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In Topic: BigBlue VL 1300 video light

07 August 2011 - 07:32 PM

An unedited clip showing the VL1300 in action (night shot, wide-angle using the CX550 in a L&M housing with the Fathom 90 lens:

Hey! Thanks for posting that! Very helpful!
The lights are arranged just like the previous photo you posted, right?

In Topic: Bonaire Good Sites for Macro

07 August 2011 - 03:47 PM

Nudibranchs in Bonaire are quite rare, you get a lot of lettuce leaf sea slugs but in 50 dives (looking hard for nudis) we saw maybe 4 or 5 total. On the other hand there are lots of other cool macro stuff on almost any house reef.

Yeah, Bill is right.
Nudibranchs are quite hard to find around here.
I've done around 200 dives here and found maybe 2 or 3... it might be because I'm always guiding or teaching... in that case you don't have much time to look hard enough for it.
Last time I saw one it was really really tiny and it was on Invisibles sand patch... It was last week, so you can give it a shot....

If you are interested in any other nice creatures such as sea horses and frog fishes, let me know... we know the location for quite a few for now...

Enjoy your stay in our island. You'll sure have a great time! It is indeed a paradise for macro photography!



In Topic: L&M Sola 1200

07 August 2011 - 03:37 PM

I have "tested" the VL1300 (I own 2 of those) vs the Sola 1200 (which I was planning to buy but they were back-ordered when I needed them).

So when you were about to buy them you had decided for the Solas over the VL1300s?

I use the filters to protect the light in the rinse bucket or in general whenever I am not using the light. Filters absorb light, so you would end up with far less than 1300 lumens using them.

Those lights are heavier than the Sola. I commented on them here.

Yeah, I saw your review about these too... Thanks for all the information... appreciate it.
And also good to know about the filters.

Kind regards,


In Topic: L&M Sola 1200

07 August 2011 - 06:24 AM

I don't think L&M tested the VL1300... the light in their chart is the TL 1x30 a spot light. Apples and oranges.

I didn't realise that! It's not the same light! I just looked for 'big blue' and that was it.
Thanks for warning me...

Vl1300 is back on the game then... =D

In Topic: L&M Sola 1200

07 August 2011 - 03:20 AM

Don't complain. Not so many years ago, you had to make the housing yourself... :)

Attaching the Sola 1200 with its locline arms to any housing is quite easy. Just went through the process with my new BS Kinetics housing. Took a bit of shopping in a marine supplies shop to get the right size SS screws and couple of hours getting the locline base drilled and mounted right.

A blue filter might be useful if you are trying to color match with the sun. I tried doing that for a while but found that it didn't make a huge difference and added another complication.


Thanks again for all the info Peter.