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In Topic: Kraken Ring LIght 3000

20 May 2019 - 01:24 PM

It was process of elimination. It didn't work well from the first time underwater, so I gradually eliminated all other possible issues until it could only be the ring light. Ultimately I was doing an A/B test with the same camera & optical cord on an Inon Z240 and the ring light. The Inon would always trigger and the kraken would not. The rep suggested my power wasn't high enough, so I repeated the test with 100% power from the on-camera triggering strobe. Same result.


In the end they sent me a new Kraken 3000 and the new one worked from the very first time out of the box. That kind of "proved in hindsight" that it was the first 3000 that was at fault.


Note - everything else worked perfectly on the first 3000, just that it would not reliably fire when triggered.

In Topic: Nauticam Vacuum valve - how much vacuum?

06 April 2019 - 09:32 AM

I have the Vivid v4 on my Nauticam housing. My housing is older (Canon 7D) and came only  with the leak detector. Sending the housing back for upgrade was not in the cards, so elected to get the Vivid instead. I do love it.


One nice thing about the Vivid is that you can seal the housing, pull your vacuum, then turn the detector off. I only do this if I have to prep the night before, otherwise I seal things up before I head out and just leave it running the whole time until after I'm home and rinsed.


I got in the habit of pumping an extra 7 pumps after getting vacuum. Once you first get the vacuum, the light can flicker, so the extra pumps just ensure a full vacuum is there. With that small pump, we aren't talking much delta-P on 1, 3 or 7 pumps, so I just went for the bit more to be sure.

In Topic: Dry Gloves for Photographers

26 February 2019 - 09:58 AM

I've been using the Atlas blue vinyl gloves with various liners since ... forever. My cuff rings are the old Skaana (then Dive Concepts) and are still going strong. I personally like the 'clip on' rings vs. the 'screw on' rings. In the cold, I'm undoing my buddy's rings after every dive, while mine just come off easily.


Since I've almost always used dry gloves (ever since my AOW years ago) and don't dive warm water, I only know dry gloves. Still, I've never had any problem with underwater cameras, from small ones to the larger DLSR systems.


Currenly my liners are work glove liners from Mark's Work Wearhouse (Canada store) - the cotton yellow ones. They last and last and last, and it's like $10 per pair.


I use cotton liners because anything with wool in it is ruined instantly by a glove flood, in my experience. For a time I even tried 2mm neoprene 'kayak gloves' inside, but they are much colder than a decent cotton glove. I've found the secret is to have enough room for 'air loft' - liners stuffed into a glove lose a lot of insulation, I've found.

In Topic: The new Mini Vivid 5 Vacuum Leak Detector.

10 December 2018 - 07:32 PM

I bought my V4 direct from Miso at Vivid. No problem shipping to Canada, great person to deal with. I've had no issues with mine at all, though I did just have to replace the battery. The manual says "good for about 100 hours", but I got a lot more than that, and Miso sent a spare battery with the unit that made it a quick swap.

In Topic: Nauticam Vacuum Valve II

10 December 2018 - 07:30 PM

I have the Vivid leak detector on my Canon 7D system. I don't have one on my G16 Ikelite system. I can also replace the Ikelite system for under $1000 (used) if it were to flood. I can't replace the 7D system without spending a LOT more than that.


So the leak detector is insurance on the expensive system.


So much so that yesterday when I was getting ready to dive, it wouldn't turn on. The battery was dead (just used up, no problem). Given the time frame, I just called the dive rather than dive without it. Later in the day I changed the battery (easy to do) and then let it sit under vacuum overnight (turned off). This morning I turned it on, verified the vacuum and went diving. Simply put, I will NOT dive that camera without a leak detector.