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This is our favorite strobe for the compact camera user, or beginner dSLR shooter. It's small, powerful, and has excellent TTL capability.
Almost everyone who buys a strobe has trouble learning how to use it properly. The Bluewater photo team won't let that happen to you - we know this strobe inside and out, and have tested it with dozens of various cameras. Call us at 310-633-5052 with any questions!
* This strobe does NOT include a ball mount, if you want a ball mount you'll need the Ultralight AD-SS
Don't forget to buy a spare tube of Sea & Sea's silicone grease.
We dive with our products all the time. Please call the Bluewater Photo team at 310-633-5052 with any questions, or email us at email@example.com
I have not yet tried this underwater. I use color correction lens and powerful video lights.
I realized I will need a strobe light to shot shark feeding photos of my family during our coming Aug 11th trip to Bahamas.
This review is to express my appreciation to Scott Gietler and Kelli Dickinson for their no-sales pressure and most importantly giving me a live Skype training to teach me how to use it with my camera and housing. Thank you guys.... I will provide another review re my photo results after my trip.
I decided to get a strobe for my canon G12 and there was lots of choices sure all are from great companies but i was looking for a kind of strobe to be small in size and powerful in the performance , I got one strobe of S&S ys-01 and it was a size of my hand and lite after testing that product underwater the storbe was really powerful even sometimes i needed to put the EXP control dial at min. and still getting strong light ... after 3 weeks of using that single strobe I was not able to resist myself not to get another one to have dual strobe set for canon G12
totally i recommend this product sea and sea YS-01
This flash is pretty good for close-up photos. It doesn't seem to have a long or wide range, so it's not ideal for things further away than 6'.
It's OK for video, but you have to "hold it" in the "on" position; it does not automatically come on and stay on for video. This is not great because it ties up both hands. It does result in good video, again, at less than 6' away.
It's a little convoluted to mount and you have to make sure it's on REALLY tight, but once you've got it hooked on, it works well.
I did a whole series of dives on Phuket, Thailand, in low-visibility areas and ended up with some good pictures using this flash so I'm happy with it.
This strobe is nothing like the old strobes (bigger & heavier) I was used to and what better place to have bought it at then Bluewater Photo. I really like the small size for traveling, its built rugged, has lots of options for controlling the flash and great recycle time. It works great with my Olympus 6020 and PT-048 housing and I know when I move up to another camera and housing that it will still do as excellent job as it does now!
The other good thing is that the guys & girls at Bluewater Photo are passionate about what they do and I know anytime I need help with something or suggestions they are there to help. How much better can it get!
This is my first strobe, purchased along w/a Canon S95 and Recsea housing. The unit was compact, easy to use the controls, and easy to maintain and change the batteries. The sync worked flawlessly and I could get two 1 hour dives out of a set of rechargeable batteries. I don't have much to compare it to, but I have no complaints and I took some awesome pictures with this set up (For a rookie!).
Scott and the staff @ Bluewater were excellent at listening to what we wanted, educating us about underwater photography and our options, and then setting us up with the perfect system for our needs. I can't say enough about the service we received.
I am a 1 year experienced diver and when I started wanting to share what I was seeing I bought a disposable camera. Wow these pictures are so dark.
Strobe is amazingly easy to operate and does an incredible job. The only thing that could make it better is another one.
I purchased the YS01 Strobe before my last dive trip in April. I'm new to underwater photography and was looking to upgrade my dive camera package and after speaking to the team Blue Water Photo selected this strobe for my Cannon G12. Overall I'm really pleased with the results although I need a lot more practice. The overall quality is great, recycle time is very quick, the focus light function is great in low light situations and overall I'm very pleased with the purchase, I cant wait to get in the water again and work on my technique. My pictures came out great and now I'm considering a better housing and possible second strobe, so this was a great first strobe.
I have little to no idea what I am doing with underwater photography, but the strobe along with my S100 have already taken better pictures than I ever thought I would be able to. So far the only hiccup I have had is that on one dive the strobe would not turn on at all; no guide light, no firing. Still have no idea why. I checked the batteries were in the correct orientation, closed it back up and it worked the next dive. I assume it was an id10t user error. I would definitely recommend this strobe, especially if you don't have a dedicated focus light.
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