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Light & Motion: really bad service

01 September 2015 - 03:29 PM

I have two Sola 4000 lights which were giving decreasing burn times.


I e-mailed Light & Motion (L&M) asking about replacement batteries and was told the Sola 4000 lights are obsolete and no more batteries or printed circuit boards are available.


They then offered a trade-in against their new 8000 lumen light. I asked if I could trade both 4000s on one 8000 and was told OK you can do that, so I shipped the lights, chargers and filters to them.


When my lights arrived at L&M I got a phone call saying they would not trade two lights against one - a major disappointment; they would see what they could do about repairing the 4000s at no charge. So I said if you can't do the trade you promised, I need the 4000s back by next Saturday the 22nd to take on a dive trip. They shipped the lights on the 14th as near as I can tell from their e-mails. The 4000s arrived two days after I left town, on the 24th.


These are at least two really unnerving "don't care" or "can't figure out how to do customer service" errors stacked together. In addition, every time I replied to an e-mail, I received back their trade-in letter in triplicate, sometimes addressed to me, most times to someone else; a heavy confusion factor from what seems to be a broken web site.


Since I had similar problems last year with faulty service on housings, I quit. No more L&M for me. I started with their Stingray housing in the 90s, so this isn't a short-term decision.


Had to be said.


End of rant.



Sony AX100 autofocus problem

22 June 2015 - 05:01 AM

Sometimes when I am using autofocus with the Sony FDR-AX100 and a flat port on the Gates housing, autofocus doesn't work!


When looking at the clips after the dive, the subject can occupy 1/3 of the screen, and be nicely centered, and it is out of focus; the background is in focus even if it is relatively far away! The contrast seems to be sufficient; the camera apparently does not respond.


This seems to have happened after the latest firmware update to V3.0.


There seems to be more focus "hunting" underwater since the update. Topside, the problem does not seem to happen...


Anyone have any thoughts about this?


All help appreciated,



4K screen capture -> nudibranch eggs

25 May 2015 - 04:19 AM

Here's a screen capture of nudis and their eggs from the Blue Heron Bridge, Phil Foster State Park, Riviera Beach, Florida USA:

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The Nudibranchs are Flabellina Dushia (thanks to Anne D. for the ID!) and are about 5/8" (1.6cm) in length.


I used the new ReefNet diopter adapter and a +10 SubSee diopter on the Gates AX100 housing. The Sony AX100 has firmware v3.


The tiny spiral of eggs is clearly visible, making the individual sand grains look like large boulders!


Ask me if I'm sold on 4K LOL




PS: The (absolutely horrible)  video is on Youtube at https://youtu.be/1NtMt7f0CjU I will get better, I promise - it was my first try at using a diopter...

Sony AX100 firmware v3.00 released

14 March 2015 - 07:44 AM

I just updated my AX100 to Sony firmware release V3.00


I will test it sometime next month I hope.


The major updates Sony claims are an increase in the data rate from 60mbps to 100mbps and improved autofocus. When I put the camera into the 100mbps data rate setting it informed me stills are not available. Not a big deal to me...


If you want to update, go here: http://esupport.sony...up_id=3#prepcam


Here's Sony's short list of the firmware V3.00 update contents:



What Does This Do?
This utility updates the system firmware for Mac® and provides the following benefits:

Improvements over previous versions:

  • Adds XAVC S 4K 100Mbps
  • Adds capability to capture still pictures from video contents shot by XAVC S
  • Improves trimming playback
  • Improves auto focus performance
    • Focus tracking performance on a person


After the update I switched to a new, blank SD card - there's no mention that there's any incompatibility between the old and new file formats, but I didn't want to take a chance on losing anything already on the previous card.


The new data rate definitely eats the card space quicker.





Sony AX100 question

10 December 2014 - 06:12 PM

I have a Sony AX100 & Gates housing. In trying to learn the camera I have been blessed with the following error message I find totally baffling.


If I press the PROGRAM AE button to try to get it into that mode, I get


"Set the adjustment for brightness to auto."


I am normally fairly opaque, but this time maybe it has gone over the top! I'm unable to get past this message to get to the PROGRAM AE mode. I can't find a button or a menu selection that has anything to do with brightness.


Would some kind soul point out the error of my ways so I can get this behind me and successfully select PROGRAM AE?






PS: The firmware version is 2.0