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Underwater Strobe Finder

One of the most common questions on the Digital Diver Forum is 'What strobe should I buy?'   That's a tough one to answer due to the plethora of cameras, housings and strobes available and the multitude of ways that different brands and different models can interact with each other.
Our goal with this guide is to present you with the information you need to make an informed decision when it comes time to pick out a strobe for your underwater digital adventures.

An excellent companion to this database is Jeff Farris' article 'Choosing and Using Underwater Strobes with Digital Cameras''. We strongly recommend that you read it to get beyond the statistics.

As with everything in the world of Digital Underwater Photography, the landscape is constantly changing. While we will make every effort to keep this resource up to date, your participation is appreciated. If you find omissions or errors in the data, please Contact the Pooh Bah .

To access the strobe comparison database, you can select individual strobes for comparison on the right, or choose from pre-defined queries below:

Quick Queries:

Compare Strobes by Model
Epoque
ES 150 DS alpha ES-150 DEX ES-150 DS
ES-230 DS Auto
Hartenberger
125 TTL digital 250 TTL digital 625 TTL digital
Ikelite
AF 35 DS 125 DS 160
DS 200 DS 50 DS 51
Substrobe 100 A Substrobe 200 Substrobe 400
Substrobe 50
INON
D-180 D-180S D-2000 S
D-2000 W D-2000, type 3 D-2000Wn
S 2000 Z-22 Z-220
Z-220F TTL Z-220S Z-240, type 3
Nikon
SB 104 SB 105
Olympus
UFL-1
Sea & Sea
YS-15AUTO YS 250PRO YS 55 TTL/E
YS-110 YS-110a YS-120TTL Duo
YS-17 YS-25AUTO YS-27 DX
YS-30 II TTL Duo YS-350TTL PRO YS-60TTL Duo
YS-90AUTO YS-90DX YS-90TTL Duo
Seacam
Seaflash 150 Seaflash 200 SEAFLASH 250 digital
Seaflash 350 Seaflash 350 Color
Subtronic
Alpha Alpha Pro Alpha Pro Macro
Gamma plus maxi Mega
Mega color midi mini digital
mini TTL
SunPak
G Flash


Credits:
This resource is the brainchild of forum moderator Bob Fishman, who spent countless hours collecting and compiling the data, and figuring out a comprehensive way to present it. Thanks also to Ryan Canon for his help in designing the criteria and providing data. Without their dedication, enthusiasm and stamina this project would not have been possible. Their contibutions are deeply appreciated.
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