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#394970 Nauticam using images without consent

Posted by diverdoug1 on 01 May 2018 - 07:02 PM

If Nauticam does not BOTH apologize and PAY the photographers, I will stop recommending their products. Nauticam has described their products as”professional” equipment. Professionals get paid! If you do not pay up, I hope you lose your market share. DO THE RIGHT THING NAUTICAM!

#373366 Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Posted by diverdoug1 on 07 May 2016 - 05:24 AM

Just saw Adam Hanlon's article regarding Jellyfish lake.  I was in Palau last month.  On April 16 there were very few jellyfish seen in the lake.  On April 23 our group of 12 divers found ZERO jellyfish in an attempt to cover the entire lake surface.  I was told by our liveaboard Capt. that Jellyfish lake has been shut down for diving tourism at this time.

#372509 Nauticam port with 60mm macro, focus gear?

Posted by diverdoug1 on 11 April 2016 - 03:26 PM

When shooting with my105 lens doing super macro, I find the ability to focus manually is indispensable. When shooting the 60 My depth of field is much larger and fine manual focus adjustments are not routinely needed IMHO.

#359335 Second thoughts about vacuum systems

Posted by diverdoug1 on 28 March 2015 - 09:57 AM

Although vacuum systems can detect a significant leak during a dive, I feel that a moisture sensor is a far more sensitive indicator of a leak which has occurred DURING a dive.  The vacuum systems show their greatest utility (IMHO) in 1. Identifying that your system is properly sealed pre-dive, 2.Preloading the O-rings, thereby minimizing blow-by of water at the surface on entry or surface swims.  I use both systems on my housings. 


#352885 Increase in Indonesian Visa on Arrival fee

Posted by diverdoug1 on 24 September 2014 - 07:56 AM

In July, Indonesia increased the Visa on Arrival fee from $25 USD to $35 USD. Good to know so that you can have some crisp money that the officials will not give you a hard time about.

#352584 Problems triggering Ikelite strobes with housing Sea&Sea Nikon D200

Posted by diverdoug1 on 15 September 2014 - 03:10 PM

When I was shooting Ikelite, I never went on a trip without a spare sync cord.  I have had them last years or just a few months.

#351033 thoughts on mini domes

Posted by diverdoug1 on 31 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

This is the real question of U/W photography when it comes down to brass tacks.  How much of a pain it the ass are you willing to put up with for improved image quality?  This question ranges from the micro 4/3rds cameras up to the Scarlet systems.  Smaller is easier and you can argue that it is "just almost about as good".  Bigger is ( so much harder to carry and pack) but slightly better.  Logistics is the task-master of underwater photography.  Do your put all of your photo gear in carry-on, or do you tell your wife that you are checking 200 pounds of photo gear, and she can not bring her entire shoe collection?

You knew the answer to this question before you asked it.  A huge mega dome WILL make a difference in image quality.  A big friggin' dome always has better optics than a smaller dome.  The question is "is it worth the trouble?"  It is impossible to answer that question for you!  Can you take an increadibly good image with a smaller dome?  YES!,  Would the same image taken with a larger dome probably be a little bit better? YES! Is a bigger dome a lot bigger pain in the ass to travel and free-dive with?  YES!

The other posts above have great merit, but you really need to decide what lengths you want to go to, in order to get the best possible image.


Posted by diverdoug1 on 06 June 2014 - 04:30 AM

I use the red beam on my Sola 800 photo 90% of the time when I am night diving. It attracts way fewer bloodworms. Even when I might use the white light to look for creatures, I switch to red once I locate one. I find most creatures out at night tend to shy away from the white light more than the red.

#348713 Nauticam vacuum leak detector

Posted by diverdoug1 on 05 June 2014 - 10:09 AM

Turbohampster asked "Maybe a stupid question but has anyone noticed any difference in the buoyancy of their housing when using a vacuum?"

The density of air at sea level at 15°C is 1.225 grams per liter. Pumping the housing down to negative 10" Hg at the surface will decrease this by roughly 33%, resulting in about 0.408 grams per liter change in weight by applying the vacuum. Most DSLR housings have an internal volume of less than 2 liters, so the change in buoyancy will be less than 1 gram.

#348645 Nauticam vacuum leak detector

Posted by diverdoug1 on 04 June 2014 - 08:16 AM

On a DSLR, it takes much more than modest torque to pry off a port.  A port with 5" orifice has 99 pounds of pressure pressing it into the housing when at 10 inches Hg of vacuum.

#345644 Vacuum leak detector question

Posted by diverdoug1 on 04 April 2014 - 07:02 AM


#345613 Vacuum leak detector question

Posted by diverdoug1 on 03 April 2014 - 07:05 PM


#345571 Vacuum leak detector question

Posted by diverdoug1 on 03 April 2014 - 05:31 AM

given water temperature. In your scenario, if the water temp was 22c, there would be no possibility of condensation no?


Correct, If the water temperature is not low enough to cause the housing wall to drop to the dew point (18°C in the example) then condensate will not form.


In response to Draq's comment, I think there may be a substance called Berrrr-bonne (sp?) manufactured by a Mr. Daniels in Kentucky that will cause you to not care about condensation. :)

#345545 acrylic vs. glass domes

Posted by diverdoug1 on 02 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

It may be like a Ford or Chevy question.  No one common answer.

#345528 Vacuum leak detector question

Posted by diverdoug1 on 02 April 2014 - 09:49 AM

Sorry about that Draq!   I will try to clearly answer the 2 questions posted in this thread using what little expertise I have in the area as a hyperbaric physician.  I will not get drawn into a pettifoggery once again.


Your question if the negative pressure generated by the Nauticam system will make it less likely to flood -the answer is yes, because the o-ring is sucked into the mating surfaces of the housing, preventing blow-by. 


watboy, your question if an additional benefit of a vacuum system  would be that it would eliminate condensation issues , the answer is no.  It will greatly decrease them though.  If you close your housing at 30°C and 75% relative humidity, condensation will form when the housing wall reaches 25°C.  Under the same conditions, If you pump the housing down negative 10 inches Hg,  condensation will form when the housing wall reaches 18°C.  Starting conditions will certainly modify the results, but not the manner in which you can calculate the benefit. The explanation is below.


Condensation forms at the dew point which is when relative humidity (RH)= 100%


RH= partial pressure of water vapor (PW) / vapor pressure of water (VP) at a given temp.


Vapor pressure of water at a given temp. (VP) is independent of pressure


When you decrease the pressure by 10 inches Hg, you are decreasing the pressure inside the housing by 30%


Following Dalton's law, decreasing the housing pressure by 30% will decrease the partial pressure of water (PW) by 30% once the temperature equilibrates.  Therefore, relative humidity will decrease by 30%


So starting at 30°C and 1atm and a RH of 75%, pumping the housing down to .7atm will yield a RH of 67.5% once the housing equilibrates with the 30°C ambient temp.


Using the dew point curve we know that at 30°C and 75% RH  the dew point = 25°C

Using  the dew point curve we know that at 30°C and  67.5% RH the dew point = 18°C


So after vacuum there will be a 7°C degree difference in how cold you have to get the housing wall before condensate will form.


I will be happy to answer any questions not originating from Interceptor.