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Made the Jump from GoPro to TG-5: Welcoming Any Advice

Discussion in 'The Olympus Outlet' started by krukster86, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. HalcyonDaze

    HalcyonDaze Manta Ray

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    Pulled the trigger today on the TG-5, Nauticam housing, Fantasea UWL-400F wide-angle wet lens, and a second tray handle and YS-01 strobe to combine with the single-arm setup I had on my E-PM1. Should hopefully have it in hand next week.
     
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  2. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago, IL
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  3. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    Wow so my old eBay account is not linked to my phone or email. Turns out my lowball bid on a used Ikelite DS-51 flash and arm combo a week ago actually won the auction. Fingers crossed I wasn't sold a dud.
     
  4. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    Don't forget an optical receiver, as Ikelite strobes only support wired triggering natively.
     
  5. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    Yeah it is on my "need to buy" list as well as a fiber optic cable.

    Do I need to have a constant light (I have two SOLAs and a Gobe available) as a focusing light? If so, I think I will need to get a camera tray extension to mount that. I really wish the ikelite housing had a cold shoe mount.
     
  6. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    You can use a triple clamp to mount the strobe and a light on the same arm.
     
  7. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    Good suggestion, however I have a flexible arm (Loc-line). I don't think they are compatible.
     
  8. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

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    I believe you can put one of these on the end of the flex arm to convert it to a ball mount.
     
  9. krukster86

    krukster86 Barracuda

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    The strobe came in last week. O-rings needed some cleaning, but otherwise looked to be in lightly used condition. Ordered the optical receiver and a fiber optic cable, which came in this evening. I put some batteries in and tested it out. Works like a charm! I do see why the ball arms are preferred over the flex arms, the strobe with batteries is quite a heavy load above water, and the loc-line "arm" sags under the weight. I am sure it is better underwater. I plan on playing around with it in a pool some weekend.
     
  10. jerrydascorpion

    jerrydascorpion Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Near Twin Cities, MN
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    I haven’t tried it out yet, but I just took a TG-5 class at my LDS. They mentioned that it doesn’t have to be pure white, I think actual white balance slates are more grey. One of the big things is to make sure your internal flash/strobes/lights are off. Only use ambient light. Also you want your calibration shot to be out of direct sun. They mentioned that they will use sand as a custom white balance, but not sand that is directly in the sun. They will look for “shaded” sand.

    Also from 0-15 ft you can use auto white balance. Then from 20-40 use a custom white balance. Take another custom white balance at 40 ft, and use it for 40-60. Then take another at 60, use this one for 60+.

    They also mentioned to only use custom if you are shooting in ambient light. If you use strobes or video lights use auto white balance.

    Again, I haven’t tried this yet, but the owners who put on the class are pretty skilled underwater photographers.
     

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