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Anyone know about Howshot fiber optic cables?

17 November 2017 - 08:40 AM

Has anyone had any experience with the Howshot 613 core fiber optic cables?  They are substantially less expensive than Nauticam or Sea and Sea.

New TSA rules and underwater strobes

16 November 2017 - 06:49 AM

TSA is implementing new rules.  All electronics larger than a cell phone will need to be taken out of carry-on bags and placed separately in bins to be sent through the x-ray machines.  This will include cameras, but does not apply to lenses, according to what I have read.


I am wondering whether this will apply to my Inon strobes.  I need to decide whether to pack them in a manner where I can easily pull them out and place them into a bin.  I would be interested in hearing what other people experience or learn about this.  The new rule is being “rolled-out” over the next couple of months, so it may take a while to figure out if how this will be handled.


I thought about asking TSA, but I strongly suspect I would either have someone repeat the new rule to me and be unable or unwilling to go beyond that, or I would be told that which electronics have to be screened is discretionary with TSA people at the time and place in question.

WWL-1 questions

10 October 2017 - 12:50 PM

Even though I have questioned the value of the Nauticam WWL-1 with a M43 system, I am increasingly tempted to try it out on an upcoming trip.  In part, the promise of a single-lens that goes from ultra-wide (weitwinkel) to “portrait” is appealing, and in part, because I think it would make packing less challenging.


I also keep hearing that the results of the WWL-1 with a kit zoom, can significantly surpass the 7-14 in a 180 dome.


In large part…I am just curious.


Anyway, for those who have used this wet lens, I have a few questions. 


Am I correct in assuming that one needs to remove and remount the lens after submerging in order to insure no air pockets/bubbles between the wet lens and port?


Has anyone had any success using something like a lenscoat cap on the WWL-1 with buoyancy collar?  The hard cap is VERY expensive and looks like it would be hard to stow underwater.  I am in the habit of removing a lens cover in the water and reinstalling it before handing the camera up to boat crew, and would want to continue doing that.


Is the installation/removal of the buoyancy collar a one-time thing or could it be done at a dive location.  I would rather not accommodate what looks like a 180mm foam collar in the case that holds housing, ports, etc.


Thanks.  Any other thoughts or input welcome.

Any benefit to 140mm dome?

25 August 2017 - 07:27 AM

I am curious.  I use the Olympus 8mm FE in a Zen 100mm dome on a Nauticam housing and find the edges to be fine and have no vignetting.  I like the small size of the dome for CFWA. 


Nauticam offers a 140mm dome for this lens and I suppose the slightly larger dome might be better for over/under shots, but otherwise, is there any benefit to this larger dome?  Are edges better, different distortion characteristics or???

WTB Zen DP-200 for Nauticam

20 May 2017 - 04:31 AM

If you have one or know of one, preferably in the US, let me know.  Thanks.