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Wanderer

Member Since 14 Jul 2012
Offline Last Active Sep 15 2012 09:54 PM
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In Topic: Choosing a place to stay in Anilao?

19 August 2012 - 02:17 AM

Drew, good point on location. I'm going primarily for macro/critter hunting. Arthur's has a great dive site map pdf.

http://arthurs-place...g/DiversMap.pdf

Do you have a sense as to what the most popular or "best" sites are? Club O is more on the northern side of Mabini whereas Arthur's, Dive Solana, and Crystal Blue are on the tip of the peninsula. Does anyone know if the waves on one side of Mabini is rougher than the others? Have heard that when things get bad, it can be difficult to get onto the small dive boats they have and that car/shore dives are the best alternatives.

In Topic: Choosing a place to stay in Anilao?

18 August 2012 - 06:34 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback and advice. I decided on Club O, given all that I've read on them. Was also considering Dive Solana as it seems like a nicer resort. I'm a bit nervous about going during monsoon season in Sept and I hear the resorts are all a bit empty. In fact, I called a few and they were all empty of divers and so I would have to hire a private boat/DM which is relatively expensive. Thanks again all!

In Topic: NEW Photo Group on Flickr - "Underwater Micro Four Thirds"

04 August 2012 - 08:01 AM

Hi,

Really liked your pics in Flickr, some of those shots are amazing. I've been to a few places in Indonesia but have not been to Bangka Island. How would you compare the macro diving there to Talumben or Lembeh? What is your favorite place to dive in Indonesia for a chance to get those rare shots (e.g., blue ring, striated frogfish, etc)?

Thanks!
Ken

In Topic: buying used underwater equimpment

04 August 2012 - 07:47 AM

I think the biggest decision is whether you want to go point and shoot with one strobe or DSLR with two. I started with the former and then wound up upgrading to the latter. If I had to do it all over again, I obviously would've just started with the DSLR, which can cost 3-4x what the P&S beginner set up costs. Though you could probably get that down quite a bit if you bought on Wetpixel used. The primary factors for me in making that decision is how often I plan on diving in the next say 3-4 years and what you plan on using the pictures for. If you want to take good photos of your dives and the creatures you see on them for your friends and as a keepsake, then something like the Canon G12 or S100 in and Ikelite housing with a Sea & Sea YS-01 will be great. You can really take some great photos with those cameras. If you want to get some of the "Photo of the Week" winners or want to frame your pictures etc, then probably a DSLR is the way to go. Lenses, ports, extension rings, etc can get out of hand quickly on a DSLR set up but again, you can buy those over time and piece meal.

In Topic: For sale: 2 Sea & Sea YS-110a strobes

29 July 2012 - 01:11 PM

Both strobes were sold.