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  1. Okay... First image: taken @Wakatobi (can't remember the site) from about 3 years ago. 2nd Image (this time of me & a friend): taken @Cenderawasih Bay 4 years ago.
  2. @stuartv Non-scientific comparison: I have both 2 (new) Retra Pro's, and 2 Inon Z330's - at this point I was hoping to have shot with both on a trip but those plans changed with the current pandemic. Using a fairly unscientific process, I'm fairly certain that I will not be shooting W/A with my Z-330's anymore. I've tested shooting with both in my pool, and the Retra Pro's are both more even in lighting (to my eye) and light up a greater amount of any scene I was shooting than the Z330's. Shooting several smaller objects (set up for macro) the difference is much less obvious. If I was shooting virtually all macro I would have to start thinking about things like strobe weight, edge lighting, ergonomics, etc. to decide which I might prefer. If I could only carry 2 strobes with me I would want the Retra Pro's - mainly because of the flexibility to handle lighting multiple different types of scenes. However, having shot with Inon strobes for years it is taking me a little time to get used to the ergonomics of other strobes. Not a negative - just something I've noticed when in the pool.
  3. I also have all 3 viewfinders for my Nauticam housing. I shot with standard one for a while, then upgraded to the 180 degree viewfinder, then upgraded to the 45 degree viewfinder. The 45 degree viewfinder is a huge plus when shooting macro (as @Kraken de Mabini mentions), but I now use it to shoot W/A as well because I've gotten so used to it. Shooting W/A with it takes quite a while to get used to, but it's now become second nature for me.
  4. @phxazcraig Great question - "Does anyone really change floats between macro and dome port shooting?" I don't change floats, but I do change arms My macro setup is much more compact, so I usually bring along enough arm & clamp components to have one set of arms ready for W/A, and one set for macro (I use different arm lengths for each as well). If it's a long trip (more than 1 week) I'll also bring 4 strobes (2 essentially as back up) - so I'll set up 2 complete arm sets. If one of the strobes goes south then I'll start switching strobes when I change arms. When I shot W/A with my D500 and the large port it drove me nuts with the torque, so with the D850 the WACP is much (much) better balanced, it's just a giant pain out for travel.
  5. I'm the odd one out here... I started with a tether, but now I no longer connect my rig to my person (D500/D850 in Nauticam housings). In an emergency no camera rig is worth it - I would rather have the freedom of movement. There are a few dives in Cocos that can be challenging. If the current is ripping, most u/w photographers are not going to let their rig go (if tethered) to bounce around against you, your equipment, the line, etc. to get down using both hands. I've figured out that it's better to go slow, stay under control, etc. If the dive is so tough that you can't manage the descent with a camera and one free hand, I'll abort the dive (which I've done in a small number of occasions).
  6. @Interceptor121 I think your opinion of where the market is headed is only partially correct, primarily because of what you don't know (you are predicting a future with limited available data). The reason I tried the Gh5 last summer was to see where the technology was, and where it might be headed. If you really want to know what I think - after getting to shoot with the A7R4 on land, I believe that the A7-4 underwater (if you don't focus on video) will be compelling once Sony continues to build out their line of lenses. The next camera in this line (A7R5?) will likely cause people to wonder if they should switch, and the equivalent of the A7-5 would be where I might consider moving. For w/a (with the right glass) the A7R4 comparable to the D850. What I would suggest is try your Gh5 on a blackwater dive and then let's discuss. The D500 outpaces the D850 in this particular situation (I've tried both). Part of it is the glass availability, but there just enough differences in the AF implementations that make the D500 still slightly better (in this scenario). And I think the point of being able to afford a Ferrari (which I can't) is that you can drive it any way you want.
  7. @Interceptor121 That was a very ignorant statement given that you have no idea of my political leanings (definitely not Trump). However I have done significant business in Barbados so I am fairly familiar with their economy.
  8. @Interceptor121 I'm glad you like your system. After trying a GH5 I wouldn't switch, but that's just my opinion. If you are correct, we should see many people consider the best MFT systems as they consider the move away from DSLR's to mirrorless (or other options) over the next few years. I actually don't see that happening. I think the next gen. (or the gen. after that) of Canon and Nikon mirrorless cameras will be improved enough that you'll see those become the more popular cameras for sports & wildlife shooting, and that will drive the choice into more niche areas, like u/w photography. Your description strikes me as very similar to what we see in the software space all the time - it seems you are making the argument that the system you shoot with is either on par or better than other choices available today (or what's coming in the near future). The reality is people don't make decisions that way - if it's "good enough" and they have some familiarity they will stay with what they know. In addition, I do believe that Nikon will end up being forced to upgrade the D500 (as well as the D850, which is not under debate) because of market pressure and market opportunity (I know what "they" said - but the company follows the market). This means the decision to move away from this format will be delayed even further... At that point I expect the next gen D-FF or the next gen (+1) of the Z-models will likely suite most people currently shooting with a cropped Nikon DSLR today. BTW - I think the availability of the lenses is a much bigger deal. That is where the opportunity sits for disrupting the market for which bodies to choose. I primarily shoot w/a with my D850 specifically because the D500 still presents better options for macro for me (vs. the D850).
  9. @Interceptor121 Barbados is the world's 53rd richest country, and the Caribbean's 2nd richest per capita. Offshore banking will keep Barbados healthy for a long time... that is not an example of a country you should show concern for.
  10. @Interceptor121 One of our family members started with the GH4 and then moved to the Sony (A7III), and my nephew now shoots with the GH5 (which I tried out in Komodo last summer). The GH5 was a big step forward, but shooting with either the Oly 60mm or the Panasonic 45mm I still found the system lacking vs. a D500+60mm (other combinations might lead to better results). In addition, last year in Anilao I was with someone shooting the GH5 during our blackwater dives, and they were a little frustrated with its low light AF performance. The D850 is probably a better comparison, as w/the 105mm it is a little slower - and there I think it's likely a very even comparison (for macro).
  11. @Interceptor121 Most of the Pacific Island nations (and all of Indonesia) do not rely on tourism. tourism is a "nice to have" for many of them... not a "need to have." There are certainly resorts (dive related or otherwise) that will struggle during this time (up to a year+). The vast majority will send staff back to local villages and live this out until travel becomes viable again. I agree some resorts might be too leveraged (loans, etc.) to survive but many will. Again, many of these people will go back to living as they did before diving became popular in these areas... I agree places like Cozumel might really struggle, but I have zero interest in visiting placed like that anyway. There are certainly liveaboards that will struggle as well - but owners have options to dock their boats and wait until this is better. And you should also consider that the Chinese influence throughout the Pacific and S.E. Asia is huge (and growing)- they invest $M's through their various initiatives. I would expect to see many more dive operations throughout the region start tailoring their offerings to Chinese tourists - who will likely be traveling again before most US & European residents.
  12. @Interceptor121 Continuous AF - focus stays on the subject. MFT is not nearly as fast. I have 2 different MFT systems (and 1 mirrorless) this has been tested with.
  13. @Interceptor121 Managing GDP will not be anywhere near a priority for most island nations in the near future. Travel is going to shut down (or be severely limited), and it's likely going to happen worldwide. Countries like Singapore have done a great job of managing this outbreak, but even their residents are being told to stay in Singapore to protect their heath. Weekend dive trips to neighboring countries have dropped to zero. This is going to take time, and you should expect that many countries will continue to close their borders (or require initial lengthy quarantine stays upon entering the country), because the health of their citizens will be more important than a (significant) downturn in their economies. You are thinking way too simplistically about this. For example - one UK lab has already built a model for testing for "immunity" - actually for testing for having had the virus and survived. There was a time (and in some places it is still required) that you travel with proof that you have been vaccinated for smallpox, etc. (this was the case traveling inside of India even ~15 years ago). I can easily see a number of countries requiring that you prove you have recovered from having Covid-19 or they will mandate you quarantine in place for up to 14 days upon entry.
  14. @Interceptor121 You have it backwards... For example - to visit NZ right now you would have to spend 14 days in self-quarantine when you enter the country. That would make for a very long (and somewhat boring) first two weeks of a holiday. They care (much less) about if you choose to self quarantine once you get back home. And BTW - suggesting that people should accept the risk and have some of their country-people die is a pretty piss-poor view of the world. You are very lucky that your own government backed away from a similar strategy given the "acceptable loss" number had ballooned up to ~250k people. Life is valuable, regardless of where you live.
  15. @phxazcraig I use the some methodology all the time when I shoot with my D850. It absolutely leverages the autofocus - because in these kind of situations it's "really fast." The camera is actually adjusting focus (minutely) right before the image is taken. You likely meant to use this specific example because it can be very challenging for many setups to refocus (using auto) right up until this point. Typical situation - diving in the kelp beds in NorCal. There is always surge... until the D500/D850 came out, I would be lucky to get 1/3 of my shots with the right subject focus using any number of other cameras & systems (MFT, Sony, etc.) I still find the D500 to be slightly "faster" then the D850, because in a few critical cases it seems to be mainly due the slightly more cropped view enabling the AF to lock on the subject slightly more easily (esp. shooting macro). The D850 really shines in W/A shooting with the WACP - I don't believe I've had it lock on anything but the primary subject on dozens of dives (leveraging an older lens as well).
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