Mount and arm sold separately.
*US Market Suggested Retail Price
The smartest, most intuitive strobe yet.
We set out to strip the underwater strobe down to the essence of form + function. To start, we developed Pre-Flash Recognition Technology, giving the strobe a unique ability to automatically adjust to almost any camera's pre-flash sequence or lack of pre-flash. There's no switch or magnet, not even a "set" button for this feature. The Manta can set and reset itself on-the-fly, even if you switch from a pre-flash to a non-preflash mode in-between shots underwater.
After 52 years, we're getting too old to see tiny dials.
"Ikelite" and "TTL" have been synonymous since the introduction of digital cameras. So naturally we designed the strobe to automatically adjust its flash output based on the output of your camera's flash. But we know that sometimes, especially underwater, your camera doesn't exactly share your artistic vision. The strobe needed +/- EV compensation and a range of manual exposure settings. That's where you typically stumble upon a microscopic exposure dial surrounded by complex hieroglyphics in several colors and layers. Instead, we arranged them all into one continuous, elegant 360° sweep of a huge dial. Easy to see, and easy to turn, even with gloves.
At that point, even the ready light was starting to seem like clutter.
So we illuminated the on/off switch and made it glow green in TTL modes, red in manual modes. When we were done, we made sure that it was super powerful and independently sealed the battery compartment to insure against those "oops" moments. A front-mounted fiber optic port is designed to minimize stress on the cord and reduce the possibility of accidental firing off surface reflections or other divers' flashes. It accepts Ikelite, Olympus-type, and SEA&SEA-type fiber optic cord fittings.
Easy to add to any system.
The Manta brings all of these features to almost any digital camera system with built-in flash—from point-and-shoot to DSLR. Both 1-inch ball and 3/4-inch flex mounts are available to attach the Manta to virtually any system. We recommend the 4087.41 Manta Flex Arm, which includes an extended lightweight and flexible arm, plus everything needed to mount the Manta to any Ikelite tray, release handle, or DSLR top mount.
Quality in engineering, manufacturing, and service.
Like every Ikelite product, the Manta strobe is designed, built and tested in the USA. We use locally sourced, top-grade materials. Our strobes are built by hand and individually tested for function and waterproof integrity. The average assembly technician is a certified scuba diver and has over 16 years of experience building Ikelite products. We back our products with over 50 years of experience and service within the dive industry.
TTL, 8 +/-EV settings in 1/3-stop increments
Full, 6 fractional powers in 1/2-stop increments
2 seconds at full power
Near-instantaneous at lesser powers
25 m (at ISO 100)
110° (diffuser adds 10°)
Angle of Coverage
Flashes Per Charge
360 at full power*
More at lesser power levels
* Using high quality Eneloop batteries
300 ft (90 m)
4 AA cells
Compatible with Alkaline, Li-Ion or NiMH batteries. Rechargeable NiMH batteries recommended for best operation. Number of flashes and recycle time quoted using rechargeable Eneloop NiMH batteries.
3.2 x 3.35 x 4 in (81 x 85 x 102 mm) Strobe Body
3.3 x 3.35 x 4.3 in (84 x 85 x 109 mm) with Projections
Weight in Air
13.3 oz (377 g) without Batteries
Quick-Release Mount Base
Spare Battery Compartment O-Ring
Resealable 2cc Silicone Lubricant
Mounts (sold separately)
9573.1 3/4-inch Flex Mount
9571.6 1-inch Ball Mount
Cord (sold separately)
4501 Fiber Optic Coiled Cord