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#345923 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 09 April 2014 - 01:15 PM

Had a chance to look this morning - "MF Assist" is in the *A menu

#345879 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 08 April 2014 - 03:45 PM

It sounds like you have the "manual focus assist" activated.  This can be toggled on or off.  It's somewhere in the MF/AF menu but I can't remember exactly where

#344117 Critique Please - I love this shot. Am I crazy?

Posted by troporobo on 04 March 2014 - 03:49 PM

Agreed, it's a great shot!  I'd also recommend a strobe (or two).  Not only would lighting add extra dimensionality to the shot, but even in strong ambient light you could get darker backgrounds to isolate a subject like this

#341994 UW photo gear in carry on - any no-no?

Posted by troporobo on 16 January 2014 - 09:43 PM

I wish more airlines would be Naziesque when dealing with the weight carried on around some passengers waistlines . . . that would free up carry-on capacity for the rest of us!

#341985 UW photo gear in carry on - any no-no?

Posted by troporobo on 16 January 2014 - 04:26 PM

I  traveled on Cathay Pacific over the holidays and discovered they were very particular about lithium ion batteries.  There are limits to how many you can carry, depending on the size. These are stated clearly on their web site, and maybe other airlines are doing this now too, so it would pay to check with the airline directly.  

#338403 The Triangle

Posted by troporobo on 20 October 2013 - 04:59 PM

Great stuff, thanks for posting this!
For anyone interested in learning more about the science and sociology of the Coral Triangle, have a look at the Coral Triangle Knowledge Network (linked below). My organization supports the CTI in a number of ways and we are working on getting more information and tools out there and readily available.

#336447 What kind of camera for a beginner.

Posted by troporobo on 29 August 2013 - 04:00 PM

 Lots of people seem to have the thought that just by buying the right camera they can "buy" better underwater photos, but it doesn't work that way. A better camera system allows you to develop your skills more, but it won't instantly make a difference.


Too right.  Even with 27 years of diving experience and 10+ taking photos, the limiting factor for me is not my equipment!

#330982 A Near Diaster!

Posted by troporobo on 07 May 2013 - 03:40 AM

Did anyone have the same experience in european/south east asian airports? 

I fly around Asia (anywhere from India to China to Singapore to the Philippines to Australia) at least once a month, and to the US and Europe once or twice a year, usuallly on trips involving multiple sectors, taking over 100 flights a year.  In the past ten years I have never been asked for a credit card at check in, whether travelling business or economy, whether booked through an agent or on line, whether on an airline with top tier membership status or a first timer on a new route, whether carrying a briefcase or a ratty backpack.  Colleagues and friends have completely different experiences on the same routes and airlines, and none of us can identify reliable theories as to why. I have come to the conclusion that airline policies are simply not to be understood by mortals nor predicted through any kind of logic.  I realize that is of no help at all . . .

#327897 Olympus OM-D E-M5

Posted by troporobo on 14 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

Just before I go and splash all my hard earned on a dslr, I thought I'd read this thread - very informative and the camera is clearly top notch. On thing still concerns me though - how accurate is the AF for moving subjects - this year I'll be at sites frequented by mantas, turtles, and if I'm in luck, sharks and dolphins. Do you feel this camera would be able to cope or does it still fall behind a good dslr, i.e. the 7d or D7000?



I can't offer a comparison to a "good DSLR" as I have not used one, but I can offer this experience: The OM-D is fast enough for hyperactive anemone fish, even at macro distances.  It feels plenty fast for my purposes

#323948 Time to Upgrade: Oly OM-D EM-5 vs. Nikon D7000

Posted by troporobo on 06 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Three quick comments:

The same port will work for the 12-50 and 60 lenses. You can find more discussion of this in the big OM-D thread


Depending on your ambitions for macro, the 12-50 with a Subsee+10 might be enough and you may or may not want the 60 right away. Have a look at the shots Dominque posted yesterday, especially shots 9 and 12 which make this exact comparison:


Finally, if macro is your primary goal, and travel will be frequent, consider the Inon S2000 strobes. They are really fantastic for closeup work and just about fit in your pocket, at 2/3 the cost of the Z240. They are not really up to the job for wide angle work however

#316542 Near Death Experience - youtube Video

Posted by troporobo on 16 September 2012 - 04:12 PM

Astonishing. You chose to dive solo, in a cave, without redundancy, in poor visibility, having passed (and documented) a warning sign that explicitly listed the very risk that eventuated. And then after a risky ascent, dove again the same day. You sir are a prime candidate for a Darwin Award.

Thank you for posting. I intend to save this as a cautionary tale . . .

#312548 Phillipines in Sept/Oct

Posted by troporobo on 10 July 2012 - 06:13 AM

The diving here can be good at that time. But that is also just about the highest-risk time for typhoons. If you want only macro and muck diving it should be OK in Anilao (which is more protected than many sites) if you luck out with the weather. There are dozens of good resorts. I like Acacia and Dive Solana for the ambience, but there are lots of others. Pelagic sites like Malapascua and Tubbataha are less certain. FWIW I dive year round here and usually find things worth doing.