Sea&Sea has introduced an up to date model of its flagship strobe—the YS-D3 Mark II Lightning—a bit of over a yr because the firm debuted the alternative for the venerable YS-D2 (and YS-D2J). The principle options of the up to date strobe are the identical as these on the YS-D3 Lightning: the aspherical troidal lens for even mild dispersion and no hotspots, the information variety of 33, the beam angle of 110° rising to 150° with the elective dome diffuser, and the intense goal mild (round 4 instances brighter than the YS-D2’s). With two exceptions—the redesigned energy and mode dials in addition to the “Mark II” now adorning the aspect of the strobe—the adjustments are inside.
Firstly, newly developed software program allows compatibility with current and former Sea&Sea optical converters: The “YS-D2” setting on the corporate’s previous optical converters can now be used for TTL capturing with the YS-D3 Mark II. Secondly, a newly designed circuit improves the accuracy of TTL output with compact cameras and likewise offers higher compatibility with third-party optical TTL converters.
The Mark I and the Mark II have the identical product quantity (03123), and the brand new fashions—with up to date TTL software program—begin from serial quantity #180701320. Along with bettering compatibility with third-party TTL converters, the software program replace addresses overexposure when utilizing wider apertures on compact cameras. In case you personal the Mark I and also you need to have the software program replace put in, contact your native Sea&Sea vendor or distributor.
Sea&Sea has launched firmware updates for its current optical converters to allow YS-D3 compatibility. Once more, if you wish to replace your converter, it is best to contact your native Sea&Sea vendor or distributor. (Word that the setting for the discontinued YS-110α strobe is used for the YS-D3, which means that the converter ceases to operate with the YS-110α after the replace.) All Sea&Sea TTL converters delivery from October 2020 are up to date for YS-D3 compatibility and have already got the related setting (together with the YS Converter N1 for MDX Nikon housings, YS Converter C2 for MDX Canon SLR housings, YS Converter CR for MDX Canon mirrorless housings, and YS Converter S1 for MDX Sony housings).
To learn the way effectively the YS-D3 Lightning performs, take a look at our recent review by Mike Bartick.
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