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In Topic: Taking the housing as carry-on

02 August 2017 - 04:45 AM

I throw my housing and domes in a padded cooler bag which you can buy a Big W or K Mart for $25.  Wrap them in a few layers of bubble wrap and have them weight in under the 7kg carry-on limit.  Good thing about it is that you can use as a camera bag for carrying to and from the dive sites or on a dive boat.


Regards Mark

In Topic: D500 focus options underwater?

02 August 2017 - 04:39 AM

I decided to take Adams advice and shoot with AF-C and with group points (4 in a diamond shape) with my 10.5mm Nikor Fisheye on Grey Nurse Sharks at Fish Rock, South West Rocks, Australia.  Over 5 dives and 1700 odd shots I only had 2 shots which were out of focus but mind you I was shooting inside a dark underwater cave at the time.  Interesting as it was in a 4 shot sequence one shot was in focus then another wasnt and number 3 was in focus and number 4 wasnt.  But overall I was happy with shooting in  AF-C.


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In Topic: Which lens set up to photograph Sharks?

22 July 2017 - 07:50 AM

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I found the best spot to be near the feeder and on the side which he feeds from as you want to get the action shot of the shark coming in and grabbing the bait and then moving towards you.  Practice shooting with higher FPS to get the action shots with strobes turned down to keep up with the camera


Regards Mark

In Topic: D500 or 5D iv, for AF, macro/wide, battery life and on land use

22 July 2017 - 07:36 AM

I dont shoot macro very often but when I do its like 3-4 long dives a day for several days and normally in Indonesia.  Last trip I bought a Tokina 100mm macro lens and used this for the whole trip and used with the Aquatica close up lense (+5 and +10).  The reason why I bought the Tokina was because I didnt want to spend the money on the 105mm when I dont shoot macro often.  I was surprised with the quality and performance of the Tokina 100mm macro. The AF was super fast and pin point accurate and there wasnt a need to go manual.  There was some very fine rocking back and fro when using the +10 but this was in only a few rare occasions during the trip.


I have my D500 housed in an Aquatica AD500.


Regards Mark

In Topic: D500 or 5D iv, for AF, macro/wide, battery life and on land use

21 July 2017 - 06:12 PM

Looks like you have talked yourself into the D500.  Also bare in mind that there are other Wide Angle lenses which work very well with the D500 and do not cost a arm and a leg.  The Nikkor 10.5mm f2.8 FE is an outstanding lens which can be bought at a reasonable price.  If you want rectangular wide angle the Tokina 11-16mm is also a great lens to play with. 


Battery life with the D500 is great. But you have to use the new batteries for it.  Use the older batteries and there be shorter battery life.  This is only an issue if you already have the older batteries from earlier models.  If you do Nikon will replace them with the new batteries free of charge.  I shoot close to 1000 shots with video over 2 dives and still have maybe 80% battery life. 


I also turned off WIFI on my D500 as i found it used battery life as it was searching for a decent WIFI at the dive shop (lots of wifi connections).  I turn on airplane mode and never had a problem since.


Any questions just ask,


Regards Mark