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Winter musings

22 September 2016 - 03:37 AM

I pretty much exclusively shoot video, since when I go on dive trips, I am usually traveling with some excellent still photographers.  I currently shoot with a Canon Vixia HF-S30 in a Light and Motion housing with two Sola 2000 lights.  I am not unhappy with this rig, but it is getting to be several years old now, and technology has marched on.  Since i don't have another dive trip planned until February, I've been thinking about possible upgrades.


If it were you, would you upgrade the camera and housing to something newer, or add an external monitor/recorder?  If you would upgrade the camera, would you go with a DSLR, or a camcorder (Canon, Black Magic, or something else)?  Given that I am used to having autofocus, and auto-follow focus in my current camcorder, that is a pretty big plus to me, and a reason not to go with a DSLR.  Oh, and I already have a Nikon D7100 that I use for topside photos.


Anyway, just wondering what some of you with more experience (trickster, Nike Hope, TimG) might suggest as being the most useful upgrade?  Budget is, of course, of some concern.  I can't afford a Red or anything like that.  I hope that makes sense.


29 October 2015 - 03:33 AM

There is a recent article in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology that is getting quite a bit of press.  This article suggests that a common ingredient in sunscreen is extremely toxic to corals and could be part of the cause of coral bleaching.  One phenomena that has been somewhat puzzling is why bleaching is more severe in area with heavy tourist traffic, and this might help explain that phenomena.  Here's a link to the original article:




I tried to attach the PDF, but the file was too large, sorry.  For more information, you can also do a Google search for "Oxybenzone", the ingredient that appears to be extremely toxic, even as low as parts per trillion.