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Hi All gurus out there... am little confuse over here and need some advice..

I used to dive with only my SJcam, taking videos for my dive trips and I enjoyed that. Recently I gotten a TG-4, have yet to dive with it, and Im loving the macro mode of the TG-4.

Planning to mount my SJcam on my TG-4(PT-056) so that I can have best of both world(my own world  ;D). Video and photo..
but here comes the problem, i do not have any lightings... been searching on strobes and video light(or flood light).
If budget is not a problem, 2x Strobe + 1x Video light, should solve my issue on lightings...
But budget is my biggest problem...

Which should I get first..? Strobe or video light..?
Will b going Maldives for trip this year end, and before that, would like to visit Hantu.. (These 2 will be my upcoming trip)

Did some research and shortlisted the followings:

1. Sea and Sea YS-03 - Affordable, come with Arm & Tray.. but no focus light
2. Sea and Sea YS-01 - Slightly more exp than YS-03, does not come with Arm & Tray. But have focus light
3. Sea Dragon 2500 - Video light(come with arm & tray), dont know can take photo as good as strobe a not..

Which should I get first? Or theres really no best of both world, I can only choose to go with either Photo taking or Video taking..?

Thanks :)

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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #1 on: 11 May 17, 21:15 »
What are your longer term aims in terms of photography/videography?
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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #2 on: 12 May 17, 10:20 »
What are your longer term aims in terms of photography/videography?
hmmm... my plan is to use my TG-4 and practice photography skill for like maybe 2-3yrs.. after that, maybe upgrade to a mirrorless camera or a better compact cam..

Btw, is focus light really a need? Let say most of the photo will be taken during day dives..
Night dives, will have my dive torch on..

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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #3 on: 12 May 17, 14:26 »
hmmm... my plan is to use my TG-4 and practice photography skill for like maybe 2-3yrs.. after that, maybe upgrade to a mirrorless camera or a better compact cam..

Btw, is focus light really a need? Let say most of the photo will be taken during day dives..
Night dives, will have my dive torch on..


Not really a 'Must'... but very useful in certain condition... like under a rock... inside a wreck (Liberty Wreck comes to mind)... lighting condition may be low for the camera to focus with speed.

Also... a fix light on your setup would remove the need to handle your camera with one hand... while holding a divelight with another....
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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #4 on: 12 May 17, 16:36 »

Not really a 'Must'... but very useful in certain condition... like under a rock... inside a wreck (Liberty Wreck comes to mind)... lighting condition may be low for the camera to focus with speed.

Also... a fix light on your setup would remove the need to handle your camera with one hand... while holding a divelight with another....
ohhh okok, noted with thanks!

Do you have any advice on which light to get first?

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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #5 on: 12 May 17, 21:21 »
ohhh okok, noted with thanks!

Do you have any advice on which light to get first?


You mean focus light... or Strobe with built-in focus light  ??

There is alot of focus/video light out there... suggest you go for something that is using 'User Replaceable' battery... instead of those built-in type... while those lights with built-in battery tense to be smaller and lighter (SOLA for example)... when its comes time to replace the battery... much $$$ and headache will follow... light using common AA/AAA or even those using 18650/22650/32650 rechargeable batteries you can easily get replacement batteries in SG or over the Internet...

If you are talking about Strobe with built-in focus light... most mid range models will have focus light built into the system...

Hope this helps...
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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #6 on: 15 May 17, 10:56 »

You mean focus light... or Strobe with built-in focus light  ??

There is alot of focus/video light out there... suggest you go for something that is using 'User Replaceable' battery... instead of those built-in type... while those lights with built-in battery tense to be smaller and lighter (SOLA for example)... when its comes time to replace the battery... much $$$ and headache will follow... light using common AA/AAA or even those using 18650/22650/32650 rechargeable batteries you can easily get replacement batteries in SG or over the Internet...

If you are talking about Strobe with built-in focus light... most mid range models will have focus light built into the system...

Hope this helps...
cool, thanks!!

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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #7 on: 15 May 17, 13:36 »
If you are focusing on using your TG-4 for the next few years.... Maybe can consider this relatively new product which should give you the output needed for macro stills and video. The weefine ring light can fit the front of your housing by screwing onto the threaded port.

no need for a tray and the setup should remain v small till you decide you want something more.


http://www.divesea.com.sg/ecommerce/lights/weefine/weefine-smart-focus-800fs-354.html
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Re: Which should I get..? Flood Light or Strobe?
« Reply #8 on: 16 May 17, 11:56 »
If you are focusing on using your TG-4 for the next few years.... Maybe can consider this relatively new product which should give you the output needed for macro stills and video. The weefine ring light can fit the front of your housing by screwing onto the threaded port.

no need for a tray and the setup should remain v small till you decide you want something more.


http://www.divesea.com.sg/ecommerce/lights/weefine/weefine-smart-focus-800fs-354.html

While this will keep the whole setup very small and compact.  I wonder if it will create more backscatter since it's mounted so close to the lens?  Also, I think in the longer term, this may limit the creative use of lighting since it only lights from the front?

IMO, this is great for someone looking for a very simple setup and fast 'kick start' to macro photography.
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