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  1. Thanks Chris, Yes, the converter and dome become much more rigid under vacuum compression and there was no vacuum integrity loss when i was trying to move them, but when they aren't vacuum sealed, there is plenty of extra movement. When not pumped, the converter has a bit more movement and twist after the port lock engages. The pin that comes down behind the dome mount is the lock, so I know that is fine too, I just find it unnerving that there is more room for the dome to keep twisting past where the lock drops behind. The V1 fa6500 doesn't come with a vacuum pump either, so the system integrity should not be relying on a vacuum to help compress the housing. Perhaps I'm being over cautious. I sent an email to Fantasea too, so see what they say. Cheers
  2. Hey, I recently purchased the FML – FNX Converter 55G to fit the zen 100mm mini dome to the fantasea line fa6500 housing. (It's for the Tokina 10-17). My issue is that the converter itself 'rocks' quite a bit after installation to the housing which makes me feel the waterproof integrity might be a touch iffy. On top of that, the mini dome 'locks' into the converter by a small pin that clicks down after its twisted into place, but, there is still plenty of room for the dome to continue twisting after the pin. Feels like a lot of unnecessary movement happening, none of which I get with the flat port installed. I tested the integrity of the house using the vacuum pump and there was no pressure loss, after around 10 mins and actually after pumping the housing the movement seems highly reduced due to the pressure gradient, i guess. I'm just worried that a knock or something may result in a pressure failure. Due to covid I havent had the chance to put it underwater yet. Anyone else using the converter/minidome and any similar issues?
  3. Hey Adam, Thanks for writing back, I didn't see it until now. Not at all am I suggesting that, sorry if it came across that way. Quite the opposite. I really enjoy the ethos that you and Alex and the posters here encourage for underwater shooters. It's great to see people be vocal about reducing underwater interactions and to promote ethical diving. I 100% agree with you about making sure the methodologies used to get photos where handling and interaction aren't always apparent but induce a behavior or an unnatural setting, are questioned openly. I meant that there are people that are posting to the FB page that do show quite heavy handed interactions, such as the sunfish photo, for example, and people are getting pretty vocal about how touching animals isn't such a big deal. I find it ironic that they chose this community to have these debates when ethical photography is held in such high regard here. Hope that clears it up.
  4. There has been a few photos on the wetpixel facebook page of late where human forced interaction and harassment is apparent and even encouraged. There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between the ethos here vs the wetpixel fb page. I think the controversy of interaction is driving lots of impressions and traffic which is something that might need addressing.
  5. Hello! Basin question but I've never got around to testing this out. For a while i've been down from dual YS01s to using a YS01 and a YS02, (currently saving up for the D3 or inon330s). I had been using them both in Manual mode with a fiber optics cord to each, but find it pretty tedious adjusting both on the fly, especially when adjusting shooting styles. I was wondering if people have had any performance issues using the YS01 as a slave TTL connected to the YS02 and then just dealing with using the YS02 in manual mode? Does running that cord across between strobes also not ever get annoyingly in the way when adjusting from WA the macro and back again?
  6. I just had my Zen mini dome arrive and was a bit taken by surprise when it only came with a neoprene cover for the outer glass and no port cover at the back. So wondering what people do in regards to storage/travel. I would love a little hard travel case (I heard Adam mention something about people getting into using plumbing fittings at one point?) or a back port hole screw-on fixture ( from the new Sea&sea minidomes). I had a quick look at 'lens hoodies' which might be better for storage/travel also, essentially a neoprene lens cap with a hard plastic insert that the port could slot into. For now, I keep my flat port on the housing normally during storage/ travel but might want to keep the dome port constantly on now and get something a tad better than neoprene over the glass for travel in my camera bag. So if anyone has any tips, I'm all ears.
  7. Hi Adam, Love the video. Do you have a link to the charter or the contents so we can help promote it? Cheers
  8. Thanks for that write up! That ability to get away with a small dome for versatility of shooting style with a fisheye as well as ease of travel is exactly what I'm after. Appreciate the help.
  9. At the moment I'm only using Insta and my own website. What would you suggest as alternatives?
  10. Hey everyone, Sorry if this has been asked to death. So I have a 100 mm mini dome earmarked for my next purchase to pair with my new tokina 10-17 ( on a sony a6500 and a sigma mc-11 converter) and I thought I would just ask about people's experiences etc. I know they are super popular (they seem to be filling up the classifieds at times) and I am pretty excited to get some CFWA under my belt. So just any tips and tricks, shortcomings etc they may help me to learn how to get some good technique going early etc. I cant find many solid reviews with photos showing a direct comparison of the 100 mm ports image clarity, especially in the corners against some of the larger ports. Some of the earlier reviews have the photos dropped out for instance. I guess just want to see if I will miss out on much, apart from split shots being quite difficult. Cheers in advance.
  11. Hey everyone, I decided to stop lurking and start posting so I could start asking questions and learning from everyone here. I'm a marine ecologist working in the tropics in conservation or over in the North sea region undertaking marine mapping and monitoring. I've been teaching myself how to take photos over the last 5 or so years. Currently I have a A6500 and still learning. https://www.leehankinson.com/portfolio
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