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#395003 New Inon Z330

Posted by davehicks on 02 May 2018 - 04:03 PM

I ordered my 330's from Reef Photo on Dec 19th and recieved them April 5th.  I shot with them all that week up in Port Hardy.  Great strobes, easy to use, no problems at all. 


Coming from the stellar battery capacity of the Ikelite 161's I was not sure what to expect from a strobe running 4 AA's.  I used brand new Eneloop Pro's (2450 mah) for the 330's.  I swapped batteries after 2 dives, and probably took around 250 shots max on those cells.  My charger never showed more than 1/2 capacity used up.  I'd guess these will be good for 350+ shots at 1/2 power.

#373228 White balancing

Posted by davehicks on 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. 

#325367 D800 Crisis!

Posted by davehicks on 30 January 2013 - 01:50 PM

The D800 has a very speedy USB 3.0 port and can be directly plugged into any laptop with a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port. You can then drag and drop the files directly to your storage device of choice. You don't need to use a separate card reader if you don't have one available. The D800 (and every other Nikon DSLR I've ever used) is a card reader when plugged in to USB. On your computer you should see it mount as just another Disk.

#321407 Lightest, smallest computer that runs lightroom

Posted by davehicks on 25 November 2012 - 11:46 AM

Probably 4GB of ram (memory) is needed. Storage (hard disk) is less important as you can use external for backup and archive during a trip.

Here is another option that just became available. Acer W700 tablet at 2.1 pounds for $800. (options for faster CPU) Very similar to the Surface pro, but it does not have the super cool keyboard cover of the Surface. Instead it is a tablet that comes with a Bluetooth keyboard.


Screen Size 11.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 1.8 GHz Core i3-3217U
Hard Drive 64.0 GB SSD
Graphics Coprocessor Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Graphics Card Ram Size 128 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 1
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9 hours

#321340 Lightest, smallest computer that runs lightroom

Posted by davehicks on 24 November 2012 - 10:47 AM

Here is a review of one of these new PCs. It's an Intel Win8 system running a dual core Atom with 2gb of RAM. It will run Lightroom, etc. but it is not going to be a screamer. Still it's under two pounds, probably a bit more with the optional keyboard dock.


The Microsoft Surface PRO which should be available next year may be a better option. About 2lbs with a keyboard cover, Core i5, 4gb RAM. That system should be comparable to other very capable ultrabooks but in smaller package.

My wife recently bought a Lenovo Yoga 13" ultrabook and it's very nice. 3lbs, touchscreen, very speedy.

It could be worth looking at the Atom/Windows8 Tablets that will come out next year. If you want a lightweight travelling alternative.
Will they have USB3 and can they render pics in Lightroom in a reasonable time ( rendering is mainly Processor power)?
I assume that Photo Editing is too much to ask!

#316281 Nikon D600 vs D800

Posted by davehicks on 12 September 2012 - 09:37 PM

I have been waiting to see what Nikon released this year. The D800 surprised many, but we all were expecting the D600. Now the D600 seems like a decent new camera, just a few notches down the spec list from the D800. But for people who plan to spend a few thousand more for new housings, lenses, and such I don't see the point of settling for the D600. Until someone comes along and provides a compelling case for the D600 I see an upgrade from the D300 -> D800 in my future.