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In Topic: Best way to trigger studio strobes from Nauticam housing

16 March 2017 - 07:55 PM

I haven't done it in a pool, but yes you will need one strobe above water to trigger optically. Watch out for overheating with it out of the water. Otherwise I think you are into custom-cable territory - something from camera underwater to floating wireless trigger, or something really long from camera to first studio strobe. Alternatively consider using big video lights instead, or all underwater strobes.
Also make sure your studio strobes don't fall in and electrocute your models.

In Topic: Strobes firing on their own

16 March 2017 - 07:48 PM

Are you near the surface in sunny conditions? Sunlight twinkling through a calm-ish surface can flash enough to trigger the strobe sensor (which I believe is in the face for all common models, but I have only dived with inons and very old substrobes so could be wrong). Low power LED dive lights can flicker at the right frequency to trigger strobes when held close as well.

In Topic: Nauticam NA 5D IV housing with 8.5 Dom positive buoyancy

09 March 2017 - 03:47 PM

Put some Z240s on it instead :-) Or metal strobe arms. My Nauticam 5D4 is just about neutral in salt water and negative in fresh.


Or weights. The advantage of adding weight is that you can put it in the right place to balance the housing into the upright position.

In Topic: RETRA Strobe Thread

01 March 2017 - 09:49 PM

I've ordered two. Key points of difference for me (compared to my current inon Z240s):

- Battery light charge indicator

- Aluminium casing

- Slightly easier manual controls

- Overheating protection, hopefully. I have burnt out too many Z240s at this point and I'm a bit sick of it.


All while still being:

- Powerful

- Light weight

- Small

- AA battery driven

In Topic: Packing tips for travelling around SE Asia, Indonesia, Australia

27 February 2017 - 04:47 PM

It only works on international Garuda! Learnt that lesson the hard way.