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Member Since 24 Aug 2004
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In Topic: Olympus EPL-1 - problems with dark LCD screen

15 July 2014 - 12:41 AM

Thanks so much.  Works well...makes a huge difference!

In Topic: Olympus EPL-1 - problems with dark LCD screen

14 July 2014 - 04:15 AM

Thanks so much Bob....sorry to be a pain...I'm new to this camera...How do I set the monitor to Live View..?

In Topic: A diffuser stole my power!

13 June 2014 - 03:42 AM

Tim - I did not intend to beat any brows! Just that I've never had a problem with the d180 on external auto - and I was succinctly providing evidence of that by relaying some of my publication experience. Indeed - a very low error rate if any. The only time there has been a problem is with the strobe fitted with the diffuser. I agree that it is brittle and will go very carefully. Thanks for the pointer on the Z230 - would love one, but as a teacher by trade can't find the dollars right now.  Again, I have found the combination of the camera in full manual with the strobe on external auto very successful. Cheers and thanks to all.

In Topic: A diffuser stole my power!

08 June 2014 - 04:25 AM

Thanks Interceptor for your detailed and thoughtful reply....Yes , this is what I suspected and goes along with what Aquaventure suggests. I have limited time before a trip to the Philippines so might try a slight modification to the manual diffuser I have. I will drill the hole out larger and fit a rubber grommet - this should block light spill through the diffuser material into the sensor.  I'll give it a try....if I have no success I will try to source one from Manilla. Thanks again for taking the time to make this so clear.

In Topic: A diffuser stole my power!

07 June 2014 - 05:36 PM

Tim - I actually find External Auto reasonably effective and have done so for around 12 years and probably well over a dozen articles in Sportdiving Magazine. The Inon d180 strobe only has 4 settings on manual and providing the strobe to subject distance is the same as the lens subject distance and the strobe orientation is accurate I get quite predictable results using external auto. I've never used TTL so can't compare.  I use the camera on full manual, tell the strobe on External Auto what aperture I'm after and the sensor generally gets very close to final exposure - maybe a tweak at bracketing or two. The magnet is another issue altogether - with my most recent 2 cameras ( Canon S95 and Olympus EPL-1) the magnet is inserted as there is no pre-flash on manual. My earlier camera (one of the early digital era cameras) was the excelent Olympus C5000z which required the magnet 'out' even when in full manual. 

I got a useful reply though from Aquaventure which confirmed my suspicions. Inon do manufacture a diffuser for external auto that has a larger hole with a ferrule around it to block light transmission through the diffuser.  I will make a few adjustments to mine as the diffuser supplied with my unit (years ago) was for full manual use only. The only difference is the hole over the sensor is slighty larger with a metal ferrule - will be easy for me to modify mine.  Cheers!