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S&S YS-D1 and YS-D2
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Sea&Sea YS-D3-2 vs Inon Z330-2 ?
donboka replied to Kraken de Mabini's topic in Lights, Strobes, and Lighting TechniqueGuys, the YS-D1s and D2s have well documented problems, c'mon. If people choose to live in denial, that's another problem. Also, just because you didn't have a problem, it doesn't mean there's no reliability problem. It's a matter of statistics. I have spoken to 2 people who were SPONSORED by Sea&Sea and they acknowledged the faults. One of them went through more than 10 strobes in the span of less than 2 years. I have gone through 6 until I got smarter and switched to Inon. Let me be be clear about something: the functionality, TTL and quality of light of the Sea&Sea strobes is better (the TTL is MUCH better) but they don't last. How many times have I seen people on liveaboards using a single S&S strobe because one was malfunctioning... And the problem here in Asia is that it doesn't matter what the problem is, the assistance will charge you 90% of the price of a new one to fix it. I'm aware of confirmation bias, but the report by Silvana is enough for me to maintain my position of staying away from S&S strobes. It seems the service in North America is better. If you guys want to take a risk, by all means go ahead. We can all be splitting hairs if the o-ring needs to be lubed this or that way but the fact of the matter is they are not reliable.
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Strobe Sea&Sea YS-D2 fires always at maximum
donboka replied to Taxatxu's topic in Lights, Strobes, and Lighting TechniqueI have on ein this situation, did you guys managed to get it fixed? Who could fix it? After all I experienced with Sea&Sea I wouldn't send it to them...
Sea & Sea YS-D2 Problems
donboka replied to Kelamik's topic in Photography Gear and TechniqueI have 3 half-dead Sea&Sea YS-D series strobes (2 D-1s and 1-D2). I already threw away 1 YS-D1 and one YS-01 in the past. I kept thinking I was unlucky and giving them another chance for years. Finally I switched to Inon. What can I tell you...Sea&Sea strobes don't last. They have excellent TTL and are simple to operate, but they last 2-3 trips. Their service, at least in Asia, is non-existent. You send them for servicing and they charge you the price of a new one, every single time. It has become a joke around here. When they moved their manufacturing to Japan it was too late for me. I mean, why give them another chance? Switch to Inon and you will have strobes for years.
Inon Z-240 vs. Sea & Sea YS-D2
donboka replied to Mark Twain's topic in Lights, Strobes, and Lighting TechniqueI'm gonna stick my neck out a bit here... I cannot believe that people still support Sea & Sea strobes, I have to assume either 1) they produce a much better final product to sell in the US or 2) the opinions are heavily biased. As Wolf Eel mentioned, the Z240s are unnecessarily complicated with all the knobs, but I know A LOT of photographers who have been using the same strobes for years. They send them for maintenance every now and then, pay a bit of money and get it completely renewed. The Sea & Sea ones, on the other hand, present all sorts of issues. I have lost 3 YS-D1s and 1 YS-D2 to battery explosion, tube issues and just unidentifiable issues. I have met photographers who have lost more than that. I have seen many S&Ss ruin photography trips and the most important: at least here in HK the service is completely useless. Anytime you send your strobe for servicing, the warranty covers nothing, the price to fix it is the price of a new strobe, it takes forever to fix them and service is atrocious. Seriously, it's time to stop beating around the bush: Sea & Sea needs a wake up call, people have to stop buying their strobes(I know I have) and their products in general. Sorry if anyone is offended. I'm trying to help by being honest.