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  1. Hi, The Blue Caverns are very well known. Pretty much any boat that goes to Catalina will know about that site. There are different caverns at different depths but they range from about 80 feet to about 40 feet (from memory). I think the location of the Piper is also well known. It is in the same general area if I remember. Around Bird Rock / Ship Rock. - brett
  2. Sounds good, nice to (sort of) meet you! There are a lot of really cool wreck dives here in Southern California which are just at the edge of recreational limits so if you like wreck diving it would make sense to look into technical diving. My blog at http://wreckedinmyrevo.com has a section for "So Cal Dive Reports" and each of them has a depth listed. Most are below recreational, but if you look through them, some are right at the edge (e.e., P-38 in San Diego, Piper at Catalina, etc.) Regards, - brett
  3. I think you are better off having a "model" use some video lights to highlight the wreck and then take the picture from a distance. My friend Drew and I have been doing this on a relatively deep submarine (57m / 190') here in Southern California and, IMO, the results are great. You can view his pictures at : https://www.drewwilsonphotography.com/Wrecks-and-Artificial-Reefs/UB88/ Regards, - brett
  4. Really nice editing. Great mixture of drone, above water, and under water footage along with a good music track. I've never had the patience to do video editing, The Revillagigedo Islands are magical. I went a few years ago and will go back again at some point. Glad to hear you didn't get hit with the camera housing tax. - brett
  5. Special indeed: "The Alpha 1 will ship in March, priced at $6,500." - brett
  6. Maybe this: https://wetpixel.com/articles/nauticam-ships-wwl-1b - brett
  7. Okay, you meant the Turtle trigger specifically. I hadn't read that into your post. - brett
  8. Even with bailout or deco bottles on your right side? I always clip mine off to a chest D ring so that it doesn't get in the way of my bailout bottle, reg & hose, etc. -- especially if I had to hand off a bottle to a team member. I can just envision the chaos that would ensue if a coiled lanyard got caught on a reg or reg hose on a deco or bailout bottle. It would be on the right side bottle so you hopefully would have some time to figure it out, but still... - brett
  9. For sure For sure. Thanks, Chris. If I end up going that route, I'll post some pictures and let people know how it works out. - brett
  10. I heard back from Nauticam but was diving all day yesterday. The said it will definitely work with the Sony a6xxx series and the Canon 8-15 FE. They recommend: 36207 N815 to N120 Adaptor + 19537 Zoom Gear + 21130 30mm Extension Ring + 18811 140mm Glass Dome Alternatively, the 18811 140mm dome could be swapped with either the 18802 8.5" acrylic dome or the 18812 230mm Glass Dome. I know it isn't as good as a solution as using the larger domes, but if I do decide to go this route I'll probably go with the 140mm dome given my propensity to travel. - brett
  11. Thanks, Chris. The Backscatter port finder has a few different options, but when using the N120 140mm dome port with the Sony FF N100 port, it says to use the 35.5mm N100-N120 adaptor and the 30mm extension ring which would total 65.5mm. I've sent an email off to Nauticam via the website form to see if they have a recommendation. Interestingly enough, when I was browsing through their website, I found a N85 dome specific to the Canon 8-15 FE lens: https://www.nauticam.com/collections/n85-ports/products/4-33-dome-port-for-canon-ef-eos-m-adaptor-and-ef-8-15mm-f-4l-fisheye-usm It is obviously designed for the Canon APS-C which is also uses a N85 port and I would have to account for the depth of the Metabones or Sigma converter, but that might just require putting a simple extension ring in and then using that dome. If I hear back from Nauticam on a specific recommendation, I'll post it here. - brett
  12. For a Sony camera body (both a6400 and a7rIV) and either a Canon 8-15mm FE or the Tokina 10-17mm FE, which adapter would you recommend and why? I've watched a few videos on the pros/cons of each, but they are based on topside photography. The basic take-away from those is that if you are going to shoot with a Sigma lens on the Sony body, get the Sigma adapter (makes sense). Otherwise, get the Metabones v5. The Metabones is more expensive but if the price difference ($250) weren't an issue, which would you pick and why? - brett
  13. Yes, but of course! Thanks for the tips and follow-up, Tim. I just preemptively pushed out my June 2021 Bikini trip to Aug 2022 to get a guaranteed seat so maybe I'll spend my 2021 budget on a new Canon lens, dome port, and adapter (I'll start a new thread on the adapter part). Thanks, - brett
  14. Thanks, Tim. Yeah, that is my theory and there is a reasonably good chance I'll get a housing for my FF in the next 12-18 months. If I can't spend my money on dive trips (my April trip to the Oriskany canceled this week and I think my June Bikini Atoll trip is now on the chopping block), then I might as well spend it on camera gear and stay local. Two follow-up questions, if you don't mind: 1. Which dome do you use with the D500 and the Nikkor 8-15 and which dome for the Tokina 10-17? 2. When do you decide to use one vs. the other on a dive? I.e., if the Canon is a much better lens, when would you use the Tokina instead? Thanks, - brett
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