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#366688 not so noticeable carrying case for air travel?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 01 November 2015 - 05:18 AM

Just use a cheap, common hard suitcase with a lockable snaps (not zippers!) as they will blend in the other cheap, common suitcases.

NEVER use dive bags, photo bags, pelicases or anything expensive looking or with photo, dive or any other stickers on it.

I use those and fill them with my clothes, dive gear, housings or the delicate rebreatherparts  inside a Pelicase for added protection.
Domes, Ports, cameras, hard disks, chargers, etc goes in a Photo backpack as carry-on.


#365951 Travelling with full SLR set up in hand luggage, Any issues?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 06 October 2015 - 06:05 AM

I am used to travel with my photo gear as follows:

1 Loewepro Vortex 300 Photo backpack as carry-on containing:

- one Nikon D800 body + one Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 + one Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 + one Nikon  105mm VR + one Sigma 15mm + 1 Nikon SB-800
- one  Hugyfot glass minidome
- two INON Z-240 strobes

- one Nauticam LX100 housing

- several hard disks, chargers, cables, spare parts
- one HP ZBook 17 laptop

Weight is 18-20 Kilos


as checked baggage inside a torn suitcase containing:
one 1520 Pelicase containing one Hugyfot D800 housing filled with spare arts, one Hugyfot 100mm planport, four 8cm. ULCS armsa, clamps, floats
one 3mm long wetsuit, fins, OMS Travelight BCD, optical mask, fins, regulator

Weight 23-30 Kilos


In any case:

- I would get a backpack for delicate and electronic gear as carry-on and put the Peilicase inside the luggage

- be prepared to unwrap everything and repack at the security check, so stow wisely and planned

- triplecheck that your flights allow more than 8 kilo carry-on as here in Europe 8 kilo and less than IATA  carry-on size limit becomes more and more normal



#365767 Reflecting problem

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 01 October 2015 - 07:21 AM

As Davide said:

a) cover the writings with a black,matte tape but be careful that it dont comes off under water and especially that it can't get get catched between the moving lens
b) paint it black with a Sharpie or similar


I personally would (and done it) paint it black


It is a common problem with some lenses with writing on the front of the lens



#365713 White balance Underwater

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 30 September 2015 - 12:19 AM



you should post a picture showing your problem to avoid that we guess about your problem.


Just guessing i add: Are you sure that your strobe is syncronize with the camera?

The strobe may fire but in the wrong moment so the picture will be all blue as it get no illumiation from the strobe.
If the pictures are all blue while using your Sola Video 2100 then there is a problem with the settings of your camera.

I had the D7000 and using 2 INON Z-240 strobes i never had blue pictures, except the strobe did not fire or the motiv was too far away.


As String mentioned: If you are shooting wide angle the YS-D1 ttl system may be fooled by the high ambient light and not giving enough power to illuminate a fish from below shooting upwards.



#365604 Keldan 8M CRI or 8X

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 27 September 2015 - 01:20 AM


thanks for your replys!


He is not doing caves, sometimes our wrecks, but mainly reefs and colorful stuff and he is not interested in cyan, red or UV heads.


Just simple white light for shooting everything.


When i am remembering right;
every double increase of illumination power increases the illumination distance one forth moore in clear water.
So going from 5000 lumen to 10'000 lumen should give 5 ft. of illumination distance than 4 ft' with 5000 lumen.


I understand that this is just a raw calculation and depend greatly of visibility/clearness.





#363618 Is TTL possible with Panasonic LX100 and Nauticam housing?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 26 July 2015 - 10:17 AM

I use 2 INON Z-240 with my LX100 in a Nauticam housing and they work great in sTTL with fiberoptic cable.

To be honest, i have no idea how the S+S work and what setting must be set to make it work.


#361971 another strobe or 105mm

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 08 June 2015 - 09:55 PM

I agree with ErrBrr,

if you can have good viz to do wide angle, a second strobe, if viz is mostly limited and not too much surge then switch over to macro.

As far as i know Australia has a lot of macro life (as everywhere) you just have to teach your eyes and have the patience to spot it!


#361868 Does a harness bcd improve shooting uw?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 05 June 2015 - 09:50 PM

I dive only wings, Zeagle Ranger and OMS FeatherWight.

The Zeagle is very very sturdy (mine have 1000+ dives on it) and comfortable, but very heavy while the OMS is a very light wing, perfect for traveling.


Regarding your question: what makes improving shooting photos and protecting the environment from you is the right buoyancy!

You can achieve thet wit a) experience and b) right wighted and correct weight distribution while the type of BCD is not really so important.

I personally prefer the wing type bcd for several reasons and to be honest, i have some problems with trim for the first minutes when i use a traditional bcd.


If you want a for-your-lifetime BCD then i suggest you a Zeagle Ranger, but due it's weight and size it's not very appropriate for traveling by plane.



#361335 Locline. Does it always creak?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 20 May 2015 - 01:01 AM

I normally use ULCS arms, but i agree with OP that continous positioning of clam arms is annoying.

I used 3/4 Locline arms and i most likely will buy another set for my small Nauticam LX100 rig as i use it mostly

while guiding to document special moments and often i don't have time to position the clamps and bending a locline arm is much quicker.

Also the vantage of Locline arms is that you can bend them around your housing to streamline the rig and that is important as i usually have it tucked under my armpit.
Another vantage is that you quickly can break them apart (and reconnect them) to use the strobe/lamp to illuminate from back or other far positions.


Regarding creak, yes they do creak, some more and some less and there is not very much to do. Silicon or dry Teflon spray may help with creak, but i fear that it will make them floppy.
Keep in mind that Locline elemets can be bought inexpensive as they are basically a rigid hose and often used to feed cooling fluid on milling machines and there are several types of them.
the only parts you need is the adapter to your tray and the adapter to your strobe or video light, more elements can be found in (online) tool shops


Davide DB: i think that Locline arms will bend/turn back on your scooter



#360817 Good High Power Video Lights?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 05 May 2015 - 06:45 AM

I have:
2 Mangrove 4400 lumen 120° video light
1 FIX Neos 2500 DX 100° video light for macro video

2 Hartenberger Mega Compact Video 35 watt HID (my buddy's rig)


I saw the Keldane 5000 and the FIX Acquavolt 7000 at Reef Photo and Video in Ft. Lauderdale.
The Keldane are excellent built, swiss made lights, some of them a bit bulky due their dome, excellent CRI, 90° beam with soft falloff
The FIX acquavolt 7000 is smaller (as far i remember), not so sophisticated but extremely bright and wide (115°), spotless beam (as the Keldane as well)

Consider two things:
- a lot of manufacturers use Lumen as value and that can be misleading as Lumen depend on the width of the beam. A xxx lumen light at 120° beam with is much less bright than the same light at 80° beam with!
- Lamps with higher lumen are bigger and more heavy considering the same battery duration of a lower lumen light, this can be a issue when traveling


2500 lumen 120° lamps illuminate about 40 centimeters

4000 lumen 120° lamps illuminate about 50/60 centimeters
Both is measured at 12 meter at 11 a.m. sunny summer day in crystal clear Sardinian sea

4400 lumen illuminate nice and wide a cave or at night dives


To illuminate a shark and/or restore it's color at 2 Meter distance and 120° beam i guess you probably need 10'000 lumen or 80-100° beam and 600-8000 lumen.


If i would buy new video lights i would go with the Keldane!



#360756 Lets talk lumens!

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 03 May 2015 - 09:42 AM

I guess that you won't do macro with a camera mounted on a scooter so i would take the most powerful with the widest beam.

If you should use the light in a cave or at night then 6000 lumen can be enough, but under daylight situations it is not enough for wide angle.


My 2 Mangrove 120° 4000 lumen LED video light illuminate at daylight and 12 meters deep in clear water approx 50-60 centimeters in front of them, not more.

My new FIX Neos 2500 video light about 30-40 centimeters, not more.


Yes, it would be better if manufacturers would show the lux instead of lumen, but unfortunately the don't ...


I personally would go with the most powerful ones i can afford as long as i can dim them and they have a CRI above 85/90




P.S. Have a look here:

#359662 Hyperfocal distance for Lumix LX100?

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 05 April 2015 - 08:08 AM

Google was my friend and i found this interesting review of the LX100: http://vid305.com/v?i=7DDmuRBgBK4
As he says, hyperfocal distance should be set to 5 ft and this will give a DOF from 2.5 ft - infinite @ f/5.6

That sound a bit strange (or too good to be true) to me ...



#359363 LX100 Underwater Video - Anyone else have experience with the LX100

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 29 March 2015 - 07:37 AM


thanks for your input on magic (or whatever other brand) filters and Magic Filters are a excellent product!
Me and my camera man did a try with a red filter on "our" WWII wreck back in Sardinia and the result was very nice.

We used a semi professional Canon video camera and no video lights and the footage had much more contrast in the footage and almost perfect original colors (as we see it).
As far as i understand any red/pink filter will create a color change if you use artificial illumination (video lights, torches) and color correcting filters are mainly for use in ambient light.
This may work fine in clear waters and in the first 10-20 feet of depth, but due the lower light deeper it will affect negatively shutter speed and/or f/stops and as artificial lighting is not

possible it will not show the true color of corals, fishes, sea fans, etc.
The second issue with color correcting filters is that to make them work you need to stick on a certain depth where the color of the filter works as it best,

this could be solved with external wet filters to be able to change them under water.

From my point - as a old school photographer - i prefer to use strobes for photography and high power video lamps for video footage, but this is my personal belief and way of doing it.



#359336 LX100 Underwater Video - Anyone else have experience with the LX100

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 28 March 2015 - 10:40 AM

i made it to upload the 4K macro video, all Panasonic LX100 and most with the SubSee +10 diopter.



The rough conditions here and the limited viz combined with my limited knowledge of video editing did not produced a great video,

but it show the capability of the camera.


Yes, working the LX100 in manual mode would produce much better videos and most in this video are recorded in manual mode,

but in high surge/current and low viz condition make manual recording not very easy.

Also, the autofocus is working well but with moving motives it tend to be to fast and start to focus somewhere else,
but that may be also some settings who give better results.


Regarding the iA button,

this function comes handy when you take pictures with f/16 1/500 sec and something fast and special shows up,
so just pushing the iA button is much quicker than regulate f stop, time and ISO to get the correct exposure.


Regarding Manual Mode:
I use the LX100 in manual mode for macro pictures, f/16 and 1/250/1/500 sec and my INON Z-240 will decide the correct amount of strobe power, works perfect!

My lack in knowledge recording video makes it in this moment difficult to use the camera in manual for video work and most of my videos are more "snippets" to upload

on YouTube or post in FaceBook. For high-end movies, my buddy and best friend Carlo are doing them for me and i am learning from him.


The FIX Neos 2500 DX gives plenty of a wide spread beam so a aperture of f/16 is not a problem for macro and near motives.


I am very excited to try the camera back home in Sardinia where surge and current is not a issue and water is usually gin clear.

Well, if i manage it timewise  i may go 2-3 weeks to Utila or Mexio to do the Rebreather Instructor Course and there i will have a lot of fun too.

My Poseidon SE7EN and this camera would be a killer combination (for it's size)



#359316 LX100 Underwater Video - Anyone else have experience with the LX100

Posted by ChrigelKarrer on 27 March 2015 - 07:02 PM


Yeah, kkfok, you are right, that was the wrong video :o
I uploaded a new one made with the LX100 and i am working on a macro video in 4K to show the quality,

but the size in 4K is 1.7GB, too much to upload with the slow lines in Costa Rica.
Also to do macro with a +10 diopter with 2-10 ft swells is not a very easy task to tackle down...



Sorry for that!