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jbdiver

Member Since 22 Nov 2008
Offline Last Active Nov 15 2012 03:04 PM
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In Topic: Starting macro: which lens to choose?

15 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

If you have never shot macro before, definitely start with the 60mm. I use a 7D and the canon 60mm lens is phenomenal -- both below and above water. Shooting macro can be really tricky and frustrating at first. The 60mm lens will offer an easier learning curve. I consider macro to be much more difficult than wide angle. I recommend lots of practice. I like to use the 60mm on reef walls where I never know what to expect. I can use it to capture the little stuff, or even bigger stuff like turtles.

In Topic: need Help/info with Focus Lights (with or without Auto off ? ) and best place...

11 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

+1 for the Sola 800 recommendation. I bought this light two months ago before a long summer trip to Palau. It was such a pleasure to use compared to my previous focus lights -- strong illumination, nice wide beam, easy controls, both white/red LEDs... There's so much to like about this light.

I didn't just use it on night dives. It was mounted to my rig -- on a hotshoe mount or an arm tri-clamp mount -- anytime I was using a macro or mid-level zoom lens. I used it in the blue holes, caverns, and along the walls. You never know when you might need a little extra light. And as Jack pointed out, the light from the focus light is practically imperceptible compared to the light from your strobes. I believe the AFO feature should not be a factor when making a buying decision for a focus light.

In Topic: Back Inflation or Jacket style BCD

24 June 2012 - 06:16 AM

Here's the difference, for me, between a jacket BC and a backplate/wing in tropical diving:
I need to wear 8-10lbs when wearing a jacket BC with a 3/2 full suit. That 10lbs is required to sink the first 15ft, then the jacket BC is needed to prevent a ride to the bottom.
I wear 2lbs of lead when wearing an aluminum backplate+wing. I never need to touch my wing inflator hose underwater. The wing is only used at the surface. I'm perfectly neutral at any depth.
The difference in control and performance between the two systems is dramatic. But I understand why people stick to what they know.

In Topic: Back Inflation or Jacket style BCD

24 June 2012 - 05:58 AM

How many wings/BCs are there on the market today? If there was only one correct solution, there would only be one.


New divers rarely recognize the correct solution, and it's difficult for any manufacturer to create a monopoly in the market. A cheap, poorly designed BC will gain some market share based solely on price.

In Topic: Back Inflation or Jacket style BCD

20 June 2012 - 01:39 PM

But can you get your head high enough out of the water in 3 foot chop so you do not get a face full of water with each wave and not be pitched forward?


In the Great Lakes we deal with bigger waves than that while wearing wings. Generally when I'm on the surface I'm naturally leaning back so that I can use my fins more effectively and prevent water intake. If your back-inflated wing is pitching you forward that means you have way too much air in the wing.