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In Topic: Aquatica AD500 / Problems with flash (Nikon SB-800)

17 February 2018 - 04:18 AM

Hi Everyone,
I have moved on from a Nikon D300 in a Subal housing to a D500 in a brand new Aquatica AD500. Everything works beautifully, with the exception of my flash. I am banging my head trying to find a fix and was wondering if any of the tech savvy photographers on the forum might take pity on me and offer some advice.
The flash is a Nikon SB-800 in a Subal housing connected via a Subtronics cord (Nikonos connectors). The AD500 has two nikonos-type sockets.
When connected to the Aquatica AD500/Nikon D500, I have two issues :

  • If I wait for more than 30 seconds or so between shots, I have to take one or two pictures to « wake-up » the flash before it starts triggering properly – i.e. lots of missed opportunities
  • TTL doesn’t work (I normally shoot in manual but TTL is handy when shooting macro or fast moving action). 
I have used the SB-800 with my old Nikon D300 in a Subal housing for many years and never had these issues. Also, both the flash and the sync cord work perfectly.
All four flash switches inside the AD500 housing are down (I've tried to put them up but it makes the situation worth). 
Many Thanks !
Best regards
Sorry can't help with the flash issue but very interested to hear how you find your new set up - I'm considering same move (subal d300 to aquatica d500). Do you have a magnifying viewfinder?

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In Topic: Upgrading from D300

17 February 2018 - 04:15 AM

Hi Claire: 
What you describe sounds like the ancient conflict of Sync (electric) vs fiberoptic cables.  My sync cables were a source of continuing trouble and failure (also for my dive buddy) so I sold my Ikelite strobes and switched to fiberoptic cables for my Inon Z240 and now S&S YS-D2 strobes. 
Result: strobe firing problems are gone.  Caveat: Ikelite strobes require sync cables or hybrid cables. 
I made my own fiberoptic cables out of Toshiba hi-fi Toslink cable from eBay, never a problem for 4 years, reliable, cheap (under $5.) and tough.  
Best of luck!

Interesting Kraken! - oh dear might be time for a strobe upgrade too......

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In Topic: Subal port mount type 3 or 4? - determining

05 February 2018 - 12:24 PM

Thanks guys. Got confirmation from Subal that it is indeed type 4.

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In Topic: Subal port mount type 3 or 4? - determining

05 February 2018 - 02:43 AM

Thanks Tim. Annoyingly I went through this before when I bought by dome port but I had an email clear out a while ago and can't find the sale info. I think I will contact subal just to be sure as the flat sides are worrying me.

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In Topic: Subal port mount type 3 or 4? - determining

04 February 2018 - 07:03 PM

I will email Subal on this if I can't find out but thought someone might know off the top of their head. 
How do I work out if I have type 3 or 4 subal housing port mount?  From the guide on reef photo (http://reefphoto.com/kb.php?id=21) I would be type 4 according to internal diameter (110mm) but my mount is not tapered like that. 
From memory I am type 3 but I can't find any of the original purchase paperwork. I bought the housing early 2009 if that is any help. 

And photos. Sorry not great. e271a66a66108856a6ba2dc4bfa4fd56.jpga7acbd23123de00e66b7999e0db6861e.jpg

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