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  1. Actually, that might work with a much shorter gauntlet and have the ring slide back over the gauntlet itself. Goint to pool test that. thank you. Joe
  2. Hey everyone, Heading to dive God's Pocket next spring and wanted to toss this question to those who might know. I have a DUI drysuit with zip seals. My current gloves that I use in souther cal water just pull up and then bunch up at the wrist because they cannot fit over the diameter of the zip seal ring. I have tried a lot of different gloves over the years and, recently, a few other types with zippers, but they still just do not have the diameter in the gauntlet to reasonably slide over and remain snug over the zip ring. I bought a set of Bare 7mm long gauntlet gloves for really cold water but they are still a challenge to easily put on myself over the ring as their gauntlet diameter is just an inch or so too small. They are also 3-finger. I am not sure how that will work when trying to operate my camera. 7mm alone is bulky and will make it more challenging to operate buttons, etc. Was wondering if anyone had any ideas on gloves that can easily cover the zip ring. I do not want to get zip gloves, I'd rather stick with neoprene and not worry about puncturing the dry glove system. I can live with a wider zipped or gauntlet or one that is just wide enough for me to easily slide it over the ring. I know a looser gauntlet increases water flow, but I am okay with that. Having the current glove short gauntlets just slip down to my wrist lets in more water. I have the G1's, Scuba Pro and Aqua Lung Thermocline, all of which just bunch up around wrist because they won't fit over the ring. The gloves with a zipper won't generally zip over the zip seal ring. Just trying to keep the nubs warmer. Appreciate any ideas. Joe
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 10-4 sir. Perfect, Tim. I think my wife may play model for a while if I give her a cookie:) Joe
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks for that, Dave. Good intel. Joe
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Hi everyone, I just upgraded to the Nauticam D850 system and bought the new MWL-1 (macro wide lens). I took it out to shoot this weekend and it did not work. The frame and sunshades are in the image. Using this with the Nauticam flip adaptor. Only way to make it work was to remove the shades and set the D850 to 1.2 crop. That is not right. I know Alex Mustard has used it successfully and was wondering if anyone including Alex has any ideas on what is going on with my set up. Standard Macro port 60 with G version Nikon 60. Strangely neither the SMC 1 or 2 work with my 105 G either. Only about 25mm working distance, which is simply not enough to work with. Getting really frustrated after spending 17k on a new system. Joe
  18. Everyone, Someone bought the D7100 housing but backed out when payment became real. So it is up for sale again if anyone is interested. I know I've had several emails from here asking if it was available but I said no because it was "technically" sold. So right now it is available. Thank you. Joe
  19. So I have had a few messages asking for specific stuff in the package. Since I have no takers, I am going to break it up. Right now I prefer to ship in the USA only. Nauticam DA7100 housing: $1100 Z240's: $350 each (I have three) Nikon D7100: $350 each (I have two, clean) Zen mini dome: $450 (a few abrasions on lens shade, glass is perfectly clean). Tokina 10-17 lens: $350 without gear, $475 with gear (like new, no cosmetic damage) Kenko 1.4X tele converter with gear $150 Nikon 10-24 DX lens: $500 without gear; $625 with zoom gear (Like new, almost never used and no cosmetic damage) Nikon D810: $1700 (only 30,000 shutter clicks) Sigma Art 20mm 1.4 wide angle lens: $600 (brand new condition) Please email me at joe [at] joe belanger [dot] com. Thanks. Joe Yes if in the USA.
  20. Getting a few PMs on breaking up the system. Let me give the package a week or so and i will open up to piece meal if i need to. Thanks. Joe
  21. Yes, I would. Would like to wait for a week or so to see if anyone is interested in the package. I have a post elsewhere and need to give it time to simmer. I will ping you next week andnif you are still interested we can talk. $350 for the body.
  22. Hello everyone, I am upgrading to a Nauticam D850 system and am selling my Nauticam D7100 housing and other gear. I'd like to sell as a system if possible. We can talk about breaking it apart if I don't have any luck selling it as a pack. I also have two lenses that I'm selling separately from the Nauticam system I'm parting with. System ($4500) Nauticam DA 7100 housing: Comes with a Nikonos Sync port for hard wiring strobes if you want. Pretty decent condition but like any housing put to good use there are some scratches, mainly along the bottom. Never gotten wet inside and the internal mechanisms are like new. Nikon D7100 Bodies: I have three bodies but am keeping the primary body for a friend. It has the most use. The two remaining bodies are very clean and have not been used nearly as much as my primary, which, again, I'm keeping. Cosmetically, the bodies are very clean. I am open if someone does not want both bodies, but my personal preference is to have a back up. Each body comes with battery, charger, cable, strap and manuals in their original Nikon boxes. Nikon 10-24 DX lens: I used this lens on five dives only and on a trip to Hawaii topside. Otherwise it is essentially new. You will need a dome port as I am keeping mine. Also includes the appropriate Nauticam zoom gear. Zen Mini Dome (non removable shade version). In very good condition. Glass is flawless with no scratches, body has minimal cosmetic wear. Tokina 10-17 lens. I have only used this lens underwater. When not diving it is sealed inside of the housing and stored in an ice chest. Very clean, no visible wear. Includes Nauticam zoom gear. Kenko 1.4X tele-converter with extended zoom gear. Does NOT include the Nauticam 20mm extension ring required to use this device. I'm keeping that for my new system. Two Inon Z240's. I have four of these and the two for this system are the back ups, so they have less use and are cleaner than my primary strobes. Each strobe comes with a ball mount. Still, there is some minor scratches on the body but nothing that in any way affects form, fit or function. Each comes with a diffuser and spare o-ring set. Does NOT include fiber optic cables. 800 Lumen Fisheye Fix aiming light. The light works great but the lock switch does not prevent the dial from rotating when not in use. If it gets bumped it can turn the light on. Comes with two batteries and charger. Also Selling: Nikon D810 body only: $1700. Cosmetically clean. 30,714 shutter clicks so a lot of bandwidth to go to the expected life of 200,000 shutter actuations. Comes with battery, strap, manuals, cable and original box. Sigma 20mm 1.4 ART. Beautiful lens. Bought it for astrophotography but never really ended up using it. Been sitting sealed in a case for just under two years, so it is really in perfectly new condition. $600 FIRM I have photos of everything listed above. Just shoot me an email if you want them. Joe [at] joebelanger.com
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