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  1. No need to justify $ spent on u/w photography (until the wife starts noticing...). Subjectively, diving with a D850 and the WACP1 was a much better rig choice than a large dome in Fr. Polynesia diving with whales, dolphins, and sharks (while shooting other divers on the trip as well). It was easier to handle and gave better results on our 2nd trip (first time I took the large dome/lens combo, it was okay, but not great) I get that your imagination might be limited in how you shoot large animals or other divers, but others (here and elsewhere) shoot them against blue water, reef backgrounds, rocky backgrounds, etc. Shooting a diver against a colorful reefscape is an easy way to see the impact of corner sharpness.
  2. Yes, thank you Dr. Obvious... We understand that
  3. @Matt Sullivan Am I really going to disagree with you here? (maybe just a little a bit...) Also owning both and diving both, I think there is a difference between these two, but it's not super evident where you might notice this. For me, it's fairly evident when shooting larger subjects, like people or larger pelagics. It's a subtle difference, but it's there (at least to my eyes). Having said this, I'll travel with the WWL-1B often, however I only drag along the WACP-1 for special occasions.
  4. @fruehaufsteher2 I've been in the water with the humpbacks in French Polynesia on several occasions... never was I told you can't leave the surface to get a shot. Agreed, no one is free diving down 10-15 meters to shoot, but going down 3-5 meters from the surface was never an issue. A matter of fact: here's a quote from one of the local operator's site: "We will only be snorkeling and freediving with the whales." If you were told you could not leave the surface that sounds like an operator restriction, not a general rule engaging with the whales. @Samhp - don't underestimate the amount of swimming you will need to do, as @fruehaufsteher2 suggests, boats remain 100+ meters away from the whales, it will be up to you to swim to close the distance (and the whales are moving as well). For me, it ended up being at least 3x-4x more swimming that I initially expected... on the calm days this was fine, but on the days there was chop, it was tiring.
  5. @haring Sounds like you have metadata that gets saved somewhere else (besides the removable drive). This can happen when the app stores config information alongside the OS, vs. on the disk that the app is actually installed on. Are the images and the catalog stored on the removable drive? There may be a config option within LR to set this, so you choose the removable disk. BTW - You never have two "identical" computers - the operating system will always uniquely identify the machine it is running on.
  6. @Samhp Having done this in Moorea there are a few things to consider: You are going to be doing a lot of surface swimming (much more than you think), and it's not always flat calm. Pushing a large dome through the water gets tiring... My daughter shot with the A7III for quite a while ( in a Nauticam housing). She ended up switching to a Nauticam wet lens because it was just easier (and a little faster from a focus perspective) Light fixes a lot of challenges... if you can, free dive down, shoot even or slightly up to the whales if you can, and try to keep the surface out of your images if you are not shooting up (if you are shooting up, the surface can/will act as a mirror, which is a nice effect).
  7. @SharkDiver2020 Following on from what @Alex_Mustard said, Socorro & Galapagos are not the the locations that I would expect someone to learn U/W photography (however, we're assuming you were shooting wide angle in these locations to get images of the larger marine life). If you were shooting macro, there are dive sites in both locations where you can find relatively calm conditions with slow(er) moving subjects. So what were you attempting to shoot? Having said this, many (if not most) u/wphotographers start shooting macro, and usually (although many won't admit it start out taking images of things that literally don't move (like coral). or move very slowly. Both my younger teenage kids started this way, and enjoyed the early successes of shooting hard coral, sponges, holothurians, soft coral, sea urchins, shells, starfish, crinoids, etc. Then they started moving on to nudis and slow moving fish... They both started with Oly mirrorless systems with my son moving to a D500 and my daughter now using a Sony A7R4. Moving to a simpler system might be a way forward, however so might diving somewhere that's more conducive to learning to shoot.
  8. @adamhanlon, this was likely the best WetPixel Live in quite a while... really excellent. It was great hearing from @Edward Lai, re: the explanation of some of physics involved with the water contact optics. From a personal perspective it helped explain why I have imaged (shot with a WACP-1 and older lens) where even the center of the image just looks better than a similar image shot with a dome (esp. in clear conditions where light plays a huge role in overall image quality). Again, this was great - @adamhanlon, I hope you took the opportunity to ask him "what's next?" in the next video...
  9. I did Malpelo as part of an extended Cocos trip about a decade ago. Malpelo was absolutely wild... The sand tigers are deep, and it was dark, but they are certainly there.
  10. Actually, you equally confuse women with many if your answers as well... as for the suggestion that they study the physics of u/w imaging - that's a subjective comment. This might/might not be useful for lots of different people..incl. the poster. @adamhanlon - Yes, this is an equally unhelpful comment. I acknowledge this fully...
  11. @Draq Well stated... to your statement "my lens is better than yours" - that's not really 121's point (but it does come across that way). There tends to be a lot of posturing and opinions thrown around on topics like this -ultimately it comes down to either hearing from experts or peers that have shot the combo you are thinking about, or have some level of indepth knowledge on how they may work. For me, I'm already committed to getting a WACP-C for my D850, which I will end up sharing with my daughter who shoots a Sony A7R4. Both are FF, so not a helpful comparison... I also have a D500, and may try that pairing as well (I often travel with both cameras & housings, limiting to 1 port to be shared between the two for w/a would be helpful).
  12. I shoot the Nikon 28-70 on my D850 w/the WACP-1... I initially had serious doubts about the lens as well... Other than the slightly less converted FOV (not quite as wide as you might want), the lens/wet lens combo is really (really) good. Easily better than any dome port you might use w/a rectilinear lens on a FF Nikon. I'm definitely interested, given the slightly better travel size.
  13. As an owner of a WACP-1, your comment on travel restrictions hits very close to home. I usually only take the WACP-1 on liveaboards, or where I'm planning on shooting primarily w/a, and where the travel is fairly direct (2 flights or less).
  14. @JYk - I own the WACP 1 and shoot it with the very old Nikon 28-70mm (f/3.5-4.5). The WACP 1 makes this lens shine... it's (fairly) quick and tack sharp (easily better than any dome port lens combination for my D850). My guess is that the same will be true for the kit lenses on a modern Sony body. The port/lens combo makes all the difference. My daughter shoots with a FF Sony - looking forward to trying this out next spring...
  15. Adam, wishing you a speedy recovery and a safe return to diving (when you are ready).
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