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Stefan Ekman

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Stefan Ekman last won the day on October 12 2017

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About Stefan Ekman

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    Olympus OMD-EM5 II
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    Naticam NA-EM5II
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  1. Any new status on the firmware update? The new season is starting...
  2. Just came back from one week in Hurghada / Red Sea, so here is quick summary. TL;DR: They are even better than I had hoped! Build Quality They are built like the proverbial tank and feel solid and professional. The battery compartment has the polarity of the batteries clearly marked and as with most gadgets you have to insert them in alternate positions (it would have been nice if the two middle batteries had the same polarity and the end batteries opposite, as it would make it easier to remember and same regardless if the strobe is up or down). I like that the screw to the battery hatch engage before the o-ring make contact. Handling Buttons have clear and distinct positions and feel. After a couple of hours, you no longer look at the strobe, but do everything by touch. I also like that the focus light start at the weak level. In most cases a quick click on one strobe is enough to get the camera to focus. I appreciate that there are no quirks that you need to learn – it always behaves as you would expect it to. Everything seem well thought out. Power I could easily go three or four dives (each 60+ minutes) without having to recharge the batteries. I might be able to do this with my old strobes (Inon and Sea&Sea) but would never dare – I hate to have to stop taking pictures in a middle of a dive. With the Retra you can quickly see the current battery status. I did not think that would be as useful as it turned out. Now I know if the batteries will last for a full dive. Flash The strobes have plenty of power. I tend to do mostly macro so I usually had the strobes on lowest setting. Never once did I have to go to full power, even when taking wide-angle landscape directly against the sun. These are the first strobes that delivery all the light I need and then some. Power is easy to control using manual setting and it became easy to get the setting right on the first try after a couple of dives. The bad (for now) I did not manage to get TTL working with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Probably a pre-flash timing issue with the specific Olympus camera model as the Strobes fire but the picture is dark. I understand Retra is currently working on fixing this (they have been very responsive when I sent emails on this and were already aware of this issue). Btw, this is not a problem unique to Retra, my Sea&sea have always been finicky to get the TTL to work - I can't use the highest power setting and TTL at the same time. Conclusion This is by far the best strobe I have used, and I have no doubt I will be using it for a long time. Plenty of power, easy to understand and use. It gets out of the way and allow me to focus on taking pictures. Anyone wants to buy a couple of Inon D2000 and Seas&Sea YS-D2?
  3. As I understand it: 1. You ordered the strobes early and got the big discount. This was when the strobes were being developed and long before production would start 2. You booked a trip before shipment had started based on the dates provided. Dates that had been moved a couple of times. Courageous, but perhaps not so smart. 3. The dates slips again and you continue sending mail with complaints. This is in a situation were the guys at Retra is probably working 12-15 hour days dealing with all the minutiae of getting the stuff manufactured, tested and delivered. Hardly productive. 4. Retra don't see any way of deliver to your expectations, so the best from their point of view is to terminate the deal. I can understand that you are frustrated, but so are the Retra guys. They are trying to deliver, but there are thousand of small and big things to fix and get the product delivered. They are not trying to screw with you. So while the information could be better (communication is the hardest of all tasks), I see no indication that they are not doing their best to deliver. You complaining about it does not change the delivery date. What are you trying to achieve with all this? What is the goal? If you still want the strobes, you are not making a very good case for yourselves. Have look at notalwaysright.com
  4. Frustrating to be sure. But on the other hand, not sure why you made promises on delivery dates on a product you have no control of, a product that is being developed. I understand you want to keep your customer happy and that shows good commitment on your part, but you should either have made it very clear to the customer from the start that this product is being developed and dates will move - a lot - or refused to take the order if the customer showed no understanding on the implications of this. There are other products that could have been sold if dates needed to be kept. To be blunt (but I don't mean to be insulting), you should not try to shift the blame of your broken promises to Retra.
  5. Allen, no sure what you are trying to achieve... I understand your frustration, and you seem to have made promises to your customer based on the information you have received. But at the end of the day, this is a new product created by a small team. They have tried to keep the community updated (not perfectly, but I suspect that they kept their heads down trying to deliver, and sometimes there is a bit of time between updates, nonetheless they have build loyalty among the most us by being transparent). I would have been very surprised if they had managed to deliver on time considering all the trimming of the manufacturing process required, not to mention possible design tweaks. The focus seem to be the delivery of a quality product, rather than meeting a fixed date. And most of us support that. For myself I have an expensive trip coming up and it's going to be very close for me - but I still support quality over dates.
  6. Thanks for the info Oskar! It sucks that it takes time - but I understand that it's easy to underestimate development and production time. All the little details... But it would suck even more if the strobes does not work. Especially if there are issues during a dive trip. That can really ruin your day and entire trip. So of the two, I'll take the delay every time over quality issues.
  7. Hello, just joined (duh!). Been diving for more than 32 years, photographing for approx 16 year. Still feel like a beginner.
  8. My assumption is that it provides a wider angle since the front lens is so much closer to the house outer "lens". This provides better image quality, or at least a wider angle. I believe the house will provide some splash proof even without the cover - and if it's a massive leak, the camera is toast in any case.
  9. Anybody else got the pre-shipping info from Retra today? Thank you for supporting the new Retra Flash. Your feedback gave us the power to create a new underwater strobe which you will soon be able to hold in your hands and enjoy. We are in the final stages of our production plan and we have already received the majority of components for the new Retra Flash. They are all produced in Europe in our home country Slovenia and in Germany. The time has come for inspection, assembly, testing and packaging. As this will be our first time with a new product we want to make sure all the work will be done at 100% focus and without flaws. To achieve our goals we will start shipping on 21st August. By doing so we will have enough time to finish the production of your pre-orders and send them by the end of the month. You will receive the tracking information to your emails once the packages are ready to go. We want to deliver you the best possible product!
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