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#392830 WTB Nauticam 7" N85 Port (36129)

Posted by bmorescuba on 28 February 2018 - 11:13 AM

Maybe you tried shooting the 12-40 underwater but don't use it anymore?


Let me know - I'd like to give it a shot. I'm interested in the 12-40 zoom gear, too (36045 or deepshots).



#389216 Shooting Experience - Oly 30mm vs. 60mm Macro Lenses

Posted by bmorescuba on 08 November 2017 - 07:35 PM

All good points. I used to shoot the Canon 60mm macro on aps-c (so 90mm ff equiv).  I got used to that focal length and had to adjust when I started using the Oly 60mm. Definitely fewer fish portraits, at least medium-large fish. The  problem is - the Panasonic 45mm is $800 + the port. The Panasonic 30mm is double the cost of the Oly 30mm currently. Don't get me wrong - I love the 60mm. I just wanted to explore the possibilities. $200 is a very low entry point. Maybe I can find a Macro Port 45 used somewhere.And as to why I don't just get a zoom - sometimes I will put the 14-42 on but my experience with zooms is fewer (wow!) pictures, even if they're serviceable. And to house the Pro zooms is more than I can afford for now. Plus, I like the simplicity of primes. I don't use focus gears, so there's a costs savings there as well.


Thank for the input - I hope the thread is updated with more people's impressions. And just so no one thinks I'm giving up too easily - I have shot bigger stuff with the 60mm macro - this being my most extreme example:





It took some serious lightroom work to make up for how far away I had to be with that though. I had to commemorate the moment - a group of 5 reef sharks chased us from 70 ft up to 20ft, inviting us to leave their space asap...


#386401 Critters from Lembeh

Posted by bmorescuba on 01 August 2017 - 01:26 PM

There are a LOT of critters to make an easy-to-view catalog, but you might find something like this, which is a subjective best-of-macro list, helpful:




#382580 Flabellina sp?

Posted by bmorescuba on 24 March 2017 - 04:44 PM

I'm pretty sure this is Favorinus sp.


There are several places that describe it as Favorinus sp. 2


(even though this page says sp.1, he identifies it earlier as sp.2). The "Nudibranch & Sea Slug ID Indo Pacific" book describes sp.2 as -


15mm, Orange Red with orange lines on the oral tentacles; cerrata brown with conspicuous lamellae and black apices; cerata orange with white subapical rings and purple tips....

#381897 Silver Globes on Coral

Posted by bmorescuba on 02 March 2017 - 10:07 AM

They have a lot of names, but I like Sea Pearls. I also like Bubble Algae. The binomial name is Ventricaria ventricosa, and they are one of the largest single-celled organisms (each bubble is one cell). 

#372143 Octopus ID

Posted by bmorescuba on 02 April 2016 - 05:35 PM

Check out Veined (Coconut) octopus, Octopus marginatus


Especially if it was on the smaller side and near a coconut :)

#370537 Philippines Fish

Posted by bmorescuba on 16 February 2016 - 12:32 PM

Anilao Fish Gallery is done - finally! Highlights include the Kung-Fu Panda Goby, Pygmy Seahorse, Golden Coralgoby, Juvenile Sweetlips, and lots of Frogfish. Some very tricky IDs, especially never having been to the Coral Triangle region before. Except for the few wide angle shots, all shots taken with the effective 120mm lens, which is not ideal for fish portraits. It was great for nudibranchs, the main reason I was there. But it's not like I'm going to the Philippines and NOT take fish pics. A few highlights attached. To see the full gallery, use this link (but it's massive): 









#363393 Does anyone know what type of critter this might be?

Posted by bmorescuba on 19 July 2015 - 07:03 PM

I'm thinking Tritonia diomedea.


More info: http://www.seaslugfo...t/find/tritdiom

#363267 Toplit Rhinophores

Posted by bmorescuba on 15 July 2015 - 10:01 AM

Of all the pics from my recent trip, this one stands out to me as the most interesting. I was trying out my new Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC). Man, you sure do have to get close with that thing! At least when it's paired with the Oly 60mm macro. We were at Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix, USVI and found this dorid Nudibranch on the sand. I took some normal macro shots, then got down real close head on with the CMC. I had to rotate the strobe above and pointing down in order to light it at all, since the subject is almost touching the CMC. Since this Nudi has a translucent body, it basically illuminated the body from within and this is the shot I got:




For reference, this was the Nudi, not sure of species yet:




I'm very pleased with the effect, even though I had no intention of doing that. Hopefully I didn't stress the little guy pumping so much light through his body. 


Olympus OMD-EM10, 60mm macro lens, CMC, Nauticam Housing, 1xYS-D1 strobe

#362789 EM-10 First Outing

Posted by bmorescuba on 30 June 2015 - 06:09 PM


Nauticam Housing

2x Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes


Blue Heron Bridge. Riviera Beach, FL, USA.


Mainly shot the 60mm macro lens, but also put the 14-42 kit lens on for some shots of the divers on our trip. 


Full gallery here:




It was my first time with the new EM10 setup and overall i'm quite pleased. I think, after years of trying, I might actually be starting to get close enough to these macro subjects. Of course, switching from an APS-C 60mm macro to a m43 60mm macro gave me a little boost, too.


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#361632 what s that

Posted by bmorescuba on 30 May 2015 - 04:25 AM

Come on, somebody! I went through every image I could find of tunicates and none fit. I'm really intrigued - someone must know!

#358106 For sale: Canon 5D Mk2/Aquatica housing/9" dome/lenses & accessories

Posted by bmorescuba on 20 February 2015 - 07:15 AM

I can't afford to be in on the purchase, but I wanted to tell you that your videos are awesome! Besides the footage, great job editing, too.

#352191 Final IDs from Kauai (frog, dragon, drupe)

Posted by bmorescuba on 01 September 2014 - 05:21 PM

A little confirmation from my recent trip to Kauai before I post to Flickr. I've gone as far as I can with my Hoover books and Keoki Stender's website.



Sheraton Caverns dive site, 10m deep, ~15-20cm in length

I have: Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) but Warty is supposedly not common in Hawaii??



Pyramid at the Point dive site (Niihau/Lehua), 20m deep, ~5cm in length

Pretty sure the shell on the left is Textile Cone Shell (Conus textile) but the snail on the right - some kind of Drupe??



Tunnels Shore Dive site, 2-3m deep in sand, ~2-3cm in length

I have Female Longtail Dragonet (Callionymus decoratus). Not sure. I only have this butt-shot, sadly


Thanks for any input

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