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  1. I cannot seem to find neoprene wet gloves with large enough gauntlets that easily cover my drysuit seals. Everything i have tried is too tight to fight getting it over my cuffs. Preferably i am looking for a wide diameter gauntlet that easily pulls over my zip seals then has an elastic velcrol strap to close or seal the gauntlet. Or a long zipper and strap combo would work. Does anyone have any recommendations on regular 5mm gloves that cover drysuit wrist seals easily? thanks in advance. joe
  2. Hi Everyone,I have a very nice pair of DUI arctic 400 gm drysuit underwear and am in need of having the legs shortened. I think I need more than a "seamstress" as this is a pretty nice set of undergarments. I'm going to be doing more colder water diving and want to get this pair modified. I bought them new a few years ago and they were too long in the legs but fit well in the chest where I am fairly broad. So in essence I need to customize them.Anyone know of or can recommend someone with the skills to pull this off?Feel free to email me at joe [at] joe belanger.com.Appreciate your help.
  3. Right. It does respond to flash compensation. I am out diving in an hour or so and will do some more testing. Three of 13 dive days left, then back to the states.
  4. Chris, I am talking about simple macro work. The mantis example was because the thing was maybe six to eight inches, clean water, calm and a perfect setup for macro. I just shot a small gobie on whip coral. Perhaps 1 inch....just a few minutes ago. There was no reason the TTL should not have exposed that correctly. For shits and giggles I am going to use a different set of fiber optic cables. Camera is on manual, generally f16 to f25 when shooting very close .....within 3-4 inches. Below is another shot I could not get TTL to work, so went manual. Always under exposes by several stops. Agree, there might be something more to this.
  5. Dave, Agree about TTL. I shot manual for most of my 40 years diving. There are some cases where TTL is valuable. My point is only that with a premium system should come reliability. I am actually in Indonesia now and just finished up two dives since this post. The mantis was a quick edit and I will really wait until I am on my big monitor at home before serious editing. Nonetheless, appreciate the feedback. Joe
  6. I have two TTL converters for the Nauticam D850 and they are horrible. 90 percent are way under exposed. I am shooting all manual now on my macro work. They are essentially costly, useless electronics. In the most basic, close up, nudibranch simple shots one can do, the TTL fails miserably, significantly under exposes. Someone has to call out Nauticam for this. In my opinion they are selling an inferior product. When you compare the converter to my old system, a Nauticam D7100 system with fiber optic, nearly 90 percent accurate exposure. Granted the D7100 is using the cameras TTL system, but you would think that the engineers at Nauticam, who I consider very good at what they do, would have done more field testing before launching the board. Where I bought my housing, they could not get the first circuit board to function with TTL. They had to order another one, which worked topside. But until you actually put this in the field, underwater, will you recognize its inferiority for such a high end system. Really disappointed. Here is one image where TTL would not properly light the subject. Simple, easy. Ended up using manual. Strobes pointed close within 8-12 inches and directly at the subject. Could not have had easier situations for the TTL to function properly. Will post some additional examples in a bit after my dive of images that the ttl would not work...well not in any case has the ttl actually worked. Joe
  7. 10-4 sir. Perfect, Tim. I think my wife may play model for a while if I give her a cookie:) Joe
  8. Excellent advice and watch outs. Much appreciated. Is there any "better time"to dive the Liberty? I guess shooting it with super wide could be a problem with other divers around and something Ill have to deal with.
  9. Thanks for that, Dave. Good intel. Joe
  10. Mike, Damn. Wish I'd have known that...or "connected the dots". I am there June 12-28. Would be cool to hook up for dinner or something. How far are you from Seraya?
  11. Hello everyone, I very much enjoyed Lembeh and since have been to other cool places. Now, I am going back to Indonesia, but in Bali, Scuba Seraya resort. Did a lot of homework and landed on this place but my GAP was not reaching out to this experienced group for advice. So since I am all booked and leave in early June, can anyone recommend or share any nuggets I should know or "to-dos" that are not advertised? Of course I am shooting with my new D850 Nautical system so I want as group-less of diving as I can get and we will pay, if needed, for a private guide. Seraya is saying that it is a one-guide per buddy team but they do offer more private diving for a fee (which isn't too much). Can anyone who has been there recommend how to best navigate the diving operation to optimize privacy and quality but with tact and professionalism? I am not going with a group. I booked this myself. I have read reviews where that is a mistake. The guy who posted that said the resort really treated them as second class to the bigger groups and they were denied dives due to weather while they still took out the bigger group. Now, fun transparency, I do not believe that. I've been around the block a time or two and think there was more to that story than was told. But to my point, do you have any "watch outs" I need to be aware of or "do this"kind of thing? Guides are important as well. Anyone have experience with specific guides I might request? I'd like to get tight with 1-2 of them and my wife and I plan to invite all of the working staff to dinner one night. I think you folks know what advice I'm looking for but one last thing. Is there a specific product or something I can haul there that the dive team or staff would enjoy? Perhaps some kind of dive gear that is harder to get there? In Fiji I left quite a bit of gear there, giving some items to the dive staff and helping a local kid learn to snorkel, leaving him a mask, wetsuit and booties (they had fins). Anyhow, any advice, tips, tricks, do's, don'ts etc. would be really appreciated. Thank you in advance. Joe
  12. Thanks, Tim. I am going out next week on a 3-day limited load and have a snoot solution. Will probably have another chance if weather doesnt hold us back.
  13. Hi Tim, You are correct that they would be small. I came across a cluster of them, which I thought looked cool. The kelp in some areas was gone, but the bottom was littered with top snails. They are about 2-3 inches, so with 4-5 of them it might have looked cool if I could blip some light on them. They are colorful. Here is a magic snoot shot from that same trip. With 4-5 I wanted to pick up the orange to add some deeper interest to the image.
  14. Hi everyone, I trialed the Nikon 8-15 two weeks ago and it is indeed a tricky lens to use. I managed to squeeze out a couple keepers. From a lighting standpoint, has anyone tried this lens with a snoot, something around 70-80 degrees for close focus? The bull kelp shot was using two strobes and I got one that was usable. I was trying to shoot a super close up of some top snails on bull kelp but the backscatter was too much. Was talking with Ken Ashman about it and the only snoot we could think of is the rubber one Inon offers with their set. I have that set for the Z240's but now am shooting Z330's, so they don't fit. Just thought I'd post here to get some ideas before I go spend more money to test out a snoot system with the 8-15. Thanks for the help. Joe
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