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  1. So I haven't picked up any strobes yet as I'm content with shooting B&W for now. Here are some images from a recent trip to Catalina Island. Shot with the SWC, Zeiss corrector lenses, 70mm HP5+, home developed. This was the first time shooting the Hassy u/w.
  2. Hello, Does anyone know what the two holes are for on the battery to the right? The battery came with my Sherwood ST1000 dive light and is marked as "IT-18650-A." I had bought two extras from B&H, which are identical except for the "-A" and these two holes. The new batteries work just fine. I'm curious if they're for some sort of pressure relief if it gets hot or perhaps just nothing at all. Thoughts? TIA
  3. Thanks Adam. I just watched that today. Good stuff! Good point, Chris. My Isotta housing does have a cold shoe that I plan on using. I still have the UK400 and UK1200 when I started diving as a teenager. I was contemplating upgrading them to LED, but I now think I'll leave them be with a NiMH upgrade. Good points. I've considered the method of attaching a dive light to the hand, but I like to reach into cracks and holes and pet the wolf eels.... Ah yes, the Pudget Sound. I did a few dives there when I was stationed at PSNS.
  4. Happy New Year y'all! How do you all juggle shooting at night and using a dive light for getting around? I like to have one hand free and don't want to be cruising around holding my camera rig and a dive light. My initial thought is to just get a video light, like the L&M Sola 2500 or more likely the Backscatter 4300 and just use that as my dive light attached to my rig. I would also be carrying my Sherwood ST1000 as a backup light. Thoughts?
  5. Thanks Tom. Retra makes a sync cord to FO converter with your choice of sync plug. Until I pony up the money for the digital back, I'm just going to shoot 70mm B&W with the SWC and channel my inner Ernie Brooks. I ordered the Ilford HP5+ in 70mm x 50' from B&H.
  6. Hi Alex, Any updates on this project? I just found this thread and I also have this corrector lens set. -Paul
  7. Hi Tom, I've been learning a lot about strobes lately and have returned to u/w photography with my compact digital setup. My Hassleblad cameras are back from getting serviced by David Odess. I've been learning about manual shooting with strobes using the guide #/distance = f/stop formula. However, the Retra Pro has piqued my interest but they don't use guide numbers, rather watt-secs. Do you know of a formula for calculating f/stop with watt-sec?
  8. Try swapping batteries to rule-out that possibility and see if the results are replicated.
  9. Sounds like the housing for the 500EL. Do you have a photo?
  10. I would try contacting Devon Thompkins at Pacific Housing Repair. He is an authorized service center for S&S and a very nice and helpful person. http://www.pacifichousingrepair.com/
  11. Regarding the housing PC cords, I found this in the Hasselblad Way 4th ed book. Also, I have been unable to find how far to stop the camera down when using the corrector lens set. [emoji848] Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  12. Ooohhh! That's right! [emoji106] Definitely not with the 500c though. With the new digital back, the screen tilts to horizontal. When I get them back from being serviced I'm going to go to a store that has the digital back to take some measurements. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  13. I have the 70mm back. Too bad 220 roll film is no longer made. Only 70mm B&W from Ilford. But there is the new digital back.... $$$$ Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  14. For sure, Chris. Definitely not a procedure to do while on a crammed dive boat. Growing up, I was always fascinated by my dad's dive gear and cameras from the 60s. I used to dive in our pool whenever I could at 10 yo. I was certified at 14. On dive boats, that system would always draw a crowd. Lately my dad has been in the hospital following complications from hip surgery. He's 76 and can no longer dive. It was the activity we did most together. Many fond dive trips off Monetery and the Channel Islands. Shooting this system again is how I feel close to him. Every day dives I'll take my compact system, then take the Hasselblad on bigger trips off the coast, like the Channel Islands. I want to keep it going for as long as I can. Hopefully next year I'll be able to get the new digital back for them. Even if I get sick of it, I can still shoot the cameras on land. I'll only be out for the cost of servicing the housing. The strobes I will get for it can be used for an SLR. BTW, which housing do you have? Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  15. My dad never acquired the SWC rear section of the housing. Instead, he removed the prism and would imagine the viewfinder frame. Haha.
  16. I started a new thread in the General Chat. https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/66488-hasselblad-swc-zeiss-corrector-lens-set/
  17. I found this interesting. These are 1971 prices. To adjust for inflation, multiply by 6.4.
  18. In another thread I started about strobes, the thread was getting sidetracked with questions about the SWC corrector lens set. So I decided to start a new thread. The Zeiss corrector lens set is used to correct for the decrease in angle of view due to the physics of water when using the SWC. The set consists of the outside flat port (spherical inside) and the smaller lens that mounts on the camera. Even if you have these two lenses, you also have to have the "gauge" tool to properly set the distance between camera and port and also to ensure that they the camera is perfectly perpendicular to the gauge tool. The camera is set at 10 feet, seated on the gauge tool, and mounted using the SWC mounting screw which allows for adjusting the axial distance. This "guage" tool is screwed in place of the port lens, then removed. My dad never acquired the SWC rear section of the housing. Instead, he removed the prism and would imagine the viewfinder frame. Haha.
  19. I'll post pics shortly. Stay tuned. Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
  20. Thanks Chris. My understanding is that the correction lens set widens the angle of view back to 90 deg u/w. The port is flat on the outside. Spherical inside. My dad never acquired the SWC rear section. Instead, he removed the prism from the 500c rear section to fit the SWC and just imagined the SWC viewfinder frame. Haha. I agree on your point about adding some buoyancy.
  21. Thanks Tom! I'll have to ask Devon about changing out the bulkhead fittings. Since you've run the Hassy housing, there are two PC cords inside. What is the difference? I'm assuming both bulkheads are wired to one or both of the PC cords to run dual strobes.
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