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    Khao Lak, Thailand

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    EOS70D
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    Nauticam
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite DS161s
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    mini domes, macro, ports etc etc etc

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  1. Cardiff specifically, Doha and other places they didnt care less. I was 7.2kg, had to lose 200grams (and then unknown to them collect the other 7kg id left with relatives outside the check-in area....
  2. Qatar Airlines from Cardiff ruthlessly enforced hand baggage to the gram. The other one now is all flights at KLIA2 (so Air Asia main hub) they now weigh after checking and before immigration. I end up wearing 2 pairs of shorts and hiking trousers with stuffed pockets every single time going through there now as a result.
  3. We go there roughly once a month (OK less this year due to the crazy myanmar visa price and new $1000 per boat fee they've introduced!). Myanmar can be highly variable. Typically 3-5m vis and green, sometimes the Mantas are around Black rock (and the Twins), sometimes not. Once a year in roughly February they seem to congregate for a few days in large numbers then vanish (this video was shot over a period of 3 days/12 dives - normally we do 1 day at black rock but customers kept voting to stay so we did). As far as IDs go, we had 50 different individual mantas on this particular trip and yes, I submit to Manta Matcher). Unusually the vis was 15m+ and blue water as opposed to 5m of green as well. The following year we only had 1 day of Manta madness there but got 20 different IDs over 4 dives, the next day there they'd all gone. This time though they were breaching, sometimes as 1s, sometimes as pairs so behaviour was completely different. What was interesting is both seasons we didn't have the same manta on more than 1 dive so that hints there's a very large number of them moving through the area. A lot of the Manta IDs came back as new but several had been seen at Koh Bon / Similans several years previously. Also some of the ones we get in the Similans come back as being at Black Rock and further north so they clearly move around a lot over several years.
  4. I can see both sides of the coin as im a photographer (or claim to be) and also a guide. Personally when ive got my full camera setup in photographer mode i would NOT want to guide me. No matter how much i try to be a good buddy and good group person i simply cant pull it off. As advice above, going when its quiet OR getting a private guide is often the only sensible option. Speaking as a guide its a nightmare when you have a group of "normal" divers who want a tour and 1 proper photographer with a camera. Its impossible to please both.
  5. Thought i'd posted this before but i don't think i did. A slightly-too-long compilation of 3 days of Oceanic Mantas at Black Rock in the Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar. Very unusual trip in that (i) lots of mantas there and (ii) the visibility wasnt 5m of green for once! Underwater shot with a Canon EOS70D with and without a magic filter. I know there are frame rate stutter issues in places. No sound track as i dont actually have any music stored locally to put onto the footage.
  6. OK the new board finally arrived, was duly changed but same issue- nothing happens. Must be a failure battery unit side. So far in the 9 months or so ive owned the light, its been broken for 5 of them.
  7. A few things ive noticed. It depends on your strobe design. If you have a type with a long, straight tube which is relatively small (Inons etc) but id say yes you're likely to need one to spread the light. If you have strobes with big, circular tubes like Ikelites then possibly not so much. I have DS160s for example. Personally i find i get significantly more backscatter with diffusers vs none (and dome diffusers take it to another level...) so in silty/messy waters such as myanmar i pretty much never use diffusers. If im doing CFWA or just "really close" then i do use them pretty much always.
  8. Yup its not the button unfortunately. I contacted them and they instantly said they'd sent me a new board and links to videos of how to change it myself (which leads me to believe maybe this isnt a rare problem!) Does mean ive had to go and buy a soldering iron. I like the light but not overly impressed by the fact i got 2 months use, it broke, lost it for 2 months for a repair and now its happened again...
  9. Not sure if anyone can offer advice here or if ive had yet another breakage on one... Ive got a Scubalamp V6K that simply wont turn on at all. Battery is showing 3 x solid red LEDs which it normally does when charged. However when trying to turn the lamp on nothing happens at all, no flashing of the button, no head flash, nothing. Ive tried the holding the button in to get it out of hibernation mode but the same problem - nothing happens. So any suggestions as to what to try next? Not too happy with this light - i bought it in March, had about 2 months use before the head died and had to go back for 6 weeks for repair. Ive had a little bit of use out of it, stored it for 2 months and now it seems dead again. (I know the dealer i got it from has stopped stocking Supe as well they said due to reliability issues).
  10. Glad of that! I thought it would - as i said, the only reason i didn't bother myself is because i upgraded the housing. That and the last time i tried to do it myself on another port i own i made such a mess of it i had to send it to a professional to do properly! I still get nervous selling anything with a "defect" no matter how hard you try to highlight it to potential buyers! Also a bump, the other items are still available and as an added bonus, they dont need micro-mesh!
  11. Update.. The MINI DOME has now been sold. The 8" dome and flat port remain available.
  12. The issue is i already have 1 x V6K (non pro) so just need one extra. I found the pro significantly heavier and bulkier for travel and hard to fit with my already excessive baggage.
  13. Ive upgraded my housing so have some older Ikelite stuff to sell. Please note these are all for the FL (Four Lock) system NOT the newer mechanisms. All of which have been used for several years or more, all of which work. Reason for selling is i went for Nauticam. All items are located in the UK. First item:- Ikelite 8" Dome #5510.45 (https://www.ikelite.com/products/modular-8-dome-for-dlm-and-fl-port-systems) Bought in roughly 2009, saw use for 3 or 4 years before being retired and replaced with a minidome. Used semi-occasionally for split shots since then but otherwise gathering dust. It comes with the neoprene cover. Also included is the Ikelite extension port #5510.22 ( https://www.ikelite.com/products/fl-port-extension-for-lenses-up-to-4-125-inches) for Nikon 12-24 / Canon 10-22 and similar zooms The dome itself has the usual cosmetic marks consistent with use. The exterior has a few small marks on the acrylic as expected but these do not show on the images or videos. Normal surface wear only. Looking for £200gbp or rough equivalent for the dome, extension and cover Item 2:- Ikelite Flat Port Next up is a Ikelite FL flat port #5502.41 (https://www.ikelite.com/products/fl-flat-port-for-lenses-up-to-4-1-inches) for macro lenses up to about 60mm Again shows marks and some dust as per use. Optically no issues or marks at all on the surface. Does NOT have a neoprene cover Looking for £75gbp or equivalent. Item 3: 5" precision minidome for Tokina 10-17 This is a 5" precision mini-dome designed by UWCamera stuff solely for the Tokina 10-17 lens. Part number:- Prec-5in-Tok-ike It can be seen here:- http://www.uwcamerastuff.com/precision_5_dome.htm This was my go-to dome and used for 95%+ of my photography. As a result it shows signs of usage. (The photos also show dust from the cupboard). [/img] [/img] Please note the above photo:- It DOES have a scratch on the front which IS visible in photos and video, particularly areas of blue water etc. Its not that bad (i used it for months like that) but to get rid of it you'd need some nova polish/wet and dry and do the standard acrylic port polishing to remove it. I didn't bother because i could live with it and had no source of materials to polish it where i was based. Please be aware of this - i've gone out of my way to highlight it as much as possible in this image. All of these are exterior surface, internal is fine and has no markings. It comes with the neoprene port cover, shade and so on. It has the Ikelite 5510.11 port extension with it to fit the Tokina 10-17. Looking in the region of £100gbp for it or equivalent. All items are located in the UK, postage can be calculated if needed depending on where the buyer is. I will sell separately or as a package. If you want all 3 i can charge less. Also, not listed but if anyone is interested in a well used Ikelite 70D housing to go with these let me know - i have that too and can work something out.
  14. As above, interested in a V6K non-pro ideally but will consider pro otherwise. I already have one and am after a second. Currently im in the UK but will be back in Asia in a month or so.
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