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In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

19 July 2016 - 07:21 PM

I am still amazed that nobody makes a light weight hard case. The Pelicans are way to heavy to be a practical solution to carry on travel....


The new Pelican Air cases are a lot lighter, but the reality is, no matter what you use, it's going to be overweight for carry-on. My logic is that if I am forced to check my bag, at least it will survive...

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

19 July 2016 - 07:14 PM

Pelican 510 with Aquatica housing, D7000 body inside it; 10-17, 105, 160, 2 x Ike 161s, flat port, extension ring, one battery charger, one strobe charger, 2 Aquatica arms, 45° viewfinder, +5 diopter... All in and way over weight for carry-on, but never challenged.


I check another strobe charger and battery charger as well as 8" acrylic dome and the diopter mount.

In Topic: What special about underwater strobes?

19 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

My first UW strobe was a Braun potato-masher style land flash, and I had Ikelite build a housing for it. (They did custom stuff back in the day...). It worked but it wasn't nearly as strong as the Ikelite 225 I replaced it with.


So apart from being waterproof, most UW strobes are extremely powerful, relative to their land cousins. More knowledgeable folks will chime in with other differences I'm sure...

In Topic: Beginner advice for a Maldives Trip

04 July 2016 - 05:27 AM

I believe it's the only one out there that shoots RAW and is waterproof out of the box, although I won't pretend to be an expert. I have been looking at one myself for those "kayaking-in-the-mangroves" outings I like to do in Belize. I've strapped my D7000/Aquatica to the thing and taken it, but it's a bit much to manhandle.


This probably goes without saying, but if you do pick up a camera, just be sure to give it a good soak in fresh water after each use. Salt will literally eat a camera...

In Topic: Beginner advice for a Maldives Trip

04 July 2016 - 04:31 AM

A friend of mine (who is an accomplished photographer, both above and below the surface) picked up a TG4 and a housing. He got some fantastic shots with it, so it might be just the ticket. If you're "just" snorkelling, then you wouldn't need the housing although I THINK that the housing allows you to add some wide angle wet lenses and so on.


"They" always say that the three most important tricks to getting great UW images are: (1) get close (2) stay low and (3) get even closer! That's where the snorkelling "challenge" becomes a factor, but no matter what you get, they'll be great images to have.


One other thing that just occurred to me, is that even if you can justify dropping a bundle of $$ to house your 70D, you may spend more time worrying about whether it's filling up full of water while you're finning around that you'll miss the the flock of mantas circling below while the humpback family swims past, almost (but no quite) blocking out the schooling hammerheads!. The joys of a P&S is that you can concentrate on what you're seeing and let the camera worry about getting a passable image. ;-)