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Everything posted by nortoda1

  1. Just received my 2 Z240s, to replace my aging DS125 and I like :-). I have historically shot in manual with the ike's, now with the Z240s I see there is an external auto option. I gave it a try last night (not underwater) and was impressed with the results. My question is how well does it work? I am aware the stobes must be pointing at the subject, so I'm guessing its not really a great option for WA. What about macro? What situations does it work well and when does it not? Advice/experience appreciated. p.s. I am using a D300 in MDX300
  2. Went to order the 4600K colour temp filters and Yuzo in Japan informed me that both the 4600K and 4900K are included with the strobes at no extra cost as part of an inon promotion. Thanks Inon :-)
  3. Thanks Downunder. I've stuck with ordering the inon's. I contacted 2 v. big US retailers (one is the service centre for Inon) and also contacted Sea and sea, none of them heard of this issue or belive it to be one. Looks like this well know UK retailer have their wires crossed :-).
  4. I purchased 2 x Z240s and a sea and sea sync type N today from Japan. I have a sea and sea MDX300. However, now I have doubts after seeing on a UK distributor website that Z240s should not be used with a dual sync cord as it will cause nonrepairable damage to the strobes. Should I get YS D1s???
  5. What extension should I use with a 10-17 Tok and Kenko 1.4x TC when using the Sea and Sea glass dome? I have the SX extension for use without the TC, do I need the extenion ring 22 or 40? cheers Darragh
  6. Hi Girelle, what are the wrecks? The sub is the Rubis right? What is the other one. I've just emigrated from Ireland to Switzerland, so I reckon I'll be hitting the South of France and Italy on a regular basis. Darragh
  7. How do you position the strobes when this close to the subject. I have the 10-17, a 6" sea and sea glass dome and DS125 strobes but struggle with strobe positioning.
  8. Hi John, I actually have a very similar set up - D300 in S&S with optical glass dome port. Ok so a solution to the problem is to increase the ISO, question is how high do you go before there is unexceptable drop in image quality on the D300?
  9. anyone tried the VF45 out yet? I have a MDX300 and am considering investing
  10. Thanks for all advice. I think I'll save my money on the 10.5 and may invest in the 105VR in the near future. Darragh
  11. Ok I have a D300 and the Tok 10-17mm which I quite like. Trouble is a buddy highlighted a flaw with the excellent 10-17mm - its not great in temperate regions in low viz where you need to open her up. It suffers from purple fringing. I have the Sigma 15mm which is a great lens but not as wide as the Nikon 10.5mm. What do you folks use in temperate regions? Also for macro I have the Nikon 60mm D, where should I go next? The Nikon 85mm or 105mm? cheers Darragh
  12. Great shots. What lense/camera did you use for the scorpion fish.
  13. I have a D300 with dual ike DS125s and was looking to get a focus light. I dive in cold dark green wasters for the most part. Was thinking of getting a FIX 1000dx as I could use it was a general torch as well as focus light. 3 questions 1) Is it too powerful as a focus light when using 60mm lens? It can be dialled down so I assume not. 2) I see the colour temp of the FIX 1000dx is about 9000K. My strobes are 4800K, there is a filter that adjusts the light to 4500K should I purchase this if I go with this option? 3) Is there another focus light you would go with instead? The reason I like the look of the FIX 1000dx is that its LED so will not have to purchase replacement bulbs very often (e.g. halogen). Also seems like a good option as a torch in green wat
  14. PRC took a look at your Bahamas album - excellent stuff. For the WA shots did you just set shutter to 200 and camera to shutter priority? SSRA30 like the sound of the 105 for strobe positioning , but what is putting me off is how much I would actually use the lense at home in Ireland. If money was not an issue I would for sure bite the bullet as it is supposed to be a cracking lense, just don't do much topside shooting at the moment.
  15. Cheers for the advive PRC, I'm not on the Wetpixel trip. Doing a Shark and Dolphin trip 6-15th July with a group of 8 other Irish and an American. Mixture of shooters and fun seeking divers. Have dived the west end of Grand Bahamas before for 3 days but didn't do Tiger beach. Really looking forward to it. Was just thinking might be nice to do a bit of macro at night. thanks again Darragh
  16. Hi, I have been diving with an SLR for the last 3 years so am still learning alot. Based in Irealnd so do most diving in green water with average viz 6 metres. I originally had a D70 in an ike housing and last year have upgraded to a D300 in Sea and Sea with dual DS125's. I normally shoot widen angle mostly the excellent Tok 10-17 and sometimes the Sigma 15FE. For macro I have only ever used the Nikon 60mm D F2.8, sometimes with the 2T diopter. Heading to the Bahamas in July on a JASA trip and was contemplating buying a Nikon 105VR, but then 2 people I've talked to reckon the 60mm is the best lense for macro even in good viz. Now I'm thinking do I really need this lense as do not have an endless cash supply. Will I actually use this lense in Irish waters? What are its benefits? One problem I do have is that the DS125's are quite bulky to position for macro and was thinking the 105 would give me a little more working distance. Any advice welcome. Darragh
  17. Love the shots Going on a JASA trip in July, can't wait. Did you use the 10-17 at 10 for all the shots?
  18. you had strobes in close ? did you have tok set to 10 or 17
  19. Hi Carloz, love that shot. What settings/equipment did you use? I am heading to Tiger beach in July and would love a few tips. You used a long exposure like 1/30th for the blur? What aperature and strobe setting. Love the blur with the dark background, the shark is so crisp and you can really feel the movement all the best Darragh D300, sea and sea MDX300, 2 x DS125, Tok 10-17, Sig 15FE, Nikon 60mmD
  20. Ikelite D70 iTTL housing with 8" dome port and super wide stalk (suitable for 10-17 tokina or 10.5 FE nikon), 60mm macro port, 6" super wide dome port (suitable for 15 mm Sigma FE) and extended dome port (suitable for 18-70mm DX nikon ). Total value new of the housing and ports €2340. Will sell for €1400 with a Nikon D70 camera with battery, charger, manual and o-rings. Darragh
  21. Hi there, I have a question, I have a D300, a MDX300 Sea and Sea Housing and 2 DS125 strobes (which I used previously in iTTL mode with a ike D70 housing). My question is will the ikelite iTTL adapter work with the D300 and DS125s. The ikelite website states Nikon D-40, D-50, D-70, D-70S, D-80, D-200, or Fuji S5 camera and does not mention the D300. Cheers Darragh
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