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Glasseye Snapper

Member Since 11 Oct 2005
Offline Last Active Oct 17 2016 03:52 PM

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

03 October 2016 - 08:17 AM

I used to use two strobes in the past but prefer the simplicity of a single strobe. A more honest interpretation is that it takes more skill, thinking and "aesthetic awareness" and I simply don't dive enough to master all of that. It may be different for WA where just have a wider beam angle itself is helpful. If you are on your first UW photography trip I think you will find there are too many things to experiment with already. No need to get all the gadgets all at once. Another tip, if you can find a place with a house reef where you, with or without buddy, can dive without dive guide you can much more easily experiment with camera setting, strobes etc.

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?