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troporobo

Member Since 23 Jul 2010
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In Topic: Switching to Olympus - a few specific questions

19 October 2017 - 04:22 AM

I'm on the same side as Wolfgang. The Oly 12-50 is a great all round lens for UW, and if paired with a diopter like the Subsee is truly a one stop solution.


Of course the 60 macro and various WA options can be better in some situations. But it I had to choose just one it would be the 12-50.

FWIW, I use all of the above lenses without a viewfinder on the Housing, just the normal EVF, and like it.

In Topic: Going optical - best options?

14 October 2017 - 02:57 PM

I've been using the Inon S-2000 with optical TTL for about 5 years and could not be happier.  It works flawlessly almost every time.  I shoot mostly macro where TTL is most likely to work well so that is probably a factor, but have also had pretty good success with wide angle. But be aware that the S-2000 really is not well suited for true wide angle, it's just not got enough power, although its good for CFWA. 

 

I like the Inon TTL system so much that I hunted down one of the last pairs of new Z-240 strobes when they were discontinued.  There might still be a few out there. The new Retra strobes have optical connections and are getting good reviews (see Alex Mustards article here on Wetpixel).  Or we can wait to see what Inon comes out with to replace the Z-240


In Topic: Solomon Islands Airlines Baggage

12 October 2017 - 03:16 PM

I used to fly with them regularly.  For checked baggage, they had an allowance for "sports equipment" that you could arrange in advance, so try contacting the airline directly through their Brisbane number. They might be able to help with Belama Club also. For carryon, its hit and miss, as they contract with an Australian service company at the airport and sometimes weigh at the gate. 


In Topic: Do you like having a vacuum system?

02 October 2017 - 01:10 PM

Yep.  I have been using one on a Nauticam housing for several years and would never again get in the water without one.  Peace of mind and another layer of safety are easily worth the incremental 3% in cost


In Topic: Resort recommendations for Malapascua and Duamaguette, Phillipines

30 September 2017 - 02:09 PM

Resort recommendations are tough, not everyone values the same things, but for what it's worth here are mine.  In Malapascua I went for the diving and didn't care about the resort so much (but found it to be very good) while in Dumaguete I went for the resort and didn't prioritize the diving (but still had a great time). 

 

In Malapascua I've stayed at Evolution and would certainly recommend it.  I chose it primarily for the dive operation, and found them to be excellent - very professional, conservation-minded, and scientifically informed DMs.  Other well-known resorts have a lesser reputation, which you can find on ScubaBoard. The rooms are ordinary, the bar and restaurant right on the beach with very good food and drinks.  Overall its a super friendly place that you can feel good about supporting.  The only other resort we visited there was Tepanee.  It is certainly beautiful, but not primarily a dive resort although you can dive from there.

 

In Dumaguete, you probably want to be in the Dauin area as it is closest to the best sites including Apo island.  Atlantis and Atmosphere are the go-to recommendations by most divers, with the best reputations for their dive ops.  A newer place tht is getting a good buzz is Acqua Dive.  I have stayed at Antulang and loved it - most "rooms" are actually 1 or 2 bedroom villas with totally private pools and patios on the cliff.  But it is not a dive resort and you need to arrange for transport and boats to the sites which the resort will help you with.