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Bent C

Member Since 20 May 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 19 2014 11:10 AM

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In Topic: Canon 7D Mk II compatibility with existing 7D housings?

16 September 2014 - 03:37 AM

If you're currently shooting with an SPL A-Series with a 5d MKIII, then you're in luck because it has the same configuration as the 7d MKII.  However an existing 7d housing won't work.  If you have an aquatech, then it's a simple tray and backplate replacement, then you're good to go.

Have you actually tried it in a housing? It sure looks pretty close. Slightly larger, but not by much. If you have tried it, are all controls unusable, or are there some that are usable?

In Topic: Maldives

15 September 2014 - 07:48 AM

Aren't the night dives great? The enormous nurse sharks are cool, but the mantas are hot!!
How did you light the mantas? I didn't get it quite right: I think that video lights held out quite wide may the best way...
Using strobes, the nurse sharks were much easier:

Thanks for posting your images, Bent.

I would rate the night dive with the nurse sharks as the coolest I have ever done! It was just amazing. The big rays were icing on the cake. I liked the manta night dive as well, but it was harder really to appreciate as we were in a group supposed to be kneeling on the sand. The sand turned out to be silt and the kneeling part was so-so, so the viz went pretty quickly. However, up till then it was incredible to have the mantas swimming straight towards the camera.

Lighting wise I didn't do anything special. Strobes pointing somewhat out on two arms, more or less. Video lights would probably be good, at least for getting consistent af.

In Topic: Maldives

15 August 2014 - 09:58 AM

A couple more from my trip, Tim:

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Personally the highlight was the night dive with the nurse sharks:


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In Topic: Lens choice for Maldivian current diving

08 November 2013 - 08:13 AM

There are without doubt much more experienced south Maldives divers than me that can chime in, but for what it is worth, I was down there on a two weeks trip in April. I used my EF 8-15 fisheye with a 1,4 extender, and that was almost to wide for the encounters I had. The sharks certainly did not come close enough to even consider using the 8-15 bare. I used no strobes on the shark dives. On one dive, a group I wasn´t following seemed to get close encounters, but as none had a camera in that group, it is hard to evaluate how close the sharks actually were. With regard to the current, we used reef hooks on the shark dives, and there would have been no real issues using the strobes if the sharks had come close enough.

On more reefy dives though, the 8-15 bare was fine. There are some amazing hard coral formations there that are worth doing. And some turtles that could´t care less about people.

Cheers, Bent