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lbaldwin99 last won the day on August 19 2020

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    Currently in Aruba. (We are sea gypsies traveling and diving the world)
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    Underwater photography.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D850
  • Camera Housing
    Nauticam NA-D850
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    INON Z-330

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  1. I’m a little late getting into the conversation, but if you haven’t purchased your BC and reg, I’d like to make some recommendations. I’m a serious u/w photographer (Nikon D850 in a Nauticam housing). I used to dive with the Scubapro Hydros, which I highly recommend. There are no pockets, but Scubapro has designed many alternatives for attaching accessories. The only negative I can say about the Hydros is that it is heavy for travel (9+ lbs) - which is why I switched to the Hollis LTS. It is half the weight of the Hrdos, and it is semi-customizable. You can add pockets and Hollis has many accessories to customize. The only negative is that the weight pockets are small (not too small for me, but they are on the smallish side and I have seen this as an issue in some reviews). You can add back weight pockets to the cam bands if you need more weight or if you like to distribute your weight. And there are 2 cam bands - which I prefer. Regarding the regulator - I LOVE the Hollis 500SE. It is a side vent reg and I never have to worry about bubbles getting in my face. It also breathes very easily - no negatives about this reg, but the purge valve is on the side instead of the outside. It’s not an issue, just an adjustment. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. I’m upgrading to the Inon Z330 strobes, so I am putting my pair of Z240’s strobes up for sale. Both strobes are in excellent condition condition with only a little sign of wear. Nothing serious, just some marks on the plastic and fading of the ball mount (all cosmetic). I’ve never had any problems with these lights – they are very reliable with quick recycle times. They have never been flooded. Included with the strobes are the ball mounts, extra o-rings, and all diffusers (2 additional sets of diffusers not shown in pictures). Price: $375 each (if you only want 1) or both for $700. Buyer pays shipping. Will only ship in the US (my apologies to non US divers but I have a limited time to get these mailed out after they are purchased).
  3. I am so happy with the results using the strobes on manual. It is getting easier with each dive. Here are a few un-retouched photos (please disregard the composition on these - I just wanted to highlight the use of the strobes on manual). I honestly never thought it would be so easy to get good shots. I'm sure I can improve, but I figure these are a good starting point. I appreciate everyone who took the time to read my post and provided feedback. Kind regards - Leslie Howell
  4. Thank you all for your help. I did find that one of the Pre Flash Cancellation circuit buttons was in and the other was out on my strobes - so I'm sure that was not helping. I checked the meta data in both photos and it did indicate the strobes fired. Since I received such great information I decided to bite the bullet and try shooting the strobes in manual mode. So again, thanks to all of you who provided such great tips about shooting in manual. I have the Nauticam TTL convertor for the D850, so I had to move the "rotary switch" to "0" to specify manual mode. I made sure both magnet circuit buttons were pushed in on the strobes, started using settings provided by Chris Ross and I am happy to say the color is back in my photos. I had a few stinkers (a couple way too dark and one completely blown out) but overall I was pleased and surprised it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. It does require me to think a bit more when composing the shot, but this a good thing as I am not relying on TTL to compensate for poor camera settings (I didn't expect TTL to compensate - but very often it did and I got lazy). So thank you all again and Diggy - thank you taking the time to work your "LightRoom magic" on my turtle photo. I was also able to restore some color, but I think you did a better job!!! Kind regards - Leslie
  5. Hoping I can get some help here. I'm in Aruba for the next few months, waiting out Covid 19. I've been doing some shore dives here which tend to be very shallow (8-15 feet at some sights). The problem is there is so much ambient light I'm not sure my strobes are working "as expected". The colors seem very muted even though I appear to be close enough to my subject and the strobes are positioned correctly (from what I can see). The photos look fine on the LCD, but when I get the photos in LR, they have a blue / green cast - not the bight colors that I am used to seeing. At first I thought the problem was caused by my strobe batteries. I've been using NiMH rechargeable batteries and I thought the batteries were no longer putting out the charge that they used to (they are a couple years old, but I only use them on dive trips). I bought brand new batteries, but I am still having the same output issues. Next I started thinking the ambient light was so bright (combined with poor camera settings) resulting in the low light from the strobe. I am shooting with a D850 with TTL converter and 2 Inon Z240 strobes. I shoot in TTL because I'm a bit gun shy about going manual on the strobes. I've read the Inon manual regarding the manual settings but not fully comprehended how to shoot in manual. So my questions are: 1. Doe the bright ambient light make a difference regarding the strobe output? If so, can you recommend some settings to use in TTL mode to boost the strobe power? I typically use diffusers which I can remove in the future. 2. Would shooting the strobes in manual help to resolve the issues I'm having? If so can anyone recommend a good tutorial on how use the Inon strobes in manual mode. Any thoughts / recommendations are greatly appreciated. Below are some of my typical photos on the shore dives.
  6. I am interested in your dome port shipping to Lake Park, Florida. Excepting the $300.00 price, have PayPal if you would like to be paid that way. Direct contact Phil Rudin at tropicalone@bellsouth.net
    Nauticam N120 8.5" acrylic dome port with shade (sku #18802) in pristine condition. Rarely used - no marks or scratches. Includes spare o-ring, neoprene cover and silicone grease. Retails new for $680, asking $300 + shipping in the US.
    1. lbaldwin99


      Hi Phil - sorry this is no longer available.  I'll update the post to reflect this.


  7. Nauticam N120 8.5" acrylic dome port with shade (sku #18802) in pristine condition. Rarely used - no marks or scratches. Includes spare o-ring, neoprene cover and silicone grease. Retails new for $680, asking $300 + shipping in the US.
  8. Port is in pristine condition. It was used on approximately 10 dives. Switched from DSLR to GoPro. This is the last piece of equipment to go. Asking $250 + postage. PayPal only.
  9. Purchased in July 2017, this monitor and housing have only been used on one two week dive trip in 2017. Both pieces are in pristine condition / never flooded. My husband switched from DSLR to GoPro after the trip and is selling off his DSLR equipment. The video quality is outstanding and the navigation / setup is very user-friendly. I am selling as a bundle or individually. 501 SmallHD package includes loads of extras: · 1 SmallHD 5” monitor · Variety of HDMI cables including o 3 HDMI (D-C) Cable in 190mm Length o 1 Thin Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable – 12 inches o 1 Thin Micro to Micro HDMI Cable · 3 SmallHD Acrylic Screen Protectors (500 Series) (one already installed) · 1 SmallHD Sunhood (500 Series) · 6 LP-E6N Rechargeable Batteries · 1 Dual Battery Charger · 1 SmallHD Battery Charger with Power Adapters Price: $400 USD (PayPal) including shipping in the continental US · 1 Waterproof Case Nauticam Housing includes: · 1 NA-502H Housing · 1 25033 Standard HDMI Bulkhead with M16 Thread · 1 25625 M16 Vacuum Valve II (Pre-installed) · 1 25623 Hand Pump for Vacuum Valve · 1 25639 Vacuum Valve Fastening Tool · 1 USB Flash Drive with Instruction Manual · 1 Mounting Ball with Screws for NA-502 Housing · Spare O-ring2, lubricant and removal tool · Moisture Alarm system and battery · Nauticam Case Price: $1200 USD (PayPal) including shipping in the continental US   Monitor and Housing Price: $1500 USD (PayPal) including shipping in the continental US × Pasted as rich text. Paste as plain text instead Drag files here to attach, or choose files... Max total size 0.98MB Insert other media Uploaded Images SmallHD_01.jpg 97 kb · Done
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