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Everything posted by makar0n

  1. Errrm, apart from the fact that perhaps you should consider the fact I am EU based and not US, and here original Loc-Line can cost easily up to 15 Euro a segment, 6$ is actually about 5.27 Euro according to today's exchange rate....so should I raise the price ? Besides I am always open to reasonable offers.
  2. Thanks a lot for the tips Paolo. Yeah, Lembeh will be hard to match. Looking more for a bit of both worlds location, so one can do a bit of wa, bit of macro and so on...if there is something bigger (especially flying things, since I am fixated on these) then great. Well let's see, can always go back to Komodo Alternatively Dumaguete looks interesting, though tad hard to get to. And your octopus has definitely 80s vibe
  3. Coming! ...just give me about half a year (or more...) till I move there
  4. Hi Paolo, Thanks for sharing your experiences. And great pics! Those loopy fishies round teh pier do look funny As we are trying to decide where to go for our next trip.....how are other, non wide angles looking like there ? Any significant macro to speak of? Any signs of rays/mantas or other weird flying creatures ? Cheers, Martin
  5. come on, surly you need to build yourself a DYI tripod
  6. Original Loc-line flex arms, size 3/4. Bought for a DYI underwater project, but this seems not to be happening no more, hence all for sale Have a whole box of them - 54 pieces, 7 segments each. Total 25 feet, if you feel like constructing a giant octopus... Each segment is about 6 inch/15 cm long or so. Price - 5 Euro per segment + postage. Open to negotiations if you need more than 10. Shipping from Belgium. Pickup welcome if you are in Brussels. Any questions, please ask.
  7. Was using mine in manual as well, when i had the issue, barely last week. My trigger takes two CR2450 batteries, and has two LEDs, so somehow assume one was getting the right charge, while the other was just emitting a weak light. Think Inon adjusts the light output based on a signal somehow. You can ask Pavel Kolpakov, he is a guru if it comes to strobe triggers. Initially, one strobe was sometimes flashing sometimes not. After noticing red light on the trigger, I have then changed one (out of 2) batteries (in flash trigger) for a new one (only had one with me...), and it was working fine. After a few dives the older battery (2nd one) got a bit exhausted as well, with trigger flashing red again. Strobe, while it was still working, was emitting visibly weaker light, despite being on manual and the same settings as the other one. After i've exchanged the older battery as well, for a one salvaged from a spare Suunto, issue went away immediately.
  8. now this is something new...well, glory to the potato, one can eat it, make alcohol from it, now it will even clean your mask! All hail the mighty potato! ...inexaustible supply, always carried with you, no plastic bottles involved and fully organic - spit.
  9. Might sound silly but did you check the "Advanced Cancel Circuit Switch" ? it sometimes get stuck if you have a salt build-up. Also, are you using a flash trigger ? If so check the batteries. First time i've had a similar issue it was the salt thingie. Recently had it again, ever more pronounced, and it turned out flash trigger batteries were low, which caused one strobe not to receive full signal. Good luck!
  10. ...and my 5 cents: Manfrotto BumbleBee 220 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO2SnpkG-58) Been using it for years now, and it works very well. Good quality, and thanks to being a backpack, and of a smaller appearance it usually does not attract any attention at the check in Easily fits into the overhead lockers or under the seat. As for all the crap inside: -Nauticam GH4 housing + 6" dome + 4.33" fisheye dome + 45 macro port + housing handles -2 Sola lights + charger -2 dive computers -2 Inon Z-240s -Mares torch -Z-Bolt laser -CMC-1 -2 lenses 45 and 12-35 -misc crap - pump, Nauticam tool, o-rings, 5 sets of Eneloops, some paperwork, camera charger, usb cables, strobe ball mounts, extra ball mounts for housing, fiber optic cables, 3 pairs of diffusers, yellow filters etc -13" laptop Basically most of the stuff..only things that travel separately are: GH4 body + 7-14, 8,14-140 + 2 fluro filters (small camera bag, over the shoulder), clamps, floats, arms, dyi snoot, AA battery charger (main suitcase) Total weight round 12 kg, and that is including a laptop. Again, since it looks smallish, nobody bothers to check it. Once got pulled by some overzealous SwissPort employee, but as soon as the nearby Garuda rep arrived and heard it is a UW camera, it was immediately waved through, no further questions asked. Never flew via US though so dunno about the famous TSA... Pics attached (took out two plastic bags with some paperwork, o-rings and tool, that usually are on top of the pile)
  11. Now that is some alien thing...didnt even realized they glow Thanks for the pics. Lee 101 indeed looks most balanced. Curious about spring yellow 100 though, kinda like this neonish green. Judging by the wavelength, seems it lets a bit blue in..now if only I can find a glass equivalent...
  12. How did you find them? Worth their price ? And that is some fatso seahorsie
  13. Glad somebody found it useful You might want to email Scubalamp and check the wavelength of the blue light...just to make sure it does excite the right spectrum in connection with teh filters. Filter wise, did you consider Wratten 8,9 or 12? There is quite a few on ebay US, rather cheapish. Good luck and have fun! And post your findings when you are back - dyi fluro guide in teh making
  14. Knock knock dear admins....we could really use a DYI forum section
  15. m4/3 user here (so no need for a SLR trigger ), but that is some great design You might want to perhaps share it in the "Lights, Strobes, and Lighting Technique" - in classifieds it will disappear pretty quickly off the "front" page... Also, if you are trying to sell it, perhaps a guidance price would be useful for all the folks out there.
  16. Assume you are talking about mini flash trigger ?Is the light going off at the strobe itself ? Firstly, is your cable good enough (i.e. ideally one of the 613 strands ones)? Not all cables will carry enough light to actually trigger the strobe, LED trigger emits less light than an internal camera flash. Myself had to actually buy new fiber optic cables,as old ones would not work with a LED trigger. Also, don't forget the preflash cancellation button if using Z-240s/330s..though strobe needs to fire first of course
  17. Barmaglot has pretty much listed all the differences above, but if you want to have a detailed side by side comparison of all parameters, check dpreview website - they have a great comparison engine. Direct link for RX100 & IV comparison below: https://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=sony_dscrx100m3&products=sony_dscrx100m4
  18. Hi, Yeah it is still for sale....I am actually heading to your part of the world next week so perhaps even shipping would be much easier
  19. Afraid not...Nauticam connector is smaller than the Inon one...Had the same idea...hence I have this cable now
  20. bumpity bump bump..open to offers
  21. aaaand sold to a gentleman from a port wine country
  22. To give you some idea about DIvemaster Insurance - was using them for about 2 (or 3 ..memory is not that good no more) years, back when I was living in UK. They were pretty much the only option for me, since I was living in a flat share for a while hence 99% of home insurance providers would refuse to cover anything (....pissed me right off as M&S home insurance cost next to nothing and covered (at least back then) all the UW camera use..) Anyway, back to Divemaster - so premium is about 7.5% on the camera stuff, however the camera insurance is only possible as an add-on to the normal dive equipment Can get pricey depending on the stuff you insure but they do regularly post 10% off codes via newsletter/ sometimes FB (i.e. Easter, Christmas, bank holidays, dive shows etc). There is also always working 5% discount if you go via link on this website http://www.divetheazores.com/insurance.html As for the claims: Towards the end of a Carriacou trip 2 years ago, had that great pleasure of watching a these lovely bubbles coming out of my housing and the whole thing turning into a rather expensive spirit level... Reported as soon as I was back in UK as "unexplained flooding", no questions asked, all accepted fine (though had to send both housing and body for inspection). Since my housing at the time was tad old and they could not find it in the shops no more, they briefly suggested sending me a 2 generations newer one as replacement but then turned out I have insured it at a slightly lower value so wasn't not enough (1.5k vs 2k needed - my fault though). They didn't allow for me covering that 500 shortfall in cash sadly. Got offered an option of a cash settlement (though price of a used one, and not full insured value, i.e. not 1,5k) or getting it professionally serviced (fully rebuilt). Went with the 2nd option, housing came back in better condition that it was new, so was rather happy Camera body wise - again they could not find a new one, hence they let me choose one from fleabay, and then refunded without any problems. Whole process took about 2 months though with me having to nudge once or twice via email. One thing to note, since the whole episode of UK banning all electronic items from the hand luggage on flights from Egypt etc - they will NOT cover photo stuff in the checked in luggage (ie cover only till a rather small limit that is, way below any decent camera/laptop etc setup value) All of this was in 2016 though...so dunno about now. Stopped using them at some point as decided better so save insurance money myself as it started getting expensive after a few gear upgrades. Dunno if they cover non UK residents / citizens though....
  23. Great idea! What did you use to mount the ball base to loc line if you don't mind me asking? Was it NPT connector with the thread sawed off ? Do you reckon 3/4 will just fit the ball base "inside" ? (i.e no NPT connector needed) Edit - just found those http://www.divervision.com/howshot-ball-adapter-for-loc-line-3-4inch-flex-arm-AD-LC34.html Hmm seems to be all in one Aaand edit 2 - re the first question - was that NPT fixed base connector ?
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