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In Topic: which brand(s) for reliable clamps

25 May 2016 - 05:58 AM

Wow thanks guys for the very informative answers, i couldn't dream of more :-)

Would you recommend separating the clamps from the strobe arms in the rinse tank?
I must confess that after pushing all housing buttons for salt residue, and turning strobe knobs, i am too lazy to take care of arms clamps, but maybe it's worth it?

Yeah, sometimes I do, Nicool. But taking care of the arms and clamps isn't something I put much thought into. They get a rinse and that is it. They've performed flawlessly all the time and are hardly delicate instruments. I'm pretty good on my housing and ports, strobes etc. But arms? Clamps?..... Not so much.

In Topic: which brand(s) for reliable clamps

25 May 2016 - 02:57 AM

It is going to depend on how much you move your strobes! Old clamps still work - they are just not as nice as new ones!


I'd also add that I thought I was happy with my clamps until I put new one on. 


Arms last forever - just get new o-rings every few years. But new clamps are always a pleasure to use. 




Much like camera bodies then, eh?



In Topic: which brand(s) for reliable clamps

25 May 2016 - 12:26 AM

I was surprised to read Nicool was having problems with ULCS clamps; and then Alex saying he changes his every 400-500 dives.


I've had the same set of 8x ULCS clamps since 1999, they've done around 1500 dives - nearly all with Inon Z240 strobes - and I've never had a problem with them. Same o-rings. Nothing changed or tweaked. They get rinsed (usually!) after dives.


Maybe I have just been lucky with them.

In Topic: Diving the Salish Sea

23 May 2016 - 09:37 PM

Terrific stuff. The shots of the crabs eating the octopus are amazing - as are the eyes on the seal.


Great work, Stephen. 

In Topic: UW experiment with Soratama (magic ball lens)

20 May 2016 - 03:41 AM

Hi Tim, I got a nemo and its home in the frame. In this image, I tried to use nemo's stripe pattern as background.

Hmmm, not so sure about that one. The anemonefish gets lost against the background and the white "bar" t the left of the bubble is very distracting.

I can see picking your subject and background very carefully is critical! But then that's true of all photography!