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Ken Kurtis

Member Since 07 Jul 2005
Offline Last Active Aug 10 2014 08:13 PM
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In Topic: is nikon SB 105 strobe really that bad?

26 January 2013 - 12:43 PM

I recently switched from dual SB-105s to dual S&S YS-D1s (which I love). That being said, I also loved my SB-105s but there are definitely limitiations you have to adapt to. Lack of TTL is not an issue for me since I shoot in full manual. It was a little bit of a PITA to only have three power settings (Full, 1/4, 1/16) which means any change is a 2-stop change. But you learn to adapt. And I mostly shot with them on 1/4 power and then adjusted my subject-camera distance &/or f-stop to get what I wanted. The biggest proboem is getting them serviced if something goes wrong. No one seems to want to touch them anymore. I live in Los Angeles where's there's a walk-in Nikon-operated factory repair center and they farm them out to someone up in the Bay area where the minimum repair charge is $224.

FWIW, if you've still got your heart set on SB-105s (they're compact, run off of AA batteries, and are powerful), I've got 6 - 2 working great and 4 in various stages of working/not-working - that are just taking up space on my shelf. Contact me privately (kenkurtis@aol.com) if you're interested in giving them a new home.

- Ken

P.S. i am aware of current process where nikon changes 103s with 105 s for free, but
that cannot be the only reason i suppose


According to the folks I talk to at Nikon here in LA, they stopped that program in the middle of 2012-ish.

- Ken

In Topic: Sola video/photo?

15 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

Now, my question is: What is the difference between video/photo except for the fact that the photo has a red light built in?


I dive with dual Sola video 1200s and my GoPro and LOVE them.

I dove a month or so ago with a buddy who had a single 1200 dive version. What I noticed underwater looking at the two beams side-by-side, is that the dive version has a slightly yellow cast to it. I thought my video version was a whiter, more daylight type of beam. Personally, I prefer the look (color temp) of the video version.

- Ken