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Member Since 29 Mar 2002
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In Topic: Starter tray + strobe arm

05 January 2018 - 01:25 AM

I would use a flat AL tray with holes in each end to mount which ever arm system you choose.  I don't think the articulated knuckle arms can be locked in tight?  ULCS and Ikelite have many different parts to put together.


The little extra weight a metal tray would add, also balances the rig so its upright.

In Topic: Olympus lens recommendation for wreck diving

04 January 2018 - 12:45 PM

I have Pany 8mm and Oly 9-18 zoom.  I have done a lot of wreck diving mostly with the old Nikkor 16mm FE.  A fisheye lens can give you more dramatic photos, but you have to have plenty of light when you get off the wreck or away from structures.  The Oly FE zoom lets you get closer for some shots like inside and still shoot wide outside.  I shot the old Nikon F2 with a big Ike strobe.  I have be using Inon D2000s for several years now and one will probably cover 80% of the wide shots and all of the inside shots.  I carry a second attached but don't use it all the time.


IF you are only going to buy one lens I  would say the Oly 9-18 zoom.  Then work you port selection to also cover FE fixed in future. I had to give up my Zen glass ports for Nauticam plastic to cover the lenses I have.  They will go up for sale next week.


BTW I just started shooting the Oly 12-50 "electric" zoom which I have a port for but not the gear ring.

In Topic: INON Z-330 review/OlympusTG-5 with Ikelite housing review

04 January 2018 - 12:26 PM

I have an old dive buddy who has had bad luck with cameras going to Fiji next month.  So she asks me what about a simple camera.  I said the TG-5 and Oly hsg (cost ~).  Now here is the tough question:

What lighting would you recommend for simplicity sake?


Weefine ring light, a single bright LED, or an Ike DS-51?  (I also have an extra older INON D2000 mod 2, but that would be beyond her).


Jack at Optical Ocean has a kit with Kraken/Weefine Ring Light 1000, camera and hsg.


She is a great diver but cameras are sometimes a Bridge Too Far~

In Topic: improved zoom ring for tokina 10-17mm (nikon mount) on Nauticam housing?

24 July 2017 - 11:09 AM

Old Ikelite rings had that problem.  I think they sitll sell sets of narrow neoprene strips with sticky on on side.  Came it three thicknesses.  You were supposed to put them on the rings and then tighten down the ring screw.  Those might do like Jack has suggested?


Since the Nauticam is without the ring scew, I think you could put them on lens barrel. same as Jack hoping they will stay stuck?


Though I do like the set screws that Stingray used.

In Topic: Olympus UFL-3 strobe - now with 4AA batteries

14 July 2017 - 12:32 PM

Should I presume that there is NO way to sync the Olympus flashes to any other systems such as INON or Ikelite fiber optic?