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Mario V

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    Underwater photography and teaching others! I also love Formula 1, gardening and travel

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon S90, Canon 60D & Olympus OMD
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    Nauticam & Canon
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon S2000, Inon Z240
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    ULCS arms Inon Lenses
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  1. Hi there,Pooley is absolutly right. Ikelite SLR housings are not enable to use optical strobe connections therefore you wont be able to trigger any optical unit. This rules out the S&S YS01, YS02 and Inon S2000 and D2000 You are left with Ikelite own strobes. S&S YS D-1 and YS 250 and the Inon Z240. Only Ikelite strobes will give you TTL because the housing has a built in TTL converter that allows you to control the strobe from the back of the housing. The DS160 and 161 are very powerful and very fast but incredibly heavy and use a rather big battery pack. The S&S YS D1 is a great option. is as powerful as the ikelite DS160 but is much lighter and uses regular AA batteries. The Inon Z240 is one of the more popular strobes out there and it will perform perfectly, The downside is the price, compared to the YS D1, the S&S option is more powerful and cheaper. With either of this 2 strobes you will need the S&S Syncro cord. The Ikeilte DS51 is a small unit but pretty useless for wide angle, is under powered and has a very narrow beam.
  2. Hi Kevindale. The UCL100 lens was designed by Inon to work only with compact cameras. With M43 as with SLR cameras, the lens will not perform properly. you can consider stacking up 2 UCL165 and get 6 or 12 diopters. The price difference is about £50.00, in terms of image quality the Subsee is by far a better option for your EP-L3
  3. One way to keep the cost down with the OMD is to use the 12-50 kit lens with the zoom gear made by an Austrian company (http://www.unterwass...-zoom-gear.html) on the Macro port 65 for the Olympus 60mm. This will allow you to use wet lenses like the Inon UWL H100 wide angle and the Sebsee +10 or +5 diopter. Alex mustard had a great review on a different post. you can have a look here: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=48650&&page=3 With this set up you do not have to invest in extra lenses and you get the versatility of a compact camera with the incredible quality of the OMD
  4. IMHO Nauticam is the best option. It has fantastic support world wide and a great range of accessories. I had some problems with the Aquatica rear wheel sticking when deeper 20mt and they do not have a any port that suits macro. Aquapazza is makes very nice housings. I have only seen the NEX7 and is a very nice piece of kit with an excellent magnetic zoom gear system. It will work exactly the same underwater as it does on land. The 10Bar is not bad but the ergonomics are not very nice. I would go for the Nauticam housing with the 4" dome for the 16mm, It will work perfectly with the wide and super wide clip on adapters. For macro, you have 2 options, the 30mm macro with the macro port 45 and the 18-55 with the flat port 72 and an external diopter. One thing not many people think when choosing a housing is the after sale support. Nauticam IMHO has the best one.
  5. Hi Jan The G12 is an excellent camera but unfortunately it will be limited underwater by the lack of wide angle options. Because the physical size of the lens, any adapter to attach a wet lens will show on the picture and the amount of zoom required to eliminate the vignetting will destroy the image quality. From the underwater point of view, the canon S range (S90,S95, S100 and the current S110) are a better option. The camera specs are identical plus you have the advantage of optional wide and fisheye lenses. The recently launched G15 is the first camera of the G series that have a dedicated wide angle option thanks to the new Inon S100 wide angle lens. There is a good review of the G15 on the following link: http://www.deepshots.co.uk/2013/04/quick-review-nauticam-na-g15-housing-for-canon-g15/ All the photos you see on the gallery were taken with strobe. As Chris said Inon strobes are excellent and they have the best sTTL mode in the market. The S2000 has very similar specs to the D2000 and is a lot smaller, this unfortunately affect the controls which art small and fiddly.
  6. Hi. The Olympus 60mm will fit on the current PT-EP10 housing port but it will not fit on the PT_EP05L or PR-EP06L housings. I'm not entirely sure about the older M4/3 housings. on pictures it looks the same as the one used on the EP-10 housing but unfortunately I do not any older housings kicking around to measure it. On the EP05L and 06L housings you can use the Panasonic 45mm macro and have the option of attaching external macro lenses like the SubSee +5 and +10 or the Inon UCL 165M67
  7. Hi There. Looking at the photo you have on the other post, I would say your problem is the YS01 is nos being triggered by the internal flash. It looks like the light from the internal is filtering from the housing and lighting wall. If that is the case. make sure the fibre optic cable is properly connected and is not broken at any point. Try to take a photo of the hole system against a mirror. if your strobe is firing you will see it in the shot. Make sure the YS01 is in the right mode. if you are shooting in P, A or A modes, the strobe has to be set to pre-flash (2 lighting bolts) or TTL. On M mode, the flash has to be set to No pre-flash (1 light bolt) The TTL mode on the YS01 is known for being very unreliable and have the tendency to massively overexpose however I haven't had a chance to test it with the RX100
  8. Both the S2000 and the Z240 are excellent units. You can also have a look at the Sea and Sea YSD1. Probably one of the most powerful strobes in that range, compact and very nicely built
  9. Hi Antony. For the last few years I've been shooting with a variety of cameras and currently I'm using 3 models in particular depending on what I want to use my photos. Canon S100, Canon 60D and Olympus OMD-EM5 I have the advantage to work for one of the UK best underwater photography retailers and have the opportunity to test and play with a lot of kit. When I choose a camera for underwater use, my first consideration is the optics available. If I can not get a proper wide angle and macro lenses, I would discard the camera straight away. In my opinion, the Olympus OMD-EM5 is one of the most versatile cameras out there at the moment. it offer excellent optics both for land and underwater, it has on of the best image stabilization systems in the market and the image quality is outstanding of this keeping the size and weight small. So far the only area where I've found the OMD as well as all the micro 4/3 cameras can't perform as well as dSLR is split level shots. This is basically because the physical size of the domes. Unfortunately the OMD is not a cheap camera and a good quality housing will cost you over £1000 plus ports. If you want a system that is better than your G9 but of a similar quality, the Sony RX100 is a fantastic choice and you have a nice selection of housings. Nauticam and Patima offer very nice options. Ikelite has a housing as well but is huge heavy and the ergonomics are not very nice. You can use wet lenses giving you great flexibility and the possibility to take from macro to fish-eye shots on the same dive.
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