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pbalves last won the day on August 22 2018

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    Canon 7DmkII
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  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z-240 type IV
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    ExtremeVision strobe arms
  1. As you probably know, the amount of weight you need depends on several factors: the suit (not only the thickness but also the number of layers) but also your own density, and all the equipment you are using (steel bottle vs aluminium bottle, and other accessories). Padi want to grant that their students to be heavy, to avoid quick ascents. That’s the way to start. The guide works in any measure. You just need to use the same for the body weight and for the plumbs. Basically it is 10%. And from there you add or subtract weight depending on how you fell yourself underwater. in Portugal we use mainly steel bottles. this 1/10 rule works fine for first approach.
  2. usually, for diving with a 7 mm wetsuit, you need in weight your weight divided by 10, minus 1. For free diving, I do not know if you should use more or less. But it is a matter of trial and error. When you find yourself comfortable, it is the right weight.
  3. Hi Harin with the new camera you are going to make photography or only Video? If it is only Video, the locklite arms are “okeyish”, but if you want to make photography, you should change the the arm system also to balls and clamps.... much more freedom to positioning the light right were you want it... UCLS is a rebound brand, and you can find with them alll the package (tray, handles, arms and clamps and adapters). Or you can go for unbranded equipment from eBay. Much more economical, but some people says that had bad experiences.
  4. Hi! The ikelite DS125 or DS160/DS161 are also good strobes for WA. Several people like those more thanks the Inons. I had a pair of DS125. Never failed me. I sold them and bought a pair of Inon Z240 type IV. The reason for the change was that in a trip to Bunaken, I went a day to Lambeh, we done 4 dives and on the dusk dive, for the mandarins I had no more battery and my colleagues with Inons or YS kept firing because they had spare batteries “AA”. I did not had spare batteries.... At that precise moment, underwater, I divided to sell my Ikelites and buy Inons. The reasons were: - smaller (easier for traveling) - possibility to use AA batteries (easy and not expensive to have spare batteries and chargers) - I wanted to change to optical trigger - I was able to get a good value for mine DS125 at that time (almost enough to buy the Inons new) - everybody had Inons at that time and I did not wanted to fell outdated the Ikelites had some things that were better than the Inons although: - color temperature warmer (better for WA) 4800 vê 5200 K (I solved with a a gel on front of the Inons) - more or less the same weight, but in a bigger volume (bulkier for transporting, but less negative underwater than the Inons) - easier button commands (to operate and to “understand”) as negatives on the DS, the TTL is “proprietary”, only works with Iklite housings, and do not have optical activation If you want to start with macro, you can start with 1 strobe and 1 focus light. You can find cheap focus lights on eBay. That allows you to buy new the strobe you really want, instead of buying what shows up at the moment on second hand. Never-the-less, a pair of DS125, if working properly and with battery life “normal”, seams a good deal.
  5. That’s why I love Leak Sentinel system from Vivid Housing / Miso! Pretty simple. Easy to repair. Any pump do the effect. I have 2 Aquatica housings, but do not know in detail the Aquatica valve/pump system. Although I use the Surveyor system from Aquatica as electronics, I decided by the simple valve from Vivid Housing / Miso.
  6. The WA you won’t use, but a macro lens is usable. With that in mind, if you want now a macro lens, I wold stick to a M67 one. For your later system it is easy to use with a flip adapter, solving the issue of easiness of on/off underwater.
  7. Hi Lewis If you are thinking in replace/upgrade your system in 2 years, you should consider what you are going to get and have it in mind for anything you buy now, to protect your investment.
  8. You can manage it on the filters Go to “Read status” and inside you can choose to “take me to first unread comment”
  9. On main page push the “new stuff” button, and the push “show filters” (see attached files)
  10. On top of the page, click o “Show filters” and then in “Contents” select topics. I have struggled it’s the same as you.... and on other filter you can choose to jump straight to unread messages
  11. You can use glue pads https://www.staples.co.uk/blue-tack-white-tack/cbs/224464472.html?promoCode=&Effort_Code=WW&Find_Number=224464472&m=0&isSubscription=False
  12. Do not forget the aperture and the ISO. Both can help you to control the exposure.
  13. Hi Pavel. Does this trigger support second curtain sync with Canon cameras? I have read some where that canon cameras second curtain was only possible with Canon Speedlight strobes..
  14. I never had a Subal housing. I had an Ikelite, and then changed to Aquatica. And then another Aquatica. I noticed a big difference in ergonomics for better. And less bulkier underwater. It helped to improve the way I photograph. But to be truthful, the change at they time was not only change of brand of housing, it was also a change from a Canon 350d to a Canon 40d, that it was also on itself an improvement in focus capability and also in working mode of the camera itself (from common command for aperture and speed to dedicated command for aperture and dedicated comand for speed, both with direct access without taking the hands from the handle of the housing). Besides that, I made also an upgrade on the lens I was using underwater. On that change, I got a better housing, a better camera, more appropriate lens, and also a big improvement in my own mindset. I have several friends that use Ikelite and produce amazing pictures. At the end, the chose of a new housing, it is always a matter of individual preference and rationalization.
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