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#401641 Great White cage diving Isla Guadalupe

Posted by trimix125 on 13 December 2018 - 09:20 AM

a smiling one ;-))

#400160 Pygmy sea horse in Okinawa

Posted by trimix125 on 17 October 2018 - 12:01 PM

what do you think why a pygmy is showing the profile or back?

It lives on a gorgony in the dark....
Hard to spot for most hunters, perfect camoflage...
But suddenly there comes a punch of divers and light it like a musical star....

First from our side, there is a big mirror getting very close, our macro port!
And a lot of unusual light. These animals live in more than 25 meters normaly. So there is not much light.
But now, they get blinded by the light of our focus lamps, and much more evil, spotlighted for hunters like wrasses and others.
These guys now easily can see them!
How long do you need to find one through your view finder, even if you know ist there???

I got my best shots with long macro lenses, favorit is the Nikon 70 - 180mm macro zoom lens. Manual focus close to the target, and than back and forth for the perfect lock.
No focus light, and the guide or buddy does backlightning.
Then the horse will turn its head in my direction. Hopefully ...
No need of stickwork, or whatever.
And you will see throught the magnification of the macro lens how the breathing rate of the pygmy get quicker....

So 2 to 3 pics, and then away.
And hopefully one is maybe ok ;-))


#399065 Should I wait for the Nikon Z-series?

Posted by trimix125 on 05 September 2018 - 11:50 AM

your lenses are mostly DX, so no use for them on the new Nikon Z series.
Did you had a housing for the D7000?
If not, you have to make a big step, and then the difference is not so big....
Nikon will need, as well as Sony did, some time to get all needed lenses on start.
But there is a nice pool of available lenses, that Sony didnt had....
The question is, what is your goal? Macro or wide angle?
Z models are FX, means more wide angle than macro possibilities,,,


who thinks about the Z6 after the hot time....

#398609 D500 vs D850?

Posted by trimix125 on 23 August 2018 - 05:38 AM

There will be plenty used DX and FX systems on the market ;-)))

#398525 Strobes for Olympus E-M5 II?

Posted by trimix125 on 20 August 2018 - 10:47 AM

have used the Inon D2000 & Z240 and Sea&Sea YS250 pro.
Worked all fine with my Mk I.


#396964 Oly TG-5 Package Recommendations

Posted by trimix125 on 02 July 2018 - 12:50 PM

what is his favorit in taking pics? Or video?
For macro or Video, one or better two Video lights are great. If it is wide angle, better two strobes...
Have been using the mk1 in an Nauticam housing, get the 12 - 50mm in the 6omm macro port with a zoom gear, later the 60mm macro lens, and then either a fisheye, or one of the good wide angles. Or the other way, if you like wide angle more ;-))


#396953 WTB Vacuum system

Posted by trimix125 on 02 July 2018 - 11:35 AM

have a Backscatter wahoo set with valve, manual pump and pressure gauge.
Bought that here in the Forum some time ago for my old Hugyfot, but never installed it.
The new Hugyfot has one on board...
Will add pics tomorrow.

#396763 Oly OM system starting from scratch

Posted by trimix125 on 25 June 2018 - 11:20 AM

have been using the OMD5 mkI and found the 12-50mm fine, and you can use the same port for the 60mm macro, great lens...
I was using the macro port and a third party printed zoom gear.
Add a +10 Subsee or other good lens, for the 60mm and you get supermacro.
For wide i was using the 8mm Panasonic, the Oly was not on the market....
If wide and low light, the 12mm Oly is fine.
Only changed sfor low light reasons.

#396125 Scratched glass

Posted by trimix125 on 06 June 2018 - 10:15 PM

this looks like a coated lens, so no polishing! Otherwise you get a "cloudy" surface....
You can only try to find the same lens with a scratched front lens, and then change the element.
Have done that with a Inon UFL-165AD with the rear element.

#395858 Think Tank Airport Commuter Alternatives

Posted by trimix125 on 30 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

using a Think tank since years, i had changed to a no name product 2 years ago, since i have changed to a dslr rig...
500 gramm reduced...
After 2 trips, the zippers dont work anymore....
So i bought a second Think tank, because my girl friend is using mine..
Ist a pitty, she takes pics under water as well...

What i do, is thinking about my goal for the trip, means i take a setup for what i like to do most, including housing, port, camera and lens, and one light source in the backpack. Plus laptop and accu, loader and all that is needed to shoot the main goal of the trip.

Second strobe, and its arm and clamps, second port and lens, will travel in the normal divebag.

Simply because i can rent any gear anywhere if my bag is not coming. But not camera or strobes. So i can shot my mean goal up to 50% with my carry on, even if the other parts will arrive days later.

Have been in Aniloa, met a guy there who spent three days there. And his baggage came on the third day....
Think on going a liveaboard, but your gear is somewhere...

On the other hand, weighting luggage is rising a lot.....
So better having the most needed with me, and all the other stff coming hopefully...


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#395467 Took the GH5 to Anilao

Posted by trimix125 on 16 May 2018 - 09:49 PM

very nice.
All the tiny stuff was only 60mm and the CMC?


#395383 Photographing cuttlefish eggs

Posted by trimix125 on 14 May 2018 - 09:53 AM

Humans are really stupid animals....
We should enjoy what we get to see, and we have the luxury to fix these moments for others.

Beeing an instructor, it was allways a have to do for me, to show people a bit about the underwater world, and to tell them how lucky we are, simply to have a chance watching this real.

I have seen divers / photographers watching a scene, and while swimming away kicking the animal from ist original place....
Divers, taking a pic of a pygmy in a fan, and kicking the next fan with their fins, so if there was a pygmy, it would have thought this will be the end of the world...

For the "best shot" putting animals to places they would never go... And riscing the live of that poor thing...

It looks on land, like there is only me, than me and than, after a long break maybe something else...
Under water without witness, it can be even worse...

So ist our job to save of the underwaterworld as much as possible.
To tell people what stupid things they were doing, even when this means to get unfriendly answers.

Who else than a photographer archieves things there???
If you visit some places for years, you see the changes. And we can document it, and tell the people why...

Sorry for the Long message,
but i think ist time to give the "blue" part of the planet a bit back of what we take....


#394503 Macro Dive in Tulamben-Bali : where Dive Guide can make the difference .

Posted by trimix125 on 17 April 2018 - 10:24 PM

great shots!!!
Like the lightning on the fish pics!
The super macros are superb!


#394477 Second Trip to Triton Bay !

Posted by trimix125 on 16 April 2018 - 10:07 PM

Very nice shots and the report makes hungry to go there ;-))


#394249 Anyone using Sea&Sea Buoyancy Handle (Plastic)

Posted by trimix125 on 09 April 2018 - 12:26 PM

i simply use a double sided piston clip, like you get it with a finger spool / reel, to clip my two strobe arms together. Simply clip it into both fixing screws, thats it. I like the stainless version, because thats easy to see for the boat crew.
And second use is to fix the neopren port cap, for the fisheyedome, so i can take off the protection after jumping / handling in, and attach it before the rig goes out of the water without loosing it. And at least you can use it to fix / clip the rig to your jacket if needed.
Ceap and helpfull.