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  1. @Phil Rudin & @adamhanlon I think you are both on to something. Let me add the following - my daughter (18 yrs old) has a set of friends that are all certified to dive (and a majority of them shoot somewhat regularly u/w - with the express purpose of telling the stories of their trips & dives). The challenge is that in addition to diving, many of them enjoy hiking, surfing, kite boarding, etc. and they seem to equally enjoy capturing images from those activities. Many of the images are simple "action shots" but there is constant conversation about how to capture the essence of the activity, and how to process that one unique image to best show some unique aspect (or the environment) that might get 10k likes or shares. I think there are significantly more people that will try to capture their experiences underwater - they just may not put up with all the idiosyncrasies that we have - which puts the onus on the manufacturers to innovate. Both my kids shoot with housed systems in (fairly large) Nauticam housings. I can almost guarantee that neither of them will upgrade beyond the systems they have (in this form factor) without significant innovation being offered. They both want to continue to capture images underwater, but will be looking for a better form-factor and capabilities in the future.
  2. @Interceptor121 I don't know you so why would I have something against you? However I do know what is happening in the online influencer space, and specifically with travel, and I have seen first hand how this generation are capturing images (both terrestrial and u/w) and sharing them (while making $ doing it). I think your view is both somewhat narrow and short-sighted, however I do agree that u/w photography (as we currently practice it) is becoming more reflective of how we see the hobby, whereas my teenage kids shoot much differently that we would (but with no with less impact in capturing the beauty underwater, and on many occasions with more of a focus on story telling and experience sharing).
  3. @Interceptor121 And that's where I believe your argument breaks down... There are more young people trying to capture their experiences as they explore the world than any previous generation. That includes underwater... There will continue to be more people wanting to capture these experiences (using whatever can out innovate GoPros, phones, etc.) than not. One clear difference is that many will try to capture these experiences in video, as this medium translates better for casual viewers. the world is changing... so is how people want to capture their experiences.
  4. I regularly shoot non-rechargeable AA's (Energizer or Duracell) in my Inons (Z330's, and previously, Z240's). I get 4 dives easily from fresh batteries, and have pushed it to 5 or 6 depending mostly on if I remember to swap out the batteries at the beginning of the day or not. Stopped traveling with battery chargers several years ago - always pack my batteries in & out (recycle at home), due to reliability issues with rechargeable batteries, and the need to recharge frequently.
  5. @Interceptor121 You missed the point. There are 00's of young(er) travel-oriented individuals that are post-processing their images before posting them. Recently there was a survey published within the travel industry that showed that upwards of 85% of images posted to "influencer" instagram accounts were post-processed before posting. In device and out of device processing is not going away - it will only grow... the challenge is the evolution of the devices that take the initial images will continue to move away from what we are used to (or likely want).
  6. Parts of the Caribbean are opening up (as are the Bahamas). French Polynesia is also opening up on July 15th. Hawaii is also opening up for external visitors starting at the beginning of August. The bigger question isn't where will you be able to dive, but rather - are you really willing to sit on a plane with a bunch of other people for numerous hours, risking infection from people you don't know? Doc friend of mine has seen severe scarring of the lungs in several (younger, <45 yrs old) patients that were hospitalized. Risk getting infected now and you might not be able to dive for months (if not years).
  7. Been to the Mergui Archipelago twice for diving (first time was 17 years ago). Both times the boat left out of Phuket. Easy to access as a starting point - Phuket can be reached from a number of the major S.E. Asian flight hubs. Both trips started with easy diving in the Similan Islands then both times made entry just over the Myanmar border where they checked passports and then added a Myanmar "host" (who spent the entire time on the boat drunk drinking cheap Thai beer). Diving was good to very good, however there were signs of fish bombing in a number of areas. The dive spot covered with carpet anemones was one of those locations - big fish will float up when their swim bladders are ruptured, but many of the smaller fish sink, and we found dozens of anemones feeding on smaller fish that fell into their grasp. Silvertip Point didn't disappoint but I've heard most of the sharks are gone now, however the large cuttlefish should still be there. The region is worth a visit, but there are now 5-6 boats making the trip (in season) every week, so not quite as "undiscovered" as it once was.
  8. @Interceptor121 The reason for "more seasoned" people initially getting into U/W photography was because of the startup cost. Outside of a GoPro, why would someone who dives 10-20+ dives/year commit $ to capturing a few images of their dives? I don't think it's an age or experience thing, I think it's a lifestyle choice. Having said this, both my teenage children now shoot underwater (one with a Sony A7III and the other with my backup D500, just recently upgraded from an Olympus). Their primary goal on most occasions is to capture images of the experience of diving so they can share with their friends on social media. They've expanded this from u/w shots of "diving" (where they started) to the "cool critters" they see, behavioral shots, and shots that they think can help educate their peer groups on the health of the oceans and the challenges we face. My daughter is one of about 20 teen divers in an extended social group she belongs to - at least 3/4 of them take some kind of camera underwater a majority of their dives to help capture their experiences (again, mostly for sharing on social media). There are literally millions more (terrestrial) images taken today then even 10 years ago, the challenge is virtually all these images are taken by phones, not dedicated cameras. Underwater is no different - this same generation wants to capture their experiences while swimming, snorkeling, surfing, paddle boarding, and diving - and don't have the same requirements we have on image quality, capabilities, etc. There is a *huge* economic opportunity for the company that gets the casual, water-capable camera platform correct. Some think that a protective case is the answer, others think it will be a more environmentally robust phone platform, and even others think a new device category (waterproof wearables) that wirelessly tether to your phone (post dive) might be the answer. None of this will help us keep our current u/w camera systems current, but I do think we are within 5 years (or less) of seeing capabilities from some of these other platforms that will challenge a number of us to figure out if we should keep shooting with these larger, more expensive, harder to maintain, u/w camera systems. I think the next generation will find ways to express themselves photographically that we can't even imagine at the moment. It just won't be with the limiting systems that we dive with today.
  9. Hmm... you may not be looking closely at those around you I've been shooting for years and still have a gauge mounted computer (with integrated SPG) - as do many that I know that have been shooting for a while. I also carry a (non air-integrated) wrist mount computer that I attach to my housing. I subscribe to the "as lean and streamlined as possible" philosophy - large wrist mounts (worn on the wrist) tend to just get caught on various bits of gear, boat lines, etc. Console is rigged on a retractor to keep it streamlined. And to answer the original post - both are Suunto's - they are definitely more conservative on repetitive dives, but doing 3-5 dives/day for a week+, I want conservative.
  10. @bgreene Been in that sub twice (two different trips to Cocos). Great video, really captured much of the experience... Two things that it reminded me of: 1. You can spend a week+ on the boat earning your sea legs, then get in the sub, and that ~20min tow on the surface makes you feel like you have never been on a boat before (the curvature of the dome doesn't help your eyes either...) 2. Loved the various animals that would come check out the sub. Mobulas, hammerheads, prickly sharks... They used to offer an intermediate dive (~600ft) as well as the shallow and deep options. I've promised my kids that at some point we'll go to Cocos and they can take a ride "deep..." (amazing experience). On the other hand, my wife has zero interest Matt
  11. I was lucky enough to spend 12 days @Cocos Island with Stan Waterman a number of years ago.. He (with help from various folks) had just digitized all his documentaries and commercial videos. We spent every night watching his life's work with him providing behind the scenes commentary. First - his work on American Sportsman (TV show here in the US) is legendary, as are a number of his stories from the series (a lot of "firsts" shooting video of fish never shot before). Stan Waterman's favorite shark story (along with the trailer to Blue Water, White Death):
  12. My daughter shoots with a Sony A7iii in a Nauticam housing. She uses the back screen exclusively... When I shoot with her camera it takes me awhile to get used to, as I shoot (mostly) with a D500 in a Nauticam housing with the 45' viewfinder.
  13. As others have mentioned, the YS-01 is more powerful than the S-2000. However, for wide angle, both strobes will leave you wanting on the recycle time (time between shots). Definitely look at some of the used gear listed here - picking up a lightly used Z240 as a starting strobe will mean you will not need/want to upgrade for a number of years.
  14. During their winter season, Tonga has easily accessible opportunities to snorkel with humpbacks. There will always be a few other boats in the area. French Polynesia (Moorea and Rurutu) will fewer boats, and fewer restrictions. Rurutu specifically will let you get about as class as you can, however you are in a very remote area, so being careful is critical.
  15. @Algwyn Definitely not an excuse (and BTW - I'm not a huge fun of the modern Sea & Sea strobes for the same reasons you mention) - Sea & Sea went through some management changes, and as part of that (as I understand it) moved some (more?) of their manufacturing to China. This combined with a definite drop in customer service focus and we've all seen the results. It looks like they've addressed a number of these issues now, but they've lost a lot of trust, and there are other options now.
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