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I am looking for a way to connect a pocket wizard to a Ikelite DS-161 light. Equipment: Canon 5d mkiv (no housing) Ikelite DS-161 strobes Pocketwizard TT1/5 triggers (optional) Criteria 1: RF type frequency (For about 50% of the shots, the lights will not be in line of sight) 2: HyperSync/High Speed Sync compatible My needs are 2 fold. I do destination glamour photography and often shoot models in/around water. I would like to (#1) get more artistic and creative and have the ability to fire strobes underwater for lighting effects in pools of water. Think a glowing pool infront of a waterfall with green gels and in the actual waterfall/behind the water in red for a shower of sparks effect. The light may be in water or getting wet, which makes the DS-161 ideal. (#2) I want to cut down on the amount of gear I'm traveling with. I'd like to only have to travel with 1 set of lights and leave the larger dry lights at home (with just a few speed lights as backups). What I've been able to find sofar... -Ikelite has an optical sensor, and can be used with an extension cord, but it's been my experience that this is not a reliable solution and I'm not sure how often I'll be able to use a remote cord and keep it out of the shot. -Aquatica makes the Water Wizard waterproof solution, which is ideal, but it's $425 each and seems to work only with the Pockewizard III. I use the FLEX TT1/5 combo so I can shoot high speed which the III doesn't support. Shooting HSS is a necessity for a lot of these scenes. I don't NEED the trigger to be waterproof as I assume it will connect to the DS light with a cord and sit somewhere dry (or in a ziplock when around the waterfall splashes). Plus, at $425 PER light, the sheer cost of this adds up pretty quickly. So, my question to the experts -Do you know of a ready to purchase solution (did I mention my next trip I leave 11/15/17?), which will allow a Pocket Wizard TT to connect to and trigger a DS-161? -Do you know of another trigger system that does HS/HSS and would trigger the DS-161 -Do you know of any home hacks to build a trigger system for the DS-161 that meets the above criteria? Any help or feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!!! Thanks -Ronfoto.
Hi All, I've just recently purchased my first underwater dslr set up. I'm now the happy owner of a Nikon D7000, ikelite housing and a single DS-161 strobe. I have a tokina 12-24 mm wide angle lens and a nikkor 60 mm micro lens. I've taken it out for one day of diving so far (3 dives) with the wide angle set up. Whilst I can see a marked step up from my previous point and shoot set up, I had trouble lighting a number of my shots with the single strobe. Admittedly I have a lot to learn regarding strobe positioning and setting the exposure on my camera. However, I note that most uw photographers would recommend two strobes for wide angle shooting. I'm on a tight budget. Although I got my set up for a bargain, it has pretty much broke the bank. My questions are: Should I be looking for a second strobe? Another DS-161/160 is outside my budget (even second hand). I've seen a DS-125 that I could potentially afford. What do you think of this as a pairing? I know they have slightly different outputs in terms of intensity and colour. How about an even cheaper (and less powerful) DS-51? I've searched on forums here but can't find much info on using two different strobes. Will it be tricky balancing the differing powers? Should I maybe (as I've seen some of the experienced photographers suggest) stick with one strobe and master that, and maybe a year down the track look for another DS-161? Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Nick
I have two (2) Ikelite DS-161 strobes for sale. They come with three (3) Nikonos type sync cords, diffusers, charger, and ultralite mounts. These were purchsed new in Sept 2010 and have never been flodded, all features work. Having said that they have seen a lot of use and are not "like new." However the price I'm asking is nowhere near new either - 500.00ea or 950.00 for the pair. If you're serious, I'll send more pics and we can discuss exactly what the minor issues are. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org Then we can talk by phone. Thanks, Joe