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  1. I did a shallow dive with it and it seems fine, much better than the electronic zoom.
  2. So far so good. I've tried it in the housing on land and it seems to smoothly zoom in manual zoom mode.
  3. It looks like Kraken is Canadian, it would be nice to save crossing the border twice. Is there a dealer in Canada? Mozaik doesn't look like the stock them.
  4. I'm looking at http://www.divervision.com/tray-arm/howshot-adjustable-right-grip-HB-ET-02.html and wondering if it would attach to the end of my ultralight TR-D. Probably I should not be such a cheapskate and just spend the extra USD25 on ULCS parts. Still, inquiring minds want to know... Related, are there any North American Howshot dealers? I have my eye on a Howshot wetlens holder for my PT-EP13.
  5. By the way, does anyone know any details about the flash-trigger Sea&Sea is supposed to be introducing?
  6. I imagine a Sea & Sea YS-01 would be a good start. I have one on my EM5-II that I use for "macro" (not really macro, but shooting from 25-35 cm) a fair amount. The TTL seems work pretty well, very few over/under-exposed closeups. I would suggest you have two sections of arm (or a long flexi-arm) to position the strobe. I don't have any personal experience, but the new backscatter "ministrobe" claims to be targeted right at your use case.
  7. EVA was also strict when I flew Taipei to Vancouver in 2018. But as in quite a few of these stories, they didn't care that I carried the stuff that I removed from the roller. My roller contains two padded soft bags with handles, so not too annoying. Of course I put the soft bags back in the roller at the gate.
  8. I've ordered the AOI gear from BH photo (shipping to Canada was more sensible for a low value item than what Backscatter proposed). I will report to the many interested people how it works out.
  9. Interesting. I would have expected the Inon ucl-165 to behave similarly to the Subsee +5. OTOH, I guess the 14-42 has quite a bit shorter minimum focusing distance than the 12-50, so you indeed might not see much improvement.
  10. This actually looks nicer (and cheaper) than the uw-pix one, unless I'm confused about what a PPO-EP01 port is. http://www.divervision.com/howshot-m67-mount-base-120-for-olympus-ppo-ep01-flat-port-RM67-120P.html
  11. Hopefully someone who is more familar with vimeo will chime in. I have definitely watched videos there before, so I guess it is just a matter of finding the right URL to share.
  12. Thanks! Apparently the new one is called the "YS-01 Solis", and is available for sortof-pre-order (no price) at bluewater.
  13. Here's another affordable looking one, although I can't tell what housings it works with. https://www.aoi-uw.com/products/accesories/aoi-lg-om-1250ez.html
  14. I saw (somewhere) that the Sea & Sea YS-01 was getting a refresh, and a slightly new model number. Of course I can't find that now, but I'm curious since I'm thinking of picking up a second YS-01, and either improved features or depressing the price of the used ones would be good from that point of view. Does anyone have more info about the new YS-01? Or did I hallucinate the whole thing?
  15. Hi Jon; Thanks for sharing, but I think we need a different link to watch the video; I get asked to login to vimeo.
  16. Another couple, for other housings. Not sure if there is any chance of them working, but I guess I could order the cheap one on a lark. https://www.housingcamera.com/id2761-aquatica-30507.html https://www.housingcamera.com/id4881-nauticam-90166.html (a closer look reveals the second one is probably an accessory for the expensive/fancy nauticam macro-enabled zoom-gear/port)
  17. I have a 14-42 and a 12-50 for use in my PT-EP13 housing. I'd like to be able to get a bit more magnification without committing to macro for the whole dive (by e.g. putting the 12-50 into macro mode). It seems like a diopter might be a good choice. I'm not really sure what magnification I want. I see Inon has a couple reasonable priced diopters, as does AOI.. This looks like a nice holder, although the olympus plastic thing is much cheaper. https://uw-pix.com/product/wet-diopter-holder-olympus-housing/ I also noticed Bluewater and Mozaik have house branded +7/+8 diopters. (the latter being interesting because I'm in Canada) Suggestions or experience reports welcome.
  18. I have an olympus 12-50 EZ that I somewhat prefer to the 14-42, mainly for the extra range. Unfortunately olympus doesn't sell a zoom ring for it. I can use it in electronic zoom, but this is a bit fiddly using the buttons on the camera instead of the dedicated zoom dial on the housing, and does use more battery. Does anyone have any experience with any of the third-party zoom gears for this lens/housing? The Deepshots one is a bit cheaper, but comes with a warning about not really fitting in the PT-EP13 well, and working best with the lens in electronic zoom mode (I guess still using the same amount of battery). The Athena ZG/12-50-no-m1 seems kindof expensive (maybe because it's machined aluminium instead of 3D printed plastic), but I guess if it works well in the PT-EP13 I could stomach spending as much on the zoom gear as I did on the lens.
  19. Intrigued by this discussion, I looked at the olympus supplied grease PSOLG-3 (for the PT-EP13 housing, but maybe for others too). It says "Silicone grease". It says "Silicone Grease, only for Silicone O-Ring". I assume there's some subtlty I'm missing, since it seems to contradict the above chart. Probably the name doesn't really tell much about the chemical composition.
  20. I've had my Olympus PT-EP13 for a wacking 8 dives, faithfully greasing the o-ring before every outing (2 dives at the most). This seems to be the manufacturer's recommendation. I don't really mind, but I wonder if this is maybe a bit overkill. I'm headed on a liveaboard and I'm wondering if I really need to grease the O-ring 4 or 5 times a day, So how faithful are people with this in general?
  21. I'm soon to set off on my first plan trip with underwater gear. I plan to carry on a smallish rig with a housed EM5-II and a Sea&Sea YS01 strobe. I've heard people talk about taking the o-rings out of housings so that they don't vacuum seal because of lower pressure in airplane cabins. Is that a worry for strobes as well? I guess the air cavity in the YS-01 is much smaller. Any words of wisdom?
  22. The strobe, arm, tray, and FO cable arrive OK, and I left positive feedback the pinned thread.
  23. Bough the strobe, tray, arm, and FO cable from AceszHigh at http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=61406. Hardware is as pictured, and the strobe and FO cable seem to work fine. Everything was very well packed. No problems with the transaction, including shipping from USA to Canada.
  24. By the way, do you include a clamp to attach the arm to the tray?
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