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  1. @Akoni Two comments... Background: I still shoot with 2 high end DSLR's, but my kids shoot with Sony mirrorless now. 1. Although I enjoy shooting using an OVF today, AI-driven augmented vision with make EVFs the future in the next several years. It's already true in optical medical equipment and it will be true in photography equipment "soon." The reality is that integrating enhanced AI-driven optics is just easier in EVF, and that will drive the change. If the DSLR format survives, I expect it to do do with EVF augmentation. 2. As an avid reader I've switched almost entirely to consuming written content on my Kindle. Much more flexibility, more portable, can manage multiple sources at once, better in all lighting conditions, more weather resistant, etc. The only type of content left worth consuming on paper are books with numerous scientific (or other) illustrations or older, collectable books.
  2. Diving around Sydney is good to very good, depending on the day. Spent 4 years living there a few decades ago and dove every little cove we thought we could get into (including a couple that we had to rope down into just North of Bondi).Been diving around Sydney on a number of trips back there as well. However, the dive trips up to Byron Bay (esp. Julian Rocks) bordered on world class. ~8 hr drive up from Sydney or short trip down after flying into Brisbane. Mantas, turtles, grey nurse sharks, cuttlefish, nudi's, etc. I would not complain if that was the only diving available during a pandemic... We've been back a number of times - easily better than many typical dives in most places in the Pacific.
  3. How hard did you pull to get the viewfinder out? Mine would take significant force to both unseat the internal o-ring and then pull out the viewfinder. I did check mine, you cannot pull out the viewfinder without physically unseating the inner o-ring. The o-ring looks like it will unseat if the viewfinder is pulled hard enough. I actually forget to seal my housing with a vacuum on a number of dives so it's just the o-rings protecting that particular seal. Having said this, I think the recommendation would be - don't pick up your rig by your viewfinder Also worth mentioning - most of the controls that breach the housing (to connect to a control levers inside) are also only protected by 2 o-rings.
  4. @Ministryofgiraffes Rotating the 45 degree Nauticam viewfinder is actually a design point of the viewfinder. Without this capability it would be virtually impossible to shoot vertically on walls, etc. So having the viewfinder being able to rotate isn't an issue (it would be if it didn't rotate) - the viewfinder itself rotates between the eye piece and the mounting piece (not between the viewfinder and the housing). However, pulling the viewfinder completely out seems like there may be something wrong. There is an O-ring that holds the viewfinder in place (seated at the end of the threads of either the standard viewfinder or the 45 degree viewfinder). You need to take this O-ring off before pushing the standard viewfinder out (to replace it with the 45 degree one), and then reseat this O-ring to hold in the 45 degree viewfinder. For reference (not promoting Blue Water, however their "how to" videos are useful):
  5. @jordango You will not be disappointed with the D500 underwater. It is now my favorite camera to shoot with u/w in almost every situation. Even the weight (compared to an Oly-based system) is not really an issue (esp. when I compare it to my housed D850). On the Aquatica choice - you can't go wrong. I shot with an Aquatica both for film and early digital, and loved their housings. The only reason I switched to Nauticam was because Aquatica was a tiny bit slow moving to optical connections for strobes - and I was tired of the occasional damage to my electronic strobe connections if I didn't seat them properly. Clearly not an issue now. I will also say that Aquatica service was world class (vs Nauticam), being located in Canada was a significant advantage for those of us in the US, and they were just nice as well. No complaints w/Nauticam, just not "legendary" like Aquatica.
  6. @jordango - another vote for the D500. I have both the D500 & D850 (both in Nauticam housings). The D500 has slightly better AF in low light situations, and is a more flexible system. D850 has a few advantages, but none that would ever stop me from enjoying shooting with the D500. FF/mirrorless is the future, but we are not quite there yet. As for housings - you'll find a number of folks who really like Subal - having used both Subal and Nauticam, I prefer Nauticam (partially for the small price savings, and then the number of dealers available in the US). You will not go wrong with either housing. Subal has the reputation for quality, Nauticam is currently leading in innovation (mostly around their increasing number of new ports).
  7. @newdiver I don't think people are necessarily recommending different strobes, I think you are getting recommendations based on what kind of shooting you may do, and what gear you can use today, and what may allow to grow with in the future. It actually ends up being pretty simple: if you think there is any chance you end up moving to a larger system or want to shoot true wide angle scenics, then (as @Andrej Oblak suggests) get the strongest strobe you can afford right now, because you will be able to continue to use it as you grow. Two smaller strobes (now) might be more manageable, but you will potentially outgrow them.
  8. If you are going to focus primarily on macro I can highly recommend the Backscatter mini flash (which I use for snooting macro shots). Easy to use, bright, narrow beam, and compact. As others have suggested, it will be underpowered for most w/a situations, even with 2 mini flashes (except for some CFWA shots). If you want a strobe that can do both, a single Z330 is great start - not going to outgrow this strobe.
  9. My daughter (18 yrs old) shoots with a Sony A7III in a Nauticam housing. She also uses 1 strobe (an older Z240, triggered by an optical connection). She's very happy shooting macro with the 90mm, and then last summer added a wet lens so she could shoot w/a (when using the 28mm). It's a big step up from a compact system, and although heavier (out of water), and takes up more room when packing, the results (for her) have been worth the trade-off. For reference, she started out with an Olympus system, but she grew out of it.
  10. @bvanant There were a few comments on one of the threads about this previously. It seems that this may be the case (requiring the need to dial in more light output when utilizing the snoot). I've switched to the Backscatter mini-flash & snoot combination specifically for snooting, with the added advantage of being able to bring it along as a 3rd strobe when I'm shooting macro with my two Retra Pros.
  11. @KwajHeather Welcome. Would love to see some of your images from the wrecks in Kwajalein. I've landed there several times, but never allowed to get off the plane
  12. Been diving up in the Baa Atoll on 4 different occasions. Agreed that the majority of the subjects are larger (used to have many [many] sharks up in that area, now more focused on mantas, turtles, the occasional whale shark). There are macro subjects, but to take full advantage you do need to talk to the dive staff and be clear what you're looking for. With just 2 dives a day at many resorts it's tough to dedicate an entire dive to macro (given the potential number of divers on a boat, etc.), however if you have a good relationship with the dive staff it is possible. Now with many Maldives resorts moving to 3 dives a day (or even 4 a day, if you include a night dive on a house reef), it is getting easier to dedicate an entire dive to macro. I've found that committing an afternoon dive (sometimes with a private guide) to macro is the way to go. We are (hopefully) headed back to the Maldives next June to head to the South. I'll likely commit the afternoon dive most days to macro, and we've made sure the dive team can accommodate this before booking (2 morning dives each day will likely be focused on wide angle).
  13. From the above thread... The out of water weight was mentioned of the WACP (version 1). From a packing & traveling perspective I found that a large dome was much harder to protect & pack than the WACP (which was one of the reasons I switched to the WACP for my D850). The padded case the WACP comes with fits well in a rollaboard suitcase, with a little room for clothes, etc. to fit around it. The case is protective enough that I check it now when I travel with it. Although it is absolutely heavy enough that I will think twice before taking it on a shore dive, underwater it is very well balanced, and much easier to manage than a large dome during a dive (it's not even a real comparison).
  14. A few small additions: I have a D850 in a Nauticam housing (along with a D500 in a Nauticam housing). I've shot pretty extensively with the D850. I initially bought it as a possible FF replacement for my D500 - with a focus on wide angle, but even though I've found that the D850 is excellent in a number of areas, the D500 is as good in some areas (and in a very small number of cases, better), so I've kept both. The D850 with the 105vr is a really good combination for macro. Given that I've shot both the D850 and the D500 with the 105vr, for almost any set of conditions the D850 will outperform the D500 w/this lens (although the combination of working distance & subject size does take some adjustment coming from the cropped sensor perspective). There have been some folks that have suggested that something like an 85 or 90mm lens as fast as the 105vr might offer a small amount of additional improvement, however I haven't seen anyone suggest a recommended/tested alternative. However, the one area I've found that the D500 clearly outperforms the D850 is in autofocus in low light. This becomes clear on a blackwater dive - the D500+60mm combination outperforms the D850 in any config. Autofocus characteristics between the cameras are different enough that the D500 retains some advantages in this area. This is has been verified (and written about) by others on this forum previously. Having said this - the D850 shooting wide angle outperforms any results I've gotten shooting a D500 (any lens, any port). For dedicated wide angle I invested in the WACP, and the results have been excellent. The WACP is an investment in both $ and travel logistics, but the results have been worth it (so far). Others have achieved great results with the 16-35 (+ Sea & Sea internal correction lens). It might be worth adding that comparing the 230mm dome and the WACP provides some interesting trade-offs to be made in packing weight, volume and maneuverability u/w. The WACP is much heavier to pack (and heavier out of water), but also much easier to maneuver with underwater (not even a close comparison). I've also found that the WACP is pretty resilient when carried in it's (padded) travel pack, I now regularly travel with it in my checked luggage (in a carry-on roller suitcase that I check). I can usually get a few days of clothes packed around it as well. I certainly don't take it everywhere, but if there will a strong focus on wide angle, I bring it along. Other details: I've shot at ISO 64, but tend to "live" at ISO 100 for most conditions. Shoot with either 2 Inon Z330's or 2 Retra Pro's When shooting with the 105vr I also attach a Light & Motion Sola 1200 light Last - one of the (more subtle) advantages of shooting with the D850 (specifically in raw mode) is the huge amount of flexibility you have in the post processing phase of working with images. For D850 generated images, it feels like you have more flexibility than with previous (Nikon-generated) files. This goes beyond just image size - after playing with D500 raw images and D850 raw images it becomes fairly apparent that you have more ability to adjust images in post that are shot with the D850. This will be a subtle difference for most photographers, but for those who are willing to invest time in post, there is a large amount of flexibility to be taken advantage of.
  15. I think both Nikon and Canon have already signaled that their future is mirrorless. The only question is - how long do they maintain a pro line of DSLRs for professionals? The Olympics next year and the World Cup in 2022 will provide an interesting view into the pace at which this transition may/may not happen.
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