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  1. I have used the SMC and have got some really good images which are tac sharp. The really difficult part is using this with the Nauticam super multiplier added to the SMC. Here are some images that have been taken with both stacked together. I was quite pleased with the bokeh kind of result. BUT NOT easy to use. Cheers, Diggy
  2. Hi Guys, Was "penning" an article for a magazine and was a little confused on the ID. These were all taken on a night dive in Dumaguete, same octopus. Would be grateful for help ID Thanks Diggy
  3. Yes i agree more like a scorpion fish or Lion Fish
  4. Some really awesome stuff. Thanks for sharing. Diggy
  5. While i don't use ikelite anymore they had a perpetual problems with the sync cords. The ends had no protectors and the cord would sooner than later have issues. Post this they started selling these with protectors, but the problem would recur. At the ends the wires would break within due to the constant bending while underwater. Si started using these and the problem was solved. Maybe you could use these self fusing silicone tapes ? http://www.amazon.com/RESCUE-Self-Fusing-Silicone-Tape-Black/dp/B000ZTK6CI You may also be able to use this, although i a have not tried it. : http://www.amazon.com/Gardner-Bender-LTB-400-4-Ounce-Electrical/dp/B000FPAN2K/ref=pd_sim_60_19?ie=UTF8&dpID=41wLkfZrgUL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR82%2C160_&refRID=1K4JJSNQDXCN62P8WN6B Diggy
  6. Here's the funny thing. Although i am from Mumbai, India the hotel had no rooms to sell directly. So i called Thompson Holidays in the UK and booked my entire stay which was 8 nights. They seem to pre-book most of the rooms. Hope that helps. Diggy
  7. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this Dustin. Lovely footage and work. Cheers, Diggy
  8. I carry the housing(minus ports) and strobes in my laptop haversack. The camera's/lenses/video lights etc are in my lowepro hand carry cabin bag with rollers. The large dome, arms, 60mm and 100mm ports are in my checkin dive bag. Cheers, Diggy
  9. Try http://www.asdu.com/ really cheap but have not personally been there. I have stayed at Bandos Twice before and they have some reasonable rates and the house reef is really good. And i have also stayed at Reethi Beach BAA which is good. Diggy
  10. Thanks Alex i am sure it is going to be a great tool in enhancing my underwater photo's and abilities :-) Congratulations and waiting for my copy ordered directly with you. Cheers, Diggy
  11. Beautiful editing and transitions from live to the actual painting. Diggy
  12. Check this conversation a while ago. I dont think video lights can replace strobes for still photography. But that's my personal opinion. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=53010&hl=diggy&do=findComment&comment=346967 Diggy
  13. Absolutely agree. A +10 diopter would do wonders as there are enough tiny critters that at least i could not see at all unless i looked through the viewfinder with the added diopters. Its a wonder how dive guides spot these. Attaching a few examples :-) Both images are of the same frogfish. Hope this helps making up your mind Diggy
  14. Hi, Puerto Galera has some amazing Macro but also great seascapes and also a very nice wreck with great soft coral and fish life. So a good macro and your 8mm fisheye. Well i guess take them all Two images that i could quickly find attached.
  15. hi, new to uw photography, i have alot of above water experience and equipment and diving experience, have d810, starting uw with ikelite housing with 105 and 10-17tok, only want to commit to one ds160 strobe to start plus small focus light neo fix sw 1000. i think one strobe will be ok with macro but i am not sure it will be so great with wide angle? 1. did i make a mistake with tokina? vs sigma 15mm - i know it will vignette below 14.5mm. Like Tim said above, its more suited to DX and not FX 2. using the wide angle would the small focus light add any value to fill shadows or should i set it to turn off when the strobe fires? Unless you are in a really dark area eg: under a deep over hang or through a cave system etc. you wont need a focus light for wide angle. If you are diving any wrecks you probably will need the focus light. 3. general tips for 1 strobe close focus wide angle? Keep the strobe on either side of the housing, behind the dome port, pointing slightly outward and not directly at the subject. Sometimes one may be able to point directly also, but it should be behind the dome to avoid flare. Change power settings manually as required. If you want to take CFWA images with a sun-ball in the background, keep the strobe sync to maximum that your camera allows either 1/200, 1/250 or 1/300 and start with an aperture of around f10. For general seascapes, keep the strobe high and straight above the housing. Make sure it is behind the dome and pointing slightly upwards. 4. position for my focus light? - top housing or on other housing arm? You will probably, as Tim said only need this for macro. Top is best usually, i keep mine on top but to one side of the camera. going to big island hawaii in jan...... thanks Hope the above helps, Diggy
  16. That's great :-) We have a group trip in FEB 2016 with 14 participants. This is land based though. Good luck and let me know if you need any info, help etc. Dive safe and cheers, Diggy
  17. Dear Graham, I am a fellow marine photographer based in Mumbai, India and have extensively dived the Andaman and Nicobar Islands personally and on assignment for a coffee table book on marine images as well as a Fish Id book. There is only one liveaboard operator plying these waters from the Andamans. For some bureaucratic Govt. issues i believe they can only accommodate 8 divers at a time. What is your group size ? Some dive sites 6-7 are really excellent with one muck dive site. Some are good. There is also some great diving off Barren Islands etc. If you need help with booking this do let me know. I am currently working on a package for some south american divers but which is land based from Havelock Islands. Along with my partners who own a dive shop in India for the longest time http://www.barracudadiving.com/index.phpwe also arrange group dive trips for Indian divers all over the world via http://scubacentric.com/ So do let me know some more specifics and i could help the best i can ? You may mail me at diggydesai@hotmail.com. Attaching some uw images from Andamans. Hope this helps. Cheers, Diggy
  18. What i meant Bill is that i had a similar problem, albeit with Z240's and two were replaced. The strobes show that they are charging but the flash wont fire.. The focus light works. Inon replaced the strobes for me BUT they never reveal the problem ! The supplier though shared what Inon wrote to them and here is what they said : When the camera battery is low , the trigger signal from camera is not recognized on Z240 strobe, Z240 recongnize it as "noise" And it cause some circuit trouble which affects the flash tube not being able to fire. Therefore i shared this as the DS1 also use external batteries. Diggy
  19. There can be a problem with charging the batteries. What batteries do you use and most important what charger ? If the batteries are not charged equally to the same level then there can be issues similar to yours. Make sure you use a charger that has a voltage monitoring system such as : http://www.amazon.com/Ansmann-1001-0006-US-590-1-Powerline-Battery-batteries/dp/B00V2YFXT6/ref=sr_1_18?ie=UTF8&qid=1438588264&sr=8-18&keywords=multiple+battery+charger+for+AA or http://www.amazon.com/Tenergy-Auto-detect-Intelligent-Battery-protection/dp/B00ZYTX93M/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1438588245&sr=8-3&keywords=multiple+battery+charger+for+AA Diggy
  20. Nicholas, I finally remembered and checked this morning. I last dived with the light Mid May 2015. And the charge was still exactly where it was last. I do remove the battery post dive trip. Hope that helps and sorry for the delay in replying..slipped my mind. Cheers, Diggy
  21. 5D2 , 5D2, 5D2....go with that. Its your best option for the kind of photography you are looking at. Cheers
  22. Now that's something i should check on. I have tried this over a few days and the charge has been the same. But not over say a few weeks or months. I can check this evening and revert. hmmmm interesting Diggy
  23. Hi Nicholas, I have the fix neo 2000DX SWR and since getting this have not used the Sola1200 with spot and wide modes. 1) The light has variable power settings from 1 to 100% 2) The Red beam also has these settings 3) I personally use the 100 mm macro with a nauticam SMC + Multiplier and with this focus light there is hardly any issue to focus on the subject. 4) Higher the power easier for the camera to focus. So among the two that you want to buy my advice is always go for the more powerful one. And as Atobit advised SWR is the way to go. Hope this helps, Cheers, Diggy
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