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Nicool

Member Since 08 Aug 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 21 2017 01:25 PM
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In Topic: improved zoom ring for tokina 10-17mm (nikon mount) on Nauticam housing?

21 July 2017 - 01:24 PM

If you still have a zoom ring from another brand that worked well, Nauticam makes an adapter gear that sandwiches them (at least the Sea & Sea or Nexus).  You might check it out, as it solved me having to buy all new rings for my D500 when switching from my MDX-D300 to Nauticam NA D-500.  It's only about $125.

Thanks Larry very interesting!
Have you bought such equipment for the 10-17mm tokina specifically?

In Topic: improved zoom ring for tokina 10-17mm (nikon mount) on Nauticam housing?

21 June 2017 - 05:10 AM

Hi Nicool
 
This sounds a right pain. Not being a Nauticam user I can't help with their solution - but have you tried putting, say, a rubber band (or something similar, e.g. a ring of neoprene) on the lens before fitting the zoom ring? This might give the ring more grip on the lens. 
 
I had a similar-ish issue a while back trying to rig a zoom ring on a CFWA set up using the Tokina 10-17 and solved it with a bit of bicycle tyre which hugged the zoom nicely - and provided more grip for the zoom ring to cling on to.
 
Just an idea!  :crazy:

Appreciated TimG! When i am back home i'll see what i can find which will help without damaging the exposed inside lens part

In Topic: A nasty Honduran surprise

22 April 2017 - 01:34 PM

Well, you got a taste of what a foreigner goes through when visiting the United States.


So true!
I find the Chinese border agents much more friendly by the way...

Not trying to troll ;-)

In Topic: Inon Z-240 vs. Sea & Sea YS-D2

22 April 2017 - 01:23 PM

I'm gonna stick my neck out a bit here...
I cannot believe that people still support Sea & Sea strobes, I have to assume either 1) they produce a much better final product to sell in the US or 2) the opinions are heavily biased.
As Wolf Eel mentioned, the Z240s are unnecessarily complicated with all the knobs, but I know A LOT of photographers who have been using the same strobes for years. They send them for maintenance every now and then, pay a bit of money and get it completely renewed. 
The Sea & Sea ones, on the other hand, present all sorts of issues. I have lost 3 YS-D1s and 1 YS-D2 to battery explosion, tube issues and just unidentifiable issues. I have met photographers who have lost more than that. I have seen many S&Ss ruin photography trips and the most important: at least here in HK the service is completely useless. Anytime you send your strobe for servicing, the warranty covers nothing, the price to fix it is the price of a new strobe, it takes forever to fix them and service is atrocious.
Seriously, it's time to stop beating around the bush: Sea & Sea needs a wake up call, people have to stop buying their strobes(I know I have) and their products in general. 
 
Sorry if anyone is offended. I'm trying to help by being honest. 


Thanks for the report donboka.
I have fortunately bought 2 inon strobes in 2011 and never stopped shooting them since then. Never any issue, and i must confess i haven't sent them for servicing, as i don't know what would be the purpose (i manipulate the knobs in rinse tank and they never block).
Looking at the S&S specs i got interested somehow, but i am glad you cleared my doubts.

In Topic: Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 macro on A7II

22 April 2017 - 01:19 PM

Nice catch (to you & to the crab :-))


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