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  1. Hello all, Did a quick video of couple of clips I got on my trip to Cocos on December 14-24 onboard Okeanos Aggressor. We were not exactly lucky with the conditions for this trip as pelagics had a bit of a week off, I suspect moon phase was probably key (it seems that the current trip is having a blast as my friend is still on board :-/ ) That's my first attempt at editing video somewhat moderately complex so things are not exactly tip-top but I like the result so far. I retrospectively should have done a little bit more videos. In the last 4 days, I fixed the GoPro on top of my dome to have continuous shooting. I had left the GoPro magic filter at home, I would have been interested to see the difference. I missed some close encounters not having that where I had a Galapagos shark shooting straight through a channel at coming head on at me, a tiger shark coming on top and behind us while we were busy looking the other way and another one shadowing me for a minute. I never had the video on for those encounters or was of course busy facing it the other way while my head was looking somewhere els The dolphin shooting is courtesy of Capt Alberto Munoz from Okeanos aggressor, we got them again on the next dive and I was busy trying to shoot them on still (they were a bit more nervous). I started to post some pictures on Flickr [vimeo]56530182[/vimeo]
  2. Are you interested in the entire setup ? I have just listed yesterday my D80 on eBay and submitted the Ikelite housing a few minutes ago. ( I think I can remove from the listing without issues if you are interested ) http://www.ebay.com/itm/150733754575?ssPag...9#ht_500wt_1387 http://www.ebay.com/itm/150734197887?ssPag...9#ht_500wt_1387 The picture on the D80 with the menu / time was taken yesterday, the one on the ikelite was taken about 30min ago. I can send you the full size pictures via email if you wish. Not sure about the cost to ship to Australia for this. I doubt this will be $50 :-/ The boxes would be about 6kg, I can probably save by packaging together and putting the camera inside the housing, etc... a "rough" fedex pricing gives me $280 though. I can probably get a more accurate quote by going to the fedex office next block with the parcel but would need your address. I'm PMing you for details.
  3. I'm selling my Nikon D80 + Ikelite housing that have served me very well. Both are in perfect conditions, never had any problem with it. I just took pictures in Komodo a few months ago which you can see http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbailliez/set...57627473330098/ Nikon D80 comes with the usual: manuals, battery, charger + cable (us), etc.. Ikelite housing is the new housing type with the 4 locks. It was originally a 2-lock one and I sent it last year to Ikelite for a complete service + upgrade ($200) It comes with the o-ring, zoom clamps and sleeves #5509.28 and #9059.8 as well as the dual tray. Asking price: USD 750 for the complete set. Add ground shipping for continental US. Payment via paypal.
  4. I'm selling a barely used Nikon AF-DX 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Fisheye. If there has been 100 photos taken with it in total, that would be a maximum, since then it has been stored safely in its own box. As new with its box, manual, pouch... Selling for USD $500 including ground shipping to continental US. Payment via paypal only.
  5. I'm selling my Nikon D700 for anyone who might be interested. It currently has 4822 actuations, so it didn't get much use, due to me mostly using another DX body for UW. It is a totally awesome camera, but most of my lenses are DX and I cannot justify the D700 mostly sitting in a closet. I bought it in the Netherlands (as I was previously living there) on April 13, 2010. It is obviously like new except minor scratches around the tripod base. I will ship it with the US electric cord instead of the EU one. (unless specified otherwise) and its original box with all items and a CF Sandisk 8GB 60MB/s Price: $2,000 USD. Shipping US continental US only (I'm based in NYC). Shipping cost extra. Payment via paypal.
  6. I'm selling a barely used Nikon AF-DX 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Fisheye. If there has been 100 photos taken with it in total, that would be a maximum, since then it has been stored safely in its own box. See example photo below taken with a D80. Selling for USD 600 including ground shipping to continental US. Taken in Dumaguete, Philippines with a Nikon D80 / Nikon 10.5mm:
  7. I'm selling a used Inon Z220S strobe bought in 2004. It has over 500 dives. Never any problem with it. I have used it successfully on Olympus C5050Z + PT-015 housing with optical cables and a Nikon D80 + Ikelite housing with electrical cables. Obviously it has scratches on the body (as can be seen from the reflection on the image) but that is about it. It comes bundled with: - Magnets, screws, diffusers - Spare o-rings + silicone grease - Spare battery cap - Spare optical cap - Instruction manual (in Japanese) - 2 x Inon Optical D cable (value ~100$) - 8 x GP rechargeable batteries 2700mh Selling for USD 250 including ground shipping to continental US.
  8. I'm selling my Nikon D80 + Ikelite housing that have served me very well. It's a simple and good underwater photography set, is good for entry level into the dslr world and also has a backup. Both are in perfect conditions, never had any problem with it. I just took pictures in Komodo 2 weeks ago which you can see http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbailliez/set...57627473330098/ Nikon D80 comes with the usual: manuals, battery, charger + cable (us), etc.. Ikelite housing is the new housing type with the 4 locks. It was originally a 2-lock one and I sent it last year to Ikelite for a complete service + upgrade ($200) It comes with the o-ring, zoom clamps and sleeves #5509.28 and #9059.8 as well as the dual tray. Asking price: USD 900 for the complete set. Including ground shipping for continental US.
  9. Thanks for the reply I could not find it at all on wetpixel dema reports, but googling more intensively pointed me to the dpg dema reports which mentions it. http://www.divephotoguide.com/underwater-p...coverage-day-3/
  10. The following article gives probably a more complete picture: The South African Coelacanth Discovery Story based on text received from Pieter Venter and edited by Garth Cambray. http://www.redshift.com/~bcbelknap/powell/..._coeldiscov.htm Articles also suggest that the team will get back there in May 2011 to spend more time studying the fish. http://www.lematin.ch/loisirs/culture/suis...lacanthe-365758 (translated by google)
  11. The video is also available here: http://vimeo.com/18348025 (not official that is) [vimeohd]18348025[/vimeohd] (embedded by moderator) @allison: Laurent mentions in the movie they went to a series of caves that are at 105 and also 115m to look for it, he mentions that he could spend about 25-30min at this depth and they had to do 4h30 of deco stop. From the comments (and of course the footage) they did many dives here during a duration of 4 weeks, some unsuccessful one where they spent all their time looking and in particular the one where he saw the coelecanth outside the cave right after they went over the drop off. During this period they apparently saw 4 different coelacanths here. Source from one of the team member in rebreatherworld mentioned back in september:
  12. I might have been living in a cave, but what is this about ? I do not seem to find any information related to this optical controller.
  13. Old post but putting my 2 cents on that. There are many variations of this and there is not exactly one exact pattern, however it is clear that local guides would have a standard of living in their respective countries which are several orders of magnitude above a western dive guide working in a western country (or even a western dive guide working in a third-world country since that person would still pay a lot more than a local would pay for a lot of things). Clearly a dive guide in western country, it's not like you're there for the money... In most places around the world, a lot of western dive guides roughly make $600-800 / month. In some places it is financially more interesting to be a DM than an instructor as an instructor can easily get several days certification stuck with one student, whereas as a dive guide you would get something like 10$ per head for a guided dive. To come back to local dive guides and very high tipping... Having talked to a few dive business owners, what can sometimes happen is the diving crew actually not showing up to work the next weeks after receiving high tipping from some customers and thus putting the dive business in relative trouble with the next customers because the full staff is not here. Keep that in mind when you leave a 'healthy tip'. As for local owning dive operations/liveaboard and charging western fees absolutely not inline with the local cost but kinda of similar to operating a liveaboard in the bahamas, yes they are extremely extremely wealthy, generally well connected politically, owning large amount of real estate in the province and they are less scrupulous about paying minimal fees to their staff (if even paying them, in some cases they are not even paid). In the philippines, it is common in the hotel industry to have lots of non paid interns, the most luxurious hotels employ a huge amount of staff that are doing their 'training period' and they are paid zero, you can find the same thing in some dive operations with the lovely young smiling ladies serving you drinks and food. Wetpixel is organizing a trip in Dumaguete, I would recommend people going there to get very nice with the ladies at the bar and around and finding your way into figuring out how much they are paid (not so long ago was in the range of 100-120$ / month). Now translate that to the minimum wage for your respective country, there is mostly a 10x difference. If you leave a 500$ tip, would you leave a 5000$ tip in your country ?
  14. Sale SUSPENDED Wish I had seen messages earlier . I have to interrupt the sale since I'm moving to the US and had to pack it in boxes. Movers took it away already, it will be back on the market in probably 3 months when I unpack. Apologies to the one who replied in the last 3 days.
  15. Great article. Thanks for that detailed practical review, that's impressive work. Minor nitpick though, as a non-nauticam user, when you're writing a lot about the controls x, y, z on the housing, without an illustrated picture it is really difficult to visualize clearly what you're talking about. Would have loved to have a picture of the housing with legends on controls. Now, I was thinking that the D7000 would be the one that will allow me to finally ditch my D80 and this really looks like it. I'm most impressed with the sunburst. I have the D700 as well, but no housing for it and considering the D7000 does video... Despite some attractiveness, I doubt I will go Nauticam and think I will stay Ikelite. 3000$ for a housing to house a $1500 camera is a lot of $ if you're diving less than 2 months a year.
  16. I'm selling a used Inon Z220S strobe bought in 2004. It has over 500 dives. I have used it successfully on Olympus C5050Z + PT-015 housing with optical cables and a Nikon D80 + Ikelite housing with electrical cables. It comes bundled with: - Magnets, screws, diffusers - Spare o-rings + silicone grease - Spare battery cap - Spare optical cap - Spare diffusers - Instruction manual (in Japanese) - 2 x Inon Optical D cable (value ~100$) - 8 x GP rechargeable batteries 2700mh Selling for 200€. I'm based in the Netherlands until next month so preference to people in Europe.
  17. El Al is well known for that. You can read more about the usual security measures on El Al on wikipedia See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Al#El_Al_security
  18. All 2 flat ports #5502.41, #5505.58 sold to yzer4 this morning. Thanks !
  19. I'm selling some gear I haven't used much due to change of setup, I'm resident in the Netherlands it is obviously more interesting for a buyer in EU than in the US. If you're in the Netherlands and the Amsterdam/The Hague area we should be able to meet easily as well. - Flat port with cover #5502.41 - 50EUR - Flat port with cover #5505.58 - 50EUR - 8" dome port body #5510.22 - 50EUR More information about the standard ports And the SLR Port charts I used the above to respectively house a Nikon 60mm, Sigma 105mm and Nikon 12-24mm.
  20. AFAIK it would depend on what you do during the editing and whether it really needs to re-encode it. did you do some cut here and there with some transition ? This is mentioned by MaryLinn in the thread that Drew pointed out related to the workflow for the 5DM2. The next version of FCP is mentioned for 'realtime editing' of H.264 however 1) it makes it a somewhat not really critical feature because h.264 is really a delivery format 2) I suspect it is dependent of Snow Leopard as it will have OpenCL support and makes entire sense to go through it rather than do something specific. So until you have drivers and the relevant gfx cards, you're probably at the very minimum 6 months timeframe.
  21. As far as I know the DIGIC 4 does not use B-frames for H.264 encoding. This means it is effectively something like a Constrained Baseline Profile used for encoding... which is fairly logical since it is more widely supported... it of course also has the additional benefits of decrease processor complexity, keeping power consumption low and not having to require additional memory... the end-result of this is as you mention indeed that at the very least, it would likely miss out some texture details when there is dynamic/motion and it's a fairly complex background, but how much of this is theoretical vs practical and what are the cases were you miss out is probably hard to know (and would likely be a miss for 0.1% of the market targeted by this camera/video). I would naively assume that in some way for underwater video with wide angle and fast motion like with the dolphins video, the large amount of blue water is very beneficial. Even for macro there shouldn't be much issue, H.264 is amazing even at low bitrate such as 384-512kbps ('low-quality' web streaming) when something with shallow DOF (a nature documentary of fairly small animals) Oddly enough I haven't seen any discussion related to those technical video details on all reviews I have read about it online (while pictures tend to be analyzed in/out in camera reviews), only a norvegian blog was mentioning the structure of the GOP for the 5DM2 but that is all that I have seen. Excellent
  22. Lovely dolphins video, always nice to see those guys Regarding the review, it's brushing over the format and some comparisons with others, I find this a bit confusing and the author doesn't really detail his production workflow with H.264 either which is likely of prime importance for people that are interested to jump into it after reading the review. Those 2 sentences and the causality is a bit confusing here. H.264 (inter-frame) is a nice end-user delivery format and gives on a general basis better quality for the same bit rate compared to MPEG-2...(and 40mbps is pretty high) however it is a very resource intensive format for both encoding and decoding... and is absolutely not appropriate for editing purposes. The playback of HD movie generally would put quite some stress on a dual-core cpu, so for playback you'll be better off having a codec that can take advantage of the GPU such as the nVIDIA CUDA. (we have used CoreAVC decoder on a previous job and if someone needs smooth playback on even single core, that is a well-optimized decoder and well worth $15) As far as I know (and I'm not a movie person), if someone wants to do editing, he would first need to transcode H.264 using an intra-frame codec such as Apple ProRes, Cineform or DNxHD (one can do it in other formats...but I do think a pro would likely use those intermediate formats). From my perspective, it would be interesting to know the workflow that was used in producing the clip from H.264 and what transcoding times and disk space usage are achieved before/after editing as it would give a better clue to people what are the implications in term of workflow (and hardware) of having to deal with the 5DM2 output.
  23. I think it really depends where/what you shoot, I actually really like the 105mm for macros place like Lembeh and Anilao for example. The first lens I took was the Sigma 105 (and I bought the sigma vs the nikon for $ reasons) and I supplement it with a nexus wet diopter sometimes. The 105 is great to have that extra reach for shy and relatively small fish or portrait of fish of moderate size or because what 60mm brings you too close and (warning I'm talking macro here ). Typically I have found that the 60mm sometimes bring chaos around anemonefish in some areas and they get way too agitated or too scared. The only grip I have with the 105 is that it is a bit noisy and slow to focus and you need to have a good focus light with wide beam when in low light otherwise it can hunt badly (if you are trying to shoot a black nudi or a black frogfish in low light, be prepared for some frustration), in comparison the 60mm is pin point accurate, quiet and fast (though, it is sometimes challenged by those black on dark species too but much less). It could be that the D80 is responsible for part of that as well. With the Sigma 105 EX DG: http://www.flickr.com/photos/86328154@N00/...57617545943509/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/86328154@N00/...57617545943509/ With the Nikon 60mm AF-S: http://www.flickr.com/photos/86328154@N00/...57617545943509/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/86328154@N00/...57617545943509/ You can browse in the whole set to see 60 vs 105
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