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In Topic: Choosing new camera (NOT DSLR)

17 September 2011 - 10:31 AM

I'm in the same boat as the OP looking for a setup and just....comfused. I see alot of mention of RAW and don't understand why it is important. (and just for the record I did do a search and didnt see this addressed anywhere) I also want a camera that can shoot video.

Hi Garrethe, I don't have time right now, but try googling it:
http://www.google.co...mera underwater
It is also useful above water, but much more important below water because it lets you fix white balance after the fact (so the colors look good!).

In Topic: Canvas Prints

21 August 2011 - 01:29 PM

1 and 6. They could use a bit more editing before printing, e.g., 1 has chromatic aberration still.

In Topic: Compact Flash vs SD Cards

09 August 2011 - 11:44 AM

SD cards are nicer, since they are smaller and most laptops have built-in SD card readers these days, but it hardly matters very much.

In Topic: First Trip Report - Kona, Hawaii

09 July 2011 - 01:28 PM

Your expectations may have betrayed you. If you want to find turtles out of Honokohau, you really have to ask the captain to go to one particular cleaning station, as you usually won't see them elsewhere. You'll find many more turtles snorkeling almost anywhere, e.g., at Kahalu'u or Two-step or... Mantas during the day are not very common; with a week of diving you might see one but just as a fly-by, not great for photography. You can dive with dolphins, but you need to go to the right spot and they need to be there---snorkeling with them is more fun, anyway. If, as you say, you weren't willing to look into holes, then yes you aren't going to see too much on a typical day dive. There is a lot of cool stuff there if you look for it. As to schools of fish in the open, I also think that the aquarium trade has been hitting some areas hard, sadly.

I've only dived with Jack's on the black-water dive (well worth it) and once on a day dive, so can't say much about their typical service. I don't think their snacks are supposed to be lunch, though maybe with the crowd your boat went out much later.

In Topic: Kona Manta Dive, Hawaii

26 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

The hotel is a more reliable location for mantas, but a worse night dive site. The operators who sail from the harbor (Jack's, Kona Honu, ...) don't like to go there because it uses more fuel. Still, often if they book a repeat customer who sees nothing at the airport for multiple days, they will go the hotel to keep him happy. It sounds like this didn't happen for you since you switched operators in the middle.

The Sea Paradise sails from right next to the hotel, though, for one-tank trips. Kona Honu is my favorite operator, but for mantas the Sea Paradise is a lot safer. And if you see nothing your next dive is free. If my memory is right I was told this only happens a couple times a year. (Personally, I have a 100% sighting rate at the hotel and maybe 30% at the airport.) If you want to be totally safe, then time your trip when the moon isn't full (so the lights they use are worth more) and go to the hotel deck the night before to check the surf and count the mantas.

I would recommend trying one of each. While it is amazing to see the mantas at the hotel, it is also more crowded and feels like a zoo or an amusement park, not at all like a natural experience. This bothers me a bit. It tends to have much more surge and there are many spiny sea urchins there, also. (Use their wetsuit, not yours. ;) ) In contrast, the airport site is good for two dives even without mantas.