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diverdave1

Member Since 14 Dec 2007
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In Topic: Underwater photography - The professionals

28 August 2012 - 07:24 PM

At the risk of possibly getting flamed, another trend I have noticed is magazine editors are increasingly using their own photography throughout a magazine, presumably so they do not have to pay for higher quality images. I had one editor of a very well known magazine actually tell me that he relies on 'contributions' from their readers for content. In other words "we don't pay for photography even though we charge for the magazine". All though this is an unfortunate direction for stock UW photography, I think, by far the biggest problem is inexperienced photographers giving away their images for their name in print.

In Topic: Nikon Af105vr vs Sigma 150 macro

21 June 2012 - 10:48 AM

The bad news: I finally figured out that the Nikon 105VR is so fat that it won't fit in my compound Seatool port (The dedicated one-piece port for the 105 has a larger ID)
The good news: The Signa 150mm macro is not as fat (3.1 vs. 3.3) and my compound port is long enough to fit a Sigma 150.

So I can't use my Kento 2x TC with the 105 which is Alex's preferred method to get greater than 1:1 so I am thinking of purchasing the 150mm ans using my Subsee (+5 and +10) with it.

any experiences or ideas out there?


Tom

PS: I shoot a D-300

I should have added this benefit; Shooting it wide open, or nearly wide open, you can get beautifully soft backgrounds (bokeh) and really isolate the critter or just a small part of the critter, almost to the point of it being a special effect.

In Topic: Nikon Af105vr vs Sigma 150 macro

21 June 2012 - 10:45 AM

The bad news: I finally figured out that the Nikon 105VR is so fat that it won't fit in my compound Seatool port (The dedicated one-piece port for the 105 has a larger ID)
The good news: The Signa 150mm macro is not as fat (3.1 vs. 3.3) and my compound port is long enough to fit a Sigma 150.

So I can't use my Kento 2x TC with the 105 which is Alex's preferred method to get greater than 1:1 so I am thinking of purchasing the 150mm ans using my Subsee (+5 and +10) with it.

any experiences or ideas out there?


Tom

PS: I shoot a D-300

I have been using the 150 for a while now. It is good for shy fish but much harder to hold steady than the shorter macros. You also take a pretty got hit on contrast and saturation shooting through more water. I also get a lot of movement unless I shoot at my highest synch speed which is 250. With practice you can get pretty good shots but shorter lenses shooting through less water will give you a much clearer/sharper image.

In Topic: Wetpixel D800 review

13 May 2012 - 12:11 AM

Hi Fred,

I disagree!. The purpose of this review is not to review housings, it is to review the camera's performance underwater, as was Alex's excellent D4 review. Ergonomics, or which controls a manufacturer includes or does not include, are a matter for a housing review. We may carry out a housing review at a future date. This will concentrate on the controls that are available on different housings.

In this instance, Nauticam were the first to provide a housing. This gives us the earliest possible opportunity to test the camera underwater.

I agree that a housing review should state which controls are available-a camera review should not! I don't think the omission of an individual's preferred controls should be raised in a camera review. How you shoot will be different from others-the lack of a control will influence how you shoot. I do not use "function" or "preview" buttons for this reason!

Lastly, the use of caps in a post equates to shouting-this is rude, hectoring and belligerent. Please don't do so if you wish to engender debate.

All the best

Adam

With all due respect, exclamation points can be perceived the same way. If Fred had posted the entire message in allcaps I can see how that would come across as offending, but it appeared he only tried to emphasize certain parts of the post, as you did with the !!

In Topic: How to fix an aquatica housing???

06 May 2012 - 11:58 AM

Have you tried sending it back to the manufacturer to address the issue?