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In Topic: 2+ diopter for Megadome?

03 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

have you emailed Jean@aquatica.ca?

In Topic: Ikelite DS-161 - How does it work for video?

03 December 2013 - 12:25 PM

Yes all they have to do at Ikelite is throw in something like what I have with the I-Troch video pro 6 into their DS161 and they will have an awesome strobe which could be classed then as "one light does everything". But I sent them a whole heap of recommendations several years ago like the 4 port clips for their housings, LED modeling lights for their strobes, Li-Ion batteries for their strobes and the comment I recieved back from Ikelite was "We have been doing this for 20 years blah blah blah".........funny now since they are now standard.

In Topic: Best way to achieve tack sharp focus?

03 December 2013 - 12:16 PM

Thank you everybody. Mark, unfortunately, I am using single point auto focus and it is still intolerably slow. I have missed so many shots waiting for autofocus. I just ordered a sola800. I wanted the red light option as well. Hopefully this helps! Thanks again everybody. 


Which 15mm FE are you using and how does it go when using in single point AF outside the housing?


Regards Mark

In Topic: Ikelite DS-161 - How does it work for video?

02 December 2013 - 03:48 AM

Larry simple answer.........No.


The Ikelite Ds161 movie "video" lights are underpowered and dont have enough width in their beam.  The output of the LED "movie" light is 500lumens and is only really suitable for a focusing light for macro stills or possibly macro video. I use two iTorch video pro 6 video lights with my Ikelite Ds161's as they have 2400 lumens, red, and UQ light outputs.  I would personally buy the DS160 and used the saved money towards a pair of good video lights instead. 


If your doing alot of travelling the Ikelites can be a pain but I prefer them for shooting wideangle which is what I mostly do. On the other hand if your travelling alot and shooting macro I suggest you have a look at the Inon z240 as they are cheaper and much lighter strobe and more suited for macro work. The money you save on the inon's can go towards again a set of good video lights.


Hope this answers your question.


Regards Mark

In Topic: Best way to achieve tack sharp focus?

02 December 2013 - 03:39 AM

Hi Jim.


I have a similar setup but in Nikon Dx format with dual Ikelites161's with Aquatica housing.


From my experience I would have to agree for your macro shooting a good focusing light is essential. I use the Itorch Video pro 6 with its 2400lumens and multi level output. Its great for macro still and video.


Regarding wide angle I can only comment on my Tokina 10-17mm FE on my Nikon D7000 behind a 8 inch dome. But my autofucas is very fast and spot on. But I also use single point focus as I found that its the fastest and most accurate AF in my setup. Using continous AF or multi point made the AF search and accuracy was way off most times especially when you needed it with fast action and close range shots. The tokina on AF and single point hasnt let me down much to date.


Hope this helps.


Regards Mark