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In Topic: dual to single sync cable

19 November 2016 - 04:47 PM

I used DS-125s and DS-51s up until a few years ago. I recall that Ikelite wrote somewhere on their web site that the caps were not designed to be waterproof. They were only intended as dust caps to protect the ends of the cables. I'd contact Ikelite before I submerged the cable connection with only the cap in place.


Looks like dragon above beat me to the punch.

In Topic: which o-ring maintenance on Inon Z240 Type IV?

31 October 2016 - 12:35 PM

There is nothing wrong with your approach as it has served you well with no floods. May be a bit of an overkill, but it works, so don't knock it.

Although I don't have Inons, I have used two sets of Ikelites and now have S&S YS-D1s. But o ring maintence at this level is pretty much the same. I don't remove the o rings when I change batteries, but I do inspect both the o ring and the seating surface with a light to insure there is no foreign material. I use a head light so both hands are free and I get good strong light on the surfaces. Unless I find something unusual, I only remove and grease the o rings every couple days. Plus I use a make up applicator or something similar to clean the o ring groove when it's been removed.

But the real cardinal rule is not to hurry when assembling your photo kit. In tech diving, it's standard ediquite not to talk to or distract a diver when he is checking his gear or suiting up. The same should apply to camera preparation. Don't distract me when I'm working on my kit.

Again, if it's working for you, why change?

In Topic: Back Button focus/Nikon D7100

06 September 2016 - 03:01 AM

Agree. Use AF-C. I use single point AF and move it around for composition., but that's a personal choice. Plus look at the shutter release setting, a1 and a2 on my D7000, assume it's the same on the D7100. I use Focus, others prefer Release. My eyesight isn't good enough to see focus anymore, so I left the camera make that decision. Also you may need to do an AF Fine Tune on your lens in case its focus point is off a bit. But that's rare with most lenses.

In Topic: Nikon D500 and Aquatica AD500 first impressions

27 July 2016 - 04:26 PM



Nice pics and info. Like you, I've been using a D7000 and Aquatica housing for 3+ years. Just bought a D500 for my wife's wildlife photo hobby. She got some great pics of puffins last month. Guess that I need to find the $$ to get the new housing.


Thanks again.



In Topic: Sony RX100 IV and YS-D2 Strobes (newbie)

02 May 2016 - 04:47 AM



I have D1s but I believe they are functionally similar to the D2s. To confirm your connections, try this: Set your camera to manual flash (not TTL) and then try to flash in both the one lightening bolt (LB) and two LB positions on the D2. This will conform if the strobe is getting a flash signal from your camera and which LB position is correct for your camera.


If the strobe isn't working in one of the two LB positions, then most likely you have a connection problem or a battery problem. Check the spot light on the D2 to make sure the batteries are charged. Do you get a ready light on the D2.


If the strobe isn't working, take the FO cable out of the D2 and look into the end as you trip the shutter. Do you see a flash of light coming through the FO cable?


This should get you started on eliminating some of the possible problems.


Make sure that you're connecting the FO cable to the port on the bottom of the D2 just in front of the ball arm connection.


Post some pics of your setup. That should help trouble shooting.


Lesson learned: Always fully assemble and test your gear before leaving home, esp. with new stuff.