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In Topic: Packing tips for travelling around SE Asia, Indonesia, Australia

07 March 2017 - 03:27 AM

Thank for all of the replies everyone! Some really great tips here. 


My main issue is that I am going to be backpacking so don't really fancy taking any heavy roller bags with me. Thankfully most of my camera gear will fit into my 30l rucksack which fits within the hand luggage dimensions (definitely not within the weight restrictions) and on my back doesn't look too crammed.


The only thing I am going to worry about are my strobes and arms which will most likely need to go in my main backpack, carefully wrapped in clothes! I will have to try and pad out the sides of the rucksack as well. I knew all of those styrofoam sheets I've been saving would come in handy one day!  :laugh:

Yes this makes sense. Although i may warn you that i did a similar thing, albeit not with my strobe but my housing. It was packed in a heavily padded bag(Like a beer cooler) and carefully wrapped around it was my 3 mm wetsuit, with clothes crammed around. And yet after a few trips, the housing window had an issue. So as far as arms are concerned, its not an issue, but strobes, i would like in a safer place. Just my two bits  :chatterbox: You can still pack them well enough without any problems. 





In Topic: Tentative gear selection...how am I doing?

06 March 2017 - 11:02 PM

Thanks a bunch for the help. The D500 came in the mail the other day and I'm getting excited.


Now I'm thinking that I might get the Ikelite DS160 strobe to have TTL flash and minimize the number of things that I have to juggle while I'm shooting. Anything wrong with that idea? 

 Digital TTL shooting underwater does not always give you the most creative lighting. And in time, i would guess most photographers switch to manual mode. Here are two articles that may help, one written by one of the best underwater photographers today (in moi opinion :-) 






Hope this helps in clearing your mind.



In Topic: Packing tips for travelling around SE Asia, Indonesia, Australia

02 March 2017 - 10:23 PM

I put the housing, strobes and laptop in a carry on haversack. Large dome, small dome, camera, lenses, go pro etc in a roller camera bag. Arms, flat ports, batteries, dive gear in the check in bag. Have not ever had a problem yet except on a very full flight on Singapore airlines where the took my roller bag at the aircraft gate and gave it back to me on landing.


Check in bag usually weighs around 22-24 kgs. Roller bag around 15 kgs and haversack around 12 kgs :-)


Ohh and there have been times where i leave the roller bag out of sight of check in staff and then quietly roll it away post check in !


On smaller air crafts, recently in the Maldives they just take the roller bag at the aircraft gate before boarding. In S E Asia, i usually fly, garuda/Lion/Sriwijaya and have not yet had any issues except to pay excess weight for the check in bag, which would be for4-5 kgs.


Hope this helps



In Topic: Tips to keep water from gathering on the lens port

01 March 2017 - 11:43 PM

Mumbai, back in the early days we used to have Fiat cars with wipers that never really did the job in a heavy downpour. So we used to buy a filter less cigarette called charminar. You just have to take the tobacco and rub it on your windshield. No drops ! Just an even film of water that one could see through. I used this with good success. Even rubbing potatoes works. BUT hey in time i just reverted to plain old spit :-) (on my housing dome port - not the windshield :dancing:





In Topic: Strobes positionning for sharks ?

30 January 2017 - 12:08 AM

Thank you Diggy. You are right. In this case, i would lower the strobes on each side (3 and 9 o clock) and put the housing a little bit upwards : is that correct ?

Correct  :dancing: