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smk82

Member Since 28 Aug 2013
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In Topic: Great White Cage Diving @ Guadalupe Island

09 September 2014 - 12:04 AM

what were these taken with if you don't mind me asking?


In Topic: Time for a new rig; MIL?

02 September 2014 - 12:14 AM

I can't speak for some of the technical stuff, however I recently plumped for the EM-10 as an upgrade from my old S-95. Its only done 2 trips with me currently, but impressed so far. Out of your wish list, it includes the Wifi option - I can dump photos straight from my camera to phone and then to facebook if I so wish, plus with the 14-42EZ lens it is fairly pocketable ( with a suitably sized pocket of course). 

 

It does offer live view and the option to switch between the screen/viewfinder - a built in flash also is a nice touch compared to the clip-on flashes of some models. I agree that the lack of weatherproofing is a point, however I went for the Nauticam housing with the vacuum system which certainly helps with improving survivability!. If you just use the housing without tray/strobes its fairly compact compared to the EM-5/EM-1 systems also. Hope this helps.


In Topic: Best soft gear bag for traveling

19 August 2014 - 11:34 PM

I presume this is the accelerator backpack. Out of curiosity - how much does this weigh when fully stocked, and have you ever been stopped at a check-in desk?


In Topic: Which strobe?

13 August 2014 - 01:35 AM

 I'd echo the others in going for what you can afford, as the strobe will often transfer between cameras as you grow, meaning it pays to get something which is maybe a tad more advanced than you require at the moment, but will give you what you need down the line. I'd agree the S2000 is a good contender for a compact camera (it was only released after I'd bought my second hand setup otherwise its probably what I'd go for. Best place for Inon stuff is www.uwdigitalcamera.com. I've bought stuff from there previously, and even with import duties/taxes, it was still cheaper than buying in the UK! Currently the S2000 is £220 (accounting for exchange rate) on this site, vs £415 on camerasunderwater. {thats just the strobe though, you'd need the tray/arm/fibreoptic but you can get all these from there - ask nicely and Yuzo might give you a discount on a bulk order) I know that people will say what about warranty etc, but I understand that as a student price comes first! The other option is have a hunt on ebay, yorkshire divers personal adverts, UK diving classifieds, www.uwpmag.com small ads, anywhere selling dive kit and see what you find - you might be suprised! 


In Topic: padded wet bags for carrying housings in dive skiffs

08 August 2014 - 05:35 AM

Apologies for restarting an old thread, but where can you get AO cooler bags or similar in the UK? (I know i could import, but looks like costs would be almost as much as the bag!). Other cooler bags I've looked at all seem to skimp a bit on the padding..