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mare63
09-24-2008, 08:34
Hi,
I was wondering if someone can tell me about the proper positions to put or aim the strobe light.
I have a olympus pt-034 ,stylus 750 w/sea&sea ys-27dx strobe , any information would be helpful.
I also have the olympus e-510 and waiting for olympus for the U/W housing or maybe buy the iklite one instead any input !

Thanks
:smiley29:

3rdEye
09-24-2008, 08:40
good question...I've been wondering myself, as I haven't really mastered getting good photos with my strobe. I also have a similar setup.

mare63
09-24-2008, 11:34
Just got back from Bonaire, and got some nice photo's without an exterior strobe and some were not !
Hope someone will come up with good info because I'm leaving for Roatan in November .
:smilie40:

Soonerwink
09-24-2008, 16:56
Check out this site, it helped me with my strobe. http://www.kelpfish.net/strobe.swf

Aussie
09-25-2008, 12:26
Hi,
I was wondering if someone can tell me about the proper positions to put or aim the strobe light.
I have a olympus pt-034 ,stylus 750 w/sea&sea ys-27dx strobe , any information would be helpful.
I also have the olympus e-510 and waiting for olympus for the U/W housing or maybe buy the iklite one instead any input !

Thanks
:smiley29:

I would personally put the money towards the Ikelite Housing. i had a play around with my friends E-330 with Olympus Housing and its nowhere near the build quality of an Ikelite housing. I dont think there is much difference in price either.

Then you can use Ikelite Strobes with TTL when you have an Ikelite housing which is a big bonus.

With the little compact I would recommend in just shooting macro with the strobe. Trying anything else you simply get backscatter and or blue/green shots. Wait until you get the 510 up and running and use a Ikelite DS160 (or better still 2x DS160's) and then play with Wide angle shots.

Regards Mark

CompuDude
09-25-2008, 14:15
Hi,
I was wondering if someone can tell me about the proper positions to put or aim the strobe light.
I have a olympus pt-034 ,stylus 750 w/sea&sea ys-27dx strobe , any information would be helpful.
I also have the olympus e-510 and waiting for olympus for the U/W housing or maybe buy the iklite one instead any input !

Thanks
:smiley29:

I would personally put the money towards the Ikelite Housing. i had a play around with my friends E-330 with Olympus Housing and its nowhere near the build quality of an Ikelite housing. I dont think there is much difference in price either.

Then you can use Ikelite Strobes with TTL when you have an Ikelite housing which is a big bonus.

With the little compact I would recommend in just shooting macro with the strobe. Trying anything else you simply get backscatter and or blue/green shots. Wait until you get the 510 up and running and use a Ikelite DS160 (or better still 2x DS160's) and then play with Wide angle shots.

Regards Mark

I agree, except for the cost bit. The Ikelite housing is definitely superior, but they're generally a LOT more expensive. OEM housings I've seen tend to be under $150. Ikelite housings tend to START at $250 and go up rapidly from there. And you may need a handle/tray, etc., so add more onto that.

OEM housings aren't as robust (lower depth rating), but they're often more ergonomic since they're more customized to the precise camera model, and they're always smaller and more compact. If you don't need the extra depth rating of the Ikelite, and aren't trying to get really serious (which you wouldn't with a P&S anyway), I'd generally recommend the OEM housing over the Ikelite, for costs and simplicity.

3rdEye
09-25-2008, 14:21
the olympus 510 is a DSLR...and the housing is probably gonna cost more than the camera in either case....I would probably go with the ikelite, though I do think Olympus makes a decent housing

Aussie
09-26-2008, 19:49
the olympus 510 is a DSLR...and the housing is probably gonna cost more than the camera in either case....I would probably go with the ikelite, though I do think Olympus makes a decent housing

The housing for the E 510 is the PT-Eo3 which is around a $1100 (Olympus PT-E03 Underwater Camera Housing/Waterproof Marine Camera Case (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olptino.html)) when compared to the Ikelite at $1400 (Underwater Housings for Olympus E-510 & E-520 (http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/oly_e510.html)).

The biggest problem with Olympus housings are that they are setup to be used with the standard olympus flash inside its own housing (Olympus PFL-E01 (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olpfp.html)). Which really limits the use of the camera to mainly to macro. This is unless you use a conversion connection for the sync cord to ikelite style plug. Forget wide angle as the flash unit is mounted too close to the camera and doesnt have a wide throw.

The build quality isnt there when compared with the Ikelite. There are alot of plastic internal parts in the Olympus housings compare with metal parts in the Ikelite. Have a look at both housings next to each other and you will see the difference straight away.

I also believe the ports are very expensive. Ikelites 8 inch dome is around $400 (MODULAR PORT SYSTEM (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/dabigadoma.html)) compared to $1100 for the Olympus dome port (Olympus PPO-E04 Lens Port for the ZUIKO DIGITAL 7-14mm 1:4.0 and the ZUIKO DIGITAL 8mm 1:3.5 Fisheye lens (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olpple.html)).

All of the sudden the Ikelite is looking the cheaper and better option??????

Regards Mark

VRod RS
11-02-2008, 15:57
the olympus 510 is a DSLR...and the housing is probably gonna cost more than the camera in either case....I would probably go with the ikelite, though I do think Olympus makes a decent housing

The housing for the E 510 is the PT-Eo3 which is around a $1100 (Olympus PT-E03 Underwater Camera Housing/Waterproof Marine Camera Case (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olptino.html)) when compared to the Ikelite at $1400 (Underwater Housings for Olympus E-510 & E-520 (http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/oly_e510.html)).

The biggest problem with Olympus housings are that they are setup to be used with the standard olympus flash inside its own housing (Olympus PFL-E01 (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olpfp.html)). Which really limits the use of the camera to mainly to macro. This is unless you use a conversion connection for the sync cord to ikelite style plug. Forget wide angle as the flash unit is mounted too close to the camera and doesnt have a wide throw.

The build quality isnt there when compared with the Ikelite. There are alot of plastic internal parts in the Olympus housings compare with metal parts in the Ikelite. Have a look at both housings next to each other and you will see the difference straight away.

I also believe the ports are very expensive. Ikelites 8 inch dome is around $400 (MODULAR PORT SYSTEM (http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/dabigadoma.html)) compared to $1100 for the Olympus dome port (Olympus PPO-E04 Lens Port for the ZUIKO DIGITAL 7-14mm 1:4.0 and the ZUIKO DIGITAL 8mm 1:3.5 Fisheye lens (http://store.aikotradingstore.com/olpple.html)).

All of the sudden the Ikelite is looking the cheaper and better option??????

Regards Mark

I personally have not laid my hands on the PT-E03 housing, however I have seen/used Ikelite housings and I have used other olympus housings. I have researched the PT-E03 housing and I think you aren't giving it enough credit.

The PT-E03 housing has a much better build than the P&S housings made by olympus and the port comparison isn't apples to apples. The Olympus ports are aluminum and glass, the ikelite ports are plastic. I would MUCH rather have the aluminum and optical glass for a port any day, however, it will cost you more as you have seen.

I really believe the PT-E03 housing will be a very good entry level housing and I am glad to see they are using quality ports as it is the material between your lens and subject that determines the quality of the picture. My biggest complaint about the E-520 is the way you have to change aperture settings. I absolutely hate cameras that don't have separate aperture / shutter adjustment without having to hold another button down.

Just my 0.02.

teerlkay
11-22-2008, 18:00
called...

wait for it...

camera -sutra

Splitlip
11-22-2008, 19:07
Check out this site, it helped me with my strobe. http://www.kelpfish.net/strobe.swf

Added to favs.
Thanks!

DevilDiver
11-23-2008, 08:19
called...

wait for it...

camera -sutra


Do you have more info (publisher, author) on this book? Have not been able to find it.

Quero
11-23-2008, 17:57
Once you understand the principles behind strobe positioning (the kelpfish link is great for that!), it's still helpful to have a quick in-water way to check. I received what I consider to be excellent advice from Mike Veitch, my photo clinic instructor from a few years back:

Position the strobe in the general direction you want to aim it and then turn the camera around facing you to check the angle from the front. You will immediately know what fine-tuning adjustments to make so that the light will strike the subject correctly. Then evaluate the shot and reposition as needed to correct for backscatter, too much/little light directly on the subject, etc.