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#358550 D7200 is here. Different enough?

Posted by TimG on 05 March 2015 - 08:16 AM

I am expecting D7100-D7200 to be a smaller step than D7000-D7100, but don’t know yet. Hoping it fits too - see nothing to suggest it won’t at this stage. 


Is this the triumph of wishful thinking over experience, Alex?  :lol2:

#358549 Thoughts on pricing in the forums

Posted by TimG on 05 March 2015 - 08:14 AM

Tough question. I think a lot depends on a number of factors: age of the item, robustness (so for example a robust ULCS strobe arm will reduce less than, say, a strobe); whether the item is still in the current manufacturer's range (so is it the D7100 or the D100); wear and tear; popularity of the item.


On balance, if I get 50% on a housing I'm happy (ish!). But I'd hope to do better than that for an extension ring or a filter. So I'd say a 30%-40% reduction is not unreasonable for many items.


But that's just my experience 

#358313 Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

Posted by TimG on 26 February 2015 - 12:45 AM



This is not a FX/DX difference, it is a camera/housing difference. In fact, popular Canon FX cameras do not have pop-up flash, so you cannot use TTL with optical fiber unless you use a micro-strobe, which is not the easiest/cleanest way (and it won´t use the exact eTTL protocol).


Thanks for that, David. Sorry, I'm not familiar with Canon and was referring to moving from my Nikon DX to FX. Clarificaction appreciated!

#356265 Nature with diver type shot - feedback?

Posted by TimG on 04 January 2015 - 07:05 AM

Speak quietly of such issues, Stoker. I don't want my buddy hearing this......   :innocent:

#356259 Nature with diver type shot - feedback?

Posted by TimG on 04 January 2015 - 04:54 AM

Hi Storker


Yeah, that helps for sure.


Next thing: you can see the beginnings of some backscatter above the beam of the torch and the left side of the rock. This may show up better (unhelpfully!) in a larger scale image. You might like to see if you can spot these out with LR or PS.  


When you are out in the water again, you might like to try targeting the strobes away from "open" water and directly onto something you want to light - in this case, I'd suggest the deadmens-fingers and not the diver. Another tough bit of WA photography with models: getting some light on the model without introducing backscatter and while lightning the interesting underwater bits. It's all a bit trial and error I find - just getting the balance between strobes, ambient lights, interesting bits of reef etc. And getting the darned model to keep their eyes open and exhale JUST at the right moment.



#356018 Where to stay in Tulamben?

Posted by TimG on 30 December 2014 - 07:11 AM

I've dived and stayed with Tauch Terminal in Tulamben a couple of times. 


I can recommend it. Well organised (it's German run), on the beach, short walk to the Liberty wreck; easy swim to the Coral Garden, a few restaurants a short walk away. They have Nitrox included in the price, unlimited shore-diving, nice swimming pool (if you're not getting wet enough), rooms are good - European 3-star.

#353221 SOLA 800

Posted by TimG on 05 October 2014 - 11:40 AM

Maybe the turtle is using it?

#352534 Wetpixel outages

Posted by TimG on 15 September 2014 - 12:49 AM

Thanks for letting us know, Adam - and for all that was done to resolve the situation - even if we may have further outages...


Man, I thought my life had ended. I need to get out more...


Welcome back!



#341904 "Champignons" - why I now hate mushrooms

Posted by TimG on 15 January 2014 - 07:10 AM

Now having the pleasure and privilege of living in Paris, I've picked up a few useful French expressions that at the same time, frankly, I regret having had to learn.


One of these is "champignons" - mushrooms to most of us but also, cross yourself and keep the Devil at bay, mould.


Having spend a good few years living and visiting all sorts of amazing places, like many of us, I have lugged camera gear and used it in some, shall we say, less than ideal places in terms of camera care. The ones linked to "champignons" that spring to mind are North Sulawesi and various bits of Borneo. Sweaty places with high humidity.


Giving my gear a good clean after a recent trip I noticed what I can only describe as a slight bloom on a number of my lenses. Taking these to our local Nikon workshop I learned the dreaded term "champignons". Mould to we English speakers. 


The sheer attractiveness of the Nikon saleslady did not quite compensate for the repair quotes: my Nikkor 18-200 almost $200, my Nikkor 80-400 almost $1500 and my beloved Nikkor 60mm, hero of many an underwater image, written off - "not economically repairable".


Lesson learned there: if I'm heading anywhere sweaty again I will be packing re-sealable plastic bags and lots of silica gel.


And I may give up eating champignons. Mind you, the saleslady was cute when she burst out laughing when I confused "champignons" with "cornichons" - gerkins to the rest of us. Easily done eh? One man's mushroom is another man's gherkin.