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

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(32 customer reviews)


Great Strobe!

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

The Sea and Sea YS series are all really great strobes. I own the YS-02, 01 and D1. The D1 is by far the most powerful of the series given its compact size (I have not used the 250 PRO).

Things that I love about the strobe: it came with 2 different diffusers, very well thought out controls, the LED status light turns blue to let you know that you are in TTL mode, good battery life and the strength of the light.

Things I would change: the focus light that comes with the strobe is fairly weak. If you are used to the YS-01's focus light, it takes a bit to get used to.

Other than that, it's a great strobe! I have used them for macro and wide angle shots and it has worked out really well. I highly recommend it!

Great Strobes!

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

These are very user friendly, compact, but powerful strobes. Switched from from some that were twice the size and weight.
Very easy to move about for positioning and fast recycle time. TTL works good and it's easy to shoot manual and adjust power.
I highly recommend these!

Small and reliable

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I've been shooting with two of these strobes on my Nikon D7000 setup for the past 2 years. They've been great. Easy to change batteries, completely reliable, work great on TTL.
One time I didn't realise I had some sand in the o-ring, and it flooded. After giving it a good rinse out with fresh water and letting it dry, it was back to working perfectly and I've had no trouble since.

Great Strobe and Easy To Use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I'm a novice photographer and I'm using two of these strobes. They are quite simply awesome. Easy to use, great on battery life and easy to understand feedback from the control lights. Controls are easily changed underwater and I appreciate the compact size in comparison to the old strobes I was using. You cant go wrong with these!

Nice strobe!

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I replaced my reconditioned YS-90 and YS-110a strobes strobes with 2 YS-D1s for a trip to Fiji this summer. The new strobes are very powerful and very fast to recycle. The older strobes had power switches that rotated in opposite directions, so having consistency was nice. I took most of my closeup and medium photos with diffusers on both strobes and had plenty of light. The other plus is that the new strobes are smaller and lighter than the older ones, which was nice because Air Pacific and Sun Airlines (local Fiji) are getting very picky about luggage weight.

No Problem Strobes

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Bought a pair of these as one of my Inon 240's crapped out for no apparent reason and could not be repaired. Very happy with them--easy to adjust the settings, compact size, plenty of light. I can recommend these without a doubt.

First Underwater Strobe

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

This is the first underwater strobe I have used. The build quality for the strobe was excellent. The controls are very easy to use underwater, even with gloved hands. I felt the locking mechanism for the battery housing was very sturdy as well. I've only used it on a handful of dives so I'm still experimenting with placement of the strobe to get good lighting. However, I found the the power output to be more than enough for any of the subjects I've tried it on (Bali, Puerto Rico, and SoCal dives.) I haven't done any scientific testing of the strobe for power usage, but I feel like it has very good battery life with normal alkaline batteries. I used it through 6 dives in Bali and didn't have it run out of juice. I would definitely recommend this strobe for anyone looking to get better quality shots underwater.

Powerful, reliable and easy to use

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Before I bought this strobe, I had used SeaLife SL961 for a year. The SL 961 is not reliable in terns of timing of flash, which frustrated me. So, I needed to buy another more reliable, and brighter strobe; whenever I shutter, the strobe will flash at the same time. Then, I bought YS D1 strobe. The price is almost double, but it has never failed the timing of flash. The brightness of the strobe, I feel like, 5 or 6 times more. Most of all, I soon found big differences in the pictures, and I am very happy about the better quality of pictures I have taken!

I bought only one strobe, because I do not like to handle two strobes with one video light.
I put the strobe in full brightness only when I shoot an underwater object in distance. When i shoot macro, I keep the brightness around -0.7, even at night dive. So, the batteries last at least two dive times.

When I went to Dumaguette in PI last March, I accidentally flooded it, but I dried the inside of the strobe leaving it in air-coned room one night; the following day I was able to use it with new batteries.

Another major reason I like the strobe a lot is its easiness to use; I am a typical woman when it comes to handling a machine, but it does not make me feel like I am bad with machines.

Actually I bought the package of the strobe. I had a hard time, how to put arms to the housing of my Olympus camera. So, I emailed Scott, and got his response immediately; my problem was solved!

I live on Guam, a topical island in the Pacific, and dive almost every weekend with this strobe since i bought it last March. I am going to Malapascua in PI in next month with this strobe to enjoy shooting macro, there, besides thresher sharks.

Great strobe

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I have owned other Sea and Sea products, they have always performed exactly as advertised. This strobe is compact and has variable setting that can easily be adjusted when needed. The ability of the strobe to use fiber-optic connections is what sold me on this product. Use of cables always opens another door to flooding.

Compact and light, yet powerful

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

I have paired two of these strobes with my Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam housing. I love them!

Unlike the strobes I had been using prior to this purchase, these strobes are compact enough to transport easily and light enough that I can easily maneuver them in the water in order to change lighting effects quickly. The output is excellent.

The fiber optic cables produce an instant, reliable flash. Unlike electronic sync cords, these cables will not flood and ruin not only the strobes but also the expensive electronics in the housing. These fiber optic cables attach easily and securely to the housing.

SO glad I got these strobes!

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