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In Topic: Olympus UFL-3 - does anyone actually use one?

Today, 04:19 PM

Not the UFL-3 but I had a UFL-2 that I gave up trying to use with my EM-5 under water.  I know some people have had success but for me the RC mode just didn't work for TTL, and the strobe didn't sync at all in manual mode.  I spent a lot of frustrating time trying every possible combination of settings even with the help of Olympus tech support and reading every forum post on the web.  I concluded that they are buggy. YMMV


For what it's worth, I switched to a pair of Inon S2000 that perform absolutely perfectly on every shot in both S-TTL and manual modes.  Using S-TTL only requires the on camera flash to be set to Fill (not fractional powers). I would have thought that you could get the same results with the Z-240.  

In Topic: Best Tablet, Light Weight device for travel?

Today, 04:15 PM

I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1, which I love for three reasons.  One, I can take the SD card out of the camera and pop it straight into the slot to review and copy photos. Two, I use either the micro USB port or a third party adapter to connect a standard USB cable for transfers to a computer or external drive.  Three, the microSD slot means I can expand storage up to 128Gb (times multiple cards) for both day to day use and backup on the go. 


This device is now superseded, but the new Galaxy Tab Pro (either 10.1 or 12.2) are even more powerful.  An alternative if some editing is desirable might be the Galaxy Note 10.1 or Note Pro 12.2 which have a very good stylus interface.

In Topic: Poor Knights Islands New Zealand

11 February 2015 - 04:28 PM

Very nice work! I especially like the stingray shots, the little fellas in the jellyfish, and the blennies, and the blue and yellow nudi is spectacular too.  Thanks for posting!

In Topic: Family friendly destination with good photo ops

14 January 2015 - 06:38 AM

Two very different ideas:

Vanuatu is close, affordable, fun, and has a range of resorts at all prices. Diving is good in Santo, fair near Port Vila, but the resorts and restaurants and adventure activities are plentiful at a range of price points. You can even day trip to a volcano. I can't imagine a family not finding enough to make all ages happy.

Bohol is maybe a bit further than you want to travel (SYD-MNL then a 1 hour domestic flight) but is a great family destination with excellent beaches, very good resorts, and great diving. There really is something for everyone.

You are right, Anilao has great diving but not much else for the family and no beaches. The Solomons are a good consideration for culture and diving when your son is older and the rest of you are up for adventure but also prepared for mishaps! The rest of the Pacific islands are either too difficult or too limited in options. NZ in the north is great but not in July. Fiji is tough to beat (I lived there for 4 years) but somewhere new is always good.

In Topic: Leak Sentinel from Vivid Housings

12 January 2015 - 01:55 PM

I've now had the Leak Sentinel installed for 8 months, during which time it's probably been on about 40 dives.  It hasn't been off the housing since the day I installed it.  There is no sign of galvanic corrosion anywhere.  The thing has worked flawlessly every time - worth every euro for the peace of mind!