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About dirkhh

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Olympus OM-D EM-5
  • Camera Housing
    Nauticam NA-EM5
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2 x Sea&Sea DS-1
  1. Huh - my response to this wasn't posted. Oops. Thanks to all four of you for your responses. This really helps. Given that I had my strobes serviced within the past year (LONG after the new firmware came out) I would hope that the new firmware was installed as part of that. Is there a way to test? Certainly knowing the core issue (problems with the ability of the strobes to detect battery charge state, especially after firing at full power) should allow me to better work around the problem - but it does of course make TTL a lot less useful. I wonder why I never ran into this with my Olympus OMD EM5 - maybe it didn't manage to trigger a FULL discharge in TTL mode?
  2. I've had my two YS-D1 for quite a few years, they were serviced about a year ago. With my EM1-MkII (which I've had for about three months) I have noticed a very annoying problem: In certain circumstances the strobes drain the batteries with only a few shots (as few as two, but usually within about half a dozen strobe flashes). Specifically, with the YS-D1 in TTL (optical trigger connection to my Nauticam housing), if the strobes are poorly aimed and aren't hitting my subject and the camera is in "fill flash" mode. My theory is that this causes the flashes to fire all out and something, something, no, I can't really explain it. Broken batteries, right? Well, I tried with my trusted Sharp 2700mAh (I had used those for a few years), which I then tossed out because I thought they had finally failed. Then I tried with brand new Eneloop PRO (fully charged). Then I tried with a dive buddy's Eneloop (fully charged) - he uses them in his Inon strobes all the time). And with off the shelf Panasonic Alkali AA. And with Energizer Lithium AA. With all five battery types I can reproduce the same behavior. Now if I don't do that (TTL, fill flash, poorly aimed strobes), the camera/strobes work happily together for hours. Today was day six of this dive trip (also: last day) and now that I understand what causes the issue I took about 170 flash exposures over three dives (3.5h total) with no problem at all. Didn't change batteries between dives, one set of standard Eneloop and all was well. Am I going crazy? I don't think so, but may not be a good judge here... my dive buddy observed the scenario multiple times over the past 20 dives (and helped out with loaner batteries) and couldn't figure it out, either. Since I never had this problem with my EM5, (same fiber cables, same strobes, etc), I'm thinking it's "something" about the EM1-MkII (which I otherwise love). I'm planning to write Olympus as well, but figured I'd ask the experts here, just in case this sounds familiar to someone.
  3. Still available, dropping price to $850
  4. Oh trust me - I am VERY happy with this shot. There was a bit of current and I of course wanted to make sure that I didn't touch the coral which added to the challenge :-)
  5. I have mine in my left hand with a little leash around the wrist so I don't drop it, and then I keep it parallel to the left handle of my tray, so that the center of the stick is roughly at the center of the handle and the stick extends only a little above and below the handle. Which means that while I move around it's out of the way, doesn't dangle, etc. If I need it, I hold my camera just with my right hand and use the stick with my left - either to bang my tank, point out a critter to another diver in the group, or for macro shots, as improvised mono-pod (simply slide it down that you grab the top of the stick, once again grab the left handle, et voila, you have a poor man's mono-pod). Not sure that's the best way to do it, but it seems to work reasonably well for me. Oh, and at the end of the dive, when I hand the camera back to someone on the boat, I clip the stick to my BC.
  6. Thanks for the reply! The fish in this picture was about 3cm - so even for one of the tiny species (which I wasn't aware of) it wasn't fully grown. Googling for pictures of Barchin I can see the resemblance!
  7. Some more data: according to the "hidden menu" the camera had 12586 shutter actuations and 11664 shots with flash (well, yeah, used pretty much exclusively under water) The housing has never flooded. Let me know if you want more data / more pictures. For those worried that I am a brand new member here - I use this same userid many places, e.g. Google+, Gmail, GitHub, Twitter (almost - there it is @_dirkhh and you can see the camera in action in my header photo: https://twitter.com/@_dirkhh) Googling any of these will give you my full name and tons of history :-) Happy to do a phone call to establish identity. Payment via PayPal. I think that covers the main suggestions in the "Watch out for fraudsters" post.
  8. Another vote for the Sola series. They have the occasional quality issue (I lost my 1200 and replaced it with a 2000 and that one has lost its "spot" mode...) but my experience with their service has been very positive.
  9. Olympus OMD EM-5 body 1 original battery, 2 after market batteries after market battery charger flash please note that one of the knobs on top had fallen off and was replaced with a 3D printed one. Looks odd, is 100% functional both in and out of the housing. Nauticam NA-EM5 housing iDas tray with two ball mounts Good condition, some signs of usage, but nothing that would cause functional issues. Location Portland, Oregon. USD 900 plus shipping (Housing new costs $1350, used typically $700, camera sells typically around $300 used)
  10. It looks about right, but I wasn't able to find anything that matched it... Taken in Okinawa, Japan. Olympus OMD E-M5 with 12-50mm @43mm macro, 1/200s, f20, ISO200, both strobes firing.
  11. A couple of weeks ago at about 85ft, perfectly camouflaged in a fan coral... I couldn't get it to smile at the camera, though... Olympus OMD E-M5 with 12-50mm @43mm macro, 1/250s, f22, ISO200, both strobes firing.
  12. Hi there Dirk from Portland, OR, USA. I have been diving for about 8 years and have taken pictures for most of that time. Currently I have an Olympus OM-D EM-5 with the 12-50mm in a Nauticam housing with two Sea&Sea YS-D1 strobes, but I'm thinking about upgrading to the EM-1 MkII.
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