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Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm

B&H # IK3945.01 Mfr # 3945.01
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Product Highlights
  • Strobe & Video Light in One Unit
  • 160 Watt/Seconds of Strobe Power
  • Strobe Coverage Angle of 90 Degrees
  • 1.5 Seconds Recycle Time
  • 15W LED Video Light
  • Video Lite Coverage Angle of 45 Degrees
  • 500 Lumens on Video Light
  • Rated up to 300'

The Ikelite Digital SubStrobe DS-161 combines all of the functionality of the Ikelite DS-160 with a powerful 500 lumen LED video light. This is the perfect tool for digital SLRs that shoot video as well as stills. Now with one equipment configuration, capture amazing stills and videos. The DS-161 provides strobe light for freezing action and bringing back the color for stills, and you have the daylight-balanced LED video light to bring natural color back into your video.

The strobe is compatible with all Ikelite TTL digital camera systems. The strobe will also work with older TTL film cameras including the Nikonos system. A variety of sync cords, sensors, and TTL adapters are available to connect to almost any camera system currently on the market. The DS-161 features special electronic circuitry that allows use with digital cameras with preflash metering. The strobe is also completely compatible with all non-preflash systems.

The strobe offers 160 watt/seconds of power in a small package, and has a coverage angle of 100 degrees with a diffuser. The SubStrobe DS-161 recycles virtually instantaneously when fired at fractional power. This is true whether in TTL or manual mode. At full power, you still get an incredible 1.5 second recycle time. Use a compatible TTL system and enjoy perfect automatic exposure and an increased number of flashes per full charge. When used in manual mode, the DS-161 offers 10 power settings in half-stop increments for precise control over your exposure.

The video light has 3 super-bright LEDs that are arranged behind a special optical element to provide 45° angle of coverage free of hot spots. The light produces 500 lumens of daylight balanced light that will bring out true, natural colors with or without the use of a color correcting filter. Custom circuitry and highly efficient drivers provide 5 hours of continuous burn time on a fully charged battery with no waning effects. Continuous use of the light at full power reduces number of full power flashes by less than 15%.

With the strobe set to the "Batt w/Lite" position, the movie light is adjustable between 100% and 50% power in 10 fractional power settings. An "SOS" mode emits the universal signal for help in an emergency situation. With the strobe set to the "On w/Lite" position, the movie light doubles as an aiming light for focusing or night diving. The light automatically turns off and back on when the strobe fires so there is no effect on your photos.

The #3945.01 DS-161 package includes the rechargeable NiMH battery pack, flash diffuser, deluxe ball-joint strobe arm and the Single TTL Sync Cord . The required smart charger is also included.

Strobe

160 Watt/seconds of power
90° angle-of-coverage, add a diffuser to get 100°
Full power recycle time of 1.5 second with audible ready signal
Up to 225 flashes per charge
In manual mode, the strobe offers 10 power settings in half-stop increments

Video Lite

Three super-bright LEDs that are arranged behind a special optical element to provide a 45° angle-of-coverage free of hot spots
Produces 500 lumens of light
Daylight-balanced 5500K light will bring back true, natural colors
Provides 5 hours of continuous burn time on a fully charged battery with no waning effects, continuous use of the light at full power reduces number of full power flashes by less than 15%
When dial is in the "Batt w/Lite" position, the movie light is adjustable between 100% and 50% power in 10 fractional power settings
When dial is in the "On w/Lite" position, the movie light doubles as an aiming light for focusing or night diving; it automatically turns off and back on when the strobe fires so there is no effect on your photos

Package

The included TTL single sync cord will connect to any Ikelite type bulkhead, compatible TTL systems support automatic TTL exposure control
Ikelite deluxe ball-joint strobe arm allows you to position the light for the most dramatic lighting effects
Configuration Strobe and Video Lite head
Single TTL Sync Cord  
Deluxe Ball-Joint Strobe Arm
Charger
Guide No. 76 Surface, 38 Underwater
Power Rating 160 Watt/seconds
Coverage Angle 90° (100° with diffuser)
Depth Rating 300' (90 m)
Flash Modes TTL, Manual
Exposure Control 10 power settings in half-stop increments
Slave No
Targeting Light
  • For video or aiming
  • 15W LED producing 500 lumens of light
  • Burn Time: 5 hours
  • Color Temperature: 5000-5500°K
  • Power Settings: Full, 9 fractional powers, SOS mode
Audible Signal Yes
Color Temperature 4800°K
Recycle Time 1.5 Seconds
Flashes (Full Power) Approx. 225
Power Source NiMH battery module
Dimensions 3.75 x 3.75 x 7" (95 x 95 x 178mm)
Weight (Land) 2.75 lbs (1.25kg)
Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm
  • DS-161 Head
  • Single TTL Sync Cord
  • Deluxe Ball-Joint Strobe Arm
  • NiMH Battery Module
  • Charger
  • Diffuser
  • 2-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    IkeliteSubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm
     
    4.6

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Functional (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Diving (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (5)

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      5.0

      pretty good

      By critaco

      from veracruz mexico

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Diving

        Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

        nice and easy to use.

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        5.0

        Great strobe at a great price

        By RJS Photo Images

        from MAINE

        About Me Serious amateur

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attach Securely
        • Even Light Source
        • Long Lasting
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Underwater Photography

          Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

          Works with my Canon G10 TTL with my Ikelite housing. Movie light can double as a spotting light under crevices. Battery charges quickly. New cable ends Keep cord from crimping.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Beautiful light means beautiful photos

          By Wayne

          from Calgary, Alberta, Canada

          About Me Amateur Photographer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Even coverage
          • Even Light Source
          • Long Lasting
          • Powerful
          • TTL is acurate

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

            I purchased the DS-161 for use with my Canon G10 and Ikelite housing on a trip to the Philippines. Managing the power of the strobe took some getting used to but I'm more than happy with the results. It provides nice even coverage for several dives between charges. I was able to manage 4 hour long dives a day and even eked out a night dive, using the video light for the dive. Would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for the weight.

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            4.0

            Powerful flash system

            By Jack in Spain

            from Tenerife, Spain

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast and powerful photo

            Cons

            • Unless power for video

            Best Uses

            • Diving

            Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

            Perfect for the Photo but really not enough power for the video.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Powerful, versatile, expensive, worth it

            By charlesml3

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Diving

              Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

              It's an expensive strobe solution but totally worth it. Built-in focus light, TTL, and it'll double as a video light. The focus light is bright enough that you don't need an additional dive light.

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              5.0

              The Video Lite on this strobe is AMAZING

              By DiverNKC

              from Nokomis, FL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Depth Range
              • Water-tight Seals

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Diving

                Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

                This is a great strobe but the Video Lite feature really sets it apart! The light is incredibly bright, allowing me to do an entire night dive without having to carry a flashlight. I can see what I'm taking a picture of and then the LED backs off when I'm actually taking the photo allowing the strobe to function properly in TTL mode or with predetermined settings. The battery pack is easy to charge and holds the charge for numerous dives.

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                4.0

                One fantastic strobe

                By Scuba Bob

                from Hatfield,Pa

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Depth Range

                Cons

                • Little heavy above water

                Best Uses

                • Diving

                Comments about Ikelite SubStrobe DS-161 Strobe/ Video Lite w/ Single Sync Cord & Ball-Joint Arm:

                I give this item a 4 out 5 rating only because I have not had time to
                try it out underwater. I will, In about 1 month, in Bonaire. I have mounted
                It on a Ikelite housing for a Nikon D90. Mounting arms appear strong
                and well made joints hold strobe well when positioned. ITT functioned
                perfectly . Have taken numerous above water pictures with the camera
                mounted in the housing using this stobe and exposure has been perfect.
                The video light function of this stobe works well with the 1080i video
                function of the Nikon D90. I do recommend this stobe to others. I have
                evey expectation all will work well underwater as I have used other
                Ikelite products before.

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