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Everything posted by ChrisRoss

  1. The Hassleblad will have only a basic X-sync I'm assuming through a PC terminal contact, so you'll need a flash you can trigger via an electrical sync cable . You would need to hunt around perhaps to find a bulkhead cable to connect up the camera. Once you have that any strobe should be fine as long as you can connect with an electrical sync cable . Some of the electric sync to optical triggers will likely also work, you would just need the right cable to connect up properly. An INON Z330, one of the retras, an Ikelite - but they are quite large though are all possibilities. I'd suggest talking to one of the UW photo shops to find the right cables to connect. You are connecting to a camera that triggers using x-sync.
  2. This is also important - allowing drops to dry will leave marks I blow down and wipe down my housing with a large microfibre cloth.
  3. I think your biggest potential problem will be the strength of your threads, a 10m housing is probably not that thick? I am wondering if it might be better drill through and insert a threaded bush and secure this with a nut/washer on the inside? The housing is like this? https://aquatech.net/collections/water-housings-canon/products/elite-ii-5d3-for-canon-5d-mk-iii The difficult part might be preparing a flat surface for the o-ring seal, depending on what sort of equipment you have access to and to a certain extent the housing geometry and suitable areas to drill and tap. I'm wondering if drilling the flat back cover and tapping that might be better the surface is smooth compared to the slightly textured housing so might provide a better sealing surface?
  4. If you put the magnet in or push in the switch and lock then ACC is turned off and it will flash on both flash and pre-flash. If you leave the switch up them ACC is on and it is supposed to ignore the pre--flash. Its definition of ignore unfortunately is not what you might think - it ignores it as far as not doing anything about the exposure as a result of the pre-flash, however at least on my Z-240 it flashes on both the pre-flash and the main flash, I tested it just now by putting my camera/flash in second curtain sync mode and with a 1 second expsore I can clearly see the flash going off twice. So it appears you cannot stop it responding to the pre-flash.
  5. A good soaking for prevention. I normally keep mine covered with a towel so it doesn't dry out and put it in the sink when I get home for an hour's soak after a local dive. Getting water out of the buttons helps, if you press all the buttons before going in a drop of saltwater comes out - when you immerse it it is replaced by fresh. I press them all several times while it soaks. My INON strobes get the same, though the soaking water just doesn't get under the rim of the battery cap and even after an hour's soak still there.- I know because salt crystals will form if I don't change out the batteries straight away. Interestingly my INON torch which also has a screw on cap does not get water between the edge of the cap and the o-ring as when you screw it down the edge contacts and external o-ring - it's a great design - contaminants never seem to get in that gap so I can just screw it off change batteries and when I check there's never any dust, grit or hair on the sealing o-rings, so it goes straight back on.
  6. I would get this cable instead: https://www.backscatter.com/Inon-Optical-D-Cable-L-Type-17-in-With-Rubber-Fix The S&S plugs are easy to pull out and the one you linked uses an adapter to allow a S&S to plug into INON Screw fitting so can pull out. The one I linked has an INON screw fitting end so only the housing end uses a S&S plug fitting. Alternately you can order the cable bare and buy a right angle plug fitting for the cable. I prefer to use the old style large screw plug which is provided on this cable as well, you take apart the fitting to change the fitting. The L cable adapter is here: https://www.backscatter.com/Inon-Rubber-Bush-Typle-L You can use one for two cables if you like. I think it is also more secure than the straight double hole bushing. The advantage of these cable types is if the cable breaks at the plug you can trim the cable and re-assemble it. The moulded plugs on the cable you linked can't do this. You don't mention what housing you have - you might need an attachment to allow you to plug in fibre optics if the housing doesn't have it as standard. This is the one for a TG-6: https://www.backscatter.com/Olympus-PFCA-03-Optical-Fiber-Cable-Adapter You also need 6 clamps not 5 and do you have something to clip your carry lanyard to? this is one option: https://www.backscatter.com/Nauticam-Multi-Purpose-MP-Clamp-with-Shackle Ultrlight may have something similar.
  7. So it's like this one: https://www.nauticam.com/products/nauticam-to-sea-sea-dual-optical-fiber-cable But with INON connector plugs. First I would suggest shining a bright torch into the housing end connector and comparing brightness that way - this will eliminate housing end alignment issues. Do you have an LED trigger - confirming that is flashing as required is another step. If you are triggering by onboard flash, normally alignment would not be an issue. It looks like you can disassemble the end plugs at both ends, this would give you the opportunity to add a replacement cable if one of yours is defective. You can also purchase the connector plugs separately and possibly convert to twin cables. If the break is near the connector you should be able to disassemble, trim off the bad bit of cable and reconnect. Here is one source for connectors: http://www.reefwreckandcritter.com/fiber-optic-connectors--cables.html Googling should find others near your location.
  8. This is a classic problem of balancing flash and ambient exposure. First rule is maximum shutter speed up to your camera's flash sync limit, plus minimum ISO to allow you to pull back the exposure and avoid blowing out the sunburst. Stop down probably f11- 22 on a full frame to pull back exposure further , get your ambient exposure right within these guidelines first. This means you need plenty of flash power to light up your foreground subject. Shoot RAW - it gives you much more flexibility in handling highlights. Time of day matters too, it's easier to frame your foreground subject with the sunburst when the sun is lower in the sky. You can also look at placing the sun just outside the frame so you get the rays without the blown out sun itself. If you are shooting ambient with fish schools or something similar in silhouette, it's easier - just meter on the water away from the sunburst.
  9. There's going to be a improvement in sharpness between the 17-40 and 16-35 f4 but whether it's enough to lay down some cash compared to going diving only you can answer. I would think you would see some improvement, probably mainly in the corners. If you are into that sort of thing you can find lens sharpness tests online like here: https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=949&Camera=979&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=3&LensComp=100&CameraComp=979&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=3 On this site you mouse over to swap between the two lenses, or here: https://www.opticallimits.com/canon_eos_ff On this site you need to compare tests done on the same camera - numerical results are quite different on different cameras. You can that at f5.6 - 8 the new lens is much better , but both are quite close by f11 where you would probably shoot on full frame. The other but is what dome do you have - to get the best in the corners of a 16/17mm lens (assuming full frame) you need a big dome, probably a 230mm dome. In the centre the lenses seem to be quite close.
  10. When I was training to dive a few years back I was struck by the issues my instructors had with air transmitters constantly beeping and other issues which lead me to rely on an SPG. I don't find it a big deal to look at the gauge regularly. I find I know pretty much where it's going to be based on dive time from my wrist computer. I have an oceanic basic model and it's good enough for the diving I do.
  11. I agree, glass especially will remain intact and inert for many many years - about the same life span as any small rocks you might find and it does break it will convert to the equivalent of a pebble. Metal will corrode away eventually much like a shipwreck - plastic is unique in that it breaks down to pieces that will float and absorb toxins and have potential for ingestion. I would be inclined to leave items such as glass and metal containers in place.
  12. Lots of people shoot 16-35mm zooms which include those focal lengths. At the 16-18mm range an 8" dome might be a little small for good corners but beyond that no issue. As long as you can work out the right extension to use there should be no issues.
  13. Or go with the 16-35mm f4 it's sharper than the II and just short of the III and cheaper than both. When you put it behind a dome port and stop down to f11-16 a lot of that extra sharpness disappears. Compared to the f4 lens unless you need f2.8 on land it provides no advantage underwater.
  14. I would remove it. I don't believe they have any function above or below water except in specific circumstances like protection from salt spray or shooting in close to waterfalls etc. I have seen specific cases where it has been shown that UV filters are the cause of cause immediately noticeable image degradation. Due to poor coatings or the filter glass not being flat and parallel to the required degree. If you are going to add a filter it should be manufactured to the same standards of grinding/polishing/coating as your lens elements. Not all of them are.
  15. In addition to cost, my objection to Lightroom is being tied in with proprietary formats. The catalogue and your edits are stored in a way that only Lightroom can access them and if you stop paying you can't get to them. You don't lose your images - the Raw images remain but you lose your edits unless you have exported it as a tiff file or similar format. There are many alternatives to PS emerging these days - affinity photo is one that gets good reviews and is reasonably priced. I use PS CS6 have not gone to CC and Capture One Pro. Capture One pro has many of the capabilities of lightroom in catalogueing images though the learning curve is a little steeper and these days it has many but not all the functions of PS. Whatever you choose be sure it allows 16 bit editing of at the very minimum the raw file. 8 Bit editing is quite prone to banding and posterisation - most common in UW images in similar tone blue water that gradually brightens towards the surface like a gradient. All the options discussed so far allow 16 bit except maybe PS elements which among other things will not allow layers in 16 bit - you can work around it by setting your levels as the first step then converting but it's not ideal. Elements does RAW conversions in 16 bit so you are OK there.
  16. Hi Duncan, I keep my backup strategy fairly simple - made easier as I work off a desktop which has a large storage drive installed. I have an external drive which is only powered up when I'm backing up the Hard drive. To do the backup I use Free File Sync which basically looks at the two folders and just updates them with changes. It may get a little finicky setting up to backup a new folder each time, but I think it should work fine for what you want.
  17. The trigger is setup to work with the flexitray and bracket - housing is not relevant apart from whether or not the extension will reach the shutter release on your housing and the fact that you don't have brackets if you don't have a Nauticam housing. However, Nauticam offer a universal RH bracket to allow mounting of the trigger: https://www.nauticam.com/products/universal-right-handle-bracket-for-use-with-25200 if you don't have a set of housing brackets . For a Nauticam item it is surprisingly cheap. Note this is for the Mirroless/compact housing shutter release extension which looks a little different to the one in your pic.
  18. It does seem odd the Lumix lens is about 10mm shorter than the Leica, but in the 5516.15 port the front element will be 20mm further into the dome than the Leica lens is in the 5516.15 plus 1.2" extension, so should not vignette at all. Even in the 5516.16 it will be 10mm further into the dome. Seems like a typo or error in the port chart.
  19. Don't have direct experience. you'll probably be at f5.6 +/- with a G7X. You need quite a lot of lumens to get reasonable exposures. The following link is a test of a 14,000 lumen light vs a strobe and shows the exposure with the video light to be 1/250 @ f2.8 ISO200 at 1m distance. It might not be apples and apples with the video lights you mention as the light on the subject will vary with the beam angle of the light., but assuming they are close and doing some rough calculations a 3500 lumen light (2 stops less) would need 1/60 @ f4 ISO400, but on a bright sunny day in clear water, ambient light exposure might be 1/250 @ f5.6 ISO200. You need to match or nearly so the ambient light so it brings up the colours in comparison to the ambient light. That's a long-winded way of saying you need a lot of light to match the ambient sunlight exposure. You probably could shoot raw and pull the colours up as you are adding some red - yellow light and get some significant improvement, but still won't be as good as if you put enough light in to balance with ambient as you push colour into the water as well. It also shows why strobes are still so much better than video lights for this type of work.
  20. A lot depends on what camera you want to use. A TG-6 wide angle at f2.8 needs a lot less light than a DSLR with a rectilinear wide angle lens in a dome which might be at f11-16. Each additional stop is 1/2 the light so going from f2.8 to f11 is 1/16 of the light getting to the sensor.
  21. It's actually the extension that is too long. If you look at Ikelite's webpage you'll see the 5516.17 is a longer port as it includes built in extension. https://www.ikelite.com/collections/dlm-lens-ports?sort_by=price-descending I would think that the chances of the 12-60 not vignetting in a 5516.17 used with no extension tube are very good as the total extension is 0.2" shorter and the report is only slight vignetting . The Oly 12-40 lens is about 87mm long at 12mm compared to the Leica 12-60 being a reported 86mm. The Oly is reported to only vignette due to IS sensor movement and the 12-60 says slight vignetting, which means that you only need to move the port back towards the lens a small amount to remove vignetting.
  22. There are people using the probe UW here in Australia for diving. Looking at the probe it is a small diameter cylinder which is a very strong item and the front lens small so also quite strong. Assuming it is o-ring sealed, if it is good for 1-2m immersion, it is good for much greater depth I would think. The manufacturer just hasn't done the rating calculations I suspect. Having said that getting back to the OP question, the INON device is designed for the EF-S 60mm lens. You could quite likely use the INON device with a 60mm lens and a metabones 1x adapter on micro43 along with an appropriate adapter. I found this review of the INON UFL lens here with some sample pics: http://www.reefwreckandcritter.com/blog/march-20th-2017
  23. there is the Venus optics Laowa probe lens: https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Laowa-Venus-24mm-Macro-Probe-Lens-Underwater-Review can be used on a Nauticam housing - it's EF mount but you could use it adapted, perhaps with a 0.7x metabones adapter to get some of the field of view back.
  24. It seems strange that a 12mm lens would vignette in an 6" dome, the cause would be that the extension is too long placing it too far back inside the dome. The solution would be the next smallest size extension, though unfortunately does not look like Ikelite makes one. Regarding the diopter, this seems like a relic from yesteryear, the only reason to use a diopter is so that the lens will focus a little closer and is used for an UW lens with a long minimum focus distance that can't reach focus on the virtual image. The 12-60 has a min focus distance of 20cm - this is from the image sensor, so it will almost focus on the dome itself. So in summary a diopter is not needed. I don't see how a diopter could remove vignetting. Do you have the equipment yet? Looking through the port charts I see the GX85 DLM-A housing for the GX85 does not report vignetting but the DLM-B does - seems quite strange, but if I've read their website correctly this seems like the only solution. The issue is that to zoom you need a port with a zoom gear - the housing does not have zoom control and the only port with a zoom knob they offer is the dinky little 6" port. I can see how that would vignette on you. I see on Ikelite's website they offer a 5516 dome with zoom with 1" of extension built in- that is 0.2" less than using the 1.2" extension. This would move the lens forward in the dome and might work to reduce the vignetting it's the 5516.17 - you could aks if that is compatible with your 12-60??? It also looks like the olympus 12-40 is similar but maybe less severe - it mentions vignetting due to image stabilization - the lens sensor moves in Oly bodies which would not happen with a Panasonic body without in-body IS. It is a great lens also just a touch less reach. Maybe you could discuss these options with Ikelite or one of the retailers?
  25. I have Type 4 and I use the earlier type adapter - it works fine. I found the later adapter very problematic for threading on and I believe it contributed to damage to the thread on the strobe, where the top thread peeled off. The type 4 adapter only engages a few threads which contributes to the problem. I solved the problem by sourcing the earlier adapter and converting my cables and the protective sensor cap to the new type.
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