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errbrr

Member Since 14 Sep 2009
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In Topic: Archon video lights

11 July 2014 - 11:40 PM

That's the quality control surcharge :-) Hope you get good ones and look forward to seeing your footage.


In Topic: Archon video lights

08 July 2014 - 03:26 PM

Have a chat with John Macmillan, he's the Aussie distributor. His website is here: http://archondivinglights.com.au/ He has a very short clip of mine on there showing the lighting coverage/brightness of the one I ended up buying.


In Topic: Archon video lights

06 July 2014 - 08:27 PM

I have two W38vr (previous model, twist on/off). The one I used before I purchased flooded on the dive and was replaced by the manufacturer (it wasn't mine). I suspect quality control is not tops...but buy from a dealer with good customer service and you should have no problems. Certainly my two have been beaten and smashed around in the caves and are working fine despite being scratched up. I bought them specifically for being small and light with long burn times for dry caving trips and sump diving and they fit the bill perfectly. Good weight for travel too.


In Topic: Z240 erratic behavior after 3 year - expectable?

01 July 2014 - 09:19 PM

Yes, mine have become extremely unreliable. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't with low power flashes or refusing to fire at all. Mine are all wired electrically. I bought 2 new in 2010, then 1 secondhand and 1 new in 2012. I had two overhauled by the dealer in late 2012, he replaced the guts of them. I also have one on loan, so when something is playing up I just switch strobes between dives.

 

None have ever flooded. One contributing factor has been overheating in warm water. I am using eneloops but even so repeated firing in the tropics has damaged the internals. The dealer reported slightly melted capacitors on the two repair jobs. I noticed at the time that the flash tubes were starting to brown so it may be worth inspecting yours for similar early warning signs.

 

I'm disappointed in the brand, but I don't see a better option as I'm not prepared to lump the ikelites around. Maybe the S&Ss instead once these are a little more roadtested. Switching is going to be a pain for me, so I will likely soldier on and hope the replacement I have just purchased lasts a little longer.


In Topic: CANON 5D MK ii plus L series lenses!

18 June 2014 - 08:07 PM

A bit much for me, thanks anyway. Good luck with your sale.