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#373817 Dive Tubbahata - advice on LOB

Posted by eyu on 21 May 2016 - 01:45 PM

I did Tubbahata on the Palausport, it is comfortable big boat.  Food was good, dive service was very good.

The times of the year that Tubbahata is open for diving is April to June.  

I would do it again, I had a great trip. 



#373215 Raja Ampat macro, wide and drone video

Posted by eyu on 02 May 2016 - 12:24 PM

Great shots, enjoyed it, thanks for sharing,



#373157 Are people leaving micro four thirds?

Posted by eyu on 01 May 2016 - 03:56 AM

I figured it was time to upgrade my wife's Olympus E-410 DSLR. She likes the smaller system and thinks my Subal D800E is massive, I don't disagree. 

So I got her an Olympus OMD EM 1 with an 8 mm, 60 mm and 12-50 mm lens with a Nauticam housing with the necessary ports.

Being compact the system required quite a bit of added buoyancy.  We went on a 3 wk dive trip to Anilao.

My wife found the system frustrating with focusing, it would hunt and be slow to lock focus.  We used a Sola Photo 1200 focus light, it helped some.

She could not feel the half shutter through the shutter leaver of the Nauticam. 

But even for medium size stationary subjects like warty frog fish that have good contrast it would tend to hunt and be slow to focus lock.

Focused with the half shutter, back AFL, single, continuous modes.  AFL in continuous AF worked the best, but still slow and hunts.

I replaced the EM1 and got my wife a Nikon D7200 in Dx format.  The D7200 focus is almost instant.

She was able to feel half shutter with a Subal housing and is now a happy camper with her underwater photos.

Although larger then the EM1, the focus, dynamic range of the DX D7200 is way better than the EM 1 MFT.

I expect the D500 to be better yet, for focus, iso and dynamic range.



#371791 FS: Nikon D810 with Ikelite Underwater Gear

Posted by eyu on 22 March 2016 - 01:33 AM

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#371704 Camera dilemmas

Posted by eyu on 19 March 2016 - 04:31 PM

Regarding a D750, look at Ken Kurtis's: http://www.reefseeke...pix & links.htm

My wife recently switched from an EM1 to a D7200.  She loves the D7200 and is very glad she switched.

If you go FX, the sigma 15 works very well with a 6" dome

#370651 Recommendations for Bali/Komodo Liveaboard Dive Operations??

Posted by eyu on 19 February 2016 - 03:34 AM



I was introduced to Aquamarine by a dive buddy who has been using them for 15+ yrs, he dives the Indo-Pacific 3 months a yr.

When I dive Bali, I arrange a private dive guide who takes care of all my dive gear as we travel from dive site to dive site.  They pick me up at Denpasar and off we go.  I give my dive guide a list of what I want to see and he will find them. I have not done any UV stuff.  A cool trip is to drive around Bali and dive.  There is much muck, but also manta and mola mola sites



#370582 Philippines Fish

Posted by eyu on 18 February 2016 - 03:00 AM

I really enjoyed your albums, thanks for posting

#363800 FS Olympus EM-1, 8mm, 60mm, 12-40mm, 12-50mm lens, 60mm zoom gear

Posted by eyu on 31 July 2015 - 05:41 AM

Switched cameras and this setup is just collecting dust.

Purchased last year, all in excellent condition

PayPal accepted, reasonable offers will be entertained 


Olympus OM-D E-M1 body in original box with all accessories with extra battery (5217 actuations)   $1000


New unused E-M1 battery charger with 2 unused batteries  $90


Olympus Zuiko 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 lens  $350


Olympus Zuiko 60 mm f 2.8 macro lens   $380


Nauticam 60 mm focus gear   $120


Panasonic 8 mm f3.5 fisheye lens, new in box  $520


Olympus Zuiko 12-40 mm f2.8 pro lens   $700

#362361 Debating my first set-up

Posted by eyu on 17 June 2015 - 12:36 PM

Look at the wetpixel classified section, there are many used systems which take great photos

#360393 FS: Nauticam E-M1 housing, two Olympus OM-D E-M1, lens, port, viewfinders

Posted by eyu on 22 April 2015 - 04:58 PM

I bought this system for my wife, but she feels it is too much camera for her.

Purchased last year, bodies, lens are in excellent condition.


1. Nauticam EM1 housing with vacuum system   $1860


2. Macro Port with Zoom Gear with 12-50 mm f 3.5-6.3 lens    $1160


3. Olympus OM-D E-M1 body with extra battery (6202 actuations)   $1260


4. Olympus OM-D E-M1 body with extra battery (5217 actuations)   $1260


5. Unused E-M1 battery charger with 2 unused batteries  $90


6. Olympus Zuiko 12-50 mm f3.5-6.3 lens  $440


7. Olympus Zuiko 60 mm f 2.8 macro lens  $440


8. Nauticam 60 mm focus gear   $150


9. Panasonic 8 mm f3.5 fisheye lens $580


10.  Nauticam 4.33 inch dome for 8 mm lens   $445


11.  Olympus Zuiko 12-40 mm f2.8 pro lens   $800


12.  EM1/EM10 window for viewfinder  $215


13.   Nauticam 180 degree viewfinder   $900


14.  Nauticam 45 degree viewfinder   $880


15. Nauticam flip diopter holder for macro port  $240


PayPal accepted plus shipping 

#352827 Macro lens for Raja Ampat liveaboard?

Posted by eyu on 22 September 2014 - 04:13 PM

A 60 mm for macro muck diving is my go to lens on a cropped sensor body.  A 105 mm is just to long in water with a lot of particulate matter.  Getting closer will give you a cleaner shot with a 60 mm lens. 

#352823 Bali Trip Recommendations

Posted by eyu on 22 September 2014 - 03:44 PM

You should hire your own private guide/s, AquaMarine has some excellent ones.  They will take care of your dive equipment and find you critters.  I just give them a list and it is done.  They will go around and mark the critters with small muck sticks, you then just go from stick to stick taking photos as much or as little are you want.  



#350149 Traveling with underwater camera to international destination - packing tips...

Posted by eyu on 11 July 2014 - 06:47 AM

I will be flying through Hong Kong, so thanks for that hint.  I will reach out to Cathay Pacific to make sure 2 carry-ons are accepted.

The way make it through HKG is to stay in the transit area, that way you do not need to pass security with two carry-on's.

#348743 EM1 Nauticam Housing Challenge

Posted by eyu on 06 June 2014 - 03:01 AM

Hi all...  I finally found out why I was having the challenges with the AEL/AFL lever not enabling the focussing.  After contacting Nauticam who promptly returned an email expressing their concern with my challenge, I sent them images of inside the housing.  It turns out that a tiny silver pin on the lever had worked its way loose and was poking up beyond where it should have been.


A quick fix... pushed it down back into place and now everything is as it should be.


Great service and KUDOS to Nauticam for their assistance.


Cheers - Karen

Could you please share the photo and point out which pin is the culprit. 

#341346 Galapagos: camera friendly exposure suit and gloves recommendations

Posted by eyu on 02 January 2014 - 06:10 PM

A typical dive at Wolf and Darwin is to do a back roll and kick like crazy to 70 or 80 feet where you grab onto the boulders with both hands and hold on for dear life.  There is nothing agile about the diving there and you need to stay with your group or risk getting lost (forever).  The currents and surge are strong.  If you turn your face sideways your mask will flood if your strap is not real tight. You need kevlar gloves, normal gloves get shredded. A 7mm or dry suit is the way to go.  A 5 mm is not enough warmth.  I took my camera rig on one dive at Wolf and soon found out that it was difficult to hold onto a boulder with one hand and my camera with the other.