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#1 OllyB

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:44 AM

Hi, I'm looking for some advice regarding flash photography with my Patima Housing.
 
I've been taking photos underwater using natural light for a couple of years now and have been getting some good results so I thought I would treat myself to a strobe.
 
I have a Cannon S95 with a Patima housing and an Inon z240 strobe. When shooting in STTL and aperture or shutter priority I am getting a "Ghost" on the photo where the internal flash is leaking through the lens port, this is particularly pronounced in darker scenes.
 
I have seen that Inon do a clear photo system which avoids this, however, as the S95 has a pop up flash they do not support this camera, has anyone got any hints or tips to avoid this?
 
Many thanks in advance
 
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#2 bvanant

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:41 AM

You can probably rig up a ring of black paper or black plastic to put around the lens that will block all the light getting to the port. It was occasionally a problem on some older DSLR systems

http://wetpixel.com/...h-tech-problem/

 

shows one way to do it.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:10 AM

use scotch tape to tape a small piece of black, overexposed slide or negative film over the open S95 strobe and mount it in the Patima housing. 

The overexposed, black film has the same effect as the INON Clear Photo System and as long you don't close the pop-up stroe there should be no problem.

if there is a issue i overseen use bvanant's solution and you also may blacken all silver writings on the front of the lens with a sharpie as they may reflect.

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:12 AM

Very strange. Is the camera or the housing silver in any of the parts?

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#5 OllyB

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:51 AM

Cool, i'll try blocking any space in the port.

 

Interceptor121, the whole internals and externals of the housing are silver...........

 

ChrigelKarrer - I cant see how I can force the flash to stay popped up without leaving the camera on all the time and the battery is not that good......



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:46 PM

ChrigelKarrer - I cant see how I can force the flash to stay popped up without leaving the camera on all the time and the battery is not that good......

 

oh i did not know that the strobe retracts automatically when you switch of the camera, on other cameras usually you have to push it in.

You may stick the film inside the housing in front where the strobe is, this may dampen the light to avoid the reflection.

 

Did you asked PATIMA, they are very helpful on any problems with their great housings?

 

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:50 AM

 

oh i did not know that the strobe retracts automatically when you switch of the camera, on other cameras usually you have to push it in.

You may stick the film inside the housing in front where the strobe is, this may dampen the light to avoid the reflection.

 

Did you asked PATIMA, they are very helpful on any problems with their great housings?

 

Chris

 

Do you know what, I hadn't thought of that. I'll email them today......

 

Thanks for your help.



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Posted 18 April 2014 - 11:07 PM

hi there, i know this post is rather old, but did you get any resolution to this issue? i have s95 and Patima housing and think of getting strobes. any advice gratefully received. thanks Toby