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#391354 Nauticam for Sony A6500 and strobes (help needed)

Posted by bvanant on 18 January 2018 - 05:17 PM

I am confused by the question. As I understand it (perhaps not very far) the IKE strobe has only an electrical sync cord connection. Adding the IKE fiber optic converter will allow for triggering by fiber optic but offers NO TTL ( This adapter is a manual exposure (non-TTL) trigger only.) so no TTL possible.  It will fire however from LED triggers assuming you can get one that fits in the housing. Hedwig's will fit and should work.

The fantasea version appears to be (40.5 x 45 x 20.5 mm) big so you can measure to see if you have that space above the hot shoe.

If you move to other strobes the cables will be the same.  


#390992 Triton Bay - trip report - December 2016 / January 2017

Posted by bvanant on 08 January 2018 - 09:21 AM

For a macro oriented video of Triton Bay (2016 and 2017) check out






#388679 Triton Bay - trip report - December 2016 / January 2017

Posted by bvanant on 23 October 2017 - 03:30 PM

We agree, Triton Bay Divers is an excellent place to go diving. We spent a month there in Nov 16 and two weeks there in January 17 and are going back in January again for two weeks. The first month was with Graham Abbott (diving 4 images) and Lisa was there, the second trip Jimmy was there.  On the second trip, Conservation International was there tagging whale sharks which were able to observe.  Neat.  Here is a movie of the two trips kind of combined (the first part is on the Triton Bay website)



The only thing I would add was that the food when we were there was not terribly exciting (nor very good for the first trip) and they ran out of things like eggs and milk while we were there. That being said, the place itself is terrific and all of the staff were really amazing. I hope that the new dive masters (Andi is gone, married and off to Manado I think) are as good as last years.





#388662 ​​Is there a Smart Underwater LED Strobe in our future?

Posted by bvanant on 22 October 2017 - 01:49 PM

Well a GN of 4 isn't so interesting except for macro where it might be useful, but $1000 seems a bit pricey.


#388257 DIY - Make your own fiber optic cable for your underwater flash - works with...

Posted by bvanant on 09 October 2017 - 02:12 PM

Well, the 613 fiber cable by itself is quite expensive, in small quantities it is like $6/foot.  You can get it cheaper though if you need 500 meters worth. For me I make my own fiber cables because I like to mess around, not because of price so much.  In any case I buy the 2-hole bushings from Inon for $5 each (http://reefphoto.com...roducts_id=3932) and buy jacketed 1 mm fiber from Asahi for $1.25 per meter. If you use only one fiber then things don't work so well but if you use two fibers (one in each hole) you can get a 1 meter cable that works well with the Nauticam trigger and Inon or S&S strobes for less than $15.




#385685 Can you use Nauticam silicone on Sea&Sea blue o-ring?

Posted by bvanant on 08 July 2017 - 12:51 PM

Not so much. There are silicone greases and fluorosilicone greases and each has specific uses. For example Silicone grease (the stuff in the big trident tub) can swell silicone o-rings and lead to troubles.  That is why we keep recommending either the Tribolube or Christolube (or Krytox if you can find the right one) since they are good for all types of o-rings.



#383705 How to get sharper corners when using E-mount 12mm Zeiss in Ikelite housing a...

Posted by bvanant on 30 April 2017 - 09:20 PM

Firstly, why are you worried so much about the corners. Your photo looks fine to me and unless you are pixel peeping why worry. Secondly you can shoot at smaller apertures (like f:16) but most likely won't help too much. Getting a bigger dome will help but at a cost and pain for travel factor. Using a diopter on the lens can often help and is quite inexpensive compared to a new dome.  One thing to check on is the corner sharpness of the lens on land; test it in the garden; it can't be much better UW than it is on land.


#382052 Oops... Did I just mess up my kit?

Posted by bvanant on 07 March 2017 - 08:50 AM

No worries; think about what forces are on the o-rings and seals. All commercial planes run around the equivalent of 1800 meters (6K feet) or slightly higher than say Denver. Taking your housing to Denver is not such a worry.


#381149 And you think UW shooters are obsessed...

Posted by bvanant on 01 February 2017 - 05:16 PM

Sort of like the psychedelic frogfish in a sunball


#377775 TTL flash trigger for M43 Panasonic/Olympus cameras?

Posted by bvanant on 13 October 2016 - 02:18 PM

I don't think anyone has a TTL flash trigger for the u4/3 cameras and it is not clear that the Nauticam trigger will fit in your housing, check this carefully.  Getting an LED to drive TTL is not terribly simple for optically triggered strobes. As you know typically TTL is obtained by the internal strobe sending out a weak signal then measuring the resulting intensity then sending out the true strobe signal.  Neither Olympus nor anyone else has published the inner workings of their TTL (except in some difficult to understand patents) so this is tricky.


#376140 Macro lens: Olympus 60mm, or Panasonic 45mm?

Posted by bvanant on 16 August 2016 - 07:49 AM

Clearly Bokeh is subjective but for me the Leica/Panasonic wins. We were just in the Northern Sea of Cortez and I shot a lot of brown cheeked blennies with both lenses in similar backgrounds, will try to post some later today.


#376097 Macro lens: Olympus 60mm, or Panasonic 45mm?

Posted by bvanant on 14 August 2016 - 04:20 PM

I have and shoot both. In my opinion the Bokeh on the Panasonic is much better than on the Olympus but the 60 is slightly sharper and focuses slightly faster for me (EM-1, Subal Housing). Neither are hard to handle in my opinion but neither are as simple as a 60 on FF. In terms of macro both lenses shoot 1:1 so the magnification (i.e. the macroness) is identical for either lens although adding a diopter to the 60 will get more mag than the same diopter on the 45.





#375541 Inon S2000 for wide angle

Posted by bvanant on 26 July 2016 - 08:50 AM

Think about strobes for WA. The S2000 has a GN of about 20 and the YSD2 has a GN of 32. This sounds like a lot but in reality it is only one stop or so. NO strobes can light up a reef or a whale shark and any strobe can give you good CFWA stuff. WA photos are really about natural light and getting your composition correct.


For the s2000 with a GN of 20 (in air) or say 7 in water this means that 

GN = Distance (meters) * f stop

so 7 = distance (meters) * 11 (for f/11) so we can light up something about 2 feet (0.63 meters) or so away 

with the D2 and a water GN of 11 we can light up the same thing one meter away at f/11

so the D2 is only good for an additional foot of distance.


Hope this helps



#374377 Guide number of a strobe

Posted by bvanant on 06 June 2016 - 04:07 PM

The guide number of a strobe works like this. 

GN = Distance x F-stop

For a strobe with a GN of 20 (meters ISO 100) on land, I would estimate a GN of 10 (or less) underwater. If I want to shoot at f:11 then I can be around 0.9 meters or a bit less than 3 feet away.  That is why (even with strobes) the rules about get closer and closer are what they are.


#374097 OMD-EM-1 flash (FL-LM2) no longer works?

Posted by bvanant on 29 May 2016 - 02:04 AM

This flash is very suspect to random failures. On a recent Indonesia trip three separate flashes in different rigs all failed. I buy them on eBay and always carry a few spares.