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davehicks

Member Since 16 Nov 2003
Offline Last Active Mar 23 2017 01:43 PM
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In Topic: Anyone upgrade a DS-125 battery pack?

07 February 2017 - 08:48 PM

I have rebuilt a few of these battery packs in the past, and had another one die just recently.  I happened to be in a Batteries+Bulbs store and noticed that they rebuild battery packs.  After a short discussion, I brought them the dead DS-161 NiMH pack and they rebuilt it for about $45.  A bit more than it would have cost be for parts, but they have a proper spot welder to solder the cells.  I was pleasantly surprised they did the job for a very reasonable price.  The battery pack is working great.


In Topic: Strobes positionning for sharks ?

29 January 2017 - 12:18 PM

I think your strobe positioning looks good, but I would loose the Diffusers and switch your strobes to Manual (start with 50%) power rather than TTL.  In my experience TTL is not effective for wide angle, you end up with a full dump that accentuates backscatter.  Compensate with a higher ISO as needed.  The diffusers just reduce the output of your strobes further.  Your shutter speed should be metered and adjusted to achieve the background color you are looking for.


In Topic: White balancing

02 May 2016 - 10:17 PM

There really is no need to white balance if you are shooting macro.  You should be getting enough light on your subject in most cases and auto white balance will give you 99% of what you need.  The exception is the shark that swims up when you are sporting your 100mm macro lens.  You might need to do a bit more of a WB adjustment at that point. 


In Topic: White balancing

02 May 2016 - 12:39 PM

I zip-tied little white wiffle balls to my wife's (and usual dive model) dry suit pockets.  This serves the dual purpose of being a nice handle for the zipper pocket and a great White Balance target I can usually count on in Lightroom post processing.


In Topic: Ikelite Ports, Domes, port bodies for Sale

22 April 2016 - 10:32 PM

Bumping this!  Most of this stuff if still available.  I just sold the .28 port body.