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  1. A number of contributions have been posted regarding the risks of exposing NiMH batteries to moisture. Well, I can certainly corroborate this!

     

    Yesterday I was doing a night dive and as usual I had my Ikelite PCa torch strapped to my strobe. The torch has been playing up recently, with what was probably a poor contact, however usually once it comes on, it stays on. Not this time however, and it started to go off during the dive, and only come on again when I fiddle about with the front cover and the switch.

     

    At a point it could not come on again, and I got a teensy bit frustrated and started bashing it with my backup. Suddenly, BOOM, a really loud bang and the front of the little light shot off into the distance, and six NiMH AA batteries floated gently down to the ground below!

     

    I can only conclude that as a result of my bashing the torch, some water got in and created a release of gas from the batteries – result, high pressure, and boom!

     

    Things I learnt

     

    1. Treat equipment nicely

    2. Be careful when opening equipment containing NiMH batteries

     

    LOL


  2. I have a CP5000 in an Aquatica housing and a single S&S YS-90DX. I would be interested to know what your problem was. I experienced it once, but I am sure it was caused by a poor battery connection in the strobe.

     

    If firing on TTL, set the variable flash setting on the camera to -2. I think this was originally suggested by James Wiseman, and there are a number of threads covering CP5000 settings

     

    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=1&t=1880

    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?act=S...T&f=1&t=678&hl=

    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?act=S...T&f=1&t=606&hl=

    http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=1&t=1336

     

    And more. Try some searches.

     

    John


  3. It would REALLY have been nice had Aquatica made the housing to accomodate the Nikon MB-E5000 optional battery pack, which as an added bonuses uses standard AA's. But I think your idea is a great alternative. In order to keep things standard, ideally the Maha or another existing make is used (perfect if using standard AA's).

     

    If this is a petition, I'm signing up!


  4. Thanks for the kind comments Craig. I always find it very difficult to make an objective judgement of my own shots, but I can see what you mean about the "retiring" character of the seahorse. Diving again tomorrow in the same place, so I will hopefully find it again :unsure:


  5. With my A5000 setup I use the Ikelite PCa. Although this outputs a very narrow beam, I have never had any problems with a "hot spot" in the picture. I have tried the PCa on both the strobe and the camera, and so far I prefer using it on the strobe, but need to play around a bit more to be honest.


  6. Hi all,

     

    Yesterday during a night dive I came across the first seahorse I have ever seen in my 4 years of diving. These are the best shots I have Seahorse.

     

    The little beast was really nestled tight and swaying with the current, so I did not want to get too close for fear of touching it. All I have done to the shots is apply some sharpening. So, what do you think? Could I have done better? Please hammer!!!!!!!

     

    Thanks,

     

    John


  7. Hi,

     

    I am selling my Aquatica A995 and Coolpix 995 plus Nikon WC-E63 W/A lens (land use only). The housing is in excellent condition and has been used for maybe 40 dives at most. It has been upgraded with the improved shutter assembly. I have had the CP995 for about one year, and the condition is very good. The camera includes a 32Mb card. The asking price for all items, excluding shipping costs, is USD1,000, but any offers will be considered.

     

    I will also consider selling the items separately. I am selling due to an upgrade to a CP5000 setup.


  8. You switch on the camera once you've hit the water, and the viewfinder remains black. Your heart stops and you say - OH NO, FLOODING!!!!!

     

    But then you realise that you've simply left the lens cap on! Trouble is, of course, the camera's in the housing!

     

    At least, this has only happened to me once!

     

    John


  9. Hi,

     

    I went to the Southern Egyptian Red Sea last December, and I have finally find the time to post some pix on the web. All pix were shot using an Aquatica A995 housing with Coolpix 995 (obviously) and a single Sea&Sea YS-90DX strobe.

     

    It was a great trip - we visited many "legendary" dive sites such as Fury Shoal and St. John's Reef. Apart from a few dives at home, it was the first time I really used my setup in anger!

     

    I used Photoshop 7 minimally on the photos, mostly adjusting levels and sharpening, and in some cases using the Auto Colour feature, which I found really good (and quick!). Occasionally I also cropped the photo.

     

    Would appreciate any comments (even negative ones :) )

     

    John

     

    Woody's Red Sea photos


  10. Chaps, thanks for the feedback. This must be the most active, helpful forum anywhere!

     

    I had actually done the fixes with PS - I was just wondering where the blue came from! None of my other clownfish shots show blue stripes, so maybe Craig's explanation is the right one!

     

    Anyway, thanks to all!

     

    John

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