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#379551 UW Model Photo: Fisheye or Rectilinear WA Lens?

Posted by Storker on 11 December 2016 - 12:11 PM

 Option A: "It's an investment, honey". 
Option B: "This lens will make you look even more stunning, honey"
Option C: "Man, you would not believe the deal I got on this! I would have been crazy to pass up on it".
Option D: "New lens? Really???? Hmmm, no, that must be the one I got [x] months ago".
Option E: "New lens? No, that'll be a typo. I can't tell you what it is what with Xmas coming AND your birthday, honey".
Option F: "Yes, I have bought a new lens. And your point is?"
Option F is, of course, the high risk strategy....

Option G: "Yes, dear... Uh, did I remember to tell you that I think you'd look fabulous in those shoes you told me you wanted? Why don't you go an buy them, I'd really like to see you in them"

#374583 travel question, can I put my arms for my strobes in the carry on

Posted by Storker on 14 June 2016 - 11:52 PM

if they ever have a issue with strobe arms, then all metal canes should be taken away from little old ladies.


You're assuming that the system is based on logic.


Much to learn you have, young Padawan.

#372233 Image pricing?

Posted by Storker on 05 April 2016 - 05:48 AM

Cheeky devils.


Yup. I was rather polite in my reply, though, and managed to avoid asking them to send me a large package of their product, free of charge, but I'd promise to tell all my friends about where I'd gotten the stuff from. Even if I was quite tempted...


You see that kind of tactic more and more, and it riles me up ever so slightly. There are some good photogs out there trying to make a living, and giving decent stuff away for free is basically depriving them of their income. I have no problems if one of my pics could beat the pro on quality; any pro needs competition to stay sharp. Non-profit I'm fine with; I've taken quite a few pics for my kids' sports club and only asked to be credited. I'm happy with that, since they're a non-profit organization and just can't afford a pro. OTOH, if someone wants to use my stuff to make money for themself, I want a piece of the cake.



Somewhat related joke:


#363631 Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

Posted by Storker on 26 July 2015 - 10:01 PM

And how are you going to explain that one to Mrs S, eh?

No problem..

It's a replacement for stuff that broke, not a new toy. Besides, it saved her the hassle of coming up with a BD present this year  :-)

#363235 Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

Posted by Storker on 14 July 2015 - 10:11 AM

So I managed to drown my first strobe on Sunday. Poorly installed O-ring on the battery compartment lid. My own fault.

Except for the obvious solution of cussing, swearing, kicking my own arse and buying a new strobe, is there anything worth salvaging as spare parts before I deliver the cadaver as electrical garbage for recycling?

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#362175 Strobe positioning with fisheye - tips needed!

Posted by Storker on 13 June 2015 - 12:53 PM


I understand I've been thinking back-a$$wards. With my 9-18 I'm used to extend the arms quite a bit to avoid backscatter, and angling the strobes somewhat inwards to hit the center of the frame. I'll try pulling the strobes close and angling them outwards.

And I've got the Nauticam 4.33", so it's not too big :)

#359810 Should i get a fisheye?

Posted by Storker on 09 April 2015 - 02:25 AM

Not quite yet. I've put aside funds for the lens, but still need to tuck away a few more €€€ for the port. I was just hoping I could convince myself I didn't need it. Sure. Fat chance for that... :lol2:


Right now, I'm deliberating whether to wait until I've saved up for the port as well, or if I just should go ahead, buy the lens to play with topside to familiarize myself with the FE perspective until I've saved up for the port.


First world problems  :mocking:

#356217 GoPro/still camera combo?

Posted by Storker on 03 January 2015 - 01:33 AM

The Black records 4K30 and 2.7K60 while the Silver only gets 4K15 and 2.7K30. OTOH, the Silver has an inbuilt LCD screen and retails for ~100$ less. And that's basically all the differences.

If I'm buying, I'l definitely get the Silver. I won't be needing high-speed recording underwater, but an LCD screen would be very nice.

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#348769 OM-D EM-5 Nauticam with 9-18 zuiko?

Posted by Storker on 06 June 2014 - 01:08 PM

I've been shooting with the +2 diopter permanently attached since I did my test. I'm pretty sure I'm getting better technical quality on my pictures now, although I haven' done any systematic comparison. There's just too many variables to do a reliable comparison in the wild.

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#343523 OM-D EM-5 Nauticam with 9-18 zuiko?

Posted by Storker on 18 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

I started wondering if a closeup diopter might improve corner sharpness, so I went on Ebay and bought a set of Vivitar closeup lenses, 52mm, +1, +2, +4 and +10 diopters. Made it to the pool to do some tests with a couple of the lenses. Setup: Nauticam NA-EM5, 4" WA port, no diopter, +2 diopters and +4 diopters, no flash. All posted pictures are taken at 9mm.


I had to apply some rather heavy distortion correction in Lightroom. For +0 diopters I used -10, for +2 diopters I used -26 and for +4 diopters I used -32 at 9mm. At 18mm, I used -10 regardless of diopter. In addition to the distortion correction, I did some angle and Keystone correction to get comparable pictures (all shot freehand while freediving), but that correction was rather minor.


First picture is the test chart (image downscaled), printed on A3 paper, laminated and brought to the pool. Set up against the pool wall the chart sagged a little, so the images are far from 100% quality. However, to me they look rather convincing...

Second image is a composite (1:1 crops). Top left corner of the chart, 1:1 crop. Left column: +0 diopters, center column: +2 diopters, right column: +4 diopters. From the top: f/4, f/5.6, f/8 and f/11.

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