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thoughts on mini domes

27 July 2014 - 08:04 AM

I stole the title from Alex Mustard's 2010 article :D

I'm going to Tonga to swim with humpbacks in a little over a month and pondering on whether to bring my 8" or 4.3 mm dome or both.

I'm shooting a nikon d7000 with the 10-17mm Tokina.

Obviously, the 4 mm dome will be less sharp at the edges, but will it even be noticeable with the type of composure done with open water big animal shots?

I want the best shots I can get, but if it truly will not make a difference, the mini dome sure makes handling and travel easier.

Apple's Aperture is being sunsetted

27 June 2014 - 11:29 AM



Not surprised;  they just haven't kept up with the changes like Lightroom.  The downside of this announcement is Apple will be trying to  convince it's user base to use iPhoto instead.  


iPhoto is simply *TERRIBLE*   Maybe the upcoming replacement will be better.  I know many people who have lost images due to the design philosophy of storing everything in a database.  Using a proprietary database for metadata is fine, but in my opinion a software application simply must keep an original, unmodified version of all photos in the file system for easy migration and backup/recovery. 


Last trip I was on, a fellow diver lost his entire photo library due to a iPhoto corruption issue.   He had backups thankfully, but trying to restore to iPhoto would try the patience of the most dedicated Applephile.


But, at any rate, I tried out Aperture in it's first iterations and decided I liked Lightroom better anyway.  R.I.P. Aperture.

New Aquatica housing for the EM1

11 January 2014 - 02:54 PM

Just saw this as a posting on Facebook, didn't see a thread here yet.  Glad to see Aquatica jump into the mirrorless game.  Although ports would be different, at least viewfinders and bulkhead adaptors should be compatible from old systems.  Also, just like Nauticam, Aquatica is including a vacuum system as standard equipment.  Competitive pricing too.






For those who have vacuum sealed housings, do you still buy insurance?

06 November 2013 - 07:29 AM

I have personally had good experiences with DAN flood insurance, but of course it costs about $200 per year.  I also carry a separate rider on my personal insurance for travel loss/theft.


So, do any of you who have vacuum attachments on your housing still buy flood insurance?   On first thought, it would no longer be necessary.  I understand a flood can still happen, but insurance is "playing the odds" anyway, right?




Lightroom Workflow for Traveling Photographers

26 October 2013 - 09:29 AM

I have no affiliation with this site or the author, just thought it was a nice article to pass along...