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In Topic: Perfect destination with good underwater conditions

02 February 2016 - 11:41 AM

Turks and Caicos has great beaches on Provinciales as well. The beach at Grace Bay is often at the top of Trip Advisor beach destinations. I hate sand in my thong, so avoid the stuff like the plague, but I have walked it following liveaboards there, and it is nice.


Having said that, I wouldn't normally put "beach" and "great vis" in the same sentence. The slightest wave and it will get kicked up.


My home base of Tobermory is very rocky so shoreline vis there can be great, but having been involved in shooting a naked lady there once, your model may well freeze to death. The water is very cold...

In Topic: Aquatica Vacuum Leak Sensor turns orange underwater

02 February 2016 - 05:52 AM

They do seem to be sensitive things but after replacing both the sensor and the pump, mine is working well. It's very reassuring to see that little light flashing away.


As others have learned, when this little "system" isn't working reliably, it becomes easy to ignore warnings, which are in fact telling us that something is amiss. During my first dives when the sensor was being weird, I did a couple of dives in the Blue Hole in Belize, where I was down to almost 200'. I got an orange or red light at depth (hard to tell which at that depth) but I couldn't surface anyway, so I just kept on shooting while keeping an eye on my camera. Eventually I noticed some moisture in the bottom of my dome. As tempted as I was to write this off as condensation, it seemed like a lot. At any rate, it turned out that I did have a tiny issue with the o-ring around my dome, I replaced it, and everything was fine...


I was going to add also, that I think that "lubricants" like WD-40 are absolutely the worst things to use on o-rings. These are petroleum-based products and will destroy o-rings very quickly.


This image is from that dive...

In Topic: Best housing and setup for Nikon d810

02 February 2016 - 05:22 AM

I'm not familiar with Sea & Sea line, but I think there's a significant difference between Ikelite and Aquatica. These differences are reflected in the price of course... Ikelite controls seem somewhat "floppy" and less ergonomic to me. Aquatica (which I own) is precisely the opposite. It's also relatively compact comparitively.


As Tim pointed out, have a look at Nauticam and Subal as well. These would be similar to Aquatica in terms of build quality and all very good housings.


In my case, my final choice was simple... my first DSLR was used and purchased here. It was an Aquatica system. My second housing was also Aquatica. SInce I bought it new, I decided to support the local guys, here in Canada. I have been to the Aquatica plant several times and continue to be impressed with their products.


At the end of the day, you can't really go wrong with any of the brands mentioned, although if budget isn't a huge issue, I would be inclined to pass on the Ikelite housing, and buy a couple of their strobes instead. You might look into ease of access to service etc as the housing will need to be rebuilt from time to time.


Regarding lenses, I get the sense that you are thinking the 16-35 might work for "everything" but you might find that it isn't the best for anything, and you should perhaps consider both something wider and something longer and macro-ier (???). This is a separate decision from the housing however.

In Topic: first day of diving with my new setup , mostly underexposed

25 January 2016 - 05:03 AM

1/320 is really fast and unnecessary for anything other than a diving cormorant I expect. I rarely shoot faster than 1/125 and I shoot a lot at 1/60 or even less... But then shipwrecks tend to be fairly slow moving... ;-)

In Topic: first day of diving with my new setup , mostly underexposed

24 January 2016 - 07:21 PM

Going by your settings alone, I'd say that your shutter speed is far too fast... My "go-to" settings at ISO 200 in that sort of shooting would likely be more like f8, 1/100 or 1/125. If I was shooting close up macro and needed to increase DoF, then I'd shoot maybe f11 to f16 and decrease the shutter speed accordingly...


I use the same strobes, and they have tons of power. I rarely have mine set more than 1/2 or 2/3 power. I would suggest you try that and leave the diffusers in place...