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JACohen

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  1. Sounds eminently sensible Paul. And did Seacam pay any attention to your suggestion?
  2. As a recent owner of two Seaflash D150s there are many aspects of this strobe that I like. I am delighted with the power, the colour of the light and the elegantly engineered Seacam system. However new buyers might want to be aware of a potential problem, a design fault that can result in the batteries ceasing to work. The battery cover is very close to the edge of the strobe and acts as an area for water to get trapped that is very difficult to access in order to dry it out. This has to be totally one hundred percent dry in order to remove the cover as any drops of water reaching the battery can cause it to stop working, something that Seacam considers a user error flood. I have tried a number of ways to dry this, and have ended up using tissues to get right into the edge in order to suck up the water, but even then there are still water drops that won’t dry unless the strobe is left to dry naturally for a period of time. This means a quick battery change between dives is not really practical. One has to take great care when opening the battery compartment, even when it appears to be totally dry, and have a tissue in hand ready to mop up any small drops that are trapped in the ridges of the threads. It wouldn’t be so much of a problem if the batteries were not so sensitive, however two small drops caused mine to stop working, which Seacam called a user error flood and charged for the repair. Two drops of water can cause any camera, or any sensitive piece of electronics, to stop working if they fall in the right (or wrong) place. That is a given fact. However, the way that the strobe has been designed means that these two drops of water are much more likely to get into that right (or wrong) place than they would do if the design had been a little different.
  3. The shorts obviously worked Phil. They attacked you not me!
  4. Here are a couple of photos demonstrating the correct technique to use when taking photos of venomous, large wild animals. Note the athletic body poised like a coiled spring ready to run away at the first sign of danger. This also demonstrates the highly technical specifications of the pole cam. Sorry Cor, are these yours or Phil's?
  5. I use one when I want to take images longer than 30 secs. I shoot my star trails shots at 2mins per frame so I use it for that. It is a cool gadget.
  6. Here's a few of mine Plus a dragon shot or two... Thanks for a wonderful trip guys. You might be pleased to know that after the correct buttons were put on the Seacam D7000 housing it performed flawlessly, after a bit of tweaking and a lot of swearing. Anyone thinking of buying one please PM me for an unbiased review HA HA! Julian
  7. Hi Cal, As far as I can tell that will work perfectly. You might be interested to know that I have printed at over a meter in size from a 60mb TIFF file produced by saving a .NEF file from a Nikon D3 that was processed in Photoshop with no discernible loss of quality, so you should be able to do it with a digital camera if you so desire. Cheers Julian
  8. OK OK HA HA..My tinternet connection is somewhat dodgy here. Alright here's the whole thing again: As an adjunct to my first post, I have just completed my first dive with the Seacam prelude and I have to say I am very happy with my purchase. All the original faults still remain, and the drill will definitely be applied to the housing to make it more functional, but I am very happy with the general feel of the housing in my stubby little hands. The aperture and shutter speed dials fall under my fingers exactly as seasoned Seacam users assured me they would. The ports are firmly screwed into the housing, unlike my old Subal. With a couple of floats I found it to be neutrally balanced in the water, and I love the small fisheye dome. I am still of the opinion that the manufacturer has made an error of judgement as to the capabilities of the nikon D7000, and as such has produced a hous
  9. As an adjunct to my first post, I have just completed my first dive with the Seacam prelude and I have to say I am very happy with my purchase. All the original faults still remain, and the drill will definitely be applied to the housing to make it more functional, but I am very happy with the general feel of the housing in my stubby little hands. The aperture and shutter speed dials fall under my fingers exactly as seasoned Seacam users assured me they would. The ports are firmly screwed into the housing, unlike my old Subal. With a couple of floats I found it to
  10. Thanks once again Stephen, I really appreciate your help. It demonstrates beautifully what these forums are for. As well as the opportunity for a good ranting of course Julian
  11. Thanks very very much Stephen, This is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for taking the time to find out for me. I don't suppose he as a work around for the white balance too does he? Not quite as important, but it's still something I use for magic filters. Julian
  12. I quite understand Paul. What do you think the chance of Seacam producing a D7000 housing for those of us that do want normal functionality? Do you think they realise that there is a market for it as well? I'm just hoping that I can switch the back for a fully functional one when they do make it
  13. Thanks a lot for the advice Stephen. I fully agree with all you say about the Seacam quality and that's why I wanted to get their housing. I must admit it would have been nice if Seacam had made a full blown housing for the D7000 as then I would have chosen that instead of the minimalist design. This Nikon is considered by some to be the best all round camera for underwater photography, and certainly for Nikon shooters it is the camera that many will upgrade to. it might look like an amateur camera but it most certainly is not. If Seacam doesn't make a fully functional housing for it then they will miss out on business to the other manufacturers. Maybe they don't care about that, but I think they must care a little or they wouldn't have made the prelude. I think Seacam has underestimated this camera and its capabilities and desirability by Nikon shooters. But that's just my opinion. I'm sure Seacam knows what it is doing. I guess I will have to make do until Seacam decides that the camera is in fact worthy of a fully functional housing. Either that or drill out the back and make my own buttons.
  14. Thanks for the advice Schorsch but the problem is there is only an up button for the multi controller. You can press the info button, but then you can only move the multi controller up and not across. Plus the info button doesn't allow access to any of the controls for white balance and ISO. Now if there were a menu button on the housing, then I would be able to work through all the menus but sadly there isn't. I appreciate your help though.
  15. Yes I was but I couldn't find any photos of the back, and I was foolish enough to think that a manufacturer like Seacam would include such basic controls as ISO. To be fair to them, it doesn't say that there is an ISO control on their website. I like the housing, and I've had problems with my Subal rusting twice, so I wanted to get something that could handle a lot of diving, and that I wouldn't have to change for a few years. I'm gonna take a drill to it and manufacture the buttons that are missing and then I will have a great housing. True, Seacam should be selling the housing that I'm going to create themselves, but they have decided not to. I know there's not too many of these housings out there, and I want to make sure that if someone buys one, they know exactly what they are getting. I'm not rude enough to say exactly what that is, but I'm sure you can fill in the blanks
  16. I have just taken delivery of the Seacam Prelude housing for the D 7000. I'll probably do an in depth review in the next month or so, but it will have to wait until I go diving again and that's not until the end of May. One thing that you should be aware of when considering this housing is the lack of controls. This is a photo of the rear of the housing and from the lack of buttons you can ascertain what is missing. Whether or not this affects your decision to purchase is a personal matter, but for me, when I realised there was no ISO button I almost sent it back. I managed to rig the review button on the housing to the ISO button on the camera and so I will persevere. If anyone has a clever way of adjusting white balance or ISO in the D 7000 without use of the menu button please let me know as I am desperate to find work-arounds for the manufacturer's lack of buttons. Bear in mind also that you can only access the up button of the multi button at the rear that controls focus points and review.
  17. Cal, I took the shot below in high current hand held. It is three shots stitched in CS5. I was told by some extremely experienced photographers before I tried it, that it couldn't be done. "Fish move" I seem to remember was one quote. I would suggest you give it a go first and see how it goes. For some reason CS5 doesn't always stitch, probably due to the distortion from the fisheye, but keeping some sort of horizontal line in the frame helps, so for shallow work, with a "horizon" where the reef meets sea, it might be just fine. Shoot lots of data to process and then spend a lot of time in front of the computer One of them will work out. Try to overlap about 20-30% as too much overlap with a fisheye lens seems to really confuse CS5. I have done this quite a few times and it works. Wrecks are really good for this, but this reef scene seems to prove to me you can't see the join, but my eyes are rubbish anyway so it's probably there and I can't see it Good luck Julian
  18. Here's a couple more. This juvenile harlequin crab is about half a cm long This is what a skeleton shrimp looks like with one of those new fangled macro rigs...
  19. Here's a few pics from me, also shot with the insect eye lens. Eric persuaded me not to leave it at the bottom of the ocean, as I was totally frustrated with it, and I'm glad he guilted me into giving it another go. We are in Toraja now shooting all sorts of strange and wonderful things and then onto Misool! Can't wait.... Julian
  20. Silver Efex Pro plugin for Lightroom. I really like it.
  21. And a couple more...The rest are available at my Flickr site
  22. I've just got back from a fantastic week as part of the second group. The shark numbers thinned out towards the last couple of days but we still had some truly excellent conditions and whale sharks in abundance. No complaints from anyone in Eli's group!! Here's a few photos...
  23. Alex, Did you try the set up with a 10-17 and 1.4TC on the D700? Julian
  24. That's good to hear James. Thanks. I'm asking as I heard that the problems were largely resolved there but being Asian based I don't know for sure.
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