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The Derawan Islands

29 July 2014 - 01:38 PM



So as I have posted before - my girlfriend and I (And my new E-M1.. woo!!!!) are hitting Indo next year and we'll be going to Komodo and Alor for diving.

My girlfriend has suggested we go to the Derawans, too - jellyfish, etc.. Plus I think she is stoked she found a cool place, too :D


But it looks expensive...


What is the diving like, really? What are the places to stay like? I'm looking and they're starting to remind me of Mabul.......




E-M5 set up!

22 June 2014 - 05:36 PM

Hi you informative lot,


So, I finally upgraded from my very loyal and trustworthy G11 that travelled the world with me but was ultimately extremely frustrating underwater (And topside, too, I suppose!)


I have gone and bought the E-M5 with the 12-50mm lens and I'm about to order the 8 mil Panasonic and the 60mm Olympus lenses for it along with the Nauticam housing. I already have 2xS2000s with optics and the Inon D4 base with the arms and stuff - two Inon 165s and one wide angle lens from Inon that just didn't work.


So, basically - I have read a bit about the praises of the Nauticam 3.5" vs the 4.33" dome and as far as I can tell - the 3.5" allows for closer focusing (Which I gather would be an advantage with my not-so-powerful S2000s) but the 4.33" offers greater depth of field? Given that the 8mm can focus as close as 4" - is this really an issue? And what kind of depth of field differences are we talking about? I thought fisheyes were known for having HUGE depths of field?


Also, THIS port works not only with the 12-50mm but also with the 60mm macro, I understand? Are there large differences between that port and the specific macro port? Or really.. will I even use the 12-50mm underwater?


Lastly - what size arms do you all think I should get? http://www.seaoptics...arms/components


I was thinking 2x5" arms on each side?


Wait for all my frustrating questions regarding m43 in the future - changeable lens cameras, ports and gears are all new (Especially that virtual image with the domes!)



Adam :)

Raja Ampat in July/August

22 June 2014 - 03:16 PM

Is it really going to be that bad?


My girlfriend does get sea sick...



Diving in Alor/Komodo - How strong are the currents?

22 June 2014 - 03:15 PM



So my girlfriend and I (Potentially another couple, too) are looking at doing a budget liveaboard in Komodo next year (Mid year). My girlfriend and I (And potentially the other couple, too) are thinking about heading off to Alor as Raja Ampat is supposed to be too rough from May to September (Right?)


I don't think Komodo is such a problem but I have heard the currents at Alor can be quite intense.


I would consider both my girlfriend and I to be moderately experienced divers - I have about 130 dives and she has maybe 80 dives - I'll probably have 200 by the time we head to Indonesia. I'd certainly be reluctant to consider myself advanced - I have rescue and nitrox but I suppose that doesn't mean much in this context.


We have both dived together at Cozumel, the Galapagos and Coiba - places with currents and slightly gnarlier conditions than a lot of the other fishbowls we have dived in :) My OW cert conditions are still probably the hardest conditions I have ever dived in.


How strong are the currents in Alor? I don't mind currents, especially when you know where they're going to go but I'd prefer not to have to use a bloody reef hook or anything silly. And I certainly don't want a strong down current making me paranoid about dragging me down :D

Packing Your Gear Securely/Safely and Why Have Integrated Weights If You Can't Take...

31 January 2014 - 10:32 PM



So - pretty noobie as I've never taken my own gear on a plane before. I have a good bag for it but how do I pack everything so it doesn't get broken by the handlers or whatever?


Just wrap my wetsuit and some t-shirts around the regs and first stage and air transmitter?


Also, my supervisor told me I shouldn't take my integrated weights and just use a weight belt which bums me as I bought this system...


But then, he has booked me 2x23kg check-in bags so I might just put my 13kg weights in with my BCD, regs and wetsuit for one of the 23kg bags and use the other for all other stuff and my clothes.


Without the regs a wetsuit, weights and BCD will weigh approximately 20kg. Hopefully 3kg for a Titan LX, transmitter, Suunto compass/gauge and Aqualung otci?