Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe (SS-03114) Reviews

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4.84375
(64 customer reviews)


Great Strobe

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

This strobe is compact and light. I am very happy with the results and the pictures I have taken with it. Gave it a workout in Bonaire recently. I have a pair on my set up and it gives me the flexibility to control the lighting on the strobes separately and quickly. Very easy to mount and maneuver. I highly recommend this.

Time for New strobes

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I switched out my YS-110 strobes for these YS-D1 strobes.
I really like that they are smaller but even more powerful. Packing these to travel attached to my tray set or separate is truly much easier.
The 2 separate diffusers make better coverage for lens changes, though they do sometimes pop off. The adjust dials are clear and easy to both read and manipulate underwater, even in colder California water and thicker gloves. I am happy with the switch, and resale on the larger YS-110s is still good.
size does matter

Does the job perfectly

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I've recently bought and have been diving with this strobe in California for about 15 dives. I have even taken it through two beach dives without problems, though the surf was not difficult. The TTL works great with the Olympus E-PM1 and I really like the exposure control for the TTL. The manual is also good, and it is a very bright stobe. However, it does not have the ability to subtly change power in manual like the YS-01 so you have to work with the stops. I have gotten some wonderful shots with this set up.

Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe in the water

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I've used the Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe on my latest trip to the Philippines and Sipadan. Compared to my other strobe (Inon S-2000) I found the YS-D1 to be easier to use in the water with easy handles and easy to read dials. Since I'm only into macro photography I can't say how well the strobe works for wide angle, but for my macro setup with two wet lenses it worked great. The only con I can think of is part of the pros at the same time. The o-ring is situated directly on the cap locking in the batteries. This makes it alot easier to handle than the S-2000, since the o-ring doesn't get squeezed (reducing risk of flooding), but that the same time you have the risk of getting silicone on the metallic ends connecting to the batteries.

Ys-D1 strobe Review with Olympus OM-D

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I bought a pair of the new YS-D1 strobes to go along with my new Nauticam EM-5 housing & Olympus EM-5 camera. The strobes are powerful, yet small, making international travel easier for the u/w photographer. Using fiber optic cables, the strobes can be fired in slave, TTL or slave-TTL modes, depending on your preferences. There are eleven levels, allowing for fine control of the flash in both manual and TTL. The strobes come with two diffusers that will increase the angle of flash from 90 degrees to either 100 degrees or 120 degrees. The recycle time for a full dump is approximately 2 seconds. I found that at one-quarter power, the strobes could keep up with five frames per second on the camera (awesome).

Strong, compact, easy to use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Great output. Really powerful strobes in a small package.

Controls are really well positioned and well-thought out. Easy to use with gloves on.

I really like the locking mechanism for the battery compartment It seems sturdy, and is very easy to open and close. On a related note, the o-rings are really great. They seem to hold the silicon grease really well. I am quite impressed every time I open up the battery compartment, and they feel like I just greased them.

Fiber optic connections are well placed, and easy to connect.

I am really liking the flexibility of how many adjustment stops there are for light output - you can quickly manipulate the light output to achieve very subtle differences in lighting.

TTL works great with my RX-100 - lighting is consistent and well metered.

I use the 100 degree diffuser quite a lot. I haven't even tried the other diffuser set yet, and I probably won't ever. There is quite a drop-off in output that, in my mind, offsets the benefit of a wider beam. It's not loss, though, because the 100's work great, and I can't think of many situations where I would want a wider beam than that.

Did I mention these things have great output in a small package? Oh yeah, I did. Great buy.

YS-D1 strobe-excellent compact camera primary strobe

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

We travel to dive and I keep my camera case small enough to carry-on the airplane—so I seek smaller cameras and strobes. After reading reviews of the YS-D1, I was impressed that it would be a positive compliment to my current Canon G12/Recsea housing and YS-01 strobe (it would be compact, balanced, and the primary strobe). I was not disappointed. I use the YS-D1 as the primary strobe. It is infinitely and quickly adjustable, about the same size as the YS-01, so it is balanced on the Ultralite tray and arms. The housing, arms and strobes fold into a small unit for transport on the dive boat and water entry and then are easily expandable when in the water. I used it for 2 weeks in Bonaire and produced many “keeper” photos. The YS-D1 (primary) and YS-01 (secondary) are complimentary and an excellent combination of strobes for the “smaller” cameras. 5 stars!

The jury is still out

1
Average: 1 (1 vote)

I bought this strobe to go along with a Panasonic GX-1 in a Nauticam housing. Unfortunately I received one of the units affected by a factory recall and wasn't notified prior to a trip to Bonaire. The strobe functioned intermittently so I really can't write a good review at this point. The strobe is compact, lightweight, and appeared to meter well with my set up when it worked, which was less than half the time. Scott and the crew and Blue Water were helpful throughout the ordeal and have done their best to make things right with me. The strobe has been returned to Sea & Sea for an update that is supposed to correct the problem. I will write a follow up review after my next trip.

YS-D1, Infinitely Adjustable and a Good Traveler

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

We travel to dive and I keep my camera case small enough to carry-on the airplane—so I seek smaller cameras and strobes. After reading reviews of the YS-D1, I was impressed that it would be a compliment to my current Canon G12/Recsea housing and YS-01 strobe (it would be compact, balanced, and the primary strobe). I was not disappointed. I use the YS-D1 as the primary strobe. It is infinitely and quickly adjustable, about the same size as the YS-01, so it is balanced on the Ultralite tray and arms. The housing, arms and strobes fold into a small unit for transport on the dive boat and water entry and then are easily expanded when in the water. I used it for 2 weeks in Bonaire and produced many “keeper” photos. The YS-D1 (primary) and YS-01 (secondary) are an excellent combination of strobes for the “smaller” cameras.

Small strobe, big power

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I got two of the YS-D1 strobes to compliment my 600D canon camera that I usually use with Tokina fisheye lens.
The strobes are very powerful compared to their size and perfect for traveling for long trips due to their small size and weights.
I even had one of the strobes flooded and a day later after drying it out, worked perfectly fine.

I can highly recommend these strobes to people who would not want to spend their overall savings on underwater equipment but in the meantime they would want to get great quality.

I also used the strobe setup on Seacam housing with a Nikon camera and the photos turned out great.

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