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John Bantin

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#322227 Tokina 10-17 on FX

Posted by John Bantin on 08 December 2012 - 08:52 AM

Gordon, if it's in DX mode, it's not FX !!!


#321981 Woman rides wild manatee in Florida, turns herself in

Posted by John Bantin on 04 December 2012 - 10:52 AM

Dugongs are different!

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#321744 D800 write to card delay

Posted by John Bantin on 30 November 2012 - 10:48 AM

I got this problem for the first time on my last trip and it coincided with the battery needing recharging shortly after. Could it be connected to a battery power voltage drop? This was the first ime I attempted to use the same battery for a whole six day dive trip.


#320995 A tip for Hugycheck users.

Posted by John Bantin on 20 November 2012 - 12:11 PM

It's OK for you young suckers. I need a pump whether it be manual or electric!


#320200 How do you assess the power output of a video light?

Posted by John Bantin on 09 November 2012 - 01:44 AM

Lumens is the measurement of light emitted whereas LUX is the number of lumens per square metre arriving at the subject. For a given lamp to subject distance, LUX is a more relible measurement for comparison because it takes into account the efficiency of the reflector but this has to be compared against the diameter of the beam at that distance too.

Geddit?


#319842 Subal or Nauticam?

Posted by John Bantin on 04 November 2012 - 07:37 AM

If you can't afford to make a mistake and flood your camera, maybe you need Hugycheck or something similar. Nauticam's UK agent has said that they are working on it.


#319674 Travel through Singapore to Lembeh?

Posted by John Bantin on 01 November 2012 - 02:16 AM

I wish that the people that designed America's airports went to Changi Airport and used it as an example, especially for us transit passengers.


#318582 D800, S&S housing, and some questions...

Posted by John Bantin on 17 October 2012 - 11:44 AM

I use a Sea & Sea optical dome port from time to time with the 15mm/D800/D700 but on my Hugyfot housings via an adapter ring. It is very sharp but it does vignette a little (depending on how close the lens is focussed). This is not always a problem. I can easily clone in the corners if I have shot in the interior of wrecks or if the surroundings or in open blue water. As I shoot for magazine A-format my pictures are often cropped too. However, I can understand people feeling cheated if they lose a bit of picture. I also have a larger acrylic dome port that does not vignette.


#318140 Nikon Transfer Software corrupts D800 NEF files

Posted by John Bantin on 10 October 2012 - 10:10 AM

I've experienced difficulty transfering direct from the camera but not if I take the card out and transfer with a separate card reader.


#318066 Is full size DX "Done"?

Posted by John Bantin on 09 October 2012 - 06:37 AM

The fact of the matter is that it doesn't matter what you shoot on. It's the final result that counts.


#316422 A VERY good reason to buy equipment insurance!

Posted by John Bantin on 14 September 2012 - 01:09 PM

I don't have equipment insurance. I calculated a long time ago that I was better off taking the risk. If I lost my D800/housing/and all my strobes, I'd still be better off today. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit. Diving insurance may be a different matter as it may be difficult to get treatment if you cannot prove you are insured.


#315661 Underwater photography - The professionals

Posted by John Bantin on 01 September 2012 - 07:01 AM

Simon wrote : "It can be useful to remember the origin of the word amateur..French, meaning 'the love of' (or close - francophiles please correct me."

Amateur means in French: someone who loves/like something. "Un amateur de vin" means "someone who loves wine". Same for photography or football.... This is the first meaning of the word amateur.

"Sport amateur" means non-professional sport... ie. "amateur sport". Same for photography or other human activities where there is a distinction between a professional or a non-professional/hobby-like endeavour.

So, we can infer that in French or English "amateur" describes someone who engages in u/w photography for the love of the disciplin as opposed to someone who does it to make a living.

Having said that, many amateurs take pro-level images, they simply do not earn their living doing so... So we all start as amateurs and some become professionals, just like in golf, sailing, or astronomy...

This topic is interesting and the insight provided by distinguished members of the profession is great food for thought... And so is the quote about the change brought by image-making technology and the internet/telecommunication industry in the field. Internet/IP-based technology have been major disruptive technologies in so many fields... And we are in the infancy stage of that era.

Question: Who wants to go back to 36-exosure rolls... No instant feedback... 100 ISO slide film... Film processing... Snail mail communications and shipment of images..? Or flashbulbs for that matter :-)

Michel Gilbert



Players and gentlemen? (I was never rich enough to be a gentleman)


#315303 Good-bye DX. :(

Posted by John Bantin on 26 August 2012 - 11:35 PM

Well, thanks mostly to you guys here on Wetpixel, I found that I had a cupboard full of cameras and housings. My latest purchase was a D800 with Hugyfot housing.

The problem has been always deciding, in view of checked weight restrictions, which outfit to take away with me. I have been alternating between the DX with Tokina 10-17 and FX systems.

However, in these economic times, that is a luxury nobody should be able to afford so I have sold my DX outfit. I last used it in March of this year and the pictures I took with it were very pleasing. I am really going to miss the Tokina. It is with a feeling of trepidation that I let it go and concentrate on FX. It's all YOUR fault!


#315246 Sigma 15mm lens correction in Lightroom 4

Posted by John Bantin on 25 August 2012 - 11:52 PM

Lens correction? I just go out and take pictures with it. Nobody's suggested my pictures needed lens correction (a lot of other corrections, maybe!).


#315182 Underwater photography - The professionals

Posted by John Bantin on 24 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

The best way to make a small fortune from underwater photography is to start with a large fortune!