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  1. I also was at the class. (I was the "Lone Aquatica"). John summed up the week very well, especially the tight schedule. I did Stephen's film only class a couple of years ago, and recall having time for a siesta between lunch and class. Not so this time! Most days I had upwards of 3 Gigabytes to upload from my Microdrives to the hard disk for processing in Photoshop.


    And yes, I bought my S2 to get TTL. By day 2 my strobes were set to manual and remained that way for the rest of the week. Oh well...

  2.  You may have to work hard in getting permission to dive Town Pier but it is will worth it.


    The dive resorts such as Buddy's, Lions, Captain Don's etc all have a regular evening schedule to dive the Town Pier. They still need to get permission from the Harbour Master, but that is always granted except when a large ship is tied up at the pier.


    A word of caution about Bonaire beach diving with a housing: be real careful about the entries and exits. I got hit by an unexpected wave caused by a boat wake and me and my S2 housing rolled over in the surf 2 or 3 times. Fortunately nothing was damaged except my pride. :oops:


    Bruce Dickson

  3. The Aquatica Zoom gear for the Nikkor 18-70mm is part # 18706



    Merci bien! So the 18-70 zoom gear is different to the 12-24 zoom gear (18696)? I tried my 12-24 gear on my 18-70 and it seems to fit perfectly. Am I missing something?


    Also, can you confirm which extension ring is needed with the 8 inch dome on the S2 housing? Again, my 12-24 extension (18456) seems to work ok.



    Bruce Dickson

  4. My 18-70 arrived last night and I can now answer my own question. The zoom gear for the 12-24 is a perfect fit on the 18-70. I tried it in my 8 inch dome port, and it needs the same extension ring as the 12-24. The 18-70 changes barrel length as it zooms, and with a diopter installed it comes dangerously close to the inside of the dome without an extension.

  5. Hi Peter,


    I use the 12-24 DX lens on my Fuji S2 behind an Aquatica 8 inch dome, and I am getting incredibly sharp results edge to edge at all zoom settings. I don't know if Ikelite makes an 8 inch dome, but I believe its true that "the bigger the dome the sharper the image". Also, I do not need to use a diopter with this setup.


    Say Hi to Lynn for me.


    Bruce Dickson

  6. Hi Linda,


    Ocean Optics in London England manufacture a custom port for Sea&Sea that accepts the Z22 Ring Flash. I bought one last year and bonded it to an Aquatica extension ring to make a port for my Aquatica S2 housing. The Ocean Optics port is good quality, and has a glass lens rather than acrylic. The only drawback is no manual focus. I seem to remember it cost around $150. You can find Ocean Optics at www.oceanoptics.co.uk



  7. A friend sent me the attached image with the following comments. I think it is genuine. I'd love to know what lens was used!


    EVER SEE AN ICEBERG FROM TOP TO BOTTOM? This is awesome! This came from a Rig Manager for Global Marine Drilling in St. Johns, Newfoundland. They actually have to divert the path of these things away from the rig by towing them with ships!

    Anyway, in this particular case the water was calm & the sun was almost directly overhead so that the diver was able to get into the water and click this pic. Clear water huh? They estimated the weight at 300,000,000 tons. And now we also know why they say one picture is worth a 1000 words ... Now we also know why the Titanic sank!!!

  8. Does anyone know where I can get a Sea&Sea Sync Cord repaired?


    One of my cords has developed a really strange problem. It works fine on manual, but when I set the strobe to TTL it quenches instantly with a "good TTL" indication regardless of the exposure, even with the flash tubes covered over. I have continuity checked the cable and there appear to be no open or short circuits. Another cable works fine, and this cable fails the same way on 2 different strobes.


    Bruce Dickson

  9. I like to get it right with the image. Post processing for me is merely maybe renaming the file, putting it into a foder on my computer that suits it. Maybe uploading to my website if it is that good or different.


    Maybe I will adjust the exposure but thats no more than I would do when printing the image if i needed it.


    I strongly agree with Giles's comments. I get annoyed when I see or hear of digital UW Photographers who take mediocre images and then fix them in Photoshop. Exposure adjustment and cropping is all I ever do in post processing.


    Maybe this needs to be moved to its own thread.....


    Bruce Dickson

  10. James,


    So it looks like there is nothing startlingly new in the S3 to make me want to run out and upgrade from my S2?

    I think I'm right in saying that the CCD resolution is the same on both, and that the S3 adds the advantage of no more CR123's, but loses TTL capability?



  11. My dive group are thinking of a trip to Scotland in the summer of 2005, primarily to dive Scapa Flow. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions of where to stay, what operator to use etc? Also, any other recommended diving areas in Scotland, as we probably would want to spend 2 or 3 days diving Scapa and then move to a different location.


    Bruce. (Yes, I was born in Scotland, but I've never dived there!)

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