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Mark Twain

Member Since 06 Dec 2013
Offline Last Active Dec 23 2017 11:55 AM

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Sony Releases Full-Frame FE 50mm F2.8 Macro Lens

31 August 2016 - 01:00 AM

50mm is a bit short for my taste but choice is always a good thing. Price: around 500$


Press release: http://www.sony.com/...macro-lens.html

Inon Z-240 vs. Sea & Sea YS-D2

03 August 2016 - 02:31 AM



I'm currently searching for a pair of strobes for my Nauticam housing and I'm wondering if I should go for Inon Z-240ies or Sea & Sea YS-D2 (or alternatively YS-D1, although they are more difficult to find these days in Europe).


I'm slightly leaning towards the Inon Z-240 (Mark IV) as it can be used with fiber optic sync cords (whereas the YS-D2 would require 5-pin nikonos cords on Nauticam housing) and I read far more posts complaining about the quality of Sea & Sea flashes than Inon's flashes. The YS-D2 would be stronger than the Z-240 (32 vs. 24) but this advantage disappears when using the diffusor to achieve the same angle as the Z-240. So the advantage that remains are the more intuitive controls of the YS-D2.


Price is basically the same.


Any other thoughts? Thanks in advance!

Complete Ikelite/Sony setup (housing, flashes, ports...)

25 July 2016 - 04:15 AM


I'm selling my complete Ikelite/Sony setup. All parts are in used but good condition and never flooded.


  •     Underwater TTL Housing for Sony Alpha A57, Alpha A65 DSLR (6842.65): € 600
  •     Universal Zoom Set for Lenses up to 3.0-inch Diameter (5509.28): incl.
  •     Focus Clamp (9059.8 ): incl.
  •     Explorer Case (3818): € 200


  •     Modular 8-inch Dome (5510.45): € 150
  •     Modular 2.75-inch Lens Extension (5510.11): € 75
  •     Dome Port 4-inch Length (5503.50): € 50
  •     Flat port 3.5-inch Length (5502): € 100


  •     Alu Arm System 9"/9" (2x): € 180
  •     DS161 Strobe + Video Light (4061): € 500
  •     DS125 Strobe (4065): € 300
  •     NiMH Battery Pack (4066.5): incl.
  •     Smart Charger for NiMH and NiCad (4066.1): incl.
  •     Ikelite-to-Ikelite TTL Dual Sync Cord (4103.52): € 100
  •     (Variable) Neoprene Floats for DS125/160/161: incl.

I prefer the complete ready-to-shoot setup being sold as a whole but will also sell individual items (with those buyers preferred who buy more parts).

I recommend getting one Explorer Case (3818) when buying the housing as the foam is customized for the Housing + macro port + both flash units (without batteries) and offers protection. I have a second 3818 Explorer Case in which the 8" dome, arms & clamps, and battery packs fit. So best is getting both strobes, arms, housing and 8" dome with the two cases.

Shipping from Austria worldwide.

Of course you can also buy the corresponding photo gear:

  •     Sony A65V: € 300
  •     Tamron 17-50/2.8: € 100
  •     Tamron 60/2 Makro: € 200
  •     Sigma 10/2.8 Fisheye: € 300