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Has anyone ever done a shark trip to Fiji?

16 October 2006 - 05:10 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at planning a shark specific trip to Fiji next year, and was wondering if anyone has ever done this. I've dreamed of Fiji for years, but for other reasons. Just wondering if I did a shark specific trip, would I regret it and wish I had gone somewhere like the Bahamas?


Isla de Guadalupe

25 September 2006 - 06:45 AM

Hey everyone,

Just returned from Guadalupe Island. The trip couldn't have gone better and my new gear performed perfectly. I have been very pleased with the results, especially considering this was the first time that I have shot UW in over 10 years. So, let me know what you think. Any feedback is good since I'm planning another trip next year and want to improve.



To diopter or not diopter

06 September 2006 - 01:54 PM

I know this question has been asked many times and I have even asked it myself. I leave for Guadalupe in 2 weeks to photograph the GW's. I will be using the Aquatica D200 housing w/ a Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 and 8" dome with proper extension. Aquatica's reference states that no diopter is needed with this lens. I was planning buying a B & W +2 diopter to have just in case, but no one seems to have them in stock. My next option is to get either a +1 or +3 diopter. Unfortunately, I've been working so much, that I haven't had a chance to borrow any diopters and test it out for myself. ( I know, don't go to battle with an unproven rifle)...... Anyway, I would greatly appreciate any advice. I know James and Tim gave me some advice on this matter a while back, but that was regarding a different lens. My instinct is to go with the +3???


How rugged is the Nikon D200?

05 July 2006 - 05:34 PM

I thought I would share my experience with my D200. I decided to spend July 4th hiking and taking pics at a local marsh. It was an unreal day as far as wildlife activity, basically got alot of money shots. At around 5pm, they the weather went from 95 degrees and sunny with no clouds in sight to a black sky with 30-40mph winds, all within 5 mins. At this point, I decided it was probably time to get the hell out of dodge since I had a 1 1/2 mile hike back to my vehicle. Within another 5 mins, I was in 50mph winds with microbursts of 60-70mph +, horizontal rain and heavy localized lightning. With trees and limbs coming down every 10 seconds and lightning all around me, I realized that I was in the worst possible place that I could be in at that particular moment and decided to bed down under a cluster of stable fallen trees. I sat there for almost 30 mins before the weather let up enough for me to see an opportunity to get out of there. At this point, I was soaked and so was all of my gear. 5 mins into the hike out, lightning struck 10-15ft from me, knocking me off of my feet and giving me a slight electrical jolt. I immediately got back up onto my feet and got out of there as if I were and olympic sprinter.

Now for the end results.

The D200, all though completely soaked, survived. I made sure to immediately take the battery out and not power it up. I dried it and put it in a very warm and dry place until tonight when it was fired up without a glitch. Everything seems to be working perfectly.

The $2000 lens didn't fair so well. It had a 1/4" of water in the barrel at the front element. I removed the front element assembly and dried it. It appears that all of the water stayed in the front third of the barrel (probably due to the way I was carrying it). Everything is still apart with disecant pouches in it and sealed in a way to allow it to breathe but not let dust or contaminants in. I guess only time will tell for this one.

Cell phone - fried

Keyless entry for vehicle - fried

Sekonic light meter - fried.

Over all, I was extremely impressed with the way the D200 held up. I can only hope that my lens survives, but more importantly, I'm glad I wasn't injured or killed. The only after effects are muscle spasms in the lower extremities that just won't seem to go away.

Nikon 12-24 for Guadlupe Whites

22 May 2006 - 09:15 AM

I'm doing a Guadalupe trip in Sept. and wanted to know if a 12-24mm lens is necessary. I'm planning on shooting primarily with a 17-35mm. I just want to know from people that have done the trip if I will be missing some great shots by not having a 12-24 available or should I suck it up and drop the cash?