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Member Since 14 Sep 2009
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In Topic: Canon 5D Mark IV announced

25 August 2016 - 10:25 PM

I'm excited about focus micro-adjustments in post, and wondering how this will work with the virtual image of the dome. I'm also hoping that Lightroom gets their things together and implements the functionality so I don't have to use the Canon program. Mostly I'm excited about low light and low light focussing though...I like to dive in dark places.


So, last time I bought an SLR was 2009 and it was a 5D2. The camera had already been out for a year so housings were already available. I skipped the 5D3 deliberately and I've been waiting for this upgrade for a while.


How long do new housings take to turn up? I'm currently in Aquatica and hoping to go Nauticam for better functionality at depth with the same ability to smash it against rocks regularly. It looks like the 1DXII housing took about three months from announcement by Canon to housing announcement by Nauticam. Does this mean a 5D4 housing might be available before Christmas?

In Topic: Diving in Borneo

10 August 2016 - 09:55 PM

I enjoyed Layang Layang for the hammerheads although the macro is a bit limited.

In Topic: What style BDC and fins are you using ?

02 August 2016 - 11:03 PM

Pocket shorts are fantastic. I don't know why more wetsuit manufacturers don't add them to the suits off the rack. You can also get a pocket that threads onto the waist strap of your backplate and wing setup.


I am using a Dive Rite Travel Wing for tropical single tank diving. It's light and comfortable (with lots of places to clip things off).

In Topic: Remote Strobe Trigger

11 July 2016 - 03:40 PM

I've used the 105s as off camera strobes. They were fine, just not as bright as my Z240s. I didn't use the on board sensor as they had Heinrich Weikamp RSUs attached to them at the time. I particularly liked the test function - I wish modern strobes had this available.

In Topic: Multi-exposure wreck shots. How?

27 June 2016 - 05:39 PM

Based on Facebook comments, I believe Pete is using video lights and a single exposure. He's swimming around the wreck and placing them while being able to see where the lights goes, then backing up and taking the photo. The key to this is not making a mess while swimming backwards and forwards through your scene! I reckon his great results wouldn't be possible on open circuit with bubbles knocking rust off the roof.


I prefer working with strobes for the increased power output but they can be fiddly to get placed in the right spot. I find co-operative and well-trained buddies to be the best way to position additional strobe lighting through dark places. Placing strobes on the wreck itself is hard work - lots of hot spots and dark spots.


While nowhere near as exciting as Pete's recent shots, here's what I achieved during a week in Truk in January with off-camera strobes on divers: