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#371473 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by E_viking on 13 March 2016 - 02:50 AM

Hi all,


I assume that the different Solutions are based on different regulations in different parts of the world.

Some Solutions would not work here in Europe, due to limitations on check-in etc etc.


Rig sizes changes your possibilities drastically.

My wife has a M4/3 System and she packs everything ( except arms and handles)  in a reasonably sized Camera Backpack.

I need to pay much more attention to my Fullframe rig.


My solution:

Camera and a Lense in the Housing + Flatport, wrapped in Neoprene and carried in the Lanyard

Domeport and Lenses in a Backpack => Looks reasonably sized, but is heavy.

The rest is checked-in.


It is very uncomfy at the Airport, but I have never been checked. I have seen a lot of People with rollers being checked.



#349720 Z240 erratic behavior after 3 year - expectable?

Posted by E_viking on 01 July 2014 - 09:43 PM



I am fascinated reading the Posts here and the different user experiences.

My feeling about my INONs are that they are as sturdy as they come.

I never had an issue with them.




Ps! I will probably get issues with them now, after writing this comment.

#349662 Z240 erratic behavior after 3 year - expectable?

Posted by E_viking on 30 June 2014 - 10:04 PM



No way that the electronics are "worn out" after such a short time.

If you are nicely using Eneloops ( due to overheating) you should be just fine.

I use 2*INON Z240s, since 2006. They are still working nicely.


My bet would be on the Fiber Optics. They could be broken somewhere and are sometimes giving good light Transmission.

This would then lead to intermittent behaviour.

I always carry 1-2 spare cables. They weigh close to nothing and as and are cheap.



#348501 Wearing a drysuit and shooting macro

Posted by E_viking on 01 June 2014 - 09:50 PM


I would personally state.

1) You need a certain amount of weight to keep down, as with Neoprene.

2) Depending on water temp. You also need "warming weights", especially with a trilaminate.

        There is a huge difference in self Isolation between a trilaminate and a 4.5mm neoprene dry suit.


Where you put your "bouvancy" air is a personal issue. I always teach to newbies that they should put enough air in

the Suit to feel comfy and the control part in the BCD.




#344859 Nikon 105vr manual vs auto focus

Posted by E_viking on 23 March 2014 - 02:45 AM



I do not believe that you will feel the need for Manual Focus.

There are situations were a locked Focus is desirable. My

Definition of those are when you are moving into the direction of super macro.


An easy way to get around the issue is to use the "back button Focus". I am not sure if the D200 has it, but I would assume.

It is a method in which you deactive the Focus from the Trigger button and activate it on a button reachable from your right hand thumb.

Which button and how to changes from Camera to Camera. This way you can lock your Focus to the desired distance. Then you Focus by moving.




#342400 Should strobes match in 2 strobe setup

Posted by E_viking on 26 January 2014 - 09:29 AM

You will be fine with 2 INON Strobes.

The most important is that they have the same Color Temperature.

Otherwise, you would get strange Color casts.

Both the INONs do have the same Color Temp, according to my knowledge.

It also makes it somewhat easier that they are similar in controls.



#339292 How did you flood?

Posted by E_viking on 11 November 2013 - 10:37 AM

One caveat with the Leak Sentinel system (Vivid Housings). When you turn the unit on, it senses the pressure in the housing as atmospheric pressure (1 bar) and measures vacuum relative to that pressure.  So if you pull a vacuum at night and then turn the sensor off afterward, when you turn it on in the morning, it will sense the internal pressure (approx. 0.8 bar) in the housing and measure vacuum relative to that pressure. So, although you may have a vacuum in the housing, the sensor will indicate that there is not a sufficient vacuum in the housing and will blink red.


Although I have not dove the unit yet, I plan to pull the vacuum at night after the unit is assembled for the next day and monitor it for 30-60 minutes. If all is well, I'll turn the unit off to conserve battery, but retain the vacuum in the housing. The next morning, I'll bleed air into the housing to eliminate the vacuum as evidenced by the hissing sound. If there is no hissing, then I have a problem. Then reestablish the vacuum with the proper green light indication. Using this procedure, I should get a 14 day dive trip out of one battery, or at least I hope to do so.


I cannot comment on how other systems work.


I have used the System this summer.

My general was to vacuum it in the evening before. Then I simply let it blink the night through and between dives ( if I did not have to open the Housing).

The Cell is still going strong. So, it does not really seem to be an issue.

However, I always bring some extra Cells.



#338310 D7100 or D600

Posted by E_viking on 18 October 2013 - 01:53 PM



eventhough that I have the d800. I believe that the d7100 is a brilliant Camera for UW.

Especially, given the Lenses that you have.

I would clearly go for the d7100 + an Alu Housing => you will get a very good System that way.


60mm is the go to lense for DX macro.

105mm is the go to lense for FX macro ( and super macro).


If you move to FX, then you can pretty much Forget your Tokina.

FX Fisheye: Sigma 15mm or Nikon 16mm

FX WA: Nikon 16-35mm ( I have tried the 17-35mm for UW, but I did not like it).

=> You would need a bunch of new lenses

You also get away with a smaller Domeport in DX!



#330608 Identifying Oring Materials from different Manufacturers

Posted by E_viking on 30 April 2013 - 01:31 PM

I personally play it safe and use the proposed grease from the Manufacturer, for the non-black O-rings..

Those little Tubes lasts for ages and hardly costs anything.  I never found it worth the potential risk to play around there!

I have to admit to that I am packing quite afew different O-ring greases.



#330013 Critique appreciated

Posted by E_viking on 20 April 2013 - 12:54 AM

Thanks for the tips guys. I did try and get the Lionfish from the front but he wasn't being cooperative.


Somebody should theach them some manners!!!

So, that it is more cooperative next time   :B):



#329781 Critique appreciated

Posted by E_viking on 15 April 2013 - 01:06 PM

I second Morten's comments! You could up the Aperture a bit in order to improve the Corner sharpness of the Lense. That generally improves it, but I don' know how the Lense works.

I would also generálly switch of the TTL in Wideangle. It works in this picture, since the Lionfish occupies a large part of the Picture frame.


I would have tried to get a bit more of an angle of the Lionfish, ie facing the Camera.



#329667 My first published article

Posted by E_viking on 13 April 2013 - 06:13 AM


I really like the first Nudi. That is a nice one!



#329594 Question for Cold Water Divers- Heated Vests?

Posted by E_viking on 11 April 2013 - 12:00 PM

Get a suit that fits properly.

Wear appropriate undergarments.

Wear a suitable hood.

Wear suitable gloves.

Use a Thermolution heated vest.

Use a CCR.

Use proper nutrition.


(I think that covers it!)


You forgot Bioprene ...

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#329589 Azores

Posted by E_viking on 11 April 2013 - 10:46 AM



We were in Faial last fall, mid/end september I think. They have a couple of dives that are really really spectacular. Princes Alice Banks withe the Mobulas/Mantas and another Bank ( forgotten the name) with the Bluesharks.

These Banks are far off the coast and either no bottom in sight or at 40m or so.It can be currents. The Coastal Reef dives are ok, but not that interesting.

The Islands are in the middle of the Ocean. So, it might not be possible to go out to the top places every day. If, you are unlucky the waves might be too high for a week or so. So, plan enogh time.


Do not plan 2 dives a day! Rent a car drive around, go to the neighbour island, look at the Vulcanoes, do some whale watching, Landscape photography, go for a hike etc etc

Above all stay flexible for the waves to go down. In order to go out to the Banks. The Azores are a fascinating place and I liked it a lot, but you should do a fair bit of research before booking a trip!

You might have the wrong expectations otherwise.






#329200 Some wreck shots from Chuuk

Posted by E_viking on 05 April 2013 - 12:47 PM

I had to laugh about the Decoline picture. Sort of been there :-)