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Flash Cable for Subal ND2 to Sea & Sea YS-D2 & Arms Question

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Hello, 

After 12 years, I am getting back into UW Photography, I have just picked up a Subal ND2 Rig/Ports and other items.

Also just picked up a Sea & Sea YS-D2 (no cable or arms), just waiting on both to be delivered.

Years ago I had a Sea & Sea MDX300 with Sea and Sea Strobes so everything matched perfectly.

My first question is what is the cable fitting that goes into the Subal Housing, so i can get the right cable, sort of hoping its the Sea & Sea 5 pin to 5 pin.

 My second question what fitting at the camera end is required for arms to be fitted, on all the pictures it looks like a flat plate, so its like the standard slide fitting.

If anyone can offer an advice, better still links that would be very helpful.

Keep safe

Regards

Brian UK  

 

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Regarding the cable, this will depend on which flash sockets were installed on the housing that you have purchased.
In any case, you may change the sockets to better suit your setup.

Most likely it would be 5 pins Nikonos sockets, but to be checked when you receive your housing. (or you may ask your seller)

Flash sockets of any type are available for Subal housings

http://www.subal.com/c70c20c1/Housings/Accessories/Flash_Sockets.aspx

You may also consider using fiber cable connection to trigger the flash. Much easier to use and lighter than the cables.

 

For the arms, this looks like a standard "bayonnet" or "T mount", for which you may get:

https://www.carbonarm.com/en/balls-and-terminals/71-starting-bayonet-ball-0806808286574.html

https://www.flex-arm.com/en/components/ball-and-adapters/1-inch-ball-with-universal-t-mount-60027bk

 

If your housing hasn't already a leak detector installed, you should get a Leak Sentinel V5 XB.

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The ND2 does not have ports for fiber optic cables, Subal first used these ports about 2012, as in the ND7000 housing. That means you will have to use cables with 5 pin plugs at the Sea&Sea strobe end and match the pins on the housing bulkheads at the other end of the cable.  My Subal-Nikon housings have all had 5 pin bulkheads, but you have to check and proceed accordingly, Nikonos vs Ikelite type plugs.

Installing a vacuum leak detector will require a separate M1x14 or 16 mm bulkhead, first check that the housing has one available, then order a Vivid detector with an electric vacuum pump from Miso, he is a super person: Miso Milivojevic, info@vividhousings.com.   

For the strobe arms I would suggest studying the Ultra Light Control Systems on-line catalogue.  Their 45 degree slide-on ball mounts work well. You might consider some float arms. A ball mount for the finding light at the top center of the housing is quite useful:  https://www.ulcs.com/index.php/products/slr-camera-housings

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Should you need Subal T3 ports, please let me know, I have some spares.

Best of luck!

 

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Posted (edited)

 This illustration of underwater strobe connectors, by make, was in my old photos, but I do not know where it came from.  It may help identify the bulkhead connector in an older housing, such as the Subal ND2. 

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Edited by Kraken de Mabini

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Thanks everyone very helpful !

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