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Everything posted by ianmarsh

  1. Totally agree... peer review is the only valid way of validating claims and Biorxiv is not...
  2. I think Interceptor 121 may be correct... this might be a long process, but maybe something good will come of it. The world does generally seem to be coming together and maybe there are long term lessons we can learn for this, in many areas of human interaction. That said, and not trying to be unrealistic, but the SARS outbreak lead to rapid escalation of research activity, and bypassing of some regulations. (It's too bad we didn't learn long term lessons from that outbreak!).This is not without some risk, but people are pretty smart these days. I have confidence that the scientific community will get ahead of this. I saw this: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.03.11.987958v1 This type of "treatment" may serve as a bridge until a full-on vaccine is on the shelf. One of many areas of investigation:) Fingers washed and crossed!!
  3. This is the single most useful aggregation of factual information I have found so far: https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus
  4. Boletus Sobering indeed.... I just heard a CBC program on the situation in Lombardy and other parts of Northern Italy. It sounds very dire. The head of the Italian society of critical care was interviewed. His comment was the only control measure that will have any real effect is "social distancing". Forget the masks until you are infected, and gloves are of no use at all....False sense of security and possibly makes things worse. Wash your hands, but most importantly stay away from close contact with unknown people and stay away from mass gatherings... Fingers crossed for the affected people in Italy, and a cautionary tale for the rest of the world. This is NOT the 'flu' or a 'bad cold', despite what conspiracy theorists will say. In the end, concern about cancelled basketball games and cancelled dive trips will seem banal. ian
  5. The point of government action is not to eliminate new cases, but to flatten the curve. It’s all about the Rate of Rise of the transmission curve, so that we do not swamp the health care system. That is what is going to kill people. All humans on the planet have a responsibility to each other, and especially the elderly and compromised, to do their part as governments direct. There are lots more smart people running the show than Youtubers, Facebookers, Tweeters and the like. As a recently retired physician, my provincial medical licensing body has put me on notice I may be called back into service if the shit really hits the fan.... ian
  6. Let me see if I have the concepts straight: In a system using a Nikon DSLR in a Nauticam housing with #11031-HSS (for Nikon) installed, with Retra pro, the UW Technics board works as the interface between camera and strobe. This serves the same function as the circuit in a Nikon Speedlight that makes it Nikon, or in a Seacam strobe specified for Nikon. 1) The Retra is "Brand Agnostic" in the sense it can be used on all camera platforms as long as there is a controller available for that brand. Otherwise it is a simple manual strobe. 2) TTL is controlled via the installed board, which communicates between the camera and strobe, based on profiles written by Pavel. These would be different from the Nikon Speedlight profiles, as they are determined by the characteristics of the flash tube output, which are unique to the strobe. The profile must also take into account the method used by the camera firmware to generate and interpret the pre-flash data returning from the subject to calculate the main exposure flash. This is also unique to the camera brand. 3) HSS is pretty straightforward from the conceptual side. I would presume that other camera brands would be slightly different, depending on how the shutter curtains work, if they have this option, but the main concept holds for all brands. 4) The Smart SL feature on Retra is a way to bypass the TTL underwater if you choose to shoot manual, once the board is set up for TTL and the housing closed. It ignores the pre-flash TTL pulses and just fires the strobe. Output will be dependent on the power setting on the back of the strobe. Not sure if this thinking is correct? 5) Not sure what would happen if the Retra strobe was set at the "Manual" on position #1 and the TTL board was set in TTL mode? Would it accomplish the same thing as 4) above? Since I don't have the UW Technics board as yet I am trying to understand how all this will work, before taking it under water. If anyone has comments or corrections of the thinking, please weigh in:) Shout out to Pavel and Oskar for their considerable efforts and intellect in making this system a reality. Anyway, hoping to put all this into practice in Anilao with the Reef boys in April, Covid-19 permitting.... ian
  7. I will say that with the mantas, I sometimes had problems getting away from them... they would swim over top of you and stop. They would settle down on top of you, expecting to be cleaned. Strobes came in well here to light the beautiful white underbelly:)
  8. Retra V1 I had hoped to use continuous light for rapid sequence, dolphins etc. Nowhere near enough light for that. Humpback mother and calf... did not approach, all the usual suspects every dive, whale sharks, one tiger shark. The boat had a resident videographer called Adil who produced an amazing video for the trip... well worth the money for me as I don't do any useful video. But I will say if you were diving near him, you were always in the thick of the action... ian
  9. Stu I did Socorro last April on the Nautilus Explorer and had the same concerns... great trip by the way. It was my first venture into this type of trip. My plan was to use continuous light with a pair of Sola 3800 lumen video lights. I did about three dives with that set up and switched to strobes for the duration. There was nowhere near enough light for stills. The dives tended to be deep (100ft) and the visibility was not great. Also the diving was "heavy" with lots of gear and thicker wetsuits than I am used to. Keeping as streamlined as possible was key to keeping gas consumption under control. I usually ran out before my non-photo buddies. I pretty much did the whole trip with my 13mm Nikonos RS. I used the Superdome on a couple of dives with the 8-15mm FE but noticed way more drag when swimming. Also, heads up on the customs scam at the Cabo airport. I got dinged for my housing and strobes. Having said all that, the boat and crew were awesome, and the marine life spectacular:) ian
  10. Thanks for the replies So, do I have this right? Smart SL is a means of switching between TTL and Manual flash mode (Nikon D850 and UW Technics TTL Nauticam) without changing the selector dial on the TTL board? I have only ever shot manual before, so this is new territory to me. ian
  11. So, I've got my head wrapped around the HSS mode and it definitely seems like a good addition, but for the life of me I'm stumped as to what Smart SL mode is for and when I need to use it. Anyone care to explain? ian
  12. Still Available: Subal Flatport 90, Type 3, perfect condition. $100  Subal Flatport 120/3, 9/10, glass perfect condition. $100 Subal Extension EXR 33mm/3. $50 Subal Extension EXR 40mm/3. $50 Seacam Superdome, one small scratch in glass which has been polished , so no sharp edges, no effect no image. Does not show up on under/overs. Comes with spare lens shade, in a Cinebags case, minimal wear on anodizing. $650 Nikonos 15mm, Gen2, rebuilt & pressure tested, excellent optics, Excellent condition in box $375 Nikonos External Viewfinder for 15mm, Gen2 new in box. $75 Nikon 16-35mm F4, Excellent condition. In box will all the bits and pieces. Perfect glass. $750 Pictures on request. Shipping extra. All prices in USD. Located in beautiful Vernon BC Canada As always, honest straight forward sales, so no worries:) ian
  13. Thanks so much That is EXACTLY what I need to know:) (I am assuming you are on Nikon?) ian
  14. Has anyone had a chance to use the new Retra Pro in TTL with existing UW Technic or Nauticam TTL triggers? I know it’s early days, but wondering what to do regarding a TTL trigger for upcoming trip in April ian
  15. I have the V1 jackets, which I assume are the same as V2. The bumpers protect the ends of the strobe and when the jacket is placed over them, they stop the jacket from sliding off the front or back.
  16. I received a shocking bill from DHL for $419 Canadian. That included Federal and Provincial sales tax, and "Brokerage Fees" I understand the taxes, no way of dodging those. I wonder if the remaining fees would have occurred if I had bought them through Reef or Backscatter in the US. ian
  17. My Pro's arrived two days ago... beautiful design and execution. Pairs with the app nicely... All of the accessories from V1 fit nicely on the V2. The neoprene jackets stay on better with the bumpers. Now just need to get them in the water:)
  18. I just received a DHL notice from Retra... the stobes were shipped yesterday, due for delivery Feb 4. They are currently in the air... yipppeee! ian
  19. Did anyone receive any shipping notices from Retra? The week of Jan 20 was supposed to be the start of shipping pre-orders... ian
  20. Has anyone heard any boots-on-the-ground reports from the Anilao area? Looks like an impending disaster for the regional dive industry and more importantly, the locals. Thoughts go out to those affected:( ian
  21. Hey Kurt Dealing with corrosion is the hardest part of the whole process. The parts are fairly fragile, and need a gentle touch. You could grind the points down a touch with a file to get a better fit. I used this penetrating lubricant. A few drops along the outer edge of the retaining ring where the threads are, not the drainage holes:) Let it sit upright overnight at least, in a warm place... Maybe some gentle heat with a hairdryer. A few gentle taps to set up vibration in the threads, and give it another go. If you can't get it to move, let me know. I have a lens in pieces, and can donate some parts to the cause if it goes badly. ian
  22. Thanks guys, great suggestions. The MacPro ships with Catalina and according to Apple cannot run on anything older... I think I am painted into a corner, but Chris' idea might get some traction
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