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johnspierce

Member Since 14 Jul 2005
Offline Last Active Feb 26 2015 07:46 AM
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In Topic: Quick open letter to liveaboard operators

24 February 2015 - 03:04 PM

Here, here.  All good points Doug.

 

Also, this dovetails into another discussion on this board a few months ago concerning tipping -- and this is from a different perspective.  

 

Sometimes, you can have one guest who is a problem for the other guests.  Either they can abuse another's personal space or cause a problem in the diving itself.  Since most liveaboards are setup with the idea that you need to tip at the end of the week, the divemasters are very reluctant to do anything about these problems.  Same with destroying the reef.  They don't want to upset a customer.  They will give lip service to the folks that complain and try to mollify them as much as possible while still not saying anything to the bad actor causing the problem.  This is because they live for those tips and they try to make everyone happy to maximize their income.  I don't personally blame them for this stance.

 

However -- not dealing with one bad actor on your boat may cause 3 or 4 people not to use you again.   The boat owners need to know this.  The best policy would be for the liveaboards to charge a complete fee and make it clear the tip is included.  If one customer is causing a problem, *deal* with it.   I personally have been on a trip recently where one guy was crashing into me constantly and when I mentioned it to the the divemaster he told me the other guy was a paying customer too and he couldn't do anything about it.  He suggested I talk to the other diver about the problem.   I "talked" to him about it in a very loud voice to ensure I was understood.    But still.  I paid a lot of money to go to the far ends of the earth and I shouldn't have to deal with that crap.

 

rant off :D


In Topic: Are you happy you changed from DX to FX?

24 February 2015 - 08:00 AM

Switched from D7000 DX to D800 FX about halfway through 2014.  I understand the D7100 is of course much better, particularly with high ISO, but here's my thoughts.

 

D7000 pluses:

- Smaller footprint

- Lighter weight

- 10-17 works well with 8" dome, smaller and lighter than D800 options with 10.5" dome

- Macro is easier with DX since you can use the 60mm with a teleconverter and the 105 gives a much larger image

 

D800 pluses

- bigger buffer

- higher resolution is really fantastic

- much better high ISO

- 16-35 lens is actually very, very good.  Same with 15mm Sigma FE

- D800 handles like my old D300.  I really hate the prosumer controls on the D7000. (I probably wouldn't like the D750 for the same reason)

- Macro is much higher quality with the 105 due to the huge resolution

 

 

Overall, I'm very happy with the switchover.  The D800 is a fantastic camera and from an imaging standpoint just absolutely smokes the D7000 in my amateur hands.   The only drawback is everything is bigger and heaver although I would say my old D300 with housing was just as heavy.

 

Also, for above water use, I do a lot of band and concert photography in very low light situations and the D800 is fantastic for that purpose.  I also have an Olympus EM5 with a full set of good lenses when I need "small and light".  The EM5 quite frankly is about 95% as good as the D7000.


In Topic: For Sale: Olympus 60mm Macro lens, Nauticam Port 65 and focus gear

15 January 2015 - 12:49 PM

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In Topic: Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

02 January 2015 - 02:45 PM

So many great photo opportunities this year, but my favorites were all from swimming with humpbacks in Tonga.Attached File  image.jpg   144.52KB   50 downloads

In Topic: Hammerheads

16 August 2014 - 06:57 AM

When we did Galapagos in May of 2010, the water was unusually warm.   At Darwin, we saw hundreds of hammerheads and they definitely stayed down in the thermocline which seemed to start at about 40 feet, but the water at the surface was about 79 degrees (26 C) and down at 50 feet was still close to 75 degrees (24 C), so not that cool at all.  Everyone told us to bring 7mm wetsuits and I was baking like a potato the entire time -- Could have done it in a 3mm easily :D  

 

I think trying to predict exactly how your dives will go is kind of like predicting the weather a month out -- can't be done.