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Kevster

Member Since 13 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Sep 03 2014 05:56 AM
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In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

19 August 2014 - 07:42 PM

The fish eye conversion lens is interesting. Are you referring to the Panasonic DMW-GFC1? If that's the one, then I don't think it's wide enough because it only give 120 degree on land, and would become 84 degree once in the water. May be a wet wide angle lens is a better solution, just don't know which wet lens work.

Yes the conversion lens is the DMW-GFC1. I am by no means an expert but this combo is ok for semi-wide. I would guess its more than 84 degrees FOV when using the 3.5" dome port underwater. I would guess its at least 120 degrees.

 

I bought the 14-42X lens a long time ago , hoping that i would be able to use the zoom function. However looks like there is now a Nauticam gear for this function..

 

(Sorry for discussing WA in a macro discussion. Just wanted to highlight this lens can be used at both ends!)


In Topic: GH4 - Nauticam Macro Lens/Port Thoughts

19 August 2014 - 05:28 PM

I actually use the The Panasonic 14-42mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 X lens for wide angle.

 

Panasonic have 2 conversion lens( a wide angle conversion lens & fisheye conversion lens) that attach to the 14-42 x lens or the 14mm pancake lens.

 

The Nauticam 3.5" port needs the 30mm extension ring to fit the 14-42mm X lens+ conversion lens.

 

This was a cheaper option for me compared to buying the 7-14mm lens + new dome port.

 

The 14-42mm X lens with conversion lens is ok on the GH2. Good FL for sharks. The 14-42X+ conversion lens is much better than the 14mm pancake lens+conversion lens 

I have never used the the 14-42x for macro.There is also a macro conversion lens for the 14-42x but i have not tried this combo.

For macro i use 45mm and sometimes the 25mm for general fishlife shooting.


In Topic: "Dinah's Wonderland", Diving with Dinah Halstead Milne Bay, PNG

01 April 2014 - 03:56 AM

 

Great production.

Excellent narration.

 

 

Makes me want to book a trip.


In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

15 March 2014 - 02:39 AM

I'm booked on to a trip, that leaves out of Florida. Speaking to friends i have heard that a 15-20% tip can be the norm for customer service in the US. 15%-20% on a $3000 trip is a hell of a lot of money to me when taking the total trip cost (international airfare and hotels) into account. Are these fee's a hidden cost in US culture that i should have budgeted for or is acceptable to just give what i can afford?

 

Here in the UK if someone asked  for a specific amount for a tip, i'd be offended, tell them to stop being so cheeky and probably leave less. 

The trip you are going on , the boat has 4 crew. They hand out envelopes at the end of the trip.

Service was not as good as other live-aboards i have been on in Asia, but they deliver an amazing experience underwater!

 

I recently spent 5 months working in the states, so i got used to the tip concept. I tipped around 12%.


In Topic: Darwin's Dream - Galapagos

26 February 2014 - 02:57 AM

 

Really great video.

Amazing colours.

 

Great iguana shot, you were so lucky to see orca! Looks like an amazing 5 days!