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#349779 Z240 erratic behavior after 3 year - expectable?

Posted by JimSwims on 02 July 2014 - 11:21 PM

Hi guys!


Many thanks for all these valuable feedbacks!

Let me answer to some of the comments:


Strobe internal issues - source?

Apart from errbrr, it seems that all of experienced reliability with your Inon strobes themselves (not mentioning the FOs here)...............


Maybe it was just obstructing dirt on housing side afterwards, but if I experience some more issues I'll definitely cut the housing-sides of the FOs. Are you saying that a sharp knife would do the trick, or scissors? Is there any partiuclar way to shape the cut for light to travel better.

I am thinking this actually could be the cause, as among last weeks I have regularly removed/inserted my FOs from housing side (which I didn't do in the past), and have possibly damaged them.

Battery cells were fine I presume, as I charge them regularly, and the red ready light came on quite quickly..............................................


Thanks again for all the help!



Hi Nicholas,


as Jim Anderson has said above I just cut the affected ends off with a sharp Craft Knife straight across the cables. I learnt early on to

put the FO cable ends in my mouth to wet with saliva before inserting. This helped to avoid the ends bending or flexing when inserting

into the cable ports on the housing. I felt that over time the repeated bending could turn the clear plastic milky.


All in all I have no complaints for my Inon strobes. They are compact, relatively light and do what I want when I want. Just wished that

manual was easier to read :mocking:  I have however used them 90% of the time for macro and only in temperate water, so haven't pushed

their tolerances.




#346524 Flickr

Posted by JimSwims on 21 April 2014 - 01:46 AM

Flickr says no problem<  https://www.flickr.c.../blogging/#2937  >but it obviously doesn't work any more. Used to be a drop down share box where you could copy the embed code I think?


Just another way the team at FlickrHQ have made Flickr more user friendly(read as, Dumbed Down)- https://www.flickr.c...show embed link

Not sure if there is a current workaround Tim. You could have a poke about in their App Garden< https://www.flickr.com/services/ >to see if one of the Slide show generators can still work for you.


Personally I detest the new way Flickr does slide shows on site now, especially since I upload low res images. Grainy versions of my 'masterpieces' sliding across my screen at awkward angles 

making a mockery of my compositions really leaves me cold.




#344531 Four crabs and a shrimp (should that be a movie title?)

Posted by JimSwims on 15 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

Hi Fabian,


looks like you had a great trip!


1. Cinetorhynchus hendersoni.


2. Not a lot to go by for me on that left crab, the right one is a Trapezia tigrina.


3. Squat Lobster, Galathea sp.


4. Soft Coral Crab, Hoplophrys oatesii.





#343858 Tube worm burrow?

Posted by JimSwims on 27 February 2014 - 01:48 AM

It's the egg ring or sand collar from a Sand Snail aka Moon Snail, family Naticidae.




#343381 WTB :D90 housing ikelite / D80 / D70s with strobe - full set

Posted by JimSwims on 15 February 2014 - 04:27 PM

I have a Nexus D90 housing package available in Australia. Haven't got around to listing it here on Wetpixel as initially trying

to sell within Australia first.


See here for my listing on DiveOz- http://www.diveoz.co...egory.asp?cat=9




#338314 D7100 or D600

Posted by JimSwims on 18 October 2013 - 04:35 PM

I think Erik summarises things very well, although if you could afford a D800, new housing and replacing lens then go for it! Mind you I would personally 

never consider housing it in an Ikelite. As far as the speculation regarding the impending demise of DX, well it's just that; speculation.......


I have a D7100 now for topside nature images. I upgraded from the D7000 and I love it. Would love to house it and if I had the cash would do so.


Will the D7100 will be enough for you for a few years? That all depends on how well can you resist upgrading. There is no doubt it is an excellent crop

sensor DSLR capable of producing high quality images now and for as long as you continue to own and use it.




#337680 Asking for your views on strobes for Nikon D7000 in Nauticam Housing

Posted by JimSwims on 01 October 2013 - 03:53 PM

Hi Nick,


I use Z-240's with my D90 and cant fault them. Perfect for macro with very reliable STTL. The Ikes have a slight advantage

for Wide Angle but its not great enough for me to pay that much more and then have to lug them about on shore dives.


If you want to have a dedicated Macro rig then its worth looking at the Inon S2000 strobes mentioned by Tim.


There is also the Sea & Sea YS-D1, another compact and powerful strobe that might be worth considering.




#335367 First attempt at over under

Posted by JimSwims on 05 August 2013 - 04:12 AM

I think its a fair first effort and I do like the freshwater setting you have chosen.


On the critique side there is a lot of chroma. Would like to see it done with the sun behind you.




#334626 flamingo tongue mating??

Posted by JimSwims on 19 July 2013 - 11:37 PM

Tongue kissing?   :man_in_love:

#333534 NeverWet Spray ?

Posted by JimSwims on 27 June 2013 - 04:49 AM

Turn your wetsuit into a drysuit!

#332194 Macro Lens for Nikon DX

Posted by JimSwims on 31 May 2013 - 09:05 PM

which do you think is the best lens for DX Nikon cameras? Nikon DX 40 mm or DX 85 mm?



Short answer is neither.  As the others have suggested get the 60mm.




#331611 Pool test D800 and 17-35 with Seacam superdome

Posted by JimSwims on 19 May 2013 - 01:46 PM

I'm more concerned about the use of budgie smuglers in the test images!! :mocking:

#327933 +10 Wetdiopter instead of SubSea?

Posted by JimSwims on 15 March 2013 - 05:04 AM

Thanks for the Infos from everybody!


Glad you could track one down!




#326640 Nikon announces the D7100

Posted by JimSwims on 24 February 2013 - 03:02 AM

Personally for me, although this new DX camera really does excite me I'm even more interested in what could come out in the

next tier, that is of course if it(D400/D9000) comes out. As another D90 user I've been more than happy to stick with that camera

as my skills progress, I am after all not a pro. It always has made sense to me to wait two generations before upgrading.


DX as a format really suits me. As I dive basically 100% of the time in temperate waters I shoot mostly macro. Also topside

my main interest in photography is nature, with birds being my most common subject. As such the 1.3 crop of this new

camera has added interest for me. I like how they have made it a super imposed frame for that crop rather than the tighter

viewfinder image of the D800 on DX mode. I guess there is a technical reason that is so?


If I went to FX I too would miss the 10-17, even though I hardly use it in home waters :pardon:


To upgrade from the D90 to D800, for me would mean

1- a much more expensive body upgrade,

2- a more expensive housing upgrade,

3- new lens required,

4- some of my lens would become obsolete or less useful.


As a hobbyist on a tight budget there is simply no incentive. 




#326431 Nikon announces the D7100

Posted by JimSwims on 20 February 2013 - 11:47 PM

Wow, I now have a sudden urge to upgrade when moments before I didn't.


Be really interesting to see what innovations the housing manufacturers can come up with to compliment this new DX camera.