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#401143 Amazon Basics, Eneloops, or Eneloops Pro for YS-D2

Posted by troporobo on 25 November 2018 - 11:33 PM

I’ve been using the regular Eneloops forever and am very happy with them in strobes and dive lights. I’ve got a couple dozen AAs that are maybe 6-7 years old and still going strong after an average 50-60 dives a year.

I have read that the Amazon batteries are the same, so perhaps worth a try, but the price difference is small. I see no reason to use the Eneloop Pros for my casual diving.

#400297 Anilao - July 2018

Posted by troporobo on 22 October 2018 - 12:58 PM

Spectacular work, wow! The video is excellent and the sound is subtle and really completes the ambience. Thanks for sharing.

You made some great sequences. The anemonefish eggs are fantastic, as is Shawn the sheep. The tiny octopus in the bottle is an image I have not seen before. There are many others I love.

I have to know your macro setup. You didn’t get some of this with just the 60 mm lens!

#399464 Help: Strange circles in pictures

Posted by troporobo on 18 September 2018 - 05:29 PM

It might be a reflection, but the banding suggests to me that it could also be an artifact of post processing. I see this sometimes when applying extreme corrections like a lot of contrast and color correction to a lower resolution JPEG file. Were you working with a RAW file or JPEG?

I also see what looks like sensor dust at the lower left.

#399221 Bifocal dive mask and Aquatic Optics

Posted by troporobo on 10 September 2018 - 12:36 AM

I'm on my second Sea Vision bifocal mask (after a prescription change) and have been thoroughly satisfied with both.  They replace the lens entirely, there's no additional "bonded" lens.  I'd buy from them again without hesitation. 

#398503 Strobes for Olympus E-M5 II?

Posted by troporobo on 19 August 2018 - 01:27 PM

I have used Inon S-2000 (primarily for macro) and Inon Z-240 (for everything) with my Olympus cameras and they work flawlessly every time. The sTTL function is so good and apparently so compatible with the Olympus flash routines that I rarely switched to manual strobe settings. If I get the upgrade bug (though I see no reason currently) or if my Z-240s ever die, I will switch to the new Z-330 strobes. 

#397930 packing and transporting my rig

Posted by troporobo on 29 July 2018 - 02:27 PM

I tried various combinations and didn't find that separating the port from the housing worked any better. Maybe it wouldn't work as well with a larger DSLR housing. I guess that is one advantage of a m4/3 system.


I got the ThinkTank dividers and lid organizer, mainly because I couldn't try the Pelican Trek Pak dividers in person and was a bit sceptical that they would bend as I wanted to accommodate the housing and dome port as shown.  The lid organizer is excellent, much nicer than the Pelican mesh version, and will hold a laptop or tablet:



#397663 Best photographer diving near Manila (or easy to get to from there)?

Posted by troporobo on 23 July 2018 - 05:36 AM

I can second the recommendation for Alona / Balicasag at Bohol - it's one of my favorite destinations - for more turtles than you have ever seen on a dive and a good chance of schooling pelagics and the occasional pod of dolphins. Plus the best beach in the Philippines is Alona, never mind what they say about Boracay.  Bohol Beach Club is a very nice resort and there are many other good choices. 


However there is the caveat that it will take all day to get there from Anilao. You'd have to allow 4 hours to be safe (though it might be 2.5 hours) for the drive from Anilao to Manila airport, 2 hours for check-in, an hour flight, and an hour to collect baggage and transfer to one of the resorts.  It's pretty tough to make anything happen before 0800 anywhere here, so your earliest arrival would be 1600 subject to flights. Currently the last flight of the day is at 1400.  Maybe a night dive is possible the same day if arranged in advance.  Or you could leave Anilao in the afternoon - in which case a 4 hour drive is guaranteed - then stay near the airport and get the 0700 or 0800 flight the next day, allowing a half day of diving in the afternoon. 


Frankly, my advice would be to relax and allow some down time, with something interesting to do on land during a transit.  More often than not, things do not go to plan around this country, like most developing countries in Asia and elsewhere, especially so the further you get from the big cities.  If your happiness depends on clockwork logistics the probability of frustration is close to 1. But if you allow some space for serendipity, it may well find you!

#397301 Pink nudi detail

Posted by troporobo on 11 July 2018 - 05:24 PM

Nice shots! Thats some impressive super macro detail in the second one. What lens / diopter did you use for these?

#397226 Pygmy sea horse in Okinawa

Posted by troporobo on 09 July 2018 - 11:12 PM

Good catch! You would have been very very close with that lens. Those can be tricky little buggers to capture. In my experience sometimes they’ll let you get a profile like this, sometimes they’ll turn their backs occasionally, and very rarely will they look in your direction for more than an instant. And then the coral will shade your strobe and bugger the shot! I obsessed over them for several years before I finally got a straight on portrait. You should be happy with this shot.

#396823 Need destination recommendation

Posted by troporobo on 27 June 2018 - 06:06 AM

Search is your friend! Heres the most recent thread, there are many others:


#396754 Oly OM system starting from scratch

Posted by troporobo on 25 June 2018 - 06:08 AM

I have a Flickr album of images taken with the 12-50 lens, if you would like to see examples of its range:


#396735 Oly OM system starting from scratch

Posted by troporobo on 24 June 2018 - 03:26 PM

If you want maximum versatility from one lens and one port, the obvious answer is the 12-50 lens setup as it will shoot wide, portrait, and macro. Its not a cheap solution due to the complicated zoom gear and port but they turn up in the classifieds from time to time. Add a diopter later and you get supermacro, and if you want to go out for true wide angle at the cost of some magnification it will also work in one of the small domes.

Otherwise you can use the 14-42 mark II (not the EZ) and also add a diopter for macro if you want, but its not a great lens to be honest. The 12-40 is a great lens, but it wont do macro.

If youre up to a dual setup, consider a macro plus WA zoom. (I believe a fisheye is too specialized, though great at what they do). I use a 60 macro lens in a flat port most of the time, and a 7-14 in a dome the rest of the time. That covers pretty much everything I need.

#395507 Took the GH5 to Anilao

Posted by troporobo on 17 May 2018 - 01:26 PM

Wow, fantastic work!  I love everything about your video.  When people want to know what diving in Anilao is like, this is where they should look.  A few questions if I may: 


What wide angle lens and port were you using?  That shot at 0:55 with the nembrotha in the foreground and diver in the distance is brilliant. 


Were your macro sequences all hand held or did you have any sort of tripod?  I'm amazed at how stable they are at such high magnification (e.g. the pygmy at 1:20)


What is your lighting setup?  You got a great quality of light in most shots especially the macro.  I don't do video but the color grading also looks very good to me, with the wide shots looking very natural and correctly white balanced (unlike some videos we see where the blue is dialed up to almost neon). 


Did you keep the name and contact info of your spotter?  Whoever it was, they are a lot better than the guy I dive with.  I'd hire them if I could


Now a minor quibble - you missed getting my weekend house in the frame of the opening sequence by about 100m!  ;-)

#394543 Macro Dive in Tulamben-Bali : where Dive Guide can make the difference .

Posted by troporobo on 18 April 2018 - 02:01 PM

Thanks too for the links to the setup.  Really interesting stuff.  I might have a new project . . . .

#394496 Macro Dive in Tulamben-Bali : where Dive Guide can make the difference .

Posted by troporobo on 17 April 2018 - 02:14 PM

Wow, this is spectacular work!  Not only technically amazing but also aesthetically very nice as well.  Thanks a lot for sharing your images!


I really like the pair of leafy pipefish, and would love to know more about the your setup to produce such an image.  I'm not able to imagine how it works with a snoot.  Do you happen to have a photo of your assembled rig?


The suupermacro shots are really something too.  I doubt most of us have seen anemonefish eggs at that level of detail.