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diver dave1 last won the day on August 25 2018

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    Nikon D7000
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    ULCS, 10-17, 100 micro, 60 micro

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  1. You are correct, Z330. Thanks for the information and quick response.
  2. I have not been diving or photo shooting for 3 yrs but about to get back in. I did 2 non-photo refresher dives recently and about to start taking photos again underwater. I have Inon E330 strobes with a Nikon D7000 in a Nauticam housing. I am not positive where to set the pop-up buttons on the strobes. I will shoot TTL or STTL when shooting macro. I will shoot in manual for wide angle. I will use pre-flash on the camera. When these strobes first came out, I learned the settings from Wetpixel but cannot find them again now. The user manual is not user friendly, as you know if you have these. I will be using optical connections to link the camera to the strobes. Can you help me out with information? I should have asked sooner but start shooting MONDAY!
  3. I still use the non-subscription versions of Lightroom and Photoshop with images from my Nikon D7000. I am considering moving to a newer camera and would like my software to be able to read the RAW images I would get. I only need lightroom for my image work from time to time. Is it possible to get it for a month then stop the subscription for a while then restart it and repeat that process as needed? I know $10/month is not a lot but when COVID arrived, things changed, as you know. I have yet to need either software for over 3 yrs now and will have limited dive trips per year. I anticipate only needing to work on photos maybe 1-2 months per year. It would be nice to pay $20/yr rather than $120.
  4. I am considering going from DX format to 1" sensor format to reduce size and weight of my gear. I own a Sony RX100 vi so considering getting a housing for it. As I am learning, this camera has up and down sides. I like the LED screen magnifier and back button arrangement of the Fantasea housing but not the 66mm max focal length. I like the option of having a short and long port for moving between wide angle and macro work of the Ikelite housing but not the button layout or lack of an LED screen magnifier. I want to know how the magnification and working distance will compare to what I am used to. I use a Nikon 105mm micro in DX format now. Its great, as you all know. The RX100vi has a 1 meter close focusing distance at 200mm focal length, according to Sony. From what I read online, if I use my Subsee +5 then the close focus distance on the lens would be 1/5th of of a meter or 20 cm or about 8 inches. Wondering what magnification I would be getting on the sensor. With the 105mm lens, you can get as much as 1:1 at 12 inches (or maybe 1.5:1 in DX format). Anyone good enough at math to be able to calculate what magnification one would get with the Rx100 vi with the +5 diopter in the working range of 12 inches, more or less? I want to be able to shoot gobies and blennies. Below are examples of photo's I like to take of those macro buddies. Blenny photo Goby photo
  5. Assuming you are in the US, State Farm Insurance will cover your gear at a reasonable price. It is a separate coverage, not tied to home or car. I have had their coverage for many years. I used it once for lens damage and got the situation resolved with them quickly and easily.
  6. We did land based Whale watching with a dozen whales bubble feeding some yrs ago. It was based from Juneau. Our boat had about a dozen people on it. There were several boats doing this at the same bubble feeding location. The boats varied in size from small, like ours, to larger with 50-100 people. The bubble feeding was great and they used sonar listening. After a few times, you learned to know the sound patterns for the whales talking and knew when the whales would breach within a few seconds of accuracy. I have no idea the names or contacts from the trip anymore. Also no idea how consistent the feeding is in that location. We were only there for one day doing it.
  7. I clean them every time I break a seal. I had Z240's for years. Never used the non-optical connection so never opened it. Using Z330 now and its the same for me. Same for the camera housing I use.
  8. Its hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything!
  9. Interested in reasonable offers for this voucher. Willing to consider other methods of payment besides PayPal.
  10. Update from Aggressor Fleet. The voucher will only cover $5599 so bookings for 2021 would require an extra $100 and 2022 would require an extra $200 from the voucher purchaser. I did not realize this point when making the initial posting here.. Based on this information, I am dropping the price by $200 to $3100 US for the voucher. Payment will still be via PayPal. The voucher is good for one traveler.
  11. Visit Cocos for over 40% OFF! Good until May 2022. I had a reservation for visiting Cocos on a trip that got cancelled. They issued me a voucher for the trip. Due to health issues with my wife, I will not be able to use the voucher. It is good for Deluxe Accomodation on the Okeanos Aggressor 1 or 2 to Cocos from now until May 2022. It is good for one person. Retail cost for a 2021 trip is $5699 per the Aggressor website. I am selling the voucher for $3300 US. The voucher can be transferred to one person, not a travel agency. You will not be able to re-sell it. If you want to purchase this voucher, I will share details from Aggressor showing the voucher information. You will be able to verify the validity of the voucher with Aggressor prior to payment. Payment will be via PayPal. Send messages from serious buyers only, please. No travel agencies, please.
  12. Chris, Thanks for the link on gloves. I do not see anywhere in the description that those are Kevlar gloves.
  13. Thanks for the advice. Exactly what I am looking to hear about. I did buy a robust pair of full foot fins already and use 1.5mm neoprene socks in them. They fit tight but not too tight. I will check into the socks you mentioned. The limit seems to be my leg strength as the fins are stiffer than my previous ones. I have been working on leg strength regularly but am limited a bit now due to avoiding the virus. Would I need both 1.5mm neoprene socks AND sharkskin socks? I bought these fins: Mares Avanti Super-Channel full foot fins. Been using them in the pool only so far. Looking forward to the next chance in the ocean. Also sounds like I need to be prepared to clip the camera gear to my BC in 2 places if I am hand over hand on the rope. I do not have it clipped and hanging when swimming so far. I have always pulled along with one hand and kick to hold position when moving that hand forward. Sounds like that is not sufficient at times at Cocos. Fortunately, I have clips that should work for that but will pool test it prior to going.
  14. Gloves then foot protection questions: I am headed to Cocos later in the year in early December, presuming the virus events pass by then. From what I read, one should be prepared to hold onto rocks to allow closer passes from sharks, etc. And the rocks might have sea urchins about. So I need sturdy gloves that work well with DSLR photo equipment. Already upgraded from the Z240's to the Z330's so that will be easier. But the gloves I have might work for holding rocks most likely but of no help with urchins. I have older scubapro warm water gloves with thin neoprene on the backs and a leather like material on the front. They are good for pulling down a rope and warm water. Not sure how well they will do for Cocos conditions. I looked at the Scubapro tropical 1.5mm gloves. They are tight around the fingers, good elsewhere. Land and diving gloves I have had in the past that are tight on fingers end up cutting circulation and making the hands colder. Not tried these gloves in water, only tried them on. What suggestions can I get from the Wetpixel community? I only do warm water diving, above 78F for most diving. The cold upwellings at Cocos might be my coldest diving plans for the near future. So 3mm or thinner gloves are what I am looking for. I think 1.5mm would be sufficient as well for warmth. I will be in a 5mm suit at Cocos with hood. For my feet, I want to use full foot fins with 1.5mm socks. Will that be adequate? I could go to 3mm booties and open fins but that is not my preference. Thanks for your time and comments.
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