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About WanderingBob

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  • Birthday 11/03/1958

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    Alaska's Kenai Peninsula

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D2x, D300, D700
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    Subal ND-30
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Nikonos SB105

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  1. Is there any difference in image quality? Or just a bit wider FOV?
  2. Did you go? Did you find an operator? Would you recommend them? Any contact info? Thanks, WanderingBob
  3. I'm told there are 2 dive resort in Ambon. One close to diving and the other is an hour boat ride from diving. Anyone have suggestions on where to stay for best diving? I don't care about where I lay my head, but perhaps, would like quiet, safe and secure. Thanks, Bob
  4. Thanks Tim, I downloaded the free Dive Log Manager app years ago, but never used it as it was not intuitive ... for me. Just been hand entering data as always. Recently, a friend was telling me how much he liked MacDive, so I decided to look into both . However, there's a woman at Dive Log tech that has been exceedingly helpful. Today I ordered a dongle and hope to set this up before a long trip, that start next weekend. Hope it works. If not I have a coupe of log books! Ha!
  5. Thanks for the response. I dived Bali, Tulamben and Amed and loved it. And yes, was looking at Ambon for a macro destination, although it's been many years since I targeted a spot for macro. I visited Maldives in June and the Channel dives there kicked my butt, but it was an Epic Trip! Bob
  6. <<once November hits the currents change, and can be so strong that visibility is quite limited. The north of the park tends to have the best sealife, which is generally avoided from November through February when dive shops go south>> Sheesh, I just booked with a boat on NOV 18-23 out of Labuan Bajo! Is it really that bad? I have from NOV 12th-17th before trip. Was going to try to go to Ambon as there's a direct flight from Sorong, however from Ambon to Labuan Bajo, I have to go to Denpasar and send the night. Seems a bit excessive. Sooooo, I was thinking about going to Labuan Bajo for the entire time. If viz is that bad during the time, I'm not gonna het much time dialing in my camera outfit! Thoughts? Thanks, Bob
  7. Good to know. I wonder how things have changed.
  8. So, I did a factory reset on the D300 that would not trip the strobes. It made no difference. I did not want to rest the D500, as I have adjusted the settings for quite some time. I finally did a reset. And, the flash now fires with the basic factory settings, with the speedlight. AND the Strobes thru housing. 1st D300 does not ... although it does fire using the SB500 and SB800 speedlights. I am still confused about this entire thing, but think I can go to Socorro with the NA-D500 working properly. However, it will take time to adjust the settings for U/W shooting. Does anyone have a "Cheat Sheet" for settings on a D500 for shooting u/w in a Nauticam? Not sure if that would be different than any other housing. But, I am days away from my trip and hope to be ready to shoot once I get there. Thanks in advance? Bob
  9. I leave for Socorro in a week. This is long and confusing. I am on day 5 trying to sort it out. Had plenty of time to upgrade from a D300 Subal with 2 DS160s, to a Nauticam D500 housing with same strobes. On the Subal I mounted a GoPro top/ center where most people place focus lights. For the D500 Nauticam I purchased a separate ball to mount the mount the GoPro. However, when the housing was sent to me, the Nikonos bulkhead was on the left, where I need to mount the GoPro. I tried multiple configurations before changing Nikonos connector to right side with GoPro on left. After removing the strobes and cables and mounts multiple times ... I SCREWED UP! Mounted the cord in a DS off a bit and bent a pin. When straightening it out, it broke off. Grrrr (many other expletives!!!). I figured I'd need to buy a new strobe, but went through a barrage of test with a tech on the phone and the strobes are fine. But, Tech figured it was a circuit board issue. One is on the way. This morning I hooked up my Subal D300 and the strobes do not fire using the camera, but will when I jump across the hot shoe connector, I tried the D500, and same thing. Will not fire with hotshoe connected to camera. So I called another dive shop and we went through the same procedures and more. On Nauticam, neither would fire, but would if I jumped the hotshoe connector. Wait a minute, I had a backup D300, put in a battery and viola! It fires! So somehow when attempting to fire with pins crossed at Strobe, it must have sent feedback to the camera itself so neither the first D300, nor the D500 fires. But, the 2nd D300 and a D600 fires it fine. This makes absolutely no sense to me, so think I have 2 cameras going back to Nikon and not taking a U/W rig to Socorro. I did a factory reset on the 1st D300, which made no difference. Still does not fire. I broke out a speedlight and a couple of other bodies. ALL cameras fire speedlight except the d500. Including the 1st D300 that would not fire strobes. Any ideas? I'm sure, after all this, it is something VERY simple. Or the camera settings, which would simple! Ha!
  10. Matt to you go? Do any diving in Shi Lanka? Not much info here. Bob
  11. This is an old thread, but am looking for any new info. Thanks so much
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