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saga7

Member Since 02 May 2007
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In Topic: Recommendations for Bali/Komodo Liveaboard Dive Operations??

28 January 2016 - 02:40 PM

I use the nikon d60 camera with the nikon 16-85mm lens. I like the zoom lens as you never know what you will find. From macro to wide angle in one lens. For pygmy seahorse i add a  +4 diopter for that dive so when i do that it is macro only.  I have an aquatica housing with the 6 inch dome port. I use nikonos sb 105 strobes. Most of the dive sites you can do macro and wide angle. With your system you should get very similar pics as your 60mm in a flat port and my 85mm inside a dome is about the same. For wide angle your 12mm and 7inch dome you will get more wide than my 16mm and 6inch dome. The variety of dive site i like as i never get bored of komodo after 5 trips and there will be more. Also i can see each dive site difference in the pics. There were a few places i dove each site was exactly the same. Boring.


In Topic: Recommendations for Bali/Komodo Liveaboard Dive Operations??

25 January 2016 - 01:29 PM

Hi- i have done komodo in early october-to late november on my trips. The later in november you probably won't see mantas at manta ally. The water is warmer the later in the fall. Cannibal rock has a water temperature in the low 70 degree sometimes in the summer. Mid 70 degree water late fall. The most important thing to check for komodo is you don't do a trip in a full moon. Currents at batu balong dive site can make the site undiveable. The reason i like the bali-komodo trip is variety. Blue or greenish water. White sand, black, brown and muck dives. Walls, pinnacles,  sloping reefs. The ability to find new species. We have been seeing an octopus for the last 5 years which was not in the book. It has now been identified as the Starry Night Octopus a new species. We also have another octopus which is in the book but not sure if it is a new species. Where else does dive masters look in the book to try to figure out what they have seen or we have one dive master with a go pro and if he photographs something it is to try to identify it.      http://reefscenics.smugmug.com


In Topic: Recommendations for Bali/Komodo Liveaboard Dive Operations??

22 January 2016 - 02:52 PM

Hi - I would highly recommend Mermaid liveaboards. Mermaid 1 does 9 night trips and Mermaid 2 does 7 night trips. Both liveaboards depart from bali so flying inside of indonesia. I have done seven trips on Mermaid liveaboards and there will be more. Excellent liveaboards and crew. The trips do the same itinerary with the Mermaid 1 having the extra 2 days to redo some sites and have more time in the komodo park. 


In Topic: Really need help Canon G12 won't fire Ikelite Sub100

16 January 2016 - 03:15 PM

Have you tried using manual mode on camera and manual mode on the ikelite 100 strobe.  You will be using only the firing pin on the hotshoe. No ttl  is possible. I have used my ikelite 100a strobe with my aquatica housing and nikon d60. Camera setting full manual. ASA 200/f13/1/60 Strobe setting 1/2 power for shots to 3 foot. Beyond 3 foot full power. 


In Topic: Adapting a Film Housing to digital cameras

20 December 2015 - 09:57 AM

The sea and sea nx90 housing does fit a nikon d40x and d60. Shutter release works. I preset the camera for 100asa or 200asa on cloudy days,f13 and speed of 1/90. Mostly shot close focus and fish portraits. Changed the strobe setting from 1/2 to shot to 3foot and full power beyond with an ikelite ai strobe. Camera must be on manual modes as no ttl camera meters do not work. It does not see the strobe attached. RAW setting on camera is a must as you will have to adjust exposure on computer a bit. But not as much as you would think.