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In Topic: Canon 7d Mk II Lenses

22 September 2014 - 10:00 AM

I found the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 better than the 10-17 fisheye, both underwater and topside.

In Topic: Tonga above and below

08 September 2014 - 03:24 PM

Very cool. Looks like the boat was anchored of Uoleva in the first part of the video. Were the whales around there or were they mostly around Foa and Ha'ano (Kauvai)?

In Topic: Rhode Island Blues

12 August 2014 - 05:13 PM

Who'd you go with? Someone out of Point Judith?

In Topic: Utila is still good?

28 July 2014 - 06:47 AM

Are you going to Utila to look for whale sharks? When I was there for six weeks in Feb-Mar 2004, they were the big draw. Dive boats would look for them in between dives and/or on the way back to town from dive sites on the north side of the island. And other boats would go out solely to look for whale sharks, especially from the nicer resorts like Laguna. If/when you get to snorkel with one (or several) whale sharks, it'll be hard to imagine a better photo opportunity. I saw one on a proper dive, too, though I was doing my safety stop and didn't get a chance to get a shot off. There were also rough-toothed dolphins, quite a few hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays, big schools of horse-eye jacks, barracudas, and other photogenic species. The juvenile drums were definitely popular macro subjects. Also look for sargassum frogfish in the floating sargassum.

In Topic: Fin choice, etc.

29 January 2014 - 07:28 PM

I really like the Force Fin Pro with comfort insteps. They're small, light, very easy to pack, and they allow for high-speed chases as well as subtle but extremely helpful maneuvers such as backing away from a reef wall by rolling your ankles a few times. You can walk around in them because they are so short and the blades are bent upward. As far as kicking efficiency and power they are fantastic as long as you are away from the surface, where they tend to come out of the water a bit too much. (If I'm going snorkeling or I think I'll be at the surface a lot, I use Apollo split fins.) But if you're diving in a current or trying to get away from a crowd, the Force Fins are awesome and their efficiency means extended bottom time.