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Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51 Head Only for Digital Still Cameras - Rated up to 300'

B&H # IK4044.1 Mfr # 4044.1
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The Ikelite Digital SubStrobe DS-51 was created specifically for use with digital cameras because of their use of preflash metering, but it is completely compatible with all film cameras and film camera housings.

The DS-51 offers 50 watt-seconds of power in a compact size with coverage adequate for lenses as wide as 28 mm, or add the included diffuser for wider coverage and softer lighting. Combine multiple strobes to cover very wide angle lenses with minimal illumination of particles suspended in the water.

The DS-51 operates TTL when connected by an appropriate sync cord to some Ikelite housings. Alternatively, the DS51 provides a manual exposure mode with six manual power settings in one-half f-stop increments for precise illumination of subjects.

For even more precise control the DS-51 can be connected to The Manual Controller. This provides ten power settings in half/stop increments. The Manual controller can operate as a wireless sensor triggered by another strobe, or it can be connected by one of the Ikelite sync cords.

50 Watt/seconds power with a guide #28 (underwater at ISO 100)
Operates TTL when connected by an appropriate sync cord to some Ikelite housings or manual exposure mode with six manual power settings in one-half f-stop increments
70° angle of coverage, 80° with diffuser
Recycle time of 3.5 seconds (Full power)
Up to 200 flashes with full power batteries
5700° kelvin color temperature
Configuration Strobe head only
Guide No. 56 Surface, 28 Underwater
Power Rating 50 Watt/seconds
Coverage Angle 70° (28mm Lens Coverage)
80° with diffuser
Depth Rating 300' (90 m)
Flash Modes TTL, Manual
Exposure Control Six manual power settings in one-half f-stop increments
Slave No
Targeting Light No
Audible Signal No
Color Temperature 5700° K
Recycle Time 3.5 Seconds
Flashes (Full Power) Approx. 200
Power Source 4x AA Batteries
Dimensions 3.2 x 3.2 x 4.7" (81 x 81 x 119 mm)
Weight (Land) 1.3 lb (0.59 kg)
Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51 Head Only for Digital Still Cameras - Rated up to 300'
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  • 2 Year Warranty
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    Ikelite4044.1 Substrobe DS-51
     
    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

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    80%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (8)
    • Easy to set up (7)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Consistent (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      an efficient strobe

      This strobe for the money is a good value. The flash is dependable and works well with other strobes I have. By using AA batteries it is one fewer item that I have to...Read complete review

      This strobe for the money is a good value. The flash is dependable and works well with other strobes I have. By using AA batteries it is one fewer item that I have to worry about finding a charger for. Electrical plugs on the boats I sail on are always at a premium so not having to recharge the batteries on this strobe is a plus. The clear battery door is a good feature so that you can tell if there is a tight seal or a flood in the battery compartment.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Weak, expensive and prone to floods.

      My 3d Ikelite strobe. I use it with a compact digital camera (Panasonic LX5/LX7) and ikelite housing. As Moa from NY (previous comment) mentions, the battery dooor is a very...Read complete review

      My 3d Ikelite strobe. I use it with a compact digital camera (Panasonic LX5/LX7) and ikelite housing. As Moa from NY (previous comment) mentions, the battery dooor is a very weak link. Mine flooded on its tenth immersion and is uneconomical to repair. An expensive error.

      Saving that, I find the output insufficient unless you use a pair and its value/price ratio is <1.

      I'll be replacing it with another type/brand of auto strobe, even if it's not TTL.

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Loose Bruce

      from Enumclaw, Wa.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

          Great strobe for a great price. Love shooting TTL.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Bang for buck!Great!!!

          By Eivind Myklebust

          from Norway

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Strobe Lighting

            Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

            Great underswater flash/strobe.
            Easy maintence.
            Cant find any problems

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            • No

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            4.0

            The most reliable strobe for small cams.

            By Jorge

            from Uruapan Mexico

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • No Modeling Light

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Uw Photography

            Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

            I've had three Ikelite strobes before this one. This is my second DS-51, purchased to make my rig a twin. Coverture is adequate for a 20mm by means of the diffuser. Recycle time, while not lightning fast, is good.

            Ikelite strobes are legendary by their water-proofness, provided you close the battery door correctlly and you service the single o-ring as per indications --a very simple task.

            My only gripe with this strobe is the lack of a modeling light, although there's a solution of sorts by adding a bracket for an UW flashlite, which is far from ideal because of paralax error (the lite points two inches below the flash, something very irritating in close-up shots).

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            3.0

            Weak, expensive and prone to floods.

            By Jorge

            from Uruapan Mexico

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Short Lifespan
            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Underwater Photograhy

            Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

            My 3d Ikelite strobe. I use it with a compact digital camera (Panasonic LX5/LX7) and ikelite housing. As Moa from NY (previous comment) mentions, the battery dooor is a very weak link. Mine flooded on its tenth immersion and is uneconomical to repair. An expensive error.

            Saving that, I find the output insufficient unless you use a pair and its value/price ratio is <1.

            I'll be replacing it with another type/brand of auto strobe, even if it's not TTL.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            A great little substrobe

            By actor212

            from New York

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Inexpensive
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Lacks Modeling Light

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Underwater Photography

            Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

            It's not fancy, and it might even be slightly underpowered...slightly...but this compact little strobe packs a punch. It doesn't have a modeling light which keeps the cost down and does a really nice job of filling shadows.

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            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Can't Beat It!

            By CozOtter

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                I have a DS-50, and now have (2) DS-51's. I love the price, the size, the weight and the fact they use standard batteries.
                Yep, the 125's & 160's are gonna give you more light. But at the expense of the benefits listed above. I'm sure one day I'll upgrade, but for now, my DS-51's do just fine!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                an efficient strobe

                By b.campbell65

                from Dallas, TX

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Short Lifespan

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Photography
                • Strobe Lighting

                Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                This strobe for the money is a good value. The flash is dependable and works well with other strobes I have. By using AA batteries it is one fewer item that I have to worry about finding a charger for. Electrical plugs on the boats I sail on are always at a premium so not having to recharge the batteries on this strobe is a plus. The clear battery door is a good feature so that you can tell if there is a tight seal or a flood in the battery compartment.

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                • No

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for travel

                By Jim & Fran

                from Philadelphia, PA

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                      Light and reasonably powerful with very good battery life. Use rechargeables or regular AA's so easy to secure batteries pretty much everywhere.

                      Only small drawback is the 90 degree flash field can be limiting.

                      Wonderful company to deal with. Had a battery case flood (I forgot to put the cover on, duh.) Ikelite replaced it for free! They have been wonderful in all my dealings with them.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Poor design of battery door causes flood

                      By Moa

                      from NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                          The thumbturn bolt that closes the battery compartment door is held in place by a very thin and flimsy plastic washer. You need to pull on the bolt after undoing the threads to remove the door. The bolt comes out in your hand and the washer gets lost. Battery compartment floods and corrosion starts. Way, way to weak a design for such an important part.
                          Also units were very inconsistent switching from manual to auto haphazardly, enormous aggravation and loss of important images.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          A great light for underwater macro shots

                          By Great White Shark

                          from San Mateo, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Convenient
                          • Easy of use
                          • Easy Setup
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Long recycle time

                          Best Uses

                          • Artificial Lighting
                          • Macro shots
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                          First of all, this is great small strobe that can be used with Ikelite underwater housing and the build-in TTL. For underwater macro shots, this the light you need. A couple of things I like about this light are: it uses AA rechargeable batteries, and it is small and light ideally for traveling. One thing I wish it could be better is the recycle time (currently about 3 seconds between flashes). I do not think this is a problem because most of the time I like to take my time to take the shots to get it right the first time. For the price and light weight and the convenience of having batteries (Alkaline or rechargeable) readily available are the plus I choose to use this strobe.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Substrobe DS-51

                          By Leinad

                          from Bergen ,Norway

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attach Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Good Color Value
                          • Long-Lasting

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Macro

                            Comments about Ikelite 4044.1 Substrobe DS-51:

                            After using DS125 for several years I bought the DS51 because I wanted a smaller strobe for my macro work and I must say that I fell i love with this little strobe. DS51 is very easy to use and it is very little weight to carry around with.The strobe takes little space wich is good especially with macro photography. So, are there any disadvantages yes it is, when I use my Canon 5D with 100mm +converter(=200mm) one strobe is not enough you will need two strobes and that is what I have today and I am very satisfied with this solution.

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                            Maintenance & Spare Parts

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