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Member Since 08 Jul 2005
Offline Last Active Feb 19 2017 06:12 AM

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In Topic: Brand new Ikelite Sony a7 housing Issues.

05 January 2017 - 11:36 AM

I am considering buying an Ikelite housing and would be interested in hearing whether there was a resolution for your problems.

In Topic: Mares fin bungee breakage

18 December 2016 - 01:25 PM

I also liked the bungees because there was no excess rubber flaps and they were easier to get on and off. 


I did have a spare with me.  It  was the more typical adjustable strap, was from my previous fins which were also Mares, was over 10 years old, and it was still in good shape which made me think the bungee rubber was defective.  But it is obviously a different rubber and may well degrade faster.  Back in the '70s when I still spearfished, I did make new speargun rubbers periodically but I never had one break in service although they would get surface cracks/degradation over time and I would replace them.  The fin bungee had no surface cracks or obvious degradation so I didn't think it had started to degrade. 


Anyway I am planning on buying new straps and repairing the bungee strap as one of several spares. Triggerfish, you made the comment with respect to spring straps "if you still find them comfortable".  Wondered what you were referring to.  Are some spring straps 'uncomfortable'?

In Topic: adding a second strobe

25 November 2016 - 01:57 PM

Hmmm, yeah, my preference too would be to go for matched strobes.


Why go for an unmatched pair, rwe?

I was just trying to keep the bulk down a little; both for traveling and underwater.  I tried using a Nikonos 105 paired with the Z-240 some years back when I first switched to digital and decided that my diving enjoyment was significantly less carrying that much around underwater (in TTL the slower 105 also tended to overexpose pretty often).  But my present system is smaller so the difference between a Z-240 and S-2000 may not be that much.

In Topic: How to find the names of the creatures you shoot?

28 July 2016 - 08:42 AM

As noted by others, I use Humann (book) and Fishbase (http://www.fishbase.org/search.php ) most often.  I also use Ross Robertson's Fishes: Greater Caribbean (http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages ) although it takes a little while to learn how to use it if you don't know scientific names.  But since he is using some of my pictures and has been very helpful in identifying species when I asked him questions, I took the time to get acquainted with it.  It does show multiple pictures of each species so you can see how much color variation there might be for a species and he is developing a module to try to identify a fish from a picture you input (but don't think it is active yet).  He also has a similar Pacific fish ID program but I have never used it since I have not yet dived there (http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/sftep/en/pages ).  Occasionally, I also use: http://reefguide.org/ or http://species-ident...n.org/index.php but not often.

In Topic: Licensing types

16 July 2016 - 04:18 AM

I've been with Alamy just over 5 years and have used both options and, frankly, have never been able to tell the difference in terms of volume of sales or income.


Maybe it's just my experience and the quality of my pics, but don't hold your breath on making fame and fortune from it. I've got almost 3500 images with them and have earned roughly the equivalent of a couple of lenses. There does't appear to be a big market on Alamy for u/w images. But, like i say, that might be just my images.....


Good luck with it!


Thanks for the info.  My initial four pictures just passed QC and are online.  Your camera/system and most of your pictures are much better than mine so I won't expect much, if anything.  I am mostly retired but doing independent consulting about 20% of my time.  Adding all those captions and keywords will give me something to do when I get bored but it would be nice to make a few $s so I could dive more often.