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ianmarsh

Member Since 15 Jan 2012
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In Topic: RETRA Strobe Thread

Yesterday, 08:40 AM

Hello all,

 

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.

 

ian


In Topic: For Sale: Seacam S180 Magnifying Viewfinder

03 December 2017 - 05:23 PM

Nope.

 

Shoot me a line :)

 

ian


In Topic: RETRA Strobe Thread

28 October 2017 - 01:28 PM

My 2 cents worth on Retra:

 

I emailed Oskar last Sunday, he answered within 10 minutes.

 

Strobes shipped Tuesday from Slovenia, in my hands in British Columbia by Friday afternoon. All safe and sound

 

Strobes are a beautiful pieces of elegant design. They look very robust.

 

Tested out S-TTL protocol with UW Technics board (Thank you Pavel!) for Seacam. Testing done in air.

 

Strobes respond MOST like Z240 YS-D1 setting (position 0) on UWTechnics board. YS-D2 position (position 2) on board overexposes in the middle apertures. Position 1 and 3 grossly over exposes.

 

Can't say enough about Oskar  and his company!!!

 

Will wait and see about durability, but feeling very confident

 

ian


In Topic: For Sale: Sea and Sea YS-D2 Strobes, New in Box.

26 October 2017 - 02:50 PM

Strobes are sold!!


In Topic: For Sale: Sea and Sea YS-D2 Strobes, New in Box.

25 October 2017 - 10:29 PM

Good pickup:(

 

Thanks:)

 

Price Drop:

 

$925 USD for the pair, I'll pick up the shipping.

 

ian