The DS161 combines power with wide angle coverage to give you the most bang for your buck.
The quality of light is exceptional due to a round flash tube and custom powder coated reflector designed specifically to deliver the softest, most even coverage possible. Strobes with a straight flashtube may be capable of high powers, but require the addition of a diffuser to spread out their sharp, rectangular beam pattern and reduce the harsh hot spot. The DS161 beam is designed to be perfectly soft and wide spread through its reflector design, and is capable of providing you the coverage and power you want and avoiding the one f/stop loss caused by adding a diffuser.
Both DS160 and DS161 strobes are legendary for their ability to keep up in rapid firing situations—a cut above any flash on the market. Electrical sync connection and a high-capacity battery pack provide the speed you need to capture fast moving subjects like sharks and sailfish at just the right millisecond.
When combined with a compatible TTL system, the DS161 automatically adjusts brightness to provide perfect exposure whether you're shooting macro, portrait or wide angle. Focus on your camera settings and composition and enjoy the increased number of flashes and even faster recycle time you'll get when working with a TTL system.
Built-In Video Light
Instead of a simple aiming light, the DS161 includes a super even, 500 lumen video light. The light is suitable for close-up, macro, portrait, and wide angle fill-in work or as a focus assist light. Output is adjustable in 10 brightness settings plus an SOS mode for emergency situations. Automatic shut-off when the flash fires ensures that the video light will have no undesired effects on still photos.
Recycle Time + Battery Life
NiMH batteries are work horses, and a great choice for high powered rechargeable devices due to their performance and reliability at a more affordable price point than lithium ion. This high capacity battery pack provides professional quality power and speed flash after flash, well beyond the capabilities of even the best AA-cell batteries.
Shooting full power flashes? Expect a lightning fast 1.6 second recycle time and over 225 flashes on a single charge. Shooting TTL or in a fractional power setting? You'll get very close to instantaneous recycle time and up to 3X as many flashes... plenty for a day of diving! This battery recharges in half the time of its Li-Ion counterpart for quick topping off before your night dive.
Our famous quick-release toggle system attaches the battery pack with ease and confidence, making a flooded battery virtually impossible.
The included Smart Charger for NiMH accepts variable voltage in the 100-240V range and includes AC adapters for US, Europe, UK and Australia. Smart charging provides safety and helps to increase the lifetime of the pack by switching over to a trickle charge when the battery pack is fully recharged. Feedback on charging cycle is indicated by an LED on the front of the charger.
This charger is compatible with NiMH and NiCad battery packs only. Smart Chargers designed for NiMH or NiCad batteries cannot be used with Li-Ion technology.
DS161 strobe front
Rechargeable NiMH battery pack
Battery pack cover
Smart Charger for NiMH / NiCad
Waterproof bulkhead cap
Silicone lubricant 1cc tube
2 year limited warranty on DS161 strobe
1 year limited warranty on NiMH battery pack + charger
300 ft (90 m) depth rating
TTL mode with compatible Ikelite TTL systems
Manual power modes in 10 1/2-stop increments
500 lumen - 45° LED video light
Color temperature 4800K
Guide number 24 m at ISO 100
Coverage angle 90° without diffuser - 100° with diffuser
Over 225 full power flashes per charge
Up to 3X as many flashes per charge in TTL or fractional powers
Lightning fast recycle time 1.6 seconds or less
Ikelite ICS 5-pin bulkhead
Rechargeable 7.2V 3300mAh NiMH battery pack
Fast 2.5-hour recharge time
Dimensions 3.75 x 7 in (96 x 179 mm)
Weight 2.7 lb (1243 g)
Slightly negative buoyancy in salt water
0591.3Diffuser0132.36Battery pack o-ring4066.1Smart charger NiMH / NiCad9104.5Waterproof bulkhead cap