Just back from 12 amazing days aboard the Bilikiki in the Solomons. Absolutely amazing dive trip! Best trip since beginning the Life Aquatic in 1972:)
The only issue with the trip is we arrived a few days after the coral spawn, and at times backscatter became an issue. But there were a lot happy animals around! Amazing guides on the boat. Thanks Tina and Oli:)
Headed away with all new camera set-up (to me) including a shiny new pair of Retras with a Seacam-D800 and UW Technics TTL board.
The strobes were fantastic! Beautiful quality of light, easily controlled and lots of it if needed. As noted by others, it allowed you to focus on the viewfinder instead of the knobs.
Battery life with Eneloop pro's was excellent. At least 3-4 dives before i would swap out batteries, mostly out of habit.
They were robust, and with the provided (thick) neoprene jackets, were neutrally buoyant and out of harms way.
TTL was difficult to sort out because the UW Technics board was not calibrated for these strobes. They did mostly work on the YS-D1 setting, but not at aperture extremes, so I mostly shot manual, which wasn't an issue.
I had contacted Oskar 10 days before leaving, and he had the strobes in my hands in good time. Excellent customer service, feedback and followup.
All in all, I am very pleased with these strobes. I dove with full confidence they would not let me down.
Edited by ianmarsh, 16 December 2017 - 08:45 AM.