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billmackbarnes

Member Since 01 Apr 2011
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In Topic: 2nd strobe on Nauticam NA-EM5: Where to mount the strobe arm?

07 June 2014 - 07:32 PM

Not sure which strobes you have but the Inon S2000 are very compact.
I have the Inon D2000 strobes which are the same light output as the S2000 but are larger, more expensive and have more settings you probably won't use. If I was starting over, I would go with dual S2000 or 240's. The Inon 240 are twice as powerful on max but considerably larger, heavier, and more expensive.

I am shooting macro now and the smaller strobe bodies would be nice.

Does anyone use the Inon 240's on wide angle wrecks or do you use larger strobes?

In Topic: advice for second strobe

07 June 2014 - 07:22 PM

I would get two of the same strobes. That way one does not overpower the other and leave a shadow.
Say you do find that magic setting on each strobe to give the same light output, but now you need to change one! Where do you set the other? I know strobes are expensive but I have never regretted going to twin Inon d2000 stobes and a Sola focus light. The quality of my pictures improved such that I won't even look at my pictures before I went to dual strobes.

In Topic: 2nd strobe on Nauticam NA-EM5: Where to mount the strobe arm?

07 June 2014 - 07:13 PM

Lots of great info there!
A friend used a simple piece of flat (1/8th inch thick?) aluminum bar stock from Home Depot. Drill four mounting holes and cut to length with a hacksaw. Drill one hole on each end for a vertical handle and two holes slightly left of the middle for the housing mounting thumb screws. I would round the ends of corners with a file too. Offset the center holes just enough to allow the use of the hand strap. All you have in the setup is two handles and a little work.

My ULCS extension doesn't give me room for my hand between the housing and the right handle.

Bill

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