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About blondie1119

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus C-770UZ
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  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite DS-51
  1. I've only ever had an Olympus camera, Olympus housing, and Ikelite strobe with the slave EV controller, so I've never had or even thought about having wires or cables connecting my camera and strobes. What I had worked well, hence my hesitation to go to something I don't know - fiber optic cables. Thanks for your assurance that the fiber optics work fine, too. Since I'm planning to upgrade to 2 strobes instead of the 1 that I've ever had, I probably won't notice if a ys01 has less power as I would assume 2 ys01s would have more power than 1 ds51. I'm already going to have to re-learn how to adjust my strobes & picture-taking for having 2 instead of 1. Thanks!
  2. Thanks for the clarification on the flash. You'd think they'd be more clear about the fact that the camera comes with a flash. I didn't come across that in anything I read - not that I read everything, but I did read a bunch. I wonder why or how that was seen as an improvement or upgrade to not have the flash built in. Seems like stepping backwards in time wrt technology. Good to know that I don't have to purchase a flash separately.
  3. I'm looking to upgrade from my Olympus C-770UZ and have decided to go with either the E-PL2 or E-PL3. My hold out on the E-PL3 (besides price) is the fact that it doesn't have a built-in flash. I don't understand how the camera would work in an underwater housing without a built-in flash to set off the external strobe. And, outside of underwater diving, why would I want a camera without a flash. Seems strange that it doesn't exist on the E-PL3 but does on the older models. Am I completely missing something? Also, I've historically had the Ikelite DS-50 and then DS-51. However, my Ikelite DS-51 just recently flooded and died. So, I'm also in the need for a new strobe. Everything I seem to find related to the Olympus E-PL2 or E-PL3 models have S&S strobes. I've read reviews on both Ike & S&S and don't think it makes much of a difference between the two of them. Not sure why I haven't found many E-PL2/3 systems mentioned with Ikelite strobes. Again, unless I'm missing something. I would like to move up to a dual strobe unit and am assuming I should be happy with two YS-01 strobes (since I've historically only had a single DS-50/1 strobe) should I choose S&S over Ikelite. Any thoughts on Ikelite vs S&S strobe for the E-PL2/3? Any thoughts on whether two YS-01 strobes would be similar to me upgrading to two DS-51 strobes, which is what I would have done before reading about the many S&S strobes w/ the E-PL2/3s. The last piece I'm confused about is strobe triggering with the E-PL2/3 housings. I currently set the strobe in the TTL full-power setting and use an Ikelite EV controller (manual exposure controller) that is triggered by a slave sensor (I do not have or use a sync cord). Am I correct in my assumption that I would not be able to use the slave sensor feature on the PT-EP05L or PT-EP03 housings? And that if I switched to S&S, my Ikelite EV controller would no longer work? Does S&S even offer similar technology that would work on the set up that I'm suggesting? What are the pros/cons of leaving this EV controller out of my set-up as I've never shot w/o it before and don't really know what it does or doesn't do for me. Monica
  4. I'm new to forums and new to Wetpixel. I've been diving and taking underwater photos for 6 years now with my Olympus C-770UZ and a single Ikelite DS-51 strobe. I'm looking to upgrade to one of the Olympus PEN models and also need to replace my flooded strobe. So, I'm basically looking at buying a whole new rig and want some advice before spending any money.
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