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NWDiver

Member Since 20 Jan 2004
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In Topic: Going from DX - 4/3s - FX - Compact, My Digital De-Evolution

Yesterday, 02:11 PM

No doubt the out of camera images from a FX camera are fantastic and give you so much to work with in editing.  

 

Without a doubt the Tokina 10-17mm goes into the Underwater Hall of Fame.  I owned two, on had the 1.4 teleconverter on it and never came off.

 

A well respected person with one of the top housing manufactures told me "National Geographic will take images from a point and shoot as long as it is of something amazing and in focus.  Taken with a grain of salt, but that always stuck with me.  

 

Of course Alex is so right, but here starts the slippery slope with DSLRS.  When I use to work with people I always told them no use buying a Porsche if you are going to put tricycle tires on it. 


In Topic: Going from DX - 4/3s - FX - Compact, My Digital De-Evolution

Yesterday, 06:08 AM

I don't think of it as "downgrading" as much as resizing.  In part they are just putting bigger sensors in smaller cameras with good glass.  Soon, hopefully, squeezing the guts of a 4/3 or FX systems in a smaller body, example the Sony full frame RX.  As mentioned for me the big trade offs are the flash recycle and lack of true Fish Eye wet lens.  I have to force myself to shoot macro.  Sure owning a Ferrari is great but if we are just going from the house to the store a Ford Focus RS will get you there just as fast...


In Topic: Solomons Trip diving from the Bilikiki live aboard

19 May 2015 - 04:54 AM

That was a fun trip.  Right now the only trip we have on the books is one to Zimbabwe to do some volunteer work.  We are pondering another Raja trip or humpbacks in Tonga and we have yet to see a tiger shark.... 

 

How about you?


In Topic: Solomons Trip diving from the Bilikiki live aboard

17 May 2015 - 07:15 AM

Thanks.  Like most of that area there is plenty of variety.  They are pretty good at telling you what the highlights will be for choosing lenses.  You start in the Russells and move from there.  

 

Joe you will have a great time.  Of course one of my favorites is White Beach.  I usually do one dive where I just snorkel and shoot over/unders up in the shallows.  I only spend 1/2 dive on scuba shooting some of the WWII stuff down lower.   Barracuda Point, where the real draw has been big schools of Jacks.  They go to an area with caves where you can do a lot of natural light stuff and its all real shallow.  

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What I love about the Bilikiki is once you get in a couple of dives they leave you alone if you want.  Better yet they don't cap your dive times.  Julie and I had several +90min dives just putting around and the launch is always right there to get you.  We did not take anything for malaria, if you do a shore visit just have some good bug spray.  This was our second trip with them and they are really great.  

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In Topic: Best Tablet, Light Weight device for travel?

29 March 2015 - 07:04 AM

Update, so the Surface Pro 3 arrived I loaded LR on it and the speed was fine.  Mine did not come with the Pen which I think would be essential with a lot of use.  I am not a big LR user so loaded Photoshop and Bridge.  Again the speed was "ok" but did not try to download 200-300 Raw files.  What I found is I am not accustomed to the "tablet" experience and found moving around and doing things awkward.  I found I wanted the keyboard.  In LR and PS the Text was so small I needed reading glasses to see the icons, yes I am old.  Went into settings and did not find a good option for enlarging.  In addition for off loading files to an external hard drive I want two USB ports.

 

Soooooo, the Surface goes back and just going to buy the new Macbook or since this is just for travel, view photos to edit when I get home maybe a used Macbook Air, $1300 vs. $600....