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Larry C

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Larry C last won the day on May 26 2019

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About Larry C

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  • Birthday 05/19/1953

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    Northern California
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    Diving, Sports, Antique Motorcycles and Old Trucks

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D500Nikon D300/Olympus SP-350/Nikon F100
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    Nauticam NA-D500/Sea & Sea MDX-D300/Olympus PT-030/Sea & Sea NX100pro
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2x Sea & Sea YS-D1/Nikon SB-104
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    L&M Sola 800&1200/Subsee 10x
  1. Bit the bullet. Backscatter has a sale this week and even though I can’t dive right now due to health issues and coronavirus closures, I ordered one. It’ll be shipped when they get the next batch in. Thousand dollars here, thousand dollars there, pretty soon this UW photography stuff will start costing real money. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I always use back button focus and turn off the shutter focus. Once you release the back button, if you're in C it should follow the subject. In S, I just find the eye and hit the shutter ASAP.
  3. Anyone using the Inon Nauticam viewfinder on their DSLR housing? Is it worth the extra $500 to have the easy o-ring removal of the one Nauticam sells, compared to the ring nut mounted Inon that fits everything and is adapted to the Nauticam? How much tariff are we paying on goods shipped directly from China?
  4. I used the felt tip paint pen I write on my fins with, then lightly wiped excess with a paper towel. Lasted a couple of months, but I need to retouch.
  5. http://www.divervision.com/howshot-m67-mount-base-100-for-100mm3.9-ports-RM67-100P.html?search=M67 mount base 10 Fits 100-104mm
  6. If you want compact wide angle, don't discount the new Panasonics. Terrific wide angle and great video in a compact package. I have lots of friends shooting Oly, but the Panasonic is far better for video and you can use the Oly lenses.
  7. Haven't found a need, but if you haven't already, go to custom settings and change to "yes" on release button to use dial. Then you can make adjustments with one finger, usually after just dabbing the back focus lever. The info lever is also very useful. Gives you your settings on full screen instead of just through the viewfinder window. My bigger issue with the handles is strobe placement. The handles and my fingers are always in the way for CFWA and macro shots with a short lens. I've thought about taking one off and just holding the edge of the housing.
  8. Took it out for one dive this weekend in marginal conditions. 10-17 with no spacer. Lens extends to a couple of mm from the port at full zoom, but seems to focus well. Most shots were at F7-F8. Subjects were very sharp, hard to tell about edges and background with green water, 20ft. vis and lots of particulate. Using it with a M4 to Sea & Sea adapter and a Nauticam replacement ring for Sea & Sea port. The port is tiny, and I like that it stays out of the way nicely.
  9. Anyone using this combination? I picked up the FP120-7 optical glass port, which is designed for the Nikon 10.5, and it fits quite close but doesn't touch the 10-17, using my Nexus M5 to Sea & Sea adapter with Nauticam conversion ring. Works very nicely in air, but I haven't tried it underwater yet. I remember seeing a shot someone took using the 10-17 in the FP120-7 with a 20mm port spacer, but wondering if I need it.
  10. Closer to the housing means more compact, better for getting closer to subjects for CFWA shots. Zoom through I would assume means that you can use the cameras zoom effectively at all zoom levels through the dome. Domes are sensitive to distance from focal point of lens to port. Better shade arrangement means the lens will be better shielded from glare from ambient light in bright sun, above and to the sides of the port.
  11. Don't have that housing, but I have D500 and a D300, which is almost identical to the D200 in most dimensions and has been adapted to D200 housings. The D500 is taller and deeper than the D300 at most points. Unless the D200 had a ton of room above and in front of the camera, I don't think you'll have much luck with that swap. The D500 is about 77mm grip to back, compared to less than 72mm for the D200/300. Body height is similar on the right (grip side) at about 92mm, but at the left control dial, the D500 is at least 4mm taller. Body depth is similar at the lens mount, but the flash on the D200/300 is taller and slimmer than the shoe area on the D500. The swivel screen also sticks out an extra couple of mm. I think the biggest hindrance would probably be the depth of the grip, since it requires substantially more room in front of the RH side of the camera with the lens in the same relationship to the port.
  12. Many people have modified old film housings to fit newer digital cameras. The camera must fit in the housing with the port aligned to the lens and no interference on any side. You need the ability to build new parts, particularly the base, in order to line up the camera in the housing. You're going to lose some functions because of buttons or levers that you just can't line up. I've seen a few who made most of the functions work, but had to turn the camera on before putting it in the housing because they couldn't line up the on/off switch. If you're skilled, clever and willing to compromise, you can make almost anything work to some extent. Or, you can look for a three or four year old last generation camera with a used housing and usually get it for 1/3-1/2 the new price. I've taken many better pictures with my old D300, now worth about $600 including housing, than with my D500 ($6K invested in addition to all my old ports, strobes, arms, etc.) New technology gets you improvements, but better skills will far exceed a better camera.
  13. When you get it off, use Lanacote or similar on the threads. If you don't pull your cable periodically, they can become completely welded together. Don't get any on the o-rings, though. If they're completely welded and cant be unscrewed without spinning the bulkhead, a dremel and carbide disc will split the nut enough to break it open.
  14. I have two frustrations with my Sea & Sea strobes. First, although the battery compartment is well sealed, when a cap o-ring does leak and the compartment fills with acid from the batteries melting down in salt water, it corrodes all the contacts. Cap, $59 last time I needed one plus cleaning out the contacts inside the base with vinegar and flushing with alcohol. When the contacts and wires continue to deteriorate, $150 to open the body and replace the contacts. Both of the strobes that I've done this to have failed shortly thereafter. Loved my YS-110's. Nice soft light, really nice ttl (when it worked) with my D300. When they failed-sorry, they don't make the printed circuit board any more. It's a paperweight. This is the dilemma of modern electronics. We are dependent on PCB's that sell for more than the the complete product, so nothing is fixable. When a transistor fails, throw the whole thing away. Anyone need a used dryer or microwave? The part is $500. The warranty is $300. The new product is $700. Make them simpler, easier to repair and make parts available for at least the expected life of the product, please. I suspect that 90% of the failures in strobes are similar, within a model range. Make the part that fails more accessible and available.
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