03112
UNDERWATER STROBE
YS-01
Contents
Safety Precautions ..................................................... E-3
Safety Precautions for Use of Battery ........................ E-6
Accessories ................................................................ E-8
Identification of Parts .................................................. E-9
Operation ............................................................ E-10
Target light switch ............................................... E-11
Ready / TTL lamp ............................................... E-12
Fixing Bolt ........................................................... E-12
Installing the Batteries .............................................. E-13
Connecting the Strobe .............................................. E-15
Taking Photographs ................................................. E-17
Manual photography ........................................... E-17
DS-TTL photography .......................................... E-19
Using the Diffuser ............................................... E-20
Maintenance and Storage ........................................ E-22
Specifications ........................................................... E-23
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Safety Precautions
For safe handling of the product, please read the following precautions
carefully before use.
Failure to heed the precautions listed below could result in serious
consequences. To prevent injury or damage to yourself and/or
others, please observe the precautions as they contain highly
important information related to personal and product safety.
DANGER
Situations that involve a high risk of severe injury or
death.
WARNING Situations that could result in severe injury or death.
CAUTION
Situations that could result in property damage or
personal injury.
DANGER
Never attempt to disassemble, repair or alter the product yourself to prevent
significant electrical hazard due to the high-voltage circuitry in the product.
Do not heat the product or put it into a fire, this could result in explosion or fire.
Unauthorized disassembling and/or modification could result in malfunction or
flooding, and avoid product warranty. Take the product to a SEA&SEA authorized
service center for repair or inspection.
WARNING
Use only batteries approved for use in this product. Do not mix old and new
batteries of different types.
Remove batteries before transport or storage, or when you are not going to use
the product for an extended period of time, to prevent unexpected activation.
Pay particular attention to opening the battery cap to avoid injury. Heat from
the batteries may cause pressure buildup inside the battery compartment,
and could result in cap explosion with unexpected force.
Avoid water or foreign objects inside the product. Discontinue use and turn it
off immediately should you notice flooding or leakage. Continuous use could
result in complete damage to the product.
Do not handle batteries wet hands to prevent shock hazards.
Do not use the product in the presence of flammable gas, as this could result
in explosion or fire.
Do not fire the strobe/light with the reflector touching a person or object to
prevent heat generation. Touching the reflector immediately after firing could
result in burns.
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Safety Precautions
Do not fire the strobe or illuminate the light towards a driver of a vehicle to
avoid causing accidents.
Do not operate the product while driving a vehicle. Inattention could result in
accidents.
For use on land, do not operate the product at precarious foothold. It may
cause falling, injury or product damage.
Do not leave the product on a slope or an unstable surface. It may be broken
after falling or injure someone below it.
Keep out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion. If swallowed,
seek medical advice immediately.
CAUTION
Read the instruction manual and observe proper precautions before use of
this product.
This product has been designed and manufactured for use at a water depth
within 75m / 250ft. Please note that diving to a depth in excess of 75m / 250ft
may cause damage to the product or may lead to water leakage.
Should you notice somoke or an unusual smell coming from the product, turn
it off and remove the batteries immediately, taking care to avoid burns.
Continued operation could result in injury. After removing the battery, take the
product to a SEA&SEA authorized service center for inspection.
Discontinue use and turn the product off immediately should you notice flooding
or leakage.
When the product is flooding, interior pressure may build up. Please be
careful when opening the product as water may spurt out or the cap may
open explosively and cause injuries.
Do not open the battery cap in the vicinity of open flames.
The product has been constructed with an airtight seal. When packing the
product for airplane travel, do not seal-up the product to alleviate pressure
build up due to atmospheric changes.
Do not open the product in a wet or sandy environment. Protect the interior
from moisture and debris in order to prevent malfunction or flooding.
Keep away from strong magnetic fields. Do not use or store this product in
the vicinity of equipment that generates strong electro-magnetic radiation or
magnetic fields. Strong static charges or the magnetic fields could cause
malfunction, or affect the product's internal circuitry.
Before using the product in an airplane or a hospital, check if it is allowed.
Electromagnetic waves emitted by the product may interfere with the measuring
instruments or medical equipment.
Do not cover or wrap the product with a cloth. This could result in deformation
of the product or in fire.
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Safety Precautions
Using the strobe close to your subject's eyes could cause temporary visual
impairment. Particular care should be observed if photographing infants, the
strobe should be no less than one meter (3 feet) from the subject.
Be careful when touching the product immediately after firing repeatedly or
lighting for a long time. The product may get hot enough to burn you.
Avoid strong shocks / impacts or excess stress to prevent malfunction, damage
or breakdown. Make sure that the product has been securely mounted to other
products in order to prevent injury, fall or missing.
Do not carry the camera or housing by holding the accessories such as arm,
cable, strobe, etc. Heavy components may fall and cause damage or injury.
Do not rest heavy weight on the product. It might deform the outer casing,
damage internal parts, make the waterproofing fail, or result in fire or electric
shock.
Rinse the product with fresh water, after underwater use. Ensure that the
product is waterproofed before rinsing. Refer to [Maintenance and Storage]
for details.
Make sure that the connectors have been secured with the connector caps
before rinsing the product with fresh water, after removal from other products.
Never use chemicals, cosmetics, any petroleum solvents such as paint thinner,
or neutral detergent on the product. They may deform and damage the product.
Do not leave the product in places with hot temperatures such as inside of a
car or in a car trunk in summer. The heat may deform plastic parts of the product,
damaging internal parts and resulting in potential fire or electric shock. If the
product is sealed tight in hot conditions, heated air expanding inside the product
may deform the casing and ruin the waterproofing.
Do not store the product in wet or high humidity place, to avoid mold, rust,
corrosion or malfunction.
Do not store the product with naphthalene or camphor mothballs, or in locations
such as a laboratory where chemicals are used. This environment can cause
mold, rust, corrosion or malfunction.
If you do not use the product for an extended period of time, periodic maintenance
will keep internal electronic parts from deterioration. Once a month, install
batteries and fire a test flash / light on. Operate all other switches as you would
in normal operation. Turn the power off, then remove batteries while the Ready
lamp (red) is on for the strobe.
SEA&SEA SUNPAK Co., Ltd. assumes no liability for compensation of loss of
captured images or expenses caused by loss of images, even if you are unable
to shoot due to a product defect or malfunction.
SEA&SEA SUNPAK Co., Ltd. will not be responsible for the replacement or
compensation for cameras, lenses or those accessories damaged due to your
invalid operation.
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Safety Precautions
Carefully observe the O-ring maintenance manual for the handling of O-rings
befor use.
SEA&SEA SUNPAK Co., Ltd. assumes no liability for errors or discrepancies
in this manual.
Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.
The silicon grease included in the product package is inedible.
Safety Precautions for Use of Battery
DANGER
Never expose the battery to flame or fire, or to excessive heat.
Never attempt to disassemble, alter or directly solder the battery. There are no
user-serviceable parts. Tampering with battery may expose you to dangerous
voltage, battery acid, or electrical shock.
Never short-circuit the terminals of a battery, as it could result in battery
leakage, heat generation, fire, or explosion. Avoid contact with all metal
objects during transporting and storage.
When recharging batteries such as nickel metal-hydride or lithium-ion
batteries, use a charger designed specifically for them and follow the recharging
instructions. Recharging in an inappropriate charger may cause battery leakage,
overheating, and explosion.
Move leaking batteries away from fire or open flames immediately. The leaked
fluid and its vapor are combustible.
If the battery leakage contacts your skin or clothing, flush the affected area
repeatedly with clean water. It may irritate your skin.
Should it get into your eyes, immediately rinse them with plenty of water, avoid
rubbing and seek medical advice.
Never attempt to insert the battery upside down or backward, as it could result
in battery leakage or exposion. Always confirm the direction of plus and minus
before installation.
Never connect a battery directly to a plug outlet or car cigarette lighter.
WARNING
Keep dry. The battery is not waterproof, and may malfunction if immersed in
water or exposed to high levels of humidity. Rusting of the internal mechanism
can cause irreparable damage.
Do not remove and/or damage the case of a battery. It may cause battery
leakage, overheating or explosion.
Do not charge a rechargeable battery beyond the specified charging time, it
may cause battery leakage, fire hazard or explosion.
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Safety Precautions for Use of Battery
Never use batteries should you notice any changes such as leakage,
discoloration or deformation. When you notice the situation as abnormal,
discontinue use immediately and take the product to a SEA&SEA authorized
service center for inspection.
Keep out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion. If swallowed,
seek medical advice immediately.
Do not leave or use batteries in an extreme hot environment. This may cause
battery leakage, overheating or battery performance deterioration.
CAUTION
Avoid strong shocks / impacts or excess stress to batteries.
For handling and recharging of a battery, refer to the instruction manual of the
battery/dedicated charger.
Do not use or discharge the battery at ambient temperatures below 0℃ (32°
F)
or above 50℃ (122°
F).
During recharging, the temperature should be in the vicinity from 0℃ to 40℃
(32°
F to 104°
F).
Always recharge the rechargeable battery before use after an extended time
of storage.
 Do not recharge battery in a cold environment below 0℃ (32°
F). Severe cold
may cause battery leakage, deterioration in performance, or shortened life.
Dirt on the battery terminals can prevent the product from functioning. Should
the battery terminals become dirty, wipe them with a clean, dry cloth before
use.
 Turn the equipment off after use. Remove batteries from the equipment when
not in use. Store in dry area with temperatures ranging from -20℃ to 30℃
(-4°
F to 86°
F).
Used rechargeable batteries are valuable resource. Please recycle used
rechargeable batteries in accordance with local regulations.
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Accessories
Before using this model, check to make sure that all accessories
are present.
YS-01
Diffuser
Sillicon Grease
Fixing Bolt
Diffuser Strap
O-ring Maintenance Manual
YS-01 Instruction Manual (this manual)
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Identification of Parts
Reflector
Fiber-optic
cable hook
(P.J-15)
Target light switch
(P.J-11)
Fiber-optic cable
socket (for additional
strobe (P.J-16))
LED target light (P.J-11)
Fiber-optic cable socket
(Slave sensor (P.J-15))
Battery cap
(P.J-13)
Light level control
dial(P.J-11)
Mode switch
(P.J-10)
Arm installation
nut (P.J-20)
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Ready / TTL lamp
(P.J-12)
Strap eyelet(P.J-19)
Identification of Parts
Operation
Mode Switch
OFF
Turns the power off. Set the
mode switch to [OFF] when
you are not using the strobe.
Set the mode switch to this
position when you shoot with
manual flash using a digital
camera that pre-flashes.
OFF
TTL
MIN
FULL
Set the mode switch to this
position when you shoot with manual flash using a
digital camera that does not pre-flashes.
TTL
Set the mode switch to this position when you shoot
with DS-TTL flash.
Pre-flash
With some types of digital cameras, the light amount is adjusted
with the first flash and the image is taken with the second flash
(main flash). The first flash for adjusting the light amount is called
a pre-flash. With the normal slave function, the strobe will fire
in synchronization with the pre-flash. As a result, it will recharge
during the second flash (main flash) and be unable to fire.
CAUTION
The number of times a digital camera's built-in flash will fire differs
among models. Depending on the number of pre-flashes mode
switch settings can differ, so check settings before shooting by
conducting test flashes.
When 30 minutes has passed from turning on the power, or last
emission of the strobe, the power will turn off automatically (auto
power-off). When turning on the power again, set the mode switch
to [OFF] before setting the desired mode.
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Identification of Parts
Light level control dial
Light amount can be adjusted in 10
increments when the mode switch is
set to [ ] or [ ]. Marks can be used
to verify 1/4 ( ) or 1/2 ( ) of full flash.
In DS-TTL mode you can micro-adjust
(dimming only) the light amount.
TTL
MIN
FULL
Target light switch
The target light turns on when you
push the target light switch. The
target light turns off when you push
the switch once again.
The target light turns off when the
strobe fires, and lights up again when
the strobe is ready to fire (when the
Ready lamp illuminates in red).
CAUTION
Push
The target light continues to be illuminated until pushing the swith,
setting the mode switch to [OFF], or until the power turns off
automatically (auto power-off).
The target light will flicker when the batteries get low, this is not
a malfunction.
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Identification of Parts
Ready / TTL lamp
Ready
Illuminates in red when
the strobe is ready to fire.
TTL
Illuminates in green for
approx. 3 seconds after
firing with DS-TTL flash
output.
Fixing Bolt
To mount the strobe to an arm, insert
the fixing bolt in the direction of the
arrow.
CAUTION
Take care not to insert the fixing
bolt from the wrong side, as this
can result in damage to the arm
installation nut.
Do not tighten the fixing bolt up on the product unless it is being
attached to an arm.
Remove the fixing bolt from the product when storing.
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Installing the Batteries
This model can be powered by the following batteries.
Use four of each type.
AA alkaline battery, AA Ni-MH battery, AA oxyride battery
2
3
Make sure that the mode switch
is in the OFF position
Turn ① counterclokwise to the
OPEN● position
Pull the battery cap straight out
LOCK
OPE
N
1
OFF
TTL
MIN
FULL
Mode switch
4
Fig.1
Insert four batteries aligned to
the + and - marks
Take care to insert the batteries in
the correct direction.
5
Apply silicon grease to the
battery cap's O-ring
Check the O-ring to make sure
there are no scratches or debris,
and apply a light coating of the
included silicon grease.
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Fig.2
Installing the Batteries
Align the round mark and ①
on the battery cap with the
OPEN ● position, insert the
battery cap into the strobe
①
Round mark
LOCK
OPE
N
6
Fig.3
①
Turn ① clockwise to the LOCK
position
Turn until you hear the sound of it
clicking into place.
LOCK
OPE
N
7
Fig.4
CAUTION
Replace the batteries when it takes 30 seconds or more until the
Ready/TTL lamp illuminates in red after firing with FULL output.
When installing or removing batteries, thoroughly wipe water
off the strobe and dry your hands. Pay particular attention not
to allow water from your hair or wetsuit to drip into the battery
compartment. This is in order to prevent an electrical hazard,
mold, malfunction or flooding.
Never mix old and new batteries or batteries of different types.
Always replace all batteries with new batteries at the same time.
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Connecting the Strobe
When you use this strobe, connect the strobe to the camera
(housing) with a fiber-optic cable (optional). Using a built-in
slave sensor, this strobe is triggered by sensing the light from
a digital camera's built-in flash. If the fiber-optic cable is not
used, depending on the shooting conditions the strobe may
either not fire, or not obtain DS-TTL flash exposure compensation.
CAUTION
Some housing are not compatible with fiber-optic cable.
1
Insert the fiber-optic cable's
connector into the fiber-optic
cable socket (slave sensor) of
the strobe until it stops
When inserting the fiber-optic cable
into the socket for additional strobe,
the strobe will not fire correctly.
Please refer to page E-16 for
details.
2
3
Fiber-optic cable hook
Secure the fiber-optic cable
with the fiber-optic cable hook
Connect the fiber-optic cable's
connector to the socket in the
housing
When the housing is not equipped
with the socket, attach the optional
strobe mask (A) to the flash window
of the housing, and then connect
the fiber-optic cable (B).
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B
A
Connecting the Strobe
CAUTION
When shooting, set the built-in flash of the camera to the
forced-flash mode. The strobe will not fire unless the built-in
flash of the camera fires. Refer to the digital camera instruction
manual for setting the forced-flash mode.
Refer to the fiber-optic cable instruction manual before use.
When using this model together
Fiber-optic cable
with the SEA&SEA
adapter
DX-8000G/DX-1G/DX-2G set,
please attach the fiber-optic cable
adapter (included in the
DX-8000G/DX-1G/DX-2G) to the
housing, and then use a fiber-optic
cable.
Refer to the housing instruction manual before use.
Fiber-optic cable socket (for additional strobe)
The fiber-optic cable socket (for additional strobe) is not a slave
sensor. When using this strobe as a main strobe etc., another
strobe can be added using a fiber-optic cable.
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Taking Photographs
When shooting, set the built-in flash of the camera to the
forced-flash mode. The strobe will not fire unless the built-in
flash of the camera fires.
Settings chart
Camera / Housing
Mode switch setting
Manual
DS-TTL
SEA&SEA
Other
DX-1200HD
DX-8000G
DX-1G
DX-2G *
TTL
RDX-450D
RDX-500D
RDX-D60 *
MDX-D700 *
TTL
With pre-flash(es)
TTL
Without pre-flash
×
* Set the mode switch to [ ] when shooting with a manual
flash using a camera whose pre-flash(es) for its built-in
flash is cancelled by changes to the flash control function.
(Current as of Dec 2009)
Please refer to our website (http://www.seaandsea.jp) for the latest
information.
Manual photography
Light amount of the strobe can be adjusted with the light level
control dial.
1
2
Set the mode switvh to [
] or [
]
When shooting with a digital camera that pre-flash, set to [ ]
When shooting with a digital camera that does not pre-flash,
set to [ ]
Adjust with the light level control dial
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Taking Photographs
3
Take a photograph
To check the mode switch
You can check whether the settings of the mode switch are
correct, by shooting the strobe with a digital camera. The number
of times a digital camera's built-in flash will fire differs depending
on the shooting mode. If you change the shooting mode of the
camera, check the setting of the mode switch again for that
mode.
1
2
3
Set the camera's built-in flash
to the forced-flash mode, and
mount the camera to the
housing. Then, connect the
housing and this product
together with a fiber-optic cable.
Release the red-eye-reduction
function.
Set the mode switch to [ ]
and the light level control dial
to [FULL], point the digital
camera at the front of the
strobe and shoot an image.
The built-in flash of the camera
must flash.
Check the image captured by
the camera
If you see a white flash in the strobe
or an image that is completely
white, then the strobe has fired
and the setting is correct.
If the image shows a dark reflection from the strobe, that
means that it is not synchronized and the strobe didn't fire.
Change the mode switch to [ ], try taking another picture,
and then check the new picture.
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Taking Photographs
DS-TTL photography
The DS-TTL system on this strobe is a slave TTL system with
flash dimming functionality. This system is useful for when
you are using another main strobe that can pre-flash such as
a camera's built-in TTL flash or another TTL strobe that is
connected to the camera.
1
2
3
Set the mode switch to [TTL], and set the light level
control dial to [FULL]
Take a photography
Adjust the light level with the light level control dial to
decrease the amount of light for exposure if you get
an overexposed image
CAUTION
DS-TTL mode is activated only when you are using a camera's
built-in flash or other TTL strobe connected to the camera. Use
this storbe as a sub-strobe of the main strobe. DS-TTL can not
be used if the main strobe (camera's built-in flash) is not equipped
with the TTL function, or if the main strobe (camera's built-in
flash) dose not pre-flash.
When you shoot, set the built-in flash of the camera to the
forced-flash mode. The strobe will not fire unless the built-in
flash of the camera fires.
You cannot increase the light amount with the light level control
dial higher than that the camera has detected.
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Taking Photographs
Using the Diffuser
Use of the diffuser is highly recommended for shooting short
camera-to-subject distances.
Attaching the diffuser
1
Attach the included diffuser strap to the strap eyelets
on the diffuser and the strobe
Strap eyelet
2
3
Align the notches on the top and bottom of the diffuser
with the protrusions on the reflector
Firmly set the tabs on the diffuser into the grooves on
the right and left side of the body
Tab
Protrusions
Notches
Tab
Grooves
(left and right side)
CAUTION
Always make sure that the diffuser is properly attached before use.
If not properly attached, it may fall off, get lost or become damaged.
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Taking Photographs
Detaching the diffuser
Pinch in and pull up on the tabs (A)
simultaneously to remove the tabs
from the side grooves.
CAUTION
Tabs (A)
Do not try to forcibly remove the diffuser with the tab on only one
side as doing so may cause breakage.
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Maintenance and Storage
CAUTION
Never use chemicals, cosmetics, any petroleum solvents such as
paint thinner, or neutral detergent on the product. They may deform
and damage the product.
After each use in salt water,
make sure the battery and
connector caps are attached,
then in a watertight condition
soak it sufficiently in fresh water.
Insufficient soaking causes
damage by salt to the product.
Salty residue may be left on the product where it will crystallize as
it evaporates. Crystallized salt is hard to dissolve and difficult to be
removed once formed, and it will result in water leakage.
After rinsing, dry the product well with a soft dry cloth, then let the
product dry in the shade, out of direct sunlight.
Do not dry the product by heating (using a hair dryer, for example).
Heating can deform and damage the product.
If you will not use the product for an extended period of time, store
it away from high temperatures, high humidity, direct sunlight, or
exterme cold.
Do not store the product with naphthalene or camphor mothballs,
or in locations such as a laboratory where chemicals are used.
This environment can cause mold, rust, corrosion or malfunction.
Always remove batteries from the product after use.
After using the product, maintain the O-rings before storing.
Examine the O-rings before and after each dive. We recommend
early exchange of the O-rings, at least once a year.
Every two years we recommend a complete overhaul of O-rings
regardless of the frequency in use, for the best performance of the
product.
If you do not use the product for an extended period of time, periodic
maintenance will keep internal electronic parts from deterioration.
Once a month, install batteries and fire a test flash. While the Ready
lamp is red (strobe is ready to fire), set the mode switch to [OFF],
then remove the batteries. In addition, operate all other switches as
you would in normal operation.
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Specifications
Controls and functions
Indicator
Guide number
Mode switch (OFF / / / TTL)
Light level control dial (10 increments)
Target light switch (ON/OFF)
Ready lamp (Illuminates in red when the
strobe is ready to fire.)
TTL lamp (Illuminate in green for approx.3
sec. after firing with DS-TTL flash output.)
20 (at full flash) * ISO100/m
* Depending on the camera models.
Beam angle
100°×100°
Color temperature
5600°K (at full flash)
5250°K (with Diffuser)
Battery life
Alkaline : Approx. 230 flashes
Ni-MH (2700mAh) : Approx.330 flashes
Recycle time
Alkaline : Approx. 2.5sec
Ni-MH (2700mAh) : Approx.1.9 sec
Battery requirements
4×AA Alkaline,
4×AA Ni-MH (2700mAh),
4×AA Oxyride
Operating temperature
0℃-40℃ / 32°F-104°F
Construction
ABS resin, Polycarbonate resin
Depth rating
75m (250ft)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
68×108×129mm / 2.7×4.3×5.2inch
Weight
505g / 17.6oz (excl. batteries)
Weight underwater
-10g / -0.35oz (incl. batteries)
* The specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice.
* The performance values above may change depending on variables
such as frequency of use, battery consumption, recharge level, and
so on.
* The above specifications are based on normal room temperature (25℃ /
77°F).
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Memo