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mcgowman

Member Since 15 Mar 2011
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In Topic: Asking for your views on strobes for Nikon D7000 in Nauticam Housing

21 September 2013 - 08:05 AM

I have the NA-D7000 (not the 'V') housing and a pair of Z240s.  Use them for both macro and WA.

 

The Z240's are not suited for video very well.  I just shoot stills, so my comments are limited to that.

 

Inon has different diffusers and think you could adjust the temperature in post processing.  I like the fact the Inon's accept standard AA batteries which you can find just about anywhere relatively cheaply.  I use/travel with 3 sets of rechargeable batteries (one set in the strobes, one in the charger, one ready to go).

 

If you travel, the Inon's a small & light. Same for the batteries, but need to bring a charger when doing multiple photo sessions.  If you use fiber optic to trigger the strobe, those cables weigh next to nothing and are quite reliable.

 

Was in Bonaire earlier this year when someone had placed his Ike battery packs into his BC pockets for travel and forgot to remove before the first dive.  Made for an expensive mistake and he was strobe-less for the week in a great location.

 

Hope someone else chimes in with video suggestions...


In Topic: Dominican Republic Diving?

21 September 2013 - 07:30 AM

Try searching ScubaBoard.com.  They have sub-forums for regional travel.  You probably want to check here:  http://www.scubaboar...ibbean-bermuda/


In Topic: Zoom ring on Tokina lens came off - need help

04 May 2013 - 01:04 PM

Sounds like the same issue I had a while ago.  I don't have my lens with me, so am going from memory here...

 

I will assume you had to remove the rubber grip on Tokina to install the zoom gear??

 

On mine, it looked like the fine tape that held the zoom ring in place failed and the ring fell off.  Not sure if it failed because of heat or stress from leaving my zoom gear installed... 

 

So, I removed the original tape and residual adhesive, then reinstalled using plain electrical tape.  The width of standard electrical tape was too wide to fit into the groove/gap where the rubber grip was installed, so I had to trim the tape width down to make it fit (used an exacto knife and metal straight edge).  Then reinstalled the zoom gear.

 

The thickness of standard electrical tape is greater than the original tape.  It made my Nauticam zoom gear fit a bit snug, but no issues since then.  Looks like you have an Aquatica setup, hope the same process works for you.


In Topic: INON Z240 settings for Nikon D600

02 May 2013 - 09:19 AM

I had somewhat similar question related to shooting in manual mode recently (with a D7000 though).  Got answered here:

http://wetpixel.com/...topic=49631&hl=

 

The part I found interesting (at least on the D7000) is that there is no pre-flash when using the camera's internal flash in manual mode.  So, as I understand it...  you set the ACC on the Z240 to match the camera flash mode.

 

Hope it helps you as well.

 

Think everyone agrees the Inon instructions could be improved.


In Topic: Flooded Z240 (and how it could be saved temporarily)

01 April 2013 - 11:50 AM

Could you send a link to the extra O-ring? I am in the USA and not sure where to start looking because every Inon strobe comes with an extra O-ring.

 

Looks like they're marketed under the H2O Photo Tools brand according to a Dive Show 2012 article.

http://wetpixel.com/...-dive-show-2012

 

I see Reef Photo is selling the o-ring and knobs mentioned in the article:

http://reefphoto.com...roducts_id=6168

 

HTH