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billmackbarnes

Member Since 01 Apr 2011
Offline Last Active Feb 24 2014 05:12 AM
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In Topic: Olympus epl-3, PT-EP05L Underwater Buoyancy- ADVICE NEEDED

23 February 2014 - 03:56 PM

I put two jumbo floats on each forward arm. They will barely fit. You must turn the arm a certain way to get the arms parallel for macro and to be able to turn the clamp handles. My two Inon +6 diopters a make the camera really heavy. But yes, they help!
Much more flotation and cheaper that the float arms. You need the large OD arms to get any flotation.
Bill

In Topic: best compromise for photo and video

18 November 2013 - 08:16 PM

Many of our group use DUAL Inon D2000, but the S2000 seems to be smaller with the same light output.

The 240 has twice the light output. Both stobes need to be the same model or one will cause shadows.

You need two strobes to light both sides of your subject, eliminate shadows, and minimize back scatter.

Adding a Sola photo 600 or 800 as a focusing light really helped in low light conditions.

The built in light on the D2000 is worthless because we never point our strobes directly at the subject to minimize back scatter.

 

The Solar 1200 or 2000 would be good for video, but you will want at least two.

You need two lights to light both sides of your subject, eliminate shadows, and minimize back scatter.

I even see some people using three. Loclines seems to work well.

 

No cheap solutions, but the quality of the photos really increased when I spent the money well.

Bill


In Topic: For Sale: Sola 800 Photo

11 July 2013 - 03:13 PM

Can you send a picture?


In Topic: Help needed- strobe and arm system?

02 July 2013 - 02:03 PM

UCLS (Ultralight) makes decent arms and clamps. See the reefphoto website.

 

You really will want two strobes. You are spending how much on your trip and only bringing back what? pictures...

 

Two strobes are easier to use than one. Do not point the strobes directly at your subject.(you illuminate the particles in front of your subject. 

Point the strobes so they just overlap in front of your subject. Either side by side or top and side.

 

For WA you probably want 8 or 12 inch arms. Shorter arms are easier to deal with at first. You might want some STIX foam floats.

Bill


In Topic: Which strobe for an Olympus EPL-1/PT-EP01?

20 May 2013 - 02:14 PM

Second on the Inon D2000, S2000, or Z240 with fiber optic cable.