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smk82 last won the day on October 13 2014

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About smk82

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus EM-10
  • Camera Housing
    Nauticam Na-EM10
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z240 x 2
  • Accessories
    Nauticam Flexitray, Inon Arms
  1. I saw it mentioned on the inon website and a couple of other retailers.. twin it’s designed for effective radiation (I presuming it means heat here as the electronics cycle). I mostly dive temperate water (6-22C), so would feel that’s not a huge issue for me... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks for the opinions. Whilst I agree that compression will occur to a degree so any positive buoyancy gains will be limited, every little helps. I was thinking more of opinions regarding the side slits? Affectation or actually beneficial? Also price wise as the inon ones are about £15 more expensive than the nauticam.. (And yes I know I could just cut up a wetsuit and use that but I don’t have anything spare to hand....) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Does anyone have any opinions on neoprene stour covers for inon z240s? Obviously anything which adds positive buoyancy is a good thing(strove spec is 77g negative underwater, neoprene cover adds ~96g positive, so net 20g positive approx per strobe.) I have noticed however that the official inon ones have side slits for more effective cooling/radiation etc, whereas others like the nauticam version (for example) don’t as far as I can see. Whilst you are underwater the strobes are kept cooler, but wondering if anyone has an opinion either way? http://www.inon.jp/_src/22363/strobe_cover_dz.jpg Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. I did have a zoom gear from deep shots for one of my lenses as nauticam didn’t do it at the time. Quality is fairly good. Only irritation was that you had to use a baby Allen key to tighten the zoom gear to the lens unlike the nauticam ones. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. Up until recently I've been using a variety of ball clamps on my rig; some recycled from previous setup and some second hand. Despite a thorough cleaning and soaking every time I've used them a lot of salt corrosion has built up, although some was present on the second hand ones I purchased anyway (and can clearly be seen on the clamps) plus some were becoming hard to tighten down. I've treated myself to some new nauticam ones and strobe attachments, but I'll need to get 4-5 more to replace all of them. Anyway I noted on ebay recently that you can get several 4-6 1" ball clamps from the far east for the price of 1-2 nauticam ones. Whilst I certainly appreciate the adage of "you get what you pay for"; I have to ask if people think that the "branded" clamps are worth it vs the generic cheaper ones?
  6. I've been diving until recently using the oly 9-18mm lens and port; and within its limitations its not a bad lens; true its not as crisp as some of the newer ones on the market but its at a decent price point and not as expensive as the 8mm fisheyes or the 7-14mm. Work within your budget! I've recently purchased a secondhand fisheye lens myself and look forward to taking it in for its inaugural dive and seeing how it compares.
  7. I had my honeymoon out in bali/Indonesia and took my underwater setup out in a think tank back pack - no problems what so ever except for on the flight back through Kuala Lumpur when the security guard took exception to my tiny (and I do mean tiny) set of allen keys which I had forgotten to put in my hold luggage (so he confisicated them on the premise that I could do something dangerous with them - longest was about 2 inches long).. So my advice - make sure any tools you have packed go into hold luggage!
  8. Just received my copy on Saturday. Only had a chance to have a brief peruse, but looks really good.. looking forward to trying out some of the techniques mentioned.. now as long as the 10-15m viz they keep mentioning for Plymouth keeps up for the rest of the month!
  9. It was 5m we had a minute to go on safety stop. He had about 70 bar or so. Plenty at that depth. What I meant was that we couldn't have hung around for 20 mins to get the perfect shot. I took 4 fast shots in the time before we ascended.. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Both good points. My buddy was having some issues with the reel and was also on a single tank only so didn't really have sufficient gas to hang around too long unfortunately. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Took these last weekend on our deco stop.. I've not done a bad job lighting up the jelly, but apart from bringing my buddy in closer to get better exposure, what else needs improvement? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. When I went to Indonesia recently I took a think tank commuter bag which swallowed my full micro 4/3 rig (EM-10) plus twin strobes. I had the camera and lenses in a small separate bag as allowed. Sailed through customs as all points, no issues apart from losing my Allen keys to security in Kuala Lumpur! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. A few of the images I managed to take on the dives during my recent honeymoon, sorry there isn't too many, but I only managed 5 dives, and it was the first time I have used this setup in warm/light seas, so it took a while to get used to the light levels compared to the UK! http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160512/53d6186eef4d1e35528b37f5f80efc76.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160512/83e3e153a7607801cb00947aa04570be.jpghttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160512/1ef1babd54757fffcff6a05a83a51ede.jpg These were taken with a EM-10 and nauticam housing, twin z240 strobes and a mix of 9-18mm and 60mm lenses. Took me a while to get my eye in so plenty of room for improvement! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I've decided to add a carry lanyard to my rig, and been looking at the shackled attachments, these caught my eye however http://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-n8nyac/products/2461/images/2944/Nauticam-23cm-lanyard-mounting-plate__69629.1412693735.1280.1280.jpg?c=2 And I was wondering how the mounting plates attach? Do they go under the ball mounts in the flexitray/easitray handles? Or are the simply for DSLR cameras only (which have their own handles attached to the housing) Ps and yes I know I could rig a lanyard myself as well! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I'm off to Indonesia/Bali in a few weeks for my honeymoon, and will be indulging in 5-6 dives while I'm there. The wife to be will even be doing a try dive! I wasn't going to bother taking my underwater camera gear until she brought it up - suggested that I'd probably regret it if I didn't and that we might not be back that way for a while- hence it would be worth taking. In the UK I pack it all away into a large Peli case which stands up nicely to hardboats/car travel etc, and have a nice AO cooler bag for use on the RHIBs. Neither of these will be suitable for safely (and discretly) transporting gear around the world due to weight/insufficient protection. I'm looking at either a Think Tank Airport Essentials Backpack, or a an Airport Commuter to carry the majority of my gear. I'm liking their stuff as I have a mirrorless mover for the camera itself on land and think its very well thought out. I'm traveling with Nauticam EM-10 housing + flexitray/twin handle 2 x 5 inch arms, 2 x 3" arms 6 clamps 2 x inon z240 strobes small box of tools/filters etc 9-18mm port + gear 9-18mm WA lens 14-42mm lens + gear 60mm macro lens 150mm lens EM-10 Camera + charger etc I'm considering breaking some of this down so that the arms, tools, clamps and tray/handles all travel in my main checked baggage - they are all solid/not delicate so no risk of damage. The camera and the lenses will travel in the mirrorless mover (as a separate camera bag appears allowable in addition to your cabin baggage). This leaves Nauticam EM-10 housing 2 x inon z240 strobes 9-18mm port + gear 14-42mm port + gear According to Garuda (who I'm travelling on for some internal flights, my baggage size can't be more than 7kg, 56cm (L) x 36cm (W) x 23cm (D). Think tank states that either of the two bags fits within these limits, although there is a bit of a weight difference and having been stung before, I've no wish to pass weight limits. Do people think that I can get away with the essentials bag? or the commuter might be a better option? Opinions from owners will be most welcome.
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