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Everything posted by wobby

  1. I have just started to play with mirrorless cameras and was very surprised that in manual mode the viewfinder/LCD shows you the exact exposure you are achieving. This is a great feature for topside photography, except in dark situations when you require a strobe/video light, which we do for 99% of images underwater. I am curious to know how mirrorless users, shooting on manual, are dealing with this underwater in caves, low light or at night? Do you always use a video light for focusing (and as your strobe is generally more powerful than a video light, I assume you would have to constantly review your images for the correct exposure?) or is there some trick/hack that I have missed? Or do you only use your mirrorless camera in Aperture or Shutter Priority because of this? Regards, Nigel
  2. Hi All, Very curious to see if anyone has used the Nikon Z5 underwater yet? And if so what do you think and what lenses and housing are you using it with? Regards, Nigel
  3. Hi all, I am looking at the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM as an in-between macro/wide lens for when I want to photograph a range of subjects, both big and small. I have read a variety of reviews, mostly good, but would like to hear from photographers that regularly use this lens. Do you like the lens, is it sharp, how close can you focus, what sort of subjects range is it perfect for? And anything else you can add. Also some sample images, showing the range of the lens on both big and small subjects, would be appreciated. Thanks everyone, Nigel
  4. Hi All, Has anyone used the Ikelite 3 inch dome (5503) with the Tokina 10-17mm lens and what are the results like? I have been using this lens for the last 10 years with a 8 inch dome, to great effect, but there are times that I would like to travel with less weight and less bulk. Is the Ikelite 3 inch dome worth looking at or should I go for a Zen mini dome? Cheers, Nigel
  5. Hi, Planning a trip to the Philippines in November and was hoping to dive the Coron wrecks. Can anyone that has visited this destination recommend a good dive operator/dive resort? Cheers, Nigel
  6. If you want land based and big animals I would recommended Lady Elliot Island, at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Lovely resort and great diving with turtles, reef sharks, schooling fish, stingrays, eagle rays, leopard sharks, wobbegongs, tawny nurse sharks, sea snakes and one of the best spots for manta rays in the world. This is a link to a gallery of images on my website - http://www.nigelmarshphotography.com/lady-elliot-island.html Cheers, Nigel
  7. Thanks everyone for the comments, have decided to stick with DX and picked up a Nikon D7200 last week. Cheers, Nigel
  8. Mike, Great photos, especially love the goliath gropers. Next time I'm in the USA looks like I need to spend some time at Jupiter! Cheers, Nigel
  9. I didn't test every button, but they assured me that they all aligned and all worked. I believe the D7200 is being released in the USA tomorrow, so hopefully someone will be able to confirm this.
  10. I was at Oztek in Sydney over the weekend and the guys from Nauticam Australia had a D7200 in the D7100 housing and it all seem to fit perfectly.
  11. Jeff, Great image, according to my World Atlas of Marine Fishes it is a juvenile of the quite common coral shrimpfish (Aeoliscus strigatus). How big was it? Cheers, Nigel
  12. Thanks Pete, Really appreciate the honest opinion. Cheers, Nigel
  13. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I hadn't even thought about the increased weight, but they may be a deciding factor. Alex, that is a hell of a lot of lens in that list. Cheers, Nigel
  14. Hi Everyone, I am just about to upgrade my camera and was hoping to get some advise on whether it is the right time to change to FX or stick with a DX system. I am looking at the Nikon D7100 (or the D7200 if it appears shortly as predicted) or the Nikon D750, both sound like great cameras and I have read every review that I can get my hands on. Now those that have changed over are you happy with the decision, or do you miss the DX system, especially the Tokina 10-17? And what are your preferred lens with a FX system? Any comments would be much appreciated. Cheers, Nigel
  15. Hi Bill, Thanks for the reply. I checked all the buttons at the time, each time it happened, but couldn't find an obvious problem. That housing had to be replaced by Ikelite when it developed problems with the flash circuits, it just died one day, so it may have just been a very dud housing. Cheers, Nigel
  16. Hi Guys, I have had several Ikelite housing and have always been happy with them, but had one that wouldn't funcition in depths beyond 35m. I could press the shutter release, but couldn't change any camera settings. This happened each time I went to depth with this housing, and as soon as I got above 35m everything worked fine. I have used my other Ikelite housings down to 50m without an issue, every button and dial worked perfectly. I contacted Ikelite and they told me that they had never heard of this before, but it now sounds like I am not the only one to experience this issue. Cheers, Nigel
  17. Adam, Thanks for the information, we will just have to work with whatever restrictions they put in place, just hope that it benefits the manatees, but it doesn't really sound like it. Cheers, Nigel
  18. When would these restrictions come into effect? As we will be there mid January next year. Cheers, Nigel
  19. Hi Moreton, You should have some great dives. For dive operators both the charter boats at Narooma are excellent - Narooma Charters and Island Charters. For Sydney it just depends on what shop is closest to where you are staying. Forster has several good operators but would recommended Ron Hunter at Dive Forster. Hope this helps. Cheers, Nigel
  20. Jim, Looks like a high-fin moray (Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoidens). Cheers, Nigel
  21. macro on snorkel, very impressive!
  22. Hi Morten, Magic Point is a lovely dive, and can be done as a boat dive or a shore dive (with a very long walk, but you also need to know the right spot to get in). There will be resident grey nurse in at that time of year. If the grey nurse numbers are light (as they do migrate) head to Forster/Seal Rocks for the best grey nurse experience. Botany Bay (Bare Island and especially Kurnell) are the best spots in Sydney for weedy sea dragons, but it is good to have a local guide to find them, as they are so well camouflaged it is easy to swim right passed them without seeing them. I have done dives when I have seen a dozen or more and then spoken to divers who had been in at the same time at the same place (following behind us) and they didn't see one. Seals, Montague Island is the best spot in New South Wales for fur seals, with the colony there growing each year, in the winter there are thousands, but still hundreds over summer. The island is very close to the continential shelf, so awlays has clear water. Over summer I have also seen manta rays, sunfish and grey nurse sharks, also a good spot for schooling fish. Best spots for schooling fish are Julian Rocks (Byron Bay) and Solitary Islands (Coffs Harbour and Mullaway) as both these areas are marine sanctuaries. January can bring both good and bad conditions, as the water temperature lags a few months behind the air temperature it can either be 21C or 16C in Sydney, with clear blue water or cooler green water. It can also be warmer south of Syndey, we have had 17C in Sydney and then driven down to Monatgue Island (350m south) and it has been 21C. But in general January is a good month for diving. Cheers, Nigel
  23. It will depend on what you want to see and photograph, if you have a month go north and south to see the difference. Sydney has brilliant shore and boat diving - Bare Island and Kurnell (both shore diving sites in Botany Bay) have weedy sea dragons and other great creatures. South of Sydney is all temperate diving, great spots are Bass Point, Jervis Bay, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Narooma, Eden and Merimbula. I would recommend Narooma at that time of the year to dive Montague Island - hundreds of fur seals, also port jackson sharks, pelagic fish, stingrays, grey nurse sharks and the visibility is rarely less than 20m. (Note the PJ aggreate over winter, June-August, so are as common over summer) North of Sydney, Port Stephens - best shore diving in Australia - great muck and beautiful sponge gardens packed with critters. Forster/Seal Rocks - great boat diving and lots of grey nurse sharks, especially at that time of the year. South West Rocks is always brilliant and the start of the subtropics, more coral reef fish and corals. Coffs Harbour has wonderful boat diving around the Solitary Islands and if you make it all the way to the border Byron Bay is spectacular - lots of wobbegongs, reef fish, pelagic fish and at that time leopard sharks and manta rays. Hope this helps.
  24. Hi Phil, Both destinations are great, but if you only have wide angle I would recommend the Great Barrier Reef, either a 3 day trip to the Ribbon Reefs or 7 day trip that includes the Ribbon Reefs and Osprey Reef, some of the best wide angle options you will get anywhere. On the Ribbon Reefs are potato cod, lovely corals, schools of jacks (trevally), giant bommies, turtles, gropers, reef sharks, sea snakes and maybe a few dwarf minke whales still hanging around at that time, while Osprey has sheer walls dropping a mile, sharks everywhere, pelagic fish, gropers and the biggest soft corals you will see anywhere. Try either Mike Ball or Spirit of Freedom. Cheers, Nigel
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