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Kraken de Mabini

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About Kraken de Mabini

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    UW photography, design UW custom gizmos

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D500, D7100, D800E, Olympus TG4 & 5
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    Nauticam NA500, Subal ND800, Olympus TG 058
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    Sea&Sea YS D2J, two - Sola lights, three
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  1. A good place to look is Reef Photo, you can buy over the web. https://reefphoto.com/pages/search-results?q=ikelite 1” ball mount Reef also has the other parts you are looking for. Good luck!
  2. Maybe your Sea&Sea YS-D2 strobes fires only at max power for the following reason: The flash tube has three electric wires, one positive and one negative at each end, and a trigger wire in the middle. The trigger is a high voltage electric pulse of varying duration, and it is the duration that determines the flash light intensity. The duration of the pulse is controlled by an electronic circuit which includes the step knob and circuits on the back of the strobe, a second step-up transformer and a special strobe transistor. To replace a defective part requires the strobe to be opened and taken apart - detailed and time consuming work. A part of this circuit may be defective. Defects in this same circuit may be why the YS-D2 strobes, made in China, suffered from burned or shattered flash tubes. Sea&Sea no longer supports these repairs nor provides replacement parts. The replacement strobe, the YS-D2J is made in Japan and hopefully no longer has these problems. Here is the Wetpixel World List of Strobe Repair sites: https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/64815-world-list-of-uw-camera-housing-and-strobe-repair-sites/ If you find somebody to repair your YS-D2 strobe, please post his name and address here so we can all benefit.
  3. One strobe Sold! One YS D2000 strobe sill available as of October 16, 2019 Inon D2000 Strobe, in excellent, barely used condition, with original box and accessories including Strobe Manuals, standard diffuser screen plus red spotting light stickers, spare O-ring and silicone lubricant. Each includes a one inch Inon ball mount and an Inon coiled fiberoptic cable. Never flooded, the battery contacts are shiny new. The D2000 is the junior brother to the Z240, weighs a bit less, with a fiberoptic cable connector and 20 GN guide number. My eBay rating is 100% buyer satisfaction. Please feel free to ask questions via PM. Paypal $279- $13 -US shipping, $20- to other countries.
  4. A simple extender for the PT-058 Mode button can be made from a short length of Tygon tube, 12 mm id. It fits tightly on the Mode button. Four 6 mm holes drilled near the tube's top to roughen it for easy turning.
  5. Hello, Scotzh: I too service my own equipment, saves a lot of time and money, you are right. I serviced the D800 Sea&Sea housing of a friend, it was very easy. I recall the buttons are retained by E clips. They are removed by prying them with a small screw driver, replaced by holdng them in place with silicon grease, and clamped in with needle nose pliers. It is important to photo and make notes of everything first to guide you. Work on a nappy towel so things don't run away. Cleaning is simple, use a rag and silicon grease. Inspect all O rings closely, replace any defective ones. To replace O rings, measure them with a caliper, as O-ring dimensions are defined by the cross section (CS) and the inside diameter (ID). I use the O Ring Store, they give excellent service, most reasonable prices. https://www.theoringstore.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=368_12 For vacuum checking, it is a real good idea to buy a vacuum leak detector. I use the Vivid Sentinel Vacuum Leak Detector, V5, works like a charm. Bluewater Photo https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/ or Vivid sells it, https://www.vividhousings.com/leak-sentinel.php. I highly recommend it as it has saved me from flooding my camera several times. About replacing springs, etc. usually the little parts are intact and can be reused. Another thought: Is there a dive club or better an underwater photo club near you? It is a real good idea to join one and attend regularly, lovely people and useful information. ==
  6. Let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater, and weigh the facts of each situation. If a strobe is working OK, regardless of its make and model, keep on using it, why not? If the brand has served us well, continue with it when buying a new strobe. The Sea&Sea YS-D1 does have a poor track record, but that is for just some individual strobes, not all. If a YS-D1 is still shooting after five or so years, it is a good performer, so it makes sense to treat it as such. Sea&Sea did have rough spell, but the recognized the problem and corrected it satisfactorily. That leaves open the question of what Sea&Sea should have done about defective individual strobes. Some of us feel that a complete restitution was and is indicated. But that may not have been financially possible for the company, as they had to relocate from China to Japan, a big expensive move. Plus strobe makers are living in different business environment, one that varies from country to country. Difficult call. How far can a company guarantee and warrant a product that functions underwater and is subject to many kinds of damage, often damage from operator error? To my knowledge, strobes are warranted for one year, and only if they are purchased from an authorized distributor. But service by the company should be available. To cite a related example, Nikon provides excellent service for its cameras. I mail my camera to them with a letter, receive a reply within 2 weeks: yes Nikon can fix it, no they can't, and I am happy with Nikon, as at least they responded and tried their best. The strobe companies and their representatives could do the same: accept the strobe for inspection, reply with their evaluation. Repair parts and working diagrams should be readily available, both to distributors and users, they way automobile parts are. For an uw strobe to be repairable requires the strobe to be designed appropriately. Current strobes, such as Inon's, have internals that can only be replaced as a block, making the repair cost prohibitive. The flash tubes also need to be tougher and longer lasting, and the battery compartment needs to be really sealed off from the electronic compartment, limiting flood damage to the batteries. This is not asking too much, for example, Ikelite strobes are designed and famous for a trouble-free, long service life.
  7. The Sea&Sea YS-D1 and -D2 strobes have received a lot of bad publicity because they were made in China with at times cheap and defective parts. S&S has learned its lesson and now they are made in Japan as the YS-D2J, to solve the problem, as we all know. Unfortunately, bad news about the older YS-D1 adn 2 strobes keeps on surfacing, maybe just in small numbers, but it keeps the bad publicity alive. As there is no strobe registry or similar to follow their performance, there is no way to gather statistics, consequently most strobe opinions we hear about are venting of frustrations and bad experiences. Kevin Palmer's opinion, quoted in my post, is based on his daily, professional dealings with clients, some of whom may have purchased a strobe that later gave trouble from his store, and with the manufacturers who no longer provide repair parts. I do not envy him the experience. So far most UW strobes have been limited to being flash guns, maybe a bit more. Recently I have read that some newly available strobes, such as the ONE-UW from Italy, with two internal microprocessors, one for TTL and strobe management, another for power management, deliver performances that are said to be pretty amazing. The new Retras, once they appear, may also be smart performers, let us wait and see.
  8. Hello, my Paypal account is 68.elias@gmail.com I will mail as soon as payment is received. Please give me your mailing information via Paypal or here. Thank you, Elias
  9. Inon Fiber Optic Cables, new. Two unused coiled cables, in box, with one Inon terminal for the strobe's flash sensor and one Sea&Sea terminal for the camera's housing. In perfect new condition. Each $35, both $64. $9 US shipping, $14 other countries. My eBay rating is 100% buyer satisfaction. Paypal. Please feel free to ask questions via PM.
  10. F.S.: Two Inon D2000 Strobes, in excellent, barely used condition, with original box and accessories including Strobe Manuals, standard diffuser screen plus red spotting light stickers, spare O-rings and silicone lubricant. Each includes a one inch Inon ball mount and an Inon coiled fiberoptic cable. Never flooded, the battery contacts are shiny new. The D2000 is the junior brother to the Z240, weighs a bit less, with a fiberoptic cable connector and 20 GN guide number. My eBay rating is 100% buyer satisfaction. Please feel free to ask questions via PM. Paypal $299 one strobe or $580 both strobes $15 US shipping, $25 to other countries.
  11. Just a few days ago Kevin Palmer of ReefPhoto in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida emailed me this: "We do repair strobes when there are parts. The YS-D1 is worth about zero dollars. Sea & Sea doesn't support it, doesn't have parts - and it was a very unreliable strobe when new, so there is really no interest in those at all. Sea & Sea doesn't even want to support their made-in-China version of the YS-D2 even though it has the same parts and all the same problems as the YS-D2J." The Sea&Sea battery cover has a seal that can blow when the batteries get wet and release gas, this may explain your second flood. The contacts and the rotary switches corrode, and malfunction. Access to the contacts & switches requires removing all of the strobe's circuits, a major undertaking. It all adds up to a new strobe, such as the Sea&Sea YS-D2J or Inon D200 or Z330.
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