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#346377 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by kc_moses on 17 April 2014 - 07:16 AM

Ok, can someone explain how to use "photographer vest" to sneak in more weight? Like what do you put in it? I asked because when come to international flight, you're talking about 10 hour+ of journey, and me being 230lb certain feel okay in a T-shirt in tight plane seat. I can imagine the vest would cause some discomfort, but how bad, and what to expect?

#345702 Sony Alpha A6000

Posted by kc_moses on 05 April 2014 - 01:47 PM

Yup, waiting is the only game for now, many people already jumped on the GH4.

#344107 Critique Please - I love this shot. Am I crazy?

Posted by kc_moses on 04 March 2014 - 10:10 AM

I like that picture too! I would say the composition is great and you captured the right moment, much needed break from the rule of third composition.


I just added my first strobe to my system but I shot with a loan strobe before and that's what sold me the idea of having a strobe. The strobe, besides adding color, it also add mood to the picture. Do consider attending some UW photo work shop where you might get more explore to different equipment etc. I will be attending the Digital Fiesta (http://www.underwate...italfiesta.com/) and they have strobe and other equipment for divers to try out for free.


Back to your question, post processing should be kept to minimal such as cropping, adjusting expose. That should be it. The goal is to get the picture right the first time so you don't end up with too much post processing, and that's why competition set rules of very minimal post processing. Treat RAW format as a nice to have work flow and don't heavily rely on taking a RAW picture and restore it back because some information just can't be restore back from even RAW format.

#343290 Cuttlefish Hunting

Posted by kc_moses on 13 February 2014 - 08:22 AM

Nice shot! How do you like Anilao compare to Lembeh? I'm going to Anilao March 2013. Not sure if I should set the expectation higher or lower then Lembeh.

#342191 Fisheye lens options for RX100/Nauticam?

Posted by kc_moses on 21 January 2014 - 08:03 AM

By zooming in your lens, you loose some F-stop, and the camera is more sensitive to shake. How about just take the photo at the wides, and crop out during processing?

#341868 Sony Rx100 Housing Choice

Posted by kc_moses on 14 January 2014 - 08:13 AM

nauticam for RX100MKII has a leak detector??  


backflip entry with a camera in hand.. no...never...


u have to tell the crew what is you set up when u have expensive diving equipment.. and how you want it to be handled.  but i tot you backroll with you camera anyway!  why do you care how its handled :) kee kee.


well.. logic plays a part.. if u going to stack.. then u really have to be careful right... in the beginning.  i am going to stack by screwing on the new lens on top of the other.... 


the magnet give you an option of an quick switch from maybe a +10 to an +5+

Maybe for the wide angle lens ... It can be a bit heavy...


I mean the moisture sensor, not the fancy vacuum sensor.


I don't know where you normally dive, but different area you get different service. In Indonesia, yes most dive crew hand your camera to you. In Thailand liveaboard, I back flip into water because we mostly use dinghy and if the current is not strong, yes the one person screw hand me my camera. In one of the dive in Thaisland, the current was so strong, we jump off the live aboard with our camera and decent very quickly. 5 seconds into the water I was already 20 feet away from the boat.


If you dive in US, you're on your own, they don't have nice camera shelf like many boats in Indonesia, they only have one bucket for all camera gear. So good luck dipping your rig in the bucket share with many people and things get scratch or knock off. I learn a couple months ago that some people have their own flexible cooler bag to put their camera in, so no rinsing until they get back to land to avoid mishandle by crew or other divers.


Bottom line, expect the worse situation that it's being handle, whether it's by the crew, your dive buddy etc.

#341818 Sony Rx100 Housing Choice

Posted by kc_moses on 13 January 2014 - 08:18 AM

For the price of the aqupazza, you're better off get the Nauticam as it has leak detector.


I'm not sold on the idea of the magnet, at least it's not mainstream and proven. There is no mention of how many lb pull is the magnet, so if one do a back flip entrance into the water, would the magnet hold up?


Lens holder on arm would be an issue and become expensive. The 67mm lens holder is already expensive, if you add the male portion of the magnet on the arm lens holder, the cost add up and how can you assure that it won't come off and lose your lens if it get knock off or the crew that handle your camera are not being careful?


Lastly, it will be a pain to stack macro lens. I personally have a +5 and +7 diopter, and I'm sure many divers have more than 1 diopter for macro photography. If you attach a magnet holder on each diopter, it drive cost up and when you try to stack them, you will in crease the space in between them and make them more challenge to use. Just something to consider.

#337913 10Bar Red Filter vs Magic Filter

Posted by kc_moses on 08 October 2013 - 12:58 PM

I'm looking to get a 67mm filter. I'm wondering if anyone has experience comparing the two. The Magic Filter (Auto-Magic) is $20 more expensive than the 10Bar.


The filter will be used for video and custom white balance. If the Magic Filter is better, how so?



#336389 What kind of camera for a beginner.

Posted by kc_moses on 28 August 2013 - 07:57 AM

As a beginner diver, I would suggest spend your money on dive trip instead of camera equipment. I know a guy that only have about 20 dives in a real sea environment, and he wants to do all the certification up to the dive master level and the dive shop would let him do it since all the certification is done at the lake.The way I see it is, those money could be well spend on some nice dive trip and help affirm if it's a true hobby that you want to get into before spending more unnecessary money, whether it's equipment or certification.

#335991 GH3 Sample Video

Posted by kc_moses on 19 August 2013 - 09:30 AM

Hi Chris, did you shoot in Manual mode or Shutter Priority mode? Love the sound track!

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#334219 What to Buy?

Posted by kc_moses on 12 July 2013 - 05:34 AM

Since your budget is $7k - $15k, let's look at it this way:

If your budget is at the lower range, you won't be able to get the 5DIII (the camera and housing is already close to $7K!)

If your budget is in the middle of the range, 6D (if you agree with Drew)

If your budget is in the upper range, then 5DMIII (if you're willing to spend time to grow into it), you can sell the 5DMIII in the future easily.


If you don't want to go with dSLR (because budget/learning curve/size), M3/4 + more light will still keep you in the lower range of your budget.


With all these said, if you're remotely curious about the LX-7, do check out this:


From his info box in Youtube, he has link to download the original AVCHD 1080p file, so you can analyst the quality of the footage.


As for your A1P last try of improvement, I would say color balance to your light when you're in the cave, for outside the cave, custom white balance (compare to auto) and see what works for your liking.



#334149 What to Buy?

Posted by kc_moses on 11 July 2013 - 08:12 AM

How comfortable are you about handling camera in term of technical knowledge (ISO, Shutter speed, Aperture etc)? The reason why I ask is because you talk about GoPro3 and upgrade to a 5DMarkIII. Just want to make sure you're not in the situation of trying to fly before even you can walk, otherwise you will end up wasting a lot of money!


The next question is, do you want an equipment that can do great video, but decent photo, or great photo but decent video (Many good camera only do up to 1080p at 30fps, not 60fps). Also, what is your budget?


I'm using a Panasonic LX-7, it's very bright (1.4f-2.3f) so it fullfill your need of perform well under low light. It's one of the few point and shoot that let you shoot video in manual mode, besides the Sony RX100 which has terrible usability when come to custom white balance in shooting video. You can see the indepth discussion of RX100 as video camera gear in the consumer camera section of the forum.


In the case of cave diving, or in very deep water, don't forget light is your friend. It's another interesting topic as you have main stream manufacturers (Light & Motion, iTorch etc) vs cheap China light from Hong Kong with fraction of the price.


In term of red filter, I prefer the Magic Filter. What ever gear/housing you have, try to stick with the M67 mount standard as it will give you more flexility when come to filter and wet lens. I had a $600 wide angle lens and it's AD mount, after I change my set up, the AD mount become useless.

#330178 Planned ban of underwater cameras in Sipadan

Posted by kc_moses on 23 April 2013 - 12:25 PM

First of all, I grew up in Kota Kinabalu and have family in Sabah, so I hear things about stuffs around the state. Semporna is a very gray area, you have the pirates, the illegal immigrants, the rich that exploit the local etc. The rich would pay under table money to get land in the area, set up dive resorts while do not run the dive operation to keep environmental issue in priority, hence as long as divers are coming, they don't care much what the divers do.


Seconds, there are still a lot of bomb fishing activities that the authorities can't get it under control. You know how the bomb fishing take place? A small boat would go to the area, check the surrounding to make sure no coast guard around, then drop water bottle filled with explosive, once the bottle hit bottom, it explode (sound like some one fart in the water by the way), blast the reef and the fish float to the surface. The guy in the small boat will call a bigger boat to come and pick up the dead fish with nets. These illegal bomb fishers could be the local, or people from the Philippines, because Sipadan is just that close to the countries coast line that the coast guard can't do anything once the pirate/illegal fish operator cross the country line to the other side.


Last, there are certain nationality of divers are quite hardcore underwater photographers. I'm not going to name the country, but once I got mix into a boat full of divers. 7 out of 10 people have dSLR, and they are a group of divers from that country. Now, if you ever been to some tourist area, you probably see a full bus of tourist get unloaded, almost everybody have a dSLR hanging around their neck. Those are the group of people I refer to. Just because they have hardcore underwater camera and housing, doesn't make them good underwater photographers, and these group of people tends to be those that could cause problem as they're loud and obnoxious, I have seen divemasters roll their eyes when deal with these nationality of people.


I hate to say this, if the ban become effective, they will not get my business even though I like to support my home state as much as possible.

#320157 Looking for advice regarding Canon G15/Olympus Pen

Posted by kc_moses on 08 November 2012 - 09:16 AM

Check out Panasonic Lumix LX7 as well, its fast lens is useful.