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In Topic: New Seaflash 60d vs. Sea&Sea YS-D2

19 April 2017 - 08:06 AM

It will also be interesting to see how they compare to the new Retra flash that should be coming in June.

In Topic: A nasty Honduran surprise

05 April 2017 - 01:26 PM

I guess it varies depending on where you go.  We went to Indonesia about six years ago with no problems, no photos needed, no fingerprints, nothing but a valid passport and a return ticket.  Very easy.  Yes, a wait in line, but so what?


Seems odd that Roatan would be so burdensome.  But nothing about your experience would deter me from great diving in a foreign country.  Just buck up and get on with it.

In Topic: Mounting both Keldan's and strobes

22 March 2017 - 06:09 AM

If you are using Nauticam clamps, they offer a version called a multi-purpose clamp, that has a place to insert a 1" ballt, so as to allow the mounting of a second light next to the strobe, or, if you want to separate them, you can use the multi-purpose clamp with the ball as the middle clamp between the two arms, so the video light will be at the joint between the arms and the strobe at the end of the arms.  Check it out on the Nauticam website.


Or, and I did this with my pair of YS-01s and Sola 4000s, you can put a ULCS triple clamp at the end of your arms, and mount both the strobe and light right next to each other.  The length of the ball mount on the strobes/lights allowed plenty of clearance but still placed them right together in an over/under configuration.  I put the video lights on top.  That way, when you are shooting stills and position the strobes, and want to switch to video, the video lights are already in the same position.  Also vice versa.  I found this very easy and fast to use underwater.  Above water, having all that weight at the end of the arms made handling a little tricky, but the clamps could tighten down enough to prevent excessive movement.  By the way, you can also use the triple clamp as the center clamp if you want to have the video light on the center clamp.


If you google nauticam multi purpose arms and pick "images" you will see photos of the set-ups with the video lights on the center clamp and strobes at the end, and also images with both on the end clamp.  You can easily visualize the same set up with the ULCS triple clamp.


Personally, I found the ULCS triple clamp a more compact, elegant and simple solution.

In Topic: Laowa 7.5mm f2 - Thoughts?

18 March 2017 - 10:47 AM

Then your choice is single focal length fisheye, or rectilinear zoom.  If you are just starting out, I would go with the zoom.  It gives a more natural perspective and is easier to learn with than the fisheye, which is a much more specialized tool.  Also, the zoom would even allow you to get moderate fish portraits and other perspectives that you would not easily get with the fisheye.  The Laowa is rectilinear ultra-wide (weitwinkel), but still not as wide as the zoom would be.

In Topic: Laowa 7.5mm f2 - Thoughts?

17 March 2017 - 08:06 AM

I don't see any reason to choose this lens over the 7-14.  Why give up the versatility of the zoom?  Why give up autofocus?  Why give up auto exposure? (it has a  manual aperture ring).