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#399447 O-ring lube

Posted by eyu on 18 September 2018 - 03:49 AM

I have been using Tribolube 71 for all my o-rings for yrs too.  It works perfectly and does not react to the different o-ring materials, no swelling. 

I got tired of carrying a different grease for Subal black o-rings, Inon yellow o-rings, Sea&Sea blue o-rings, Olympus red o-rings.

Another option is to change all your o-rings to butyl (black), use no grease and just use saliva as a lubricant as one of my dive buddies does.



#386807 Mirrorless suggestions - I welcome your advice

Posted by eyu on 18 August 2017 - 02:29 AM



I would suggest you contact underwater camera dealers like Reef Photo, Backscatter and discuss the pros and cons of going from a DSLR to mirrorless.  My experience and others that I have dove with is that mirrorless tend to hunt and do not focus lock quickly like a DSLR.   So for subjects like moving pelagic fish getting the shot is difficult due to the focus hunting, for stationary macro subjects the hunting is not as bad.  Mirrorless advantage is that they are smaller and easier to travel with.



#386775 Mirrorless suggestions - I welcome your advice

Posted by eyu on 17 August 2017 - 04:20 AM

I bought my wife an EM1 and Nauticam housing as an upgrade from her Olympus E410.  

We then took a 3 wk Anilao trip and found that there were two issues, one was the hunting and two was lack of feel of half shutter with the shutter lever.

I reconfigured the focus to AEL/AFL to get around the lack of half shutter feel, but the hunting was still troublesome.  Used a L&M Sola 1200 and it helped the hunting some.  We used the 8 mm, 12-50 mm, 60 mm lens, still hunted but less with the 8 mm vs the 60 mm.

I have since replaced the EM1, Nauticam housing with a D7200 with Subal housing.   The hunting and half shutter issues are now resolved.  

I have learned that if your bride is troubled by her equipment, you pay very high price for her frustrations in a monetary and an emotional way.



#385268 Diving Bali & Lembongan - seeking reputable dive operators

Posted by eyu on 22 June 2017 - 03:44 PM

I use Aquamarine (http://www.aquamarinediving.com) for my Indonesian dive trips.  They are located in Denpasar and run by English lady dive master.

I was introduced to them by a good dive buddy who has used them for many years.  I have them pick me up in Denpasar and off we go diving.  I hire a private dive guide from them and give him a list of critters I want to photograph.  We dive as much as I want and as long as I want.  It is VIP service.



#385108 Subal D800 Housing and Nikon D800E Body for sale $4200 US

Posted by eyu on 17 June 2017 - 04:56 AM

The 16-35 4.0G ED VR fits fine in the type 3 port in my ND800.



#379462 Equipment for sale

Posted by eyu on 07 December 2016 - 02:47 PM

May I suggest you do an underwater workshop.  

Your system is not so complicated that with some handholding you could learn how to get great photos.  

For example,  Phil Rudin is the olympus underwater guru and he runs workshops.



#377116 Back Button focus/Nikon D7100

Posted by eyu on 17 September 2016 - 02:48 AM

As a Subal housing user I do not use BBF since I can feel the half shutter well with my housing.  With 3D focus I just put the focus spot on what I want in focus, recompose and take the shot.  

I did use BBF on a Nauticam EM-1 housing where I could not feel the half shutter.  



#376417 Travel with a back up camera body?

Posted by eyu on 25 August 2016 - 02:07 PM

For a jinxed guy I have been fortunate enough to ware out in addition to the above, a MacBook Pro, by diving and doing photos through the Indo-Pacific.


I do not mind being called "jinxed" as long as I can continue enjoying the "Coral Triangle" by diving and doing underwater photography!!!! 


Also I am a bad influence, I got Andy to join me in Raja Ampat this December.  And how many housings has my non-jinxed friend Andy flooded??


The jinxed Elmer

#376302 Travel with a back up camera body?

Posted by eyu on 22 August 2016 - 05:33 AM

Never go diving with Elmer, eh? He's jinxed. 



Considering these failures have been over the course of 1000+ dives there is no jinx here.

Flood was user error, don't assemble your kit on 3 hours sleep.  The hot shoe was also user error, a drop of salt water from hair.  The circuit board was from corrosion from salty moist tropical air, the card read wore out and the strobe was 12 years old.

I guess if I dove less my equipment would last longer


Elmer  :pardon:

#373817 Dive Tubbahata - advice on LOB

Posted by eyu on 21 May 2016 - 01:45 PM

I did Tubbahata on the Palausport, it is comfortable big boat.  Food was good, dive service was very good.

The times of the year that Tubbahata is open for diving is April to June.  

I would do it again, I had a great trip. 



#373215 Raja Ampat macro, wide and drone video

Posted by eyu on 02 May 2016 - 12:24 PM

Great shots, enjoyed it, thanks for sharing,



#373157 Are people leaving micro four thirds?

Posted by eyu on 01 May 2016 - 03:56 AM

I figured it was time to upgrade my wife's Olympus E-410 DSLR. She likes the smaller system and thinks my Subal D800E is massive, I don't disagree. 

So I got her an Olympus OMD EM 1 with an 8 mm, 60 mm and 12-50 mm lens with a Nauticam housing with the necessary ports.

Being compact the system required quite a bit of added buoyancy.  We went on a 3 wk dive trip to Anilao.

My wife found the system frustrating with focusing, it would hunt and be slow to lock focus.  We used a Sola Photo 1200 focus light, it helped some.

She could not feel the half shutter through the shutter leaver of the Nauticam. 

But even for medium size stationary subjects like warty frog fish that have good contrast it would tend to hunt and be slow to focus lock.

Focused with the half shutter, back AFL, single, continuous modes.  AFL in continuous AF worked the best, but still slow and hunts.

I replaced the EM1 and got my wife a Nikon D7200 in Dx format.  The D7200 focus is almost instant.

She was able to feel half shutter with a Subal housing and is now a happy camper with her underwater photos.

Although larger then the EM1, the focus, dynamic range of the DX D7200 is way better than the EM 1 MFT.

I expect the D500 to be better yet, for focus, iso and dynamic range.



#371791 FS: Nikon D810 with Ikelite Underwater Gear

Posted by eyu on 22 March 2016 - 01:33 AM

PM sent

#371704 Camera dilemmas

Posted by eyu on 19 March 2016 - 04:31 PM

Regarding a D750, look at Ken Kurtis's: http://www.reefseeke...pix & links.htm

My wife recently switched from an EM1 to a D7200.  She loves the D7200 and is very glad she switched.

If you go FX, the sigma 15 works very well with a 6" dome

#370651 Recommendations for Bali/Komodo Liveaboard Dive Operations??

Posted by eyu on 19 February 2016 - 03:34 AM



I was introduced to Aquamarine by a dive buddy who has been using them for 15+ yrs, he dives the Indo-Pacific 3 months a yr.

When I dive Bali, I arrange a private dive guide who takes care of all my dive gear as we travel from dive site to dive site.  They pick me up at Denpasar and off we go.  I give my dive guide a list of what I want to see and he will find them. I have not done any UV stuff.  A cool trip is to drive around Bali and dive.  There is much muck, but also manta and mola mola sites