In my first Sea & Sea DX-1G Camera Update I talked about the “flash-like strobe triggering accessory”. Both B&H and Adorama are now carrying the DX-1G system but the magic triggering accessory seems to be missing in action. Adorama has the following as the last item in the “features” section:

An optional hotshoe mounted LED Strobe Adapter in order to allow continuous shooting without flash recycle delay.

Note the word “optional”. The interesting thing is that this optional item is not listed in the accessories anywhere. Without this accessory, the housing will use the built-in camera flash to trigger the strobes (via the optical cables). This is the traditional way compact cameras trigger external strobes and it is an inefficient kludge at best that generates excess heat, kills the camera battery, and results in slow recycle times.

The LED Strobe Adapter is key to the performance of this system. I’m very surprised that it was not released at the same time as the housing. Sea and Sea and Ricoh (holy ands batman) must have had issues getting this beastie to work correctly. This is not entirely surprising since this is the first iteration of what must be a proprietary flash protocol (you can see the connector clearly in this shot up at DPReview.com)

In my first DX-1G post I  mentioned that the advantage of this system over other point-and-shoot underwater systems is the nifty LED Strobe Adapter (now MIA) and the relatively wide view (24mm in camera and 16mm with Sea & Sea adapter).

I would hold off purchasing this housing/system until the LED Strobe Adapter has been released and has been put through its paces by a third party reviewer. Your mileage may vary if you are comparing to other point-and-shoot systems.