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In Topic: Focus Light Recommendations

07 May 2017 - 07:30 AM

I dive a couple of times a year in conditions like you describe... black, tannin-laced water. Last year I decided I was going to get some decent images of this little wreck. My previous experience was you have described yours.

So I added a little iTorch V10 and mount it on the cold shoe. I found that on the lowest white setting I was still getting backscatter. On the red setting my d7000 could focus fine and the scatter much less

The light was cheap but my one complaint is that it eats batteries so get a spare!


In Topic: YS-D2 TTL vs YS-27 Manual

02 May 2017 - 04:28 PM

The answer will depend on what power you used on the strobes when you shot in manual mode. If you had them firing at full power, then you will likely get more shots in TTL since the strobes will shoot at less that full power most of the time.


On the other hand, if you normally shot with the strobes at say 1/3 - 1/2 power like I do on my Ikes, then you may find you get a similar number or less.


At the end of the day, when you give up control of the strobes to the camera, you have no way of knowing if they're going to shoot a little or shoot a lot... And so you get what you get.

In Topic: Oops... Did I just mess up my kit?

07 March 2017 - 05:55 AM

Very unlikely.. The pressure in a plane is "lower" but not drastically so. I think I would be inclined to take as much of it apart as you can and verify that the o-rings are sitting where they should be.


I suppose you could always take the housing for a dive without the camera just so you have confidence in it...

In Topic: How do you store your housing & strobes

06 March 2017 - 08:32 PM

Did you know you can buy Krazy Glue in what are basically single-use tubes? There's a few of them sold together, but they're kinda handy!


I suspect that the trick with that particular repair is that if the adhesive creates any "thickness" the hole diameter might end up larger than the shaft it presumably sticks on.


Is it soft rubber, or is it hard plastic? At Home Depot they have a really good "adhesives" display with about two dozen different types with a listing of what each will stick...

In Topic: How do you store your housing & strobes

06 March 2017 - 08:17 PM

This is a tiny part and I don't see it in parts lists, certainly not from dealers.I'm thinking as it's just a single break and seems otherwise sound I could glue it and just keep using it. How do you all deal with this type of thing?


Whatever way you can! I have had funny little things happen over the years. Most recently, I tiny spring that retracts the focus lock control got mangled. I took some macro images of it, and sent them to Aquatica. They sent me a replacement in the mail.


I've had the little vinyl/rubber tips wear out on controls... I used a tiny strip of Duct Tape wrapped around the end until once again, Aquatica sent me a little bag of them...


I had one of the female battery connections come unstuck from the housing on my Ikelite 161. When I lifted the battery pack out, the female terminal tried to pull out of the strobe body. I could feel the resistance and was able to fix it with a tiny bit of marine epoxy.


The rubber ring around my Tokina lens came lose... No time to send it to Tokina to repair as I was leaving on a trip, so a few drops of Krazy Glue stuck it "temporarily". That was three years ago.


My point is, you do what you need to to keep diving and shooting. I'd send a pic of your rubber wheel to the manufacturer but glue it in the mean time (assuming you can replace it ok). It it's "good as new" then you'll have a spare.