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Member Since 05 Mar 2010
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In Topic: Reef House or Coco View in Roatan???

07 November 2015 - 06:57 AM

I did my Instructor course with Subway Watersports and they are located in the center of Roatan and this gives you access to the unspoiled dive sites.

The backdraw is that there is nothing to do around, but just on the side is a beautiful resort, Turquise Bay Resort to stay and relax, but not good for any nightlife.


In Topic: Sigma 15mm shaved shade

02 November 2015 - 12:25 AM

The best way to cut off the lens shade is using a Dremel tool with a cutting disk, grinding stone or the sandpaper drums.

Use a thicker piece of cardboard between the lens shade and the lens to avoid to scratch it if you slip.

Keep in mind that you should construct a lens hood as the original front cap adapter may not fit anymore or the front cap hit the lens.


In Topic: not so noticeable carrying case for air travel?

01 November 2015 - 05:18 AM

Just use a cheap, common hard suitcase with a lockable snaps (not zippers!) as they will blend in the other cheap, common suitcases.

NEVER use dive bags, photo bags, pelicases or anything expensive looking or with photo, dive or any other stickers on it.

I use those and fill them with my clothes, dive gear, housings or the delicate rebreatherparts  inside a Pelicase for added protection.
Domes, Ports, cameras, hard disks, chargers, etc goes in a Photo backpack as carry-on.


In Topic: best wide angle lens nikon d810/ikelite (full frame)

01 November 2015 - 05:08 AM

I use the Sigma 15mm on my D800 inside a Hugyfot housing and the Hugyfot glass minidome.
I have no issues with it, nor under water, nor above and is is a very good quality affordable lens.

The only problem is that the Sigma 15mm is a very short lens and this can lead to problems wit vignetting as the Lens "sees" the borders or shades.


If there is just a bit of vigneting you can shoot FF and crop the borders away what makes more sense to me as using a FF camera in DX mode because of vignetting.


Keep also in mind that most likely 2 strobes are not enough to illuminate the 180° and turning them inwards you can archieve some kind of WA snoot effect.


Doublecheck what dome will work with your Housing and the lens you choose!



In Topic: 17 inch notebook recommendation for editing and presentation

30 October 2015 - 02:46 PM

I used earlier Lenovo 17'' Laptops and was very happy with them, but unfortunately Lenovo stopped the production of 17'' laptops.

2014 i switched for this reason to a HP ZBook 17'' with 16GB memory, Nvidia Quadro GPU and then the fastest processor and i am very happy with it.
The only modification i made is to swap the internal Disk with two 1TB SSD disks and got a 5 year on-site warranty extension.


To choose a photo editing and presentation laptop you should consider only anti glare screens and probably a IPS Panel and HP DreamColor will
give you and especially your clients the best viewing experience under various conditions.