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Robert Zuch

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About Robert Zuch

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    Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    film SLR (Nikon F60), also Nik V
  • Camera Housing
    Subal for F60
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2 X Nik SB-105, also slave Sea&Sea YS-90 TTL Duo
  • Accessories
    ULCS arms for F60
  1. Now that I have finally bought the Inon Z-240 strobe (thanks to many positive comments from this site), I am returning to the topic of the Inon 105AD lens for the Fuji F30. Is the angle of coverage of this add-on lens (105 degrees) truly wider than the Nikonos 15mm lens (96 degrees, if I recall)? Or, is the smaller sensor of the F30 somehow involved in this matter (apologies for not passing the optical physics test here)? And secondly, since water is allowed to flow freely between the lens and the housing (as it is a wet-contact lens), is there also the added benefit of the lens being optimised for water, as the Nikonos lenses were, or is the air space between the camera lens and the housing port negating this effect? I am already very happy with the F30 (in the Fuji housing) with the Inon macro add-on lens, so this is more to do with the wide-angle question. Robert Z Christchurch New Zealand
  2. Now that I have finally bought the Inon Z-240 strobe (thanks to many opinions from this site), I am turning again to the issue of the Inon 105AD lens for the Fuji F30. James, is the angle of coverage of this add-on lens (105 degrees) truly wider than the Nikonos 15 lens (96 degrees if I recall)? Or, is the smaller sensor of the F30 somehow involved in this matter (apologies for not passing the optical physics test here)? And secondly, since water is allowed to flow freely between the lens and the housing (as it is a wet-contact lens), is there also the added benefit of the lens being optimised for water, as the Nikonos lenses were, or is the air space between the camera lens and the housing port negating this effect? I am als overy happy with the F30 (in the Fuji housing), and use it with the macro add-on lens. Robert Z Christchurch New Zealand
  3. You are right about the video mode of F30 (if that's what you meant). Before coming up onto the deck from a dive at Poor Knights last February (summer here) I just leant the side of the camera housing against the side of the ladder (it was calm at the time, no surge or swell) and pressed the shutter in the video mode. The usual school of fish hanging out below the boat was captured perfectly well in diffused ambient light. I have never posted it (as I would not know where), but it remains a proof of the video abilities of this pocket rocket. Depending on the housing choice, you would still be able to use D-2000 with a Nikon D90, I think. If I recall, Nexus housings are set up for optic fibre: http://www.seaoptics.com.au/products/stb/inond2000.html for previous Nikon models, so I suspect the same will apply to the D90, fingers crossed. Pretty much decided on the Z-240 and appreciate all comments received. Regards Robert Z Christchurch
  4. Thanks Chris, all of those details were very useful. The only reason I was dithering about the choice between the S-2000 and Z-240 is the fact that even the D-2000 can be used with a modern DSLR and optic fibre link, eliminating the need for an electrical connection via sync cord. This became a choice of "backward compatibility" with Z-240 or "forward compatibility", of sorts, with the D-2000. I got completely stuck in the middle on that and could not progress with a decision. I presume that - apart from the bigger GN and the 'old-fashioned' sync cord capability, the strobes are pretty much identical. There is a lot of stuff (reviews) written up on the web about the D-2000, but relatively little about the Z-240. Regards Robert Z Christchurch
  5. Thanks for your prompt reply. It is interesting that you use the S mode; possibly this is what I should have used to avoid the blurring. If the f2.8 is selected by the camera, does it give you sufficient depth of field? I know it is not such a problem with digicams as opposed to SLRs but maybe we are not talking about macro (where DOF would be critical). Originally I was going to get the Inon D-2000, but after talking to the shop staff (Sea Optics in Adelaide, South Australia) it may be that Z-240 will be a better choice as it allows a cable connection to the Nikonos socket. I still have my Nikonos V with a 20mm lens, and an old Nikon F60 (known also as N60) in a Subal housing, and buying the Z-240 wouls allow me to sell off the aging Nikon SB-105 strobe which is still popular on ebay. Apparently both the D-2000 and the Z-240 are identical except for the extra connectivity for the strobe cord - according to the same shop. I was a bit confused by some of the posts where people spoke of using the Inon strobes with the additional TTL converters - I thought the Inons (either of the above) would provide TTL exposure? What was your experience of TTL with your setup, depending of course on choice of subjects? Yes, Christchurch and the South Island are very pretty. We are lucky to have the mountains and the ocean so near. However, you must not forget about a spectacular dive site in New Zealand, that is the Poor Knights Islands off Northland. Jacques Cousteau named it the best temperate diving in the world when he visited it in his Calypso many years ago. It still is superb. Robert Z
  6. Hi Chris, Very useful post (for me) as I am just about to buy an Inon strobe to work with my Fuji F30. I tried to use old SB-105 with H-W converter at first, but found it unreliable without a modelling light (strobe did not fire without perfect focus). A strobe with a modelling light might do the trick, plus I hope the TTL will work better. I am mostly interested in macro (I have successfully used the Inon lens mount for F30 and the macro lens for close-ups with the on-board flash). I am curious what settings you would use with this camera and this strobe, typically. Would you use the camera in the A/S mode, forced flash? Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Robert Z Christchurch New Zealand
  7. Does the Inon tray have a thread long enough to keep both the lens mount and the camera attached? In my case, I used Fuji F30 in its Fuji case mounted on the Nikonos tray as the thread size is the same. Because the screw supplied with the Fuji lens adaptor is too short, I used the original Nikonos tray screw, but through a side slot rather than the central hole. It worked, but was a bit wobbly - I used an elastic cord with a clip to keep the camera in place on the tray. This allowed me to use the Nikonos tray and arm, for the Nikonos SB-105 strobe. Ideally, I could even use a TLC Nikonos tray, as it allows for the TLC arm or arms to be used (my strobes have TLC fittings to attach to the TLC arms). Robert
  8. I used my Fuji F30 in a Fuji case for the first time two weeks ago and got good results with the A/S setting, "forced flash" and aperture between f5.6 through f8 to about f11. As I could not get an external strobe set up in time for that weekend, I used the inbuilt strobe within its limits - of course, slightly disappointing after years of using a film SLR with twin strobes. I noticed that focus was an issue to a degree, and I think a strobe with an extra modelling light would help. Otherwise I would be interested to hear from people as to what tray/arm setup they use for their Fuji F30. I will persist with either my old Nikonos SB105 strobe, or the Sea&Sea YS90 (non-digital) and the Heinrichs-Weinkamp adaptor (could not synch it as yet, which is why I had no external strobe for the dive). If unsuccessful, I will also consider an Inon strobe and possibly a tray/arm. I used Inon external wet lens (macro lens) and was really happy with it. With it, it did not make much difference whether the camera was in a macro mode or not. Regards to all Robert Z
  9. Terri, what put you off the S80 if not the absence of RAW ability? The old S70 had RAW, and a custom white balance setting for underwater. But it had problems with focusing in low light. This problem has apparently been fixed in the S80 which uses the new DIGIC II module for AF, also present in the fine A610 and A620 cameras by Canon (and they focus well - I've used the A620). Regards Robert Christchurch, New Zealand
  10. Unless you are fussy, you could use Sensia instead of Provia. It is the consumer version. I can't tell the difference but then again I do not make a living from it. cheers Robert Z.
  11. On my recent trip to the Similans and the Richelieu Rock with South Siam Divers (the excellent liveaboard SSD4, but that's another story) I saw a couple of people diving with the new Canon A620, with the Canon off-shelf housing, the WP-DC90. They were happy with just the on-board flash, and with the native optics. When I asked: " so how do you put on an external lens?" I just got a blank stare back from the happy users. I mean, that oval port on the case did not look like able to accept an adaptor for a wide or a macro lens. Short of buying Ike's venerable product (out in January, I hear) is there any way to overcome this apparent lack of thought on part of Canon engineers? It seems like a very decent camera and a good housing (rated to 40m, I saw them taken down to 33 m on this very trip at least on 3 occassions). Why the oval port, anyway? regards to all Robert Z.
  12. It is a useful lens for wide-angle topwise. I use it with a Nikon F80, and am very happy with it; but would not house it due to its size. Robert Z.
  13. I agree - which is why I'm still undecided... I almost bought the Canon A95, then there were comments that Fuji F810 wipes the sea floor with the opposition. Thanks folks for sharing pains and joys with us the undecided ones; we're learning from all you went through. Robert
  14. Dear Trevor - really liked your A95 photos especially those taken in macro mode (tubeworm). As I am not sure which one to choose, A95 or S70, I am asking a lot of questions of those who use them. What was the strobe you used with that picture (and that one of the diver next to a propeller)? How was it synched? How long did your camera AA batteries last? Users of S70 say it autofocuses badly in low light, esp. at the telephoto end. How was the A95 in this situation? Did you notice much (or any) purple fringing? I could not see much in the photos posted, but some users reported it in the www.photo.net discussion board. Congratulations on fine pictures, Robert Zuch
  15. While I have no experience with this outfit, I will be following the thread closely as this choice of gear is something I am thinking of. However, I also read the postings of Trevor Rees and looked at his shots using Canon A95 with Inon AD wet fit lenses posted on this forum; possibly this is also a good alternative. Clearly, with its 28mm wide-end lens the S70 is an excellent choice for topside use, and the rechargeable battery lasts longer than the AA cells A95 uses. Best of luck, Robert Z.
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