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Bert S

Member Since 02 Mar 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 27 2012 06:24 AM

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In Topic: Looking for a used sony ex1r & gates housing combo

29 May 2012 - 06:47 PM

At this stage i am looking at what people are asking for a used sony ex1r & gates housing combo, preferably with the superwide lens. Depending on the costs wether this is the path i take or not.
Cheers Pete.

I have a Gates EX1, complete with camera, SWP, accessories and shipping cases. Are you interested?

In Topic: Diver Communication Systems

06 April 2012 - 08:19 PM

I'm really curious about the mouth mask. I've seen someone use one, but didn't pay a whole lot of attention.

In Topic: DIY Underwater Tripod

06 April 2012 - 08:15 PM

Have you had a chance to try out your tripod yet?

In Topic: Diver Communication Systems

06 April 2012 - 08:05 PM

Guardian FFM can be hard to clear ears in. Some of my friends really like the Mantis. There are also alternatives, devices that make air spaces for one to talk into while still using a standard mask. Have you tried calling OTS?

In Topic: Diver Communication Systems

06 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

On a recent dive trip it occurred to me that there I was with a very expensive high tech camera, but I was communicating with the people on my dive with the most primitive of finger gestures - when I could get their attention. I often dive with the same set of people (family members) and it occurred to me that diver communication system might let us talk underwater. That's what commercial, military, search and rescue divers do.

There are several systems that would seem suitable. One is by Ocean Technology Systems - their Buddy Phone would appear to be very much what I want. You need to have a special "Mouth Mask" that goes over your chin and looks a bit like a feed bag for a horse. Your conventional regulator plugs into that. The idea is that the mouth mask lets you talk.

The same company also has an Aquacom product that is a bit more expensive, and much more powerful (5 watts rather than 0.5 watts), and more range.

Either product will work with full face masks. I have never dived a full face mask, so I am not sure whether this would be a good move or not. Some full face masks appear to have the regulator project so much that it may be hard to get a camera up to your eyes. One reason to use them is that they facilitate the diver communication system, but presumably there are other benefits. Commercial divers seem to use them, but I don't know why. One problem for me is that I need a vision prescription mask, but I presume that this could be arranged with a full face mask.

OTS has a range of full face masks: this one is similar in spirit to a conventional sport diving mask, while the others are much more commercial.

Ocean Reef appears to be a competitor to OTS that also has full face masks, and offers a very similar product to the OTS Buddy Phone, at about the same price.

So with that as the prelude, has anybody on Wetpixel used these systems? Do they work well?

How about the mouth mask versus full face mask?