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About Nicool

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  • Birthday 02/10/1984

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    Nikon D500
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    Nauticam NA-D500
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    Dual Inon Z240 Type IV

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  1. No problem with mine after 4 dives. Here is a pygmy shot with it... but a Sydney pygmy pipehorse Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  2. I might have to go this path too... but that means buying a dual quality fiber optic cord, plus likely another arm section + 2 clamps :-/ Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  3. Hi there! Although we don’t have Phil’s experience, my wife and myself tried our fresh new MF-1 snoot in Sydney’s local muck dive on saturday. We had a total blast: both of us having a few shots we were happy with. For context, our only other snoot experience was 1 dive with Retra’s LSD on an Inon z240, same dive site. The results obtained with the Backscatter combo were much better, given that aiming is much easier (focus light has same beam size as the flash, so what you see is what you get). What we haven’t figured out yet is how to precisely orientate the spotlight when using the reduction masks, as they make the shape of the spotlight quite blurry. Phil would you know? Nicolas Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  4. Anyone heard back from Retra on the strobes readiness? Yes, have got a dive trip planned soon (early Feb), and the subject matter would certainly benefit larger strobes Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  5. Probably right, so there might be more photographers than we thought making money, but they kept it secret ;-) Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  6. Hi guys, 8 years later i would love to hear fresh views on the topic not that i expect UW photography to easily pay bills now but curious to know how the over-presence of social media (for instance) may have transformed underwater photographers’ bottom line 8 years ago we said the main income source was leading trip, workshops, doing trainings... what about social media? what about being a brand ambassador (not sure if that grants you more than free loan gear) :) Nicolas
  7. Would love to hear an update as Retra were supposed to ship second half of October Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for that! I know it’s not so straightforward to compare non-rectilinear lenses, so just wondering how differents are the angles of view between 8-15mm + kenko 1.4 and the 10-17 without kenko. I really like my 10-17, unsure what sort of improvements a 8-15mm could bring besides lifting my purse Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  9. Great stuff, enjoy the red sea Alex! Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  10. Great to read about the flexibility introduced with the smartphone connectivity, the Retra guys literally thought outside the box. One thing not mentioned in Alex’s video is the leak monitor / water tightness test. Hope this is still part of the specs of the production flash. Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  11. On this IQ topic, i’ve been shooting D500 with tokina 10-17mm for 3 years under 100mm dome, happy generally, but can’t comment much on IQ (upgraded from a D300s). The Nikon 8-15mm is probably better IQ and good looking lens, but i can’t get excited about the cropped circular image. You mentioned using a kenko 1.4, does that give you a nicer range, without cropping, bit like tokina? Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  12. Great update Oskar! Can i ask a few things, which i believe will be of interest to others: 1/ what is the benefit of using the new bumpers instead of the cheaper neoprene covers? 2/ are the exisiting whide angle diffusers compatible & recommended to use with Retra Pro, or will there be new versions coming? Asking because the new flashs have wider angle and warmer light than first Retra 3/ is a leakage detector still part of the design? Thanks and good luck for the last sprint, you have lots of underwater photographers backing you Nicolas Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  13. I have been wanting to try diving there for a while, as i was facinated by the remoteness... while it is still Japan Well done on doing it! Envoyé de mon iPhone en utilisant Tapatalk
  14. Hi Adam,What did you like about it? It surely looks like a neat design, but thinking about costs, if what you enjoyed is the rigidity, i am thinking you could just achieve that with the ultralight tripod clamp and any 3 regular underwater strobe arms (as tripod legs) + screwing a ball mount on top, on which a regular strobe clamp would give you flexibility to adjust the orientation of your strobe. As far as stability is concerned, id just attach 1-2 kg lead to the tripod clamp (with a regular rope), which would lower down the center of gravity and stabilize the whole thing. Am i missing anything?
  15. Thanks for that!The ballhead adaptor sounds appropriate. For the gorillapod itself, id be tempted to go for a much sturdier version also allowing to position the strobe higher, like the 5kg one. Dont you think so? Also i am afraid the whole thing could easily be buoyant and a mess with the slightest surge, so id like ability to attach 1-2kg weight onto the tripod. I plan to shoot this mostly on much dives so no risk of damaging the environment
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