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About incapete

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    Male
  • Location
    London, UK

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 40D
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea&Sea YS120
  1. Thanks, that's what I was worried about! Looks like I'll have a hunt for the real thing!
  2. Very timely thread, I was just thinking about this issue! Especially in the UK the boat will often be moving as you jump so having anything handed down is a bit difficult and you're basically forced to jump in with all your kit. When I had my G9 I wasn't worried but now I've got my DSLR housing I'm a little more concerned That sounds like a good system - I've seen a lot of people hold it but lift as they hit the water to buffer the impact, you're happy that you don't need to?
  3. I've got an Ikelite housing for my Canon 40D - it's got the TTL circuitry and the Ikelite bulkhead built in. I've also got a YS120 TTL Duo along with it's sync cord, designed for Nikonos fitting at the housing end. I know that if I use this housing/strobe combo then I'll lose TTL which is fine - what I want to know is whether I can mod my sync cable (ie, replace the bulkhead conector with an Ikelite one) to correctly trigger the strobe? Is it as simple as finding an Ikelite conenctor, cutting the end off the old cable and soldering it together? I assume I only need the trigger and earth cables connected but I'm not sure which is which, also how watertight would the resulting cable be? Aren't the conenctors sealed to the cables? Any advice is much appreciated! It's £80 for the proper sync cable so I'm hoping the connector itself is a bit cheaper!
  4. Hi guys, New here but I've also only just upgraded my rig so I thought I'd share the details. I originally started with a Sony P10 in a housing (internal flash, no manual WB, no raw) then moved to a Canon G9 and housing with a YS120 strobe triggered by a Heinrichs Weikamp adaptor (solved all of the problems above plus kept TTL metering). As my topside photography progressed I moved to a DSLR, first with a Canon 350D and now a 40D which I've been keen to take diving so I've now bought an Ikelite housing for it along with the 8inch dome port. It's a nice, solid bit of kit which allows access to a huge number of camera features and the port is great for wide-angle/close-up shots. I'm still figuring out the strobes for my new setup - part of me wants to keep my YS120 strobe and just buy the Ikelite-Sea&Sea sync cable which would limit me to manual mode only but I'm not too worried about that. Another bit of me is saying that I should sell the YS120 and buy an Ikelite strobe to maintain TTL abilities. Not sure which I'll go for yet but I'm sure I'll post about it some more. The plan is to complement the strobe with an LED focusing light on the other arm, at least until I decide to buy a second strobe!
  5. Hi everyone! So... guess I'd better introduce myself... I'm Pete, I'm a 28 y/o buyer for a large online retailer (begins with A, you can probably guess who they are), living in the UK. I've been scuba diving since I learnt in Australia ten years ago. Since then I've been lucky enough to dive in some great locations such as New Zealand, Australia, the Med and multiple trips to the Red Sea but a few years ago I got convinced to join a UK dive club and since then I've dived exclusively in the English Channel. My style of diving has changed over that time too, from blue-water chilled out reef dives to cold-water deep wreck dives in a drysuit, twinset (doubles to the Americans out there ) and stage cylinders. If you're a UK diver then you might know me from the YorkshireDivers forum. My photography over that time has gone from enthusiastic point-and-shoot on my first digital compact (a 5mp Sony P10) through to my first DSLR (Canon 350D) and I'm now shooting on a Canon 40D. I'm still just an enthusiastic amateur but I have recently started doing some event and gig photography on behalf of a number of charities and was lucky enough to get some of my shots featured in The Guardian newspaper. I'm fairly active on the Talk Photography forum too. I did have a housing for my little Sony but was never very happy with the results - it's internal flash caused backscatter and it didn't have manual white-balance or the ability to shoot in raw. I dabbled a little with a Canon G9 and housing to give me raw format and added a HW adapter to allow me to trigger a YS120 strobe. Now I've finally biten the bullet and have an Ikelite housing for my 40D with the 8inch dome port - I've yet to take it diving (think that'll be in the Spring now) and I'm still working out what I'm going to do about strobes (buy a new sync cable and trigger the YS120 in manual mode or sell the YS120 and buy an Ikelite strobe to allow TTL) but I can't wait to get started. Now that's enough about me, how are you?
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