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John Bantin

Member Since 24 Mar 2005
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#327542 Advice on a new set up for D800

Posted by John Bantin on 09 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

Sounds like you need to try each. It's a personal decision.

#327411 I don't get it!

Posted by John Bantin on 07 March 2013 - 06:45 AM

If you use a longer focal length lens, what are you doing if you are not cropping in camera? You simply use a smaller part of the image circle for a given size sensor. As I have said before, optically speaking, it is the quality of the water that has most effect. The more water between the lens and the subject, the poorer the quality of a given shot.

#327396 Tokina 10-17mm vs Sigma 15mm in FX mode on Nikon D800

Posted by John Bantin on 07 March 2013 - 01:38 AM

I bought the 16mm Nikkor but was disapponted to find it did not focus closely enough so traded it for the Sigma 15mm.


I like to grab the moment and went from zooming with the Tokina on DX to cropping the Sigma on FX because I find it is the quality of the water one shoots through that is the limiting factor. With fast moving subjects one can get the long shot and the extreme close-up wide-angle with merely a reaction to the shutter control.


Here are two shots taken within moments of each other that adequately demonstrates the advantage of NOT having to fiddle with an extra (zoom) control.



Great Hammerheads move quickly. The first is a 20MP crop while the second is the full 36MP frame






As for the coruption you mention, Aussiebyron, regarding reviews and advertising revenue, that may well be true of some diving magazines but they soon go out of business!

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#327201 I don't get it!

Posted by John Bantin on 04 March 2013 - 03:06 PM

Ansel Adams was special because he was unique. Now there are millions of digital Ansel Adams, so it is not special anymore, nor it is as difficult as it was in the old past. The thing is that composing in-camera is becoming more unique though (just make an overview at the many topics where this has been talked about before) and some people will find more merit in an image with not much PS than in the same one if it has needed a lot of PS (EVEN IF THE END RESULT IS THE SAME)...


Ansel Adams example is like Dolly the cloned sheep; it was unique and a outstanding technology development and use...but now it is common, possibly done by many, and not very interesting anymore...

Well, years ago we used to say that if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Well, now it is easy and everyone is!

#327189 Am I onto something?

Posted by John Bantin on 04 March 2013 - 01:48 PM

We should point out that most of the people that have a passion for underwater photography need professional help - and I don't mean with getting good pictures!

#327182 I don't get it!

Posted by John Bantin on 04 March 2013 - 12:37 PM

Tell that to anyone who ever worked with negatives in a darkroom...


... you can't make a poor image great, but you can make a good image better.


There ought to be space for the brilliant image made in camera, but also for a truly great "darkroom" image, cropped, curved and layered in the demonic Photoshop!

Was that Ansel Adams any good?

#327105 Great Hammerhead Dive

Posted by John Bantin on 03 March 2013 - 01:21 PM

A very big animal gives one the chance to enjoy the steep perspective of the fish-eye lens POV. All will be revealed in the April issue of Diver Mag. Naturally, we need to keep the lid on it until then!

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#327055 Great Hammerhead Dive

Posted by John Bantin on 03 March 2013 - 02:04 AM

Great pictures - it must be a record 7 Epics in the water on the same dive.

Yes Pete. I felt really a rank amateur with my D800!

#327050 Great Hammerhead Dive

Posted by John Bantin on 03 March 2013 - 01:27 AM

Great Hammerheads are a nomadic and migratory species. January and February are the best months when the water is at its coldest. www.stuartcove.com


(Just a small point. Stuart Cove's Dive Bahamas is a wholly Bahamian operation so that all revenues go back into the Bahamas economy.)


I've got a six-page feature on it in the April edition of Diver Magazine (UK). Get the app!

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#327049 New Housing "Airlock" Vacuum from Backscatter

Posted by John Bantin on 03 March 2013 - 01:12 AM

This comment sums it up: "Simply stable negative pressure. If it's air tight, its water tight. And it will save your camera in the rinse tank.

And my Subal V3 port can't fall off!"


I might still have a Subal housing today if the dome port had not fallen off - twice!


I went with Hugyfot for the Hugycheck. Hugycheck continues to monitor the pressure at all times. With 64GB (2x32GB) cards in my D800, that green light winks comfortingly for a whole camera battery charge over several days and its own battery goes on for more than a week.


You only need to flood an expensive rig once to bear the scars forever. I am much more relaxed now while away on diving trips!

#327030 New Housing "Airlock" Vacuum from Backscatter

Posted by John Bantin on 02 March 2013 - 04:44 PM

I got something similar on my first Hugyfot housing for D700 and haven't looked back since. Twice I've had a red light half an hour or so after I assembled my latest Hugyfot housing with my D800 and that means twice I've been spared the cost of buying a new camera. (That leaves me about £6000 ahead.)


People say they don't need it because they have such good housings. It's not to check the housing, it's to check the user - and we all make mistakes at some time.


Once depressurized, you can unfasten the clamshell but it won't come apart. The same goes for the port. Magic!

#326535 Great Hammerhead Dive

Posted by John Bantin on 21 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

We had seven Epic cameras and four FX cameras in the water with twelve nurse sharks and three Great Hammerheads that circled round us for four hours in 22 feet of water. This will be the next hotspot to dive. (With Stuart Cove in the Bahamas.)

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#325186 D800 Crisis!

Posted by John Bantin on 26 January 2013 - 10:22 PM

So now I'm back home in the UK.

I downloaded the cards directly to another laptop via Nikon Transfer. Everything is OK. I transfered these files back to the offending laptop. All OK. However, when I try to download the cards directly to the offending laptop, they will not open. Ergo: It's Nikon Transfer on that laptop that is corrupting the files.

It seems a backup laptop is essential if using Nikon Transfer !!!

#324106 DYK Magazine

Posted by John Bantin on 09 January 2013 - 06:53 AM

I just want to say thank you to Jesper and Charly at DYK in Scandinavia for producing such a well designed magazine and for making my pictures of Truk (published in the January edition) look like they were taken by a proper photographer!

#323927 Hugyfot Ports

Posted by John Bantin on 06 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

You could always ask this guy: Pascal Eeckhoudt <Pascal.Eeckhoudt@leys.be>