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#1 TimG

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 01:52 AM

I'm mulling over "investing" in the Retra "Ultimate Light Shaping Device" for another foray into snooting. Last time I made my own snoot with a bunch of plumbing piping - with decidedly mixed results (a subtle way of saying they were rubbish).

 

The online reviews I've read of the Retra LSD are all pretty good. But I'd welcome any views from the WP cognoscente. 

 

Anyone got one they'd be interested in selling?

 

Thanks!

 

Tim

 

 


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 04:55 PM

Contact "Snoot Master" Mike Bartick

mike Bartick <saltwaterphoto@live.com>


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If it is so easy every one would be doing it!

Nikon D 500, Subal Housing, Inon Z 240 strobes.


#3 TimG

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 04:49 AM

Contact "Snoot Master" Mike Bartick

mike Bartick <saltwaterphoto@live.com>

 

Thanks!


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:38 PM

I bought an LSD with my retra strobes.  Have tested it at home and am very impressed.  Easy to aim, no loss of light intensity.  Also, it can project a bright spot of light quite a distance, which I can see as useful to light up distant critters in a scene (or maybe a face).  It will be very fun to experiment, as soon as vis improves enough for me to get out on a macro dive . . . . 



#5 TimG

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:15 AM

I bought an LSD with my retra strobes.  Have tested it at home and am very impressed.  Easy to aim, no loss of light intensity.  Also, it can project a bright spot of light quite a distance, which I can see as useful to light up distant critters in a scene (or maybe a face).  It will be very fun to experiment, as soon as vis improves enough for me to get out on a macro dive . . . . 

 

Thanks, Guy. That's helpful. It sure does sound a fun bit of equipment to experiment with.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:18 AM

Like yourself, I first thought that using a DIY snoot using plumbing apparatus would do the work fine, then I dived a couple of years ago with Ajiex Dharma in Bali (he's probably the best guide for Tulamben) who's eagerly using this stuff. He lent me his Retra LSD ... 

At the end of the holiday I sent a mail to Retra to purchase my own.

 

There are lots of supermacro/creative images that I wouldn't be able to create without it : very easy to use, makes it easier to focus, no loss of light, you can add plastic filters in it (you know those thin floppy &square enlarger filters nobody uses anymore since film died)

Maybe the only drawback is that it lacks a "wider angle" limiter that would help lighting up a coral head without spreading the light everywhere, I found sometimes the widest hole without any shape was sometimes too narrow. 

 

For the record, I am NOT selling (and do not consider it in the future) my Retra LSD. 


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#7 TimG

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 04:32 AM

Thanks Luko!

 

You guys have sold me on it. 

 

Another fine investment...... 


Tim
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Nikon D800 and D500, Nikkors 105mm and 16-35mm, Sigma 15mmFE, Tokina 10-17,  Subal housing

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