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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Thanks everyone for the comments, have decided to stick with DX and picked up a Nikon D7200 last week. Cheers, Nigel
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. Thanks Pete, Really appreciate the honest opinion. Cheers, Nigel
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. When would these restrictions come into effect? As we will be there mid January next year. Cheers, Nigel
  16. 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
  17. Jim, Looks like a high-fin moray (Gymnothorax pseudothyrsoidens). Cheers, Nigel
  18. macro on snorkel, very impressive!
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Thanks for the information, looks like we will be heading up to Crystal River. Unfortunately we will not have time to dive Blue Heron Bridge or Jupiter, but have heard great reports about both. Cheers, Nigel
  23. Hi, I will be in Miami, Florida in January, I have a few days to spare before a trip to Tiger Beach and would love to get some images of the Manatees. I am just checking if anyone knows of any other locations, apart from Crystal River, where it is possible to snorkel with manatees, possibly somewhere closer to Miami? Cheers, Nigel
  24. Just got back from the Philippines and while we were there Super Typhoon hit the island nation and almost wiped out one of its top dive destinations - Malapascua Island. We were on the island the day before the typhoon hit (after a brilliant week of diving with Thresher Shark Divers) and road out the storm in Cebu City. But several days later found out from Thresher Shark Divers that the eye of this powerful storm crossed right over Malapascua and flatten the island, fortunately with no serious injuries to anyone on the island. While Thresher Shark Divers are already back diving and a number of the resorts have reopened, most of the local population have lost their homes, including the wonderful dive guides and support staff that work for the dive operators. Thresher Shark Divers have already been helping out the local population with accommodation, medicine and food, and have started on appeal to raise funds for the rebuild - with links on their Facebook page or visit http://www.youcaring.com/other/typhoon-haiyan-yolanda-fundraiser/104505. Another way you can support is to visit the Philippines and Malapascua Island on our next dive holiday, the island nation has spectacular diving that shouldn't be missed. Regards, Nigel Marsh
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