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Glasseye Snapper

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In Topic: Am I crazy for spending this much money for being so new to this

25 September 2016 - 07:52 AM

The worst thing is to buy something too cheap that frustrates to the point of turning you off on what could have become a great hobby. The next worst thing is to buy something so expensive and elaborate that it turns you off, or simply confuses with too many choices to figure out on a short diving holiday. Fortunately there is a whole lot in the middle. I would consider getting just the housing, one strobe and no macro-converters, snoots, and what have you. You can add a second strobe on the next trip for better wide-angle and macro converters if that becomes your passion. The Nikon D7200 has been around awhile so you can also look for second hand housings and use the savings to add a focus/video light.


PS: welcome to wetpixel

In Topic: New Olympus camera and new Panasonic lens

20 September 2016 - 02:26 PM

Autofocus, including tracking subjects, and viewfinder are the two most important features for me and both are improved. Especially compared to my current EM5 mk I. Focus bracketing would be interesting for macro if we could use video lights instead of strobes and I have the feeling that video lights are already up to the task in at least some situations: macro/close-up and not shooting in bright daylight. A narrower beam video light may help as well. My next trip will still use the EM5 but I am looking forward to hands-on reviews to see if the claims about the AF translate to real-world experience.

In Topic: 7 fish from Lembeh

08 September 2016 - 11:59 AM

No. 1 is obviously some sort of scorpionfish but I couldn't find a convincing match


No. 3 the general shape and first dorsal fin point to a dragonet, but again one I can't place


No. 4, starting so sound like a broken record, clearly a cardinalfish but not one I know. Very likely genus Ostorhinchus


No 6, juvenile barracuda of one kind of another, but don't have ID books for juveniles.


Sorry I couldn't be of more help and thanks for sharing



In Topic: 6 More from Lembeh

08 September 2016 - 11:40 AM

The lizardfish is genus Saurida based on the mouth shape. Species can be S. gracilis or S. nebulosa. Hard to tell apart.


Number 3 looks somehow familiar but I can't place it. Might it be a night coloration?

In Topic: Avoiding Damaging Reefs

15 June 2016 - 05:08 PM

I personally strive for zero damage, while accepting that some damage is implicit even if only by increasing economic development near shore.


The closer you want to get to the reef the better your buoyancy has to be. So either keep a distance or perfect your buoyancy, although not necessary by PADI or other course.


Do not touch any LIVING thing underwater. One or two fingers placed on a carefully selected piece of dead coral just to stabilize, no force, is much better than jojoing and kicking your fins to stay in place. You could do this equally well with gloves and the whole no-gloves rule is imho just because people expect you to be more careful without them. If you ever see parrotfish scraping the corals you also realize that if corals could not handle any mechanical contact they would have long been extinct (not an excuse to be careless, just some perspective).

I don't like diving sticks, assuming you mean the metal pins, as you don't get any tactile feedback and you create a point-pressure unlike a finger with or without glove.


Buddy signals to help each other out of a tricky position sound complicated to me. You really should not get into such situations in the first place.


Tucking away any dangling pieces of equipment is a good point as are most of the others. In the rare cases that I do touch the reef it is virtually always my fin tips. Retracting your legs while stopping finning and using your hands and/or lungs to move away from contact works well.


I also make an effort not to kick up a dust storm when swimming close to sand substrate, but I have no problem touching or even lying on the bottom after ensuring it is "clean sand".