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  1. I have a V2 unit for my Nauticam 7D housing & a V3 unit for my 5DMkIII housing & they both work great. When I wrote to Miso about the non-captive o-ring in the V2 unit cap, he sent me a new V3 cap without any fuss. The 'after-sales' service from Miso has been fantastic. I'm a 1st-time user of these vacuum check systems & Miso has been really patient & prompt with all my questions.

  2. My better half & I have a trip booked next month to Tonga as well. It's our 1st time there to try & catch the humpbacks & I've been browsing the forums to find more info about what to expect in Tonga & how the whale watching is conducted.


    What are water temps like in Aug? We're trying to decide what thermal protection is needed, perhaps 5mm wetsuits or maybe even a drysuit if water temps are in the low-20s. I've read from the whale-watching sites that water temps can go as low as 21ºC in Aug.


    Thanks in advance!

  3. I just received the Nauticam MkII prototype strobe trigger and can confirm that, topside and on the 5D3, it fires my YS-250s perfectly. I do need to confirm this with a dive but it looks good to go ;-)


    Hi Tim, I presume you've had a chance to try out the Nauticam strobe trigger prototype by now. How well do they work underwater? Seems like Nauticam is very quiet on this up till now while some of us are anxiously waiting for this!

  4. Mine isn't too far away now. I'll let you know when it gets here. Unfortunately Carlos' Glowdive trigger has failed to work with a ND-5D3 and Z-230 combination and when I took a look at the Triggerfish option at the NEC dive show in October, I was disappointed with the output. Looking at Adam's DEMA review, the Nauticam variant seems to be a well finished and professionally manufactured product - no surprise there!


    Hi Tim,


    Reviving an 'old' thread here, did you get to try the Nauticam flash trigger? I haven't seen any more news about this other than the fotos of it from DEMA 2012.


    How on earth can you own a 5D3 and not house it? wink.png

    Yes, you'll have to shoot manual but believe me, once 'free' of S-TTL you'll never return...


    Haha! Tim, I know where you're coming from. The 5D3 is such a good camera topside that I expect it'll be a fantastic creative tool underwater.


    It's just that macro is my main interest & I find that my keeper rate is much better with TTL, esp with really shy & fast moving critters where I may have only 1 or 2 shots at it. Wide-angle is when I usually shoot manual. Maybe I need more experience and/or practice to get really comfortable with shooting entirely manual.

  6. The word on the streets is that a Mk ll Nauticam trigger may incorporate S-TTL however re-engineering Canon's and Nikon's E-TTL flash protocols is still work in progress...


    Tim, Ryan, thanks for your comments. Ryan has stated that the initial product will be a manual only trigger.


    Hmm doesn't make it easier for me to decide whether to go for the NA-5D3 housing for my upcoming Raja Ampat trip. I have my NA-7D which can work in TTL mode with the built-in flash on the 7D.

  7. Maybe you can try this trigger, If you can't wait from Nauticam.

    I'm using DIY trigger (almost same circuit / no ttl) in NA-5DMarkIII for z240, s2000 and it's works well.


    Thanks, I did see this forum posting about the LED strobe trigger. There were reports that the Inons work very well with this trigger but the Sea & Seas need some fiddling to get them to work. Something about the sensitivity of the Sea & Sea's optical trigger being less sensitive than the Inons. I was looking to see what other options there are and really hoping to see a TTL strobe trigger.

  8. I have two NA-7Ds; the Mk1 and the Mk2. On the Mk1 I found that vibration loosened some hex screws as they were installed without loctite. Additionally I found that the length of some hex screws were a little 'shy' and needed longer threads to properly engage with the housing. When checking this on the Mk2 I found a similar potential issue. I recommend that all securing hex screws are checked for both appropriate length and security. This in no way detracts from my unreserved praise for Nauticams products which now extends to a NA-5D3 and NA-DP4.


    HTH, Tim


    Hi Tim, how do you tell if its a Mk. 1 or Mk. 2 housing? Got mine late 2010.


    I've been using the NA-7D housing without any issues so far (knock on wood!). I've also never removed the camera viewfinder eye cup. There seems to be enough space in the back of the housing for this not to be an issue. On my previous SeaTool housing for a 500D this was definitely necessary as the housing was so much more compact. Hmm makes me wonder if I've just been fortunate up till now that this hasn't been an issue!

  9. I use the SubSee +5 & +10 diopters with my Canon 100mm macro L lens for super macro work. The quality of the SubSees are very good (both build & optical quality) and they now come in (standard) 67mm diameters.


    With the Nauticam ports they will conveniently screw on the ports themselves without the need for any adaptors. The older SubSees came in a smaller size which made adaptors or 'holders' necessary. One drawback of the 'new' 67mm SubSees is that they are quite heavy (with the large glass elements), esp. the +10 unit, which is almost twice the depth of the +5. I've never used the Aquaticas but compared with others I've used (FIT, Inon, Sea & Sea), the SubSees I've found to be superior.


    I use the Inon M67 lens holder W which attaches to my ULCS arms to hold the SubSees when not in use.

  10. Thanks Bill, for your comment. I see what you're saying.


    From Wetpixel's coverage of Photokina 2012, it looks like Nauticam is indeed working on an adaptor. See quote below. I'm hoping it will be a TTL-adaptor and that they're able to get it out to market soon. That should make for an elegant solution for their 5D3 housing.


    "Edward mentioned that he is working on an adaptor that will allow the use of fiber optic triggering with cameras that don't have a built-in flash, or for cameras that do, but the recycle times are an impediment."

  11. Yes I'm hoping that since Nauticam has put fiber-optic connectors on their 5D Mk. III (knowing full well that the camera does not have a built-in flash) that they are indeed working on a TTL solution. From my own experience in UW photography I've found that TTL strobe output does make it much easier for macro subjects and as I dive mostly in the tropics (Manado & Lembeh, Indonesia being one of my favourite spots with its amazing 'macro' critters), I'm particularly interested in a TTL solution. However I've also read that the Canon flash protocol is notoriously difficult to crack. But I'm hoping Nauticam works it out and 'pulls the rabbit out of the hat'!


    In the meantime, looks like it'll have to be full manual control with Hedwig's 'little micro strobe' for now if I want to continue with fiber-optic connectors...

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