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The Ikelite DS-51 strobe is a compact TTL strobe useful for adding some color to those "too-blue" shots.
The compact, lightweight and affordable Ikelite DS51 Substrobe is an excellent choice for any underwater photographer. Its digital electronics make it fully compatible with digital cameras as well as traditional film cameras such as the Nikonos.
The DS51's intensity and angle of coverage make it equally suited for macro and general photography. The strobe's wide-angle diffuser increases the angle-of-coverage up to 80 degrees, softens the light and helps to reduce backscatter. The strobe can easily switch between TTL/Auto and any of the six (6) manual power settings for complete control over lighting the subject. The DS51 Substrobe's power rivals strobes twice its size, recycles in a quick 3.5 seconds, and provides 200+ flashes on a set of batteries. Much shorter recycle times and more flashes per set of batteries can be realized during TTL operation or when using manual fractional powers.
When connected with a sync cord to Ikelite TTL housings, TTL adapters, or the Nikonos camera system, the DS51 Substrobe offers TTL and Manual Modes. When used with other manufacturers housings, the DS51 Substrobe can only be used in the Manual Mode utilizing the six selectable power settings. When used in conjunction with the EV-Controller, the DS51 Mode switch is set to the TTL setting and the EV-Controller provides ten power settings in half-stop increments.
Jellyfish photographed with the Olympus TG-6 and Ikelite DS 51. 1/100, f/14, ISO 100
Periwinkles on eel grass photographed with the Ikelite DS 51 Strobe. Olympus TG-6.
Sea star skin photographed with the TG-6 in microscope mode. Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Sea urchin photographed by Allie Northey on her first ever dive with a camera! Photographed with an Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Buffalo sculpin photographed with the Olympus TG-6. f/13, 1/50, ISO 400. Photographed with an Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Sea cucumber skin photographed with the Olympus TG-6 using supermacro autofocus in aperture priority mode - a new TG-6 feature! f/16, 1/80, ISO400. Photographed with an Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
The eye of a buffalo sculpin photographed with the Olympus TG-6. f/18, 1/100. ISO 400. Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Sea pen photographed with the Olympus TG-6. f/16, 1/80, ISO 400. Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Sea star photographed with the TG-6 in microscope mode. Ikelite DS 51 Strobe.
Flatfish photographed in microscope mode with the TG-6. Photographed with an Ikelite DS 51 strobe.
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I had the old style Ikelite DS-50 strobe. I did not like that the only way I could control the amount of light was to move the strobe around constantly and angle it away from the subject.
This DS-51 is great. I can control the intensity of the light with the six manual controls. I use this with my Recsea S100 housing with Canon Powershot S100 camera. I mostly shoot macro so this really helps so it is not overexposed.
I highly recommend this strobe. For my macro, it is the right amount of light for me.
Scott was very helpful so I could be sure I was getting all the correct parts to make my
system work. Thanks. Keep us the great service.
I have used this strobe for years. I normally use two for macro work, and I carry at least one extra as backup on trips. They are small, light, and create virtually no drag in the water. The power switch and output adjustor are about the right size, and easy to operate. Light output can be adjusted easily, and fine adjustments can be made by moving the strobes towards or away from the subject. They are rugged and dependable. The new models have a clear battery compartment cover, which might help to detect leakage in the early stages. One down side to this product is the battery compartment is not sealed, so if it floods, the strobe floods. I would recommend that the owner of these strobes not flood them.
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