Cheap Strobe Modification

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    Finished a mod of my DS161 strobes to use on a Philippines trip.

    I wasn't completely happy with the color produced by a normal flash as it's more washed out and not quite as "natural" as I'd like. To solve I tested a low, medium, and dark blue plexiglass on an aquarium similar to my torch mod. My personal preference was for the darker blue coloration and having two strobes seems to have ample brightness... I'll know for sure soon enough.

    I took the stock diffuser and cut out the middle to preserve the locking mechanism and then cut the plexiglass with a 3" hole saw. The cutout was made easier by cutting a hole in a piece of wood first to use as a guide, this also allowed me to not use the drill bit on the hole saw. Then I used a grinder to take down the edge of the plexiglass a smidgen more for a snug fit.

    I don't plan to use a yellow filter on the lens at night as I personally prefer the look without. In total I spent ~$30.
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    For some perspective this would have cost well in excess of $200 to buy the Ikelite filters that are made for them.

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