The right light for any situation

Appropriate flash or lighting systems are naturally part of every underwater photographer’s equipment, and the systems used will vary depending on the type of application and the environment.

The new camera models with their video functions give rise to the question as to whether a flash or lighting equipment should be used. The advantage of the flash is its high light intensity which allows you to freeze the action, whilst lighting systems allow faster autofocus and softer images.

Underwater flashes are divided into two categories: Amphibious flash lights, intended for use underwater only, or flashing housings for flash systems, which have the advantage of enabling you to use your existing land flash both on land and under water.

System Flashes

Flash system underwater housings are available for all popular flash types. These housings accommodate the original flash systems by Canon (Speedlight 580EX II), Nikon (SB900) and Sony (HVLF58AM).

One alternative is the Metz (AF58) flash system with its various TTL controls depending on the make of camera.

The advantage of the flash system in an underwater housing is the TTL control adapted to maximum effect to the camera. Synchronisation is achieved electronically via a flash cable. Depending on the type and make of camera, dual flash systems can be connected in parallel.

Our tip :    Metz 58 AF

The Metz 58AF has TTL controls for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Pentax. A USB interface allows updates to be loaded to the flash, so that updated software can be used at all times. The underwater housing allows you to take advantage of these features under water too. All flash buttons are operable, meaning that the flash can be used under water to optimum effect.

Technical Data:

Connection : NikonosV / S6 (Canon)

Depth rating : 80 m Standard, up to 160 m

Material : Carbon fibre, stainless steel and aluminium

Accessories : Flash cable, flash arm

Amphibious flashes

Compared with system flash housings, amphibious flashes have a wider angle of illumination. They are available from a number of manufacturers and usually come with TTL control. They are operated manually or by using an electronic converter.

Our tip :    INON Z – 240 Type4

If you buy an INON flash, we will supply you with translations of both, the basic and advanced versions of the original INON operating manual.

It is powered by 4 x AA batteries, 1.5 volt or over 1.2 volt, which are sufficient for as many as 250 flashes per charge. The Z240 is ideally suited to all digital cameras because of its TTL control functions. It can be connected to your camera via optical cable or via a 5-pin Sea&Sea flash cable socket.

  • Brighter LED pilot/focus light (180 lumen / 20° angle of illumination)
  • TTL-compatible with slave control features
  • Light coverage: 100 x 100°
  • Compatible with all digital cameras + UW housings
  • Guide Number (GN) 24
  • Battery compartment for 4 x AA batteries or rechargeable batteries
  • Colour temperature: 5500K (without diffuser and full power)
  • Maximum depth rating: 100m
  • Flash rate: 1.8 fps with 4 x NiMH batteries
  • German operations manual
  • Direct connection with camera
  • YS-U Adapter
  • Z-Adapter for INON flashes
  • Diffuser
  • Optical cable for TTL slave control
  • Sea&Sea 5-Pin flash socket
  • Manually

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