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  1. Vistek includes free shipping within Canada, too right now. I have dealt with them and they are good. Cheers, Marli
  2. Now on EBay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=130680771284 http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=130680791549
  3. It's Spring Cleaning time! Before I list these on EBay, I thought that I would list these here. Paypal, US and Canada only. I am open to reasonable offers for these items. Shipping for the camera and housing is approx. $30 via Canada Post or FedEx ground. (why is shipping so darned expensive across a border?) Shipping for the wet lens is approx. $15. Athena wetlens custom fit for Aquatica MF macro port, but with fitting for Subal ports (110mm) and protective cover (does not come with one usually). There is a minute mark (just being open) that does not affect photo quality. I used this with my 105mm for a little extra magnification. It's an inexpensive way to start super macro. Retails for 85.95 US without the extra flange or cover. $60, anyone? Canon A570IS with WP-DC 12 Housing, with all manuals. This was my back up that sat in the bag every trip. I used it on two dives to test it, and on land more. I set it up with a fiber optic cord and a Sea & Sea strobe, and it worked great. (not included!) I have set it up with CHDK to shoot both jpeg and DNG (Raw) files at the same time. The set up is stored on a 4GB Lexar Platinum SDHC card, and is loaded upon turning on the camera. It is optional to use, but enables you to process your files as Raw. I will include directions on how to set it up. It comes with batteries, card, and sealed new extra O-Ring. A great camera to start out with or as a back up. I have all the specs if you PM me. Offers? Cheers, Marli
  4. Interesting. Antennarius striatus was my first guess. I always think it is funny that you can have a bald Hairy frogfish or a stripeless Striped frogfish. Cheers, Marli
  5. Is there anyway to post a close up of the lure (esca)? Marli
  6. Gerry Allen thinks it is an Istiblennius species. Unfortunately, there isn't enough of the body to make a positive ID as to species.
  7. I thought I would post another horrific "Auto Chromatic Aberration" job. This is a more typical shot that requires manual tweaking due to the highly reflective particles of sand near the corners. The result is simply unacceptable. Compare with a manually corrected version in LR3. I hate CA more than the average photographer, so this particularly irks me. I had plug in software ten years ago (called Flo's Undistort) that did a better job, but it won't run in today's 64 bit environment. By the way, Defringe is turned on in the LR4 version, not in the LR3 version. I am just so not amused by this. Marli
  8. In my quest to beat the LR 4 Auto Chromatic Aberration issue of not working very well, I am trying to see if anyone has developed a Lens Profile for the 60mm and 105mm Micro AF-D lenses. With a trip in three days, I simply don't have time to learn how to make one with the Lens Profile Creator. It's either that or back to LR3. Has anyone found one or developed one? Cheers, Marli
  9. O.K., Here is where my old settings beat LR4. Here is the photo that I was working on. I have included a crop done with LR 3 (there are no colour adjustments done on this one, just manual CA removal) and the LR 4 version with Auto CA removal. This was shot with a Nikon 105mm D lens. You can see the blue and yellow fringing (This is with defringe on) is still present between the anemone tentacles. I am not amused. The CA correction in Photoshop is lame, and reminds me of this new Auto correction. So, yes, I can absolutely beat this lousy Auto CA tool. Marli
  10. Yes, I agree, but I can't seem to find anything with this spot combination. Cheers, Marli
  11. I brought this up on the Adobe Forums a few days ago. The issue is with older lenses, where Adobe has not developed a profile, like the Nikon Micro D 105 and 60mm. I was able to develop a preset that worked really well in LR 1, 2 and 3. Because the sliders are different in LR4, your old presets may not give you the effect that you had in LR3. I found remaining fringing on the corners with the Auto correction. I'll see if I can post an example for you. The defringe doesn't help. Someone suggested using the new Moire adjustment brush...didn't work either. Cheers, Marli
  12. Here's one that I have been unable to find. Anyone have a clue as to the identity of this robust blenny? Much appreciated. Cheers, Marli
  13. I have been working with LR 4 since yesterday, and although some features are pretty neat, other standbys have gone missing, rendering Presets useless. There are numerous complaints as is per usual with Adobe releases regarding crashing and slower than molasses response times. Also, to use the LR 4 changes in Photoshop CS5, you have to have Adobe Camera Raw 6.7 installed, which is only available as a release candidate. So, you might just want to hold off before jumping in...I never seem to learn. Cheers, Marli
  14. Blenny. The lighting makes the ID sketchy. Cheers, Marli
  15. This change occurred last year. Many of us either reduced our coverage or left then all together. When I questioned this change, I was informed it had always been the case....what bunk. They stated this change was due to all of the theft that happened in US airports. All I know is that it is interesting that they are communicating with potential new clientele, when it sounds like there have been no improvements to their performance. Has anyone actually had a claim paid by them lately? Cheers, Marli
  16. That is unfortunate, but not unprecedented with online voting. Too bad that this happened; I thought that it was the best image overall. Cheers, Marli
  17. It appears to be some sort of Hamodactylus species, probably undescribed. Cheers, Marli
  18. I found this teeny crab at Nudi Falls on a night dive. I can't seem to figure out what it is. Closest guess is some sort of Aliaporcellana sp. Any ideas on the I.D. would be appreciated. Cheers, Marli
  19. I'm pretty sure you are right. Cheers, Marli
  20. After brightening it up a bit to try to ascertain the details, I am down to this: Genus Palaemonidae Possibly a juvenile Manipontonia psamathe or a new species, Periclimenes laevimanus (golden hydroid shrimp), although the markings seem more distinct in your animal. Teresa Zubi has a photo of a shrimp that looks similar: Starfish and one of M. psamathe for comparison: Starfish_M. psamathe That's as much as I can offer... Cheers, Marli
  21. Of course I can get great images, but the noise factor and lack of video make me want to upgrade. The buffer factor and upper lcd window are also features I like on the higher end models. It just seems to be a long overdue release from Nikon. Cheers, Marli
  22. I find that unless I have to do some serious masking, I use Lightroom almost exclusively. It has tremendous bang for the buck, compared to Photoshop. (Don't get me wrong, I love Photoshop, but if you are using it for Underwater shots only you are only skimming its features and it is expensive, even for those that shoot stock, etc.) They are different, and great to work with integrated. I have noticed some issues with the latest version of Lightroom: if you heavily edit (for example, backscatter removal combined with graduated filters) it can seriously slow down or freeze. Hopefully this will be addressed in the next version. Cheers, Marli
  23. I carry lots of rechargeable batteries, both in carry on and in checked. Always align the positive and negative ends: I use battery boxes now, but used electrical or duct tape in the past. I have never had an issue. I carry my lithium batteries for my FixLight in my carry-on. Again, no hassles, except in the USA, where they seen unfamiliar and paranoid about everything shrink wrapped in black plastic. Go figure. Cheers, Marli
  24. I just want the D400 while I am still somewhat gainfully employed....oh, wait, I am a teacher...and before my D200 becomes an entirely worthless paperweight...oh wait..it already is......if it wasn't for all of the lenses, I might consider the dark side...oh my. I am beginning to think that Adobe and Nikon represent the forces of pure evil. Or not. Cheers, Marli
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