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  1. I wasn't sure, so I grabbed my TG-6 and experimented. YUP - when you turn the flash off in A mode with minimum speed (I had 1/125) and maximum ISO (I had 400), it ignores you completely. I just took a 4second shot of my keyboard. :-) I suppose it's not totally unexpected - the shot would have been totally black if the settings had been honored. What I do find most disappointing is how "crummy" the manual is for the TG-6. I understand if this was the "user manual" and there was a more detailed "expert manual" or "technical manual", but the manual you download is all there is for the camera. I found two other horrible omissions in the manual: 1. It says nothing about what aperatures are ACTUALLY available in A mode. It also says NOTHING about how displayed aperature changes when you zoom. You can figure it out pretty quickly, but only 3 f-stops when first turned on? (2, 2.8, 8). Really? 2. It also says NOTHING about how to attain 1cm focus in A mode. If you just turn the dial to A and then switch from auto-focus to macro-focus, it doe NOT focus to 1cm. More like 2in. I had to read about zooming to 1.2X in order to activate the 1cm focus. It's weird to have to do that in the first place (why?) but not to mention it at all in the manual is just terrible. I love the camera, but am really disappointed in the manual. -R
  2. Ikelite strobe items for sale; prices shown below. Available individually or can be purchased together. All items in good condition and working when last used. Ikelite dual sync cord - Nikonos digital to 2xIkelite 4104.32 $190CDN or $145USD Ikelite Optical Slave Converter 4403 $125CDN or $95USD Ikelite EV Controller 4100.6 $150CDN or $115USD Buyer pays shipping from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada and any payment fees. Paypal or interac transfer accepted.
  3. Strobe, Arm & Cord Package: Ikelite DS51 Strobe, sync cord, ball mount & arms $725CDN or $550USD Ikelite DS51 Strobe (4044.1), comes with diffuser, 1" ball mount and manual Ikelite single sync cord (Ikelite-Ikelite ends, 4103.51) Ikelite 5" strobe arm, two clamps & long quick-mount ball Everything is in excellent condition. Strobe never flooded. Willing to sell individually only if package does not sell first. DS51 Strobe $450CDN or $345USD Arm set $175CDN or $130USD (includes Ikelite quick-mount ball) Sync cord $100CDN or $75USD Buyer pays shipping from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada and any payment fees. Paypal or interac transfer accepted.
  4. The G7 Mk III was just announced this week. As for your question, I have been diving a G16 with Ikelite TTL housing for several years now. I quite love it, though I am not as fond of the corded TTL. I swapped another camera system to Inon Z240s and optical sync and am much happier. I looked at the G7 as well as the G9. They are almost the same camera (sensor, electronics, etc) but the G7 is considered to have a much better lens than the G9. It's also a bit 'thicker' than the G9 as a result. I don't like the G7 housings as they all have the oval port, which I dislike from a purely aesthetics standpoint. Also pure personal opinion, but I really do NOT want a touchscreen in my UW camera. Reading the reviews for the G9 & G7, it works (RecSea housing), but it's really fiddly to set up the first time, or so the reviews say. I ended up going with the Olympus TG-6 and PT-059 housing because it was so small. The TG-6 is the same native resolution (megapixels etc) as the G16, which was plenty good enough for me. I went for it based 100% on size (and cost, but that was incidental). So far after first dive I quite like it. I'm happy with my purchase (bought July 4, arrived July 9, 1st dive July 13).
  5. Quick update: Within 24 hours of my tech support email about Luminar3, I got a reply with a link to an actual windows (.msi) installer. That worked perfectly. I started looking at Luminar3 due to an emailed deal that was slightly better than 50% of the standard price, which also hit my personal "sweet spot" for stuff I'll buy just to try it out. After playing with the trial version for a little while, I bought the full version at the sale price. The good news is that because Luminar3 is updated very regularly, the latest version (May 2019) easily imported my Olympus TG-6 raw images. Sweet. As I still have LR6 (full purchase) and now Luminar3, I'll post any findings/thoughts as I start to use it and get a better sense of how it compares to LR6.
  6. New price: $160 USD. Same terms as original post.
  7. I'm using LR 6 (purchase) and to this point have loved it. Sadly, it won't import raw files from my new camera - the Olympus TG-6. I tried installing the raw camera update, but that seems to have been totally ignored. Finally I installed the latest raw converter and converted all the raw images to DNG and was able to import them into LR 6. But - I don't consider that ideal. Today I got an email offering me Luminar 3 for a pretty good "one time & forever" price. I'm tempted. Some on-line comparisons show the latest (May 2019) version is a pretty good compeditor for LR. Sadly, the trial I downloaded won't install. I have a call (email really) in to their tech support but so far it's not a promising start.
  8. Canon A570IS plus Ikelite 6140.57 housing. Housing has never flooded. Comes as shown with housing flash diffuser and manuals for both camera and housing. Includes one Panasonic 4G SD card. $200 USD. Shipping (from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada) not included in price.
  9. Yea. Turns out the TG-6 & housing is substantially less expensive as well if I buy it from the right place.
  10. 1mm... In what universe? Fantasea FG9X: 6.18 x 4.57 x 4.1” 157 x 116 x 103 mm Fantasea FG7X: 6.3 x 4.33 x 4.92” 160 x 110 x 125 mm FG7X is therefore 3mm longer, 6mm shorter, 22mm thinner. (almost an inch thinner) Thinner does make a difference to me. This is in the comparison specs found on Fantasea's site: http://www.fantasea.com/downloads/UW_Compacts_Cameras_Housings_ComparisonHighlight.pdf
  11. ChrisRoss, Thanks. Sadly I'm nowhere near a camera store, and land use is not the goal. Typically my UW cameras almost never get land use - I have dedicated land cameras for that. :-) Here's where I'm at at the moment: The G7X is arguably the much better camera (lens, focus/F-stop/zoom) than the Gx9, but all the pictures and videos of the Fantasea housings show the G7X housing is honkin' large compared to the G9X housing and the Olympus + housing. While the G7X is arguably superior to the G16, I have a complete G16/Ikelite TTL rig with dual handle trays, DS51 and Sola1200 for video. It's perfectly good for when I'm scootering adn can't/won't take the Canon 7D / Nauticam rig. The problem is that scootering with the G16 is still a pain - the camera is clipped off to a chest d-ring and even moving it out of the slipstream, it bangs about and slows me down compared to my buddy with similar gear but a Canon S95 /Ikelite housing. That thing is much smaller and easier to carry. I've used the G16 rig with scooter for three years now (more before the scooter) and it's ... OK. I managed to prop-foul the sync cord twice when I was getting used to the scooter, but not in a long time now. Again, it works - it's just really bulky. I've also taken go-pro clones either mounted on the scooter (from awful to acceptable depending on mount location) and also on a video tray I have (with the SOLA on a short loc-line). That was better for slipstream, but the gopro is a terrible photo camera, IMO. Fine video, but even there I'd rather use the G16 HD than gopro HD, just for the lens quality. I run the G16 (and the 7D) in macro mode all the time. Our water is so... mucky that I only get a couple of wider-angle shots per year. I've also got a close-up lens for the G16 but that makes it even MORE bulky, so I don't take it... pretty much ever. I like the size of the Olympus housing, and the overall price of the kit. But the camera performance isn't really "there" for 2019, and the housing is not as deep rated (I do take things to 150ft+ on occasion). I like the size of the G9X housing MUCH better than the G7X housing (it's really close to "big" territory) but acknowledge the G7X is the superior camera. Fortunately, as I do have a decent scootering camera now (just not 'optimal'), I can always simply wait for the next generation "best thing".
  12. Yea... The funny thing is looking at both Fantasea housings, I like the one for the G9X much better than the one for the G7X. Really minor things, but a definite impression nonetheless. The G7X is definitely the superior camera, but it's a bit larger, and a lot of the features I won't be using. For PNW, I need very good to excellent low-light focus, macro close-up focussing and 1080p video. I do have a wet lens for super macro, but I prefer simple close focus most of the time. You don't have to get all that close to a wolf eel to have it fill the frame. :-)
  13. Thanks very much to those who replied to my previous thread asking about Olympus TG-6 vs. TG-5. The comments got me thinking and I have a new question... First - basically I'm a Canon camera person since forever (well, the mid-1970's anyway). From film to digital I've used Canon. My underwater rigs include a Canon A570IS (Ikelite housing), then Canon G16(Ikelite TTL housing) and now a Canon 7D (Nauticam housing). I love them all but only dive the G16 and 7D now. However, both are quite bulky. There's no way I'm scootering with the 7D. Even the G16 is very bulky and has considerable drag when scootering. Which is why I asked about the new TG-6. Except... the pixels & sensor size is pretty small for 2019. In my prior thread I was advised to look at the G7X. I've looked at the G7X, and that led to the G9X. Both are almost identical cameras, though the G7X has better zoom, aperature and costs more, especially in $CDN. The G9X is smaller. I can get the G9X with a Fantasea housing for essentially the same price as the TG-6 and Olympus housing. It looks like the G9X is superior in most ways except the microscope mode and lack of 4K video. Though I do a lot of video, in the murky pacific northwest 4K is almost lost. I have a 4K gopro and it's hard to tell the video from my older 1080P gopro video. But - for $400 more I can get the G7X in a Fantasea housing. So - question: which would you choose for very compact camera - G7X (Fantasea), G9X (Fantasea) or TG-6 with Olympus housing? Again, thanks in advance.
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