, please do! It would so be much appreciated. Thank you, Yuki Yet another newbie with lots of questions.
  6. Thanks, guys. I have to say, I'm not interested in the DS125 because of cost, size and proprietary batteries. If I decide to spend that much money, I will probably go for a pair of Inon Z240s. Though if I do, I wouldn't have TTL, which I'm not sure I will like, but that's another matter all in itself. I'm still not convinced either way about buying or not buying a pair of DS-51s. I would love to hear more about this from people who have used, or currently use two DS-51s, and please show me examples if you have 'em. Thanks again in advance!
  7. Newbie here. Actually not even started; just trying to figure out how to outfit my Canon 400D at the moment... I'm thinking about buying the Ikelite housing and two DS-51s. I will be using the Canon EF-S 60mm as well as the Tokina 10-17mm and am a little concerned about the light coverage when shooting wide. I have spent the past week searching through forum after forum but have only read a few posts by people who have actually used the DS-51s in wide shots. I know what the specs say but I want to hear from more people who have actually used these lights in wide angle shots. The cost and the size/ weight (I'm very petite - read: shrimpy) is very favorable on the DS-51 so I am looking for as much information as possible. If you could send or post some examples, that would be great! Thanks, Yuki
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