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About Kraken de Mabini

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  • Birthday 01/01/1871

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    UW photography, design UW custom gizmos

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D500, D7100, D7200. Olympus TG4 & 5
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    Subal ND7100, Olympus TG 058
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z240, two -
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  1. Hi, if you contact Linda Blanchard at OCUPS.org, she may have the forms and/or some suggestions, as she is the President of the Orange County Underwater Photo Society. https://www.ocups.org/index.php/contact-us Bill VanAntwerp, a frequent contributor to these pages, is the President of the Los Angeles Underwater Photo Society, and maybe he too can provide suggestions or forms. https://www.laups.org/index.php Good luck!
  2. For the Nauticam 45 viewfinder I got the Inon viewfinder mounting ring NA-33107 from Backscatter, as Isotta and Inon use the same size viewfinder hole in their housings. (The Isotta viewfinder hole is too small for Subal viewfinders) But please do not take my word for this, first talk with Backscatter, they are most helpful and -professional (as is Reef Photo in Florida.) - - - I have had pleasant experiences dealing with Eliza at Isotta, prompt professional replies. I took my Isotta apart, (I take everything apart except my cameras) and put it together again, no problems, it is really easy to maintain. Cheers
  3. My experience with viewfinders is with Isotta, Subal and Nauticam housings. For all three housings, the view with the "small" optical viewfinder is quite limited and 'hard to use', as it can be difficult to find and frame the subject, not enjoyable. In contrast, the large view finders, straight-180 and 45 degrees, are a pleasure to use, and well worth the cost.
  4. https://reefci.com/island-accommodation/ looks neat, I will have to look further into it, maybe can travel there w.o. too much Covid hassle.
  5. Regarding Nauticam vs Isotta housings, I had a Nauticam for my Nikon D800, a fine housing but requires an expert to service. I then switched to a Subal, also a fine housing but a bit expensive, and now have an Isotta housing. The Isotta is easy to use, and has the added advantages of lower price and is quite easy to take apart to service the buttons and levers, the Isotta staff reply promptly to inquiries. I intend to keep the Isotta housing.
  6. Interesting point about the white balance, it would have taken me a while to realize I had to reset it. Please, what Kelvin value did you use?
  7. Regarding Crystal Blue Resort in Anilao, Mike Bartick flew back to Manila some days ago, spent 10 days in quarantine, and now should be at the Resort getting it ready for the time when the Philippines open to visitors again. The critters should be really good, unless the locals have depleted the fish while the divers have been absent. Personally, after almost a 2 year absence, I can't wait to dive there again.
  8. Backscatter sells it for $299 and the snoot for $49.99. It has no TTL that I can see, maybe that is why it has a low price relative to other strobes. DivePhotoGuide says: '"OI has announced it is joining the select club of underwater strobe makers with the launch of its first flash unit—the Ultra Compact Strobe Q1 (UCS-Q1). According to AOI, the entry-level strobe is designed with simplicity in mind, and offers only manual control of flash power and features just two buttons and one knob. The Q1 features a built-in 700-lumen continuous light with three power settings, which can be used for macro photography, as a focus light, and as a dive torch. It also offers a modeling flash function, which fires a short burst of flashes to help users aim and position the strobe as desired—especially useful when using a snoot. The strobe has a non-removable ball arm and comes with a diffuser, which provides a beam angle of 85 degrees. The strobe requires two rechargeable 18650 lithium batteries. Available in black or white, the AOI Ultra Compact Strobe Q1 has an MSRP of $300 and is shipping soon." References: 1. https://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-photography-scuba-ocean-news/aoi-announces-q1-ultra-compact-strobe 2. www.aoi-uw.com, www.facebook.com/AoiUw or aoi-underwater on Wechat.
  9. Congratulations! All three photos are excellent, #2 is outstanding, my favorite. I will try to use natural light on my next mid-day dive. Please post more photos as you take them.
  10. Hi, I agree with Padimsdt, with a minor difference. When I started it 10 years ago, it was with Ikelite strobes and housing, they were a bit heavy, difficult to use and triggered with electric cables. After leak and cable problems, I switched to Sea & Sea and Inon strobes with fiber optic cables, wow! so much easier, tougher and problem free! Same with the housing, I switched to Subal and now Isotta housings, both great, simplified my life and allowed me to concentrate on taking pictures. (Nauticam is also a super housing, but requires professional servicing, while Isotta and Subal can be serviced by the user, a big saving when the time comes). But on the simpler side, the Olympus Tough camera and its housing take amazingly good photos, are a great way to start with no regrets and later on can be a great back up camera, I gave mine to a lovely lady who for the past four years has been taking excellent photos with it, even used it to document her discovery of a new nudibranch in Ambon, Indonesia. Good luck!
  11. Back in 2017 Pavel Kolpakov had some suggestions on trouble shooting the YS-D1 strobe (1) This flashing strobe sounds like the trigger photo-transistor or the high voltage transistor circuit that closes the xenon flash circuit is defective. Replacement should be relatively easy, except that the insides of the strobe are tightly packed with circuit boards and delicate wires, which makes the repair tricky and uncertain, and justifiably expensive. As the YS-D1 dates from early 2012, it might be better to buy a new strobe or two, as quite a lot has been learned since then about how to design and build strobes. 1. https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/59936-troubleshooting-ys-d1-sea-and-sea-strobe/
  12. The problem probably may be in the camera, or less so in the S&S optical converter. Remove the camera and go thru the Menu check all items, particularly the Flash menu, and check each item carefully, particularly the External Flash Function. Now set the camera to Auto, one exposure, and try it, then Manual, one exposure, and try it. Examine the flash hot shoe, make sure all the contacts are very clean with nothing stuck between them. Same for the optical converter hot shoe plug, check that the contacts are clean and shiny. While you are at it, it won't hurt to check all the batteries, fully charged with no leaks or corrosion. If the multi flash persists, remove the camera from the housing, attach an external flash and take some shots to see if it flashes once per shot. If not, take the camera to a shop. If the camera flashes once per shot as it should, but when connected to the S&S converter, the converter flashes multi times, the problem is in the converter. A Sea&Sea agent should know what to do. Let us know what happens. Good luck!
  13. Another charming piece of magic, congratulations, and thank you for all your artistic work.
  14. A pleasure to watch. No divers makes it even better. A bit more dolphins would have been nice. Super video all around!
  15. Lovely video, congratulations! I like that there are no divers in it to spoil the scene.
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