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    HELP with attaching the strobe to the housing

    almost every dive I did while in Cozumel I had problems with my strobe (sealife SL961 digital pro and olympus PT-044 housing). I have had problem after problem using my strobe while on vacation. The glue on the back of the velcro keeps coming off while I am diving. How can I prevent this. (did my last dive today)

    Can I use something else besides the velcro? The camera even when before the glue came off it did not fire. The settings for the flash on the camera are: auto, red-eye, fill-in, and off. What setting should I use? Camera is Olympus FE-360

    (I have a feeling I'm going to buy a new camera with housing and take a hammer to the old housing!)
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    Sorry to hear about your frustration, especially while trying to enjoy your trip.

    When you say you are using Velcro to attach the fiber optic cable do you mean plain Velcro strips that you rigged for a connection point or did you purchase a Velcro based cable attachment?

    Give me some more details and I believe we can find something to help you out.

    For your flash setting, you would most likely keep it on "forced flash" or "on" which should be represented as a lightning bolt, if you camera allows you to modify the cameras flash output you should be able to reduce the flash power to 1/4 or 1/2 to conserve battery power and still have the strobe sync.

    Did you determine the correct pre-flash settings for the camera and set the strobe to compensate? The SL961 should have 5 setting options.

    This is best tested in the mirror by taking a few test photos, you should be able to see the strobe fire in the picture.
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    I'm not familiar with your set-up so I'll leave advice on settings to the photographer experts here. I had a lot of gripes with that velcro/adhesive attachment you have & I was ready to do try something else because it kept coming off the uw housing and there are a few other alternatives. However, I found that cleaning all the mating surfaces with isopropyl alcohol and letting everything air dry completely before attaching those velcro pads has resulted in a somewhat permanent attachment to the (ikelite) case for over a year.

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    I know exactly what you are talking about. I have a Sony with the Fiber Optic Kit. What I do is insert fresh batteries (only Energizer Lithium will do and then I wrap electrical tape around the housing, holding the velcro in place. Then I attach it to the tray. At the end of the day, remove tape, replace batteries, retape, ready to go. Works great, never any problems.

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    I am using the sea life flashlink that holds the fiber optic cable in a housing and a round velcro pad with a hole in the middle that attaches to it. The second round velcro attaches to the camera housing. I have no problem with the velcro on the housing just the one on the fiber optic cable. I went through 4 this week (had extras) went looking in town and noone sells them.
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    Oh and the batteries were new. I opened the package the night before my first dive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okc_diver View Post
    I am using the sea life flashlink that holds the fiber optic cable in a housing and a round velcro pad with a hole in the middle that attaches to it. The second round velcro attaches to the camera housing. I have no problem with the velcro on the housing just the one on the fiber optic cable. I went through 4 this week (had extras) went looking in town and noone sells them.

    OK... take a look, if you don't like this let me know and I will find another option.

    You said you have the Oly housing, so it has the diffuser, right?



    This custom fiber optic plug mount slips over the stock Olympus diffuser and allows Sea & Sea fiber optic cords to be used.
    Xit 404 Sea & Sea Fiber Optic Mount for Olympus Housings

    All you have to do then is add this to the end of the cable and you have secure but removable plug set up for your fiber optic.
    Xit 404 Inon to Sea & Sea Fiber Optic Cable Adapter

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    Here is another opition, not real sure if this would be more secure than the origional though.

    Diffuser kit L for attach dual fiber optical cable.

    10Bar Diffuser Kit L for Dual Fiber Optic Cable #PA-DF-L
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    Electrical tape (not the super cheap stuff) worked well for me. I have since switched to Gorilla tape and I have little doubt that stuff will outlast the housing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilDiver View Post
    Here is another opition, not real sure if this would be more secure than the origional though.

    Diffuser kit L for attach dual fiber optical cable.

    10Bar Diffuser Kit L for Dual Fiber Optic Cable #PA-DF-L
    My sync cord attachment looks like that - works beautifully...

    Sticks great (do make sure the surface is completely clean), and the attachment between the two plastic pieces is supposedly stronger than velcro per square inch... (I also bought some for another purpose, and it is great - I don't see it wearing out like velcro does)
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