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  1. Nikon rumors now says there is a date for a launch of the rumored D800, Oct 26 in a media event that Nikon is planning...
  2. There is no lens in full frame that will give you a coverage wider than the 10-17 (180 degrees). If you use the 16 fisheye, it will be like using the tokina on 10mm, so corner sharpness should be similar.
  3. More rumors below, seems like the autofocus will be improved too. These guys are so confident in their sources... http://nikonrumors.com/2011/10/05/more-nik...nd-pieces.aspx/
  4. Now I hope it is actually enforced! And hopefully other states follow the example.
  5. Amazing career... Wish it was longer.
  6. So, rumors of a possible D800 are now circulating again. A lot of people are saying it will be a D700-sized full frame camera with a 36 (yes, 36!) megapixel sensor. Particularly I don't need that much resolution, and I think it will even bring some storage problems, but if Nikon does come up with a F100 sized camera and AF comparable to the D2x I will probably buy it. Estimated price is not cheap though, $4000! Here are links for the latest rumor pages with more spec details: http://nikonrumors.com/2011/10/03/the-name...obability.aspx/ http://nikonrumors.com/2011/10/04/more-on-...ikon-d800.aspx/ Anybody with some inside info willing to share? Announcement is rumored to be in about 1 or 2 months.
  7. I don't think they are happening more often. I just think they are being reported more widely now because of the movie...
  8. Haha, hey all, check this post by Nikon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nikon/posts/10150316773294620 According to the post, Nikon thinks "a photographer is only as good as the equiment that he uses". What do you think? Is it the photographer or the gear that makes the photo? Can a good photographer that good photos with crappy gear? Food for thought...
  9. Looks like G. herrei to me too. You will not find a lot of information for many species of morays. The genus Gymnothorax is very diverse and we know a lot about only a few species...
  10. Alright, ID confirmed, Sicydium plumieri, but the color in this guy is just amazing!
  11. It really depends on your budget. If you don't have much, I think Bali is the best option. It is relatively cheap (doesn't require domestic flights) and excellent diving. If you have more to spend, there are many options: Wakatobi, Sulawesi, Raja Ampat...
  12. Bill makes some great points. Long zoom lenses rarely work well underwater, I think 17(or 18)-55 is the most common zoom used underwater other than the Tokina 10-17, which is a great lens. For the purpose you state (fish portraits and macro) the best choices for you are the 60 or 105 macros, and which one you chose will depend on how much magnification you want.
  13. Yeah, Kathe suggests one of the best books out there. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Reef-Fish-Behavior-F...tmm_hrd_title_0
  14. Really nice shots! I don't know much about these guys (not my specialty), but I will forward your pics to a specialist. Do you have photos of the female too?
  15. Just to give everyone an update, the law has passed the California Legislature today and was sent to the Governor, who should sign it. Full news article here:
  16. Yes, they stay longer like this in the open water, but only approach the bottom when it is time to settle, what takes 2-3 days typically. So, great find!
  17. The reason you don't see them more often (or at all in some places) is that they are very vulnerable to predation at this stage, so it is a very short stage. We call it the settlement stage. Morays (like most reef fish) have a pelagic larval stage, when the transparent larvae stay up to three months in the open ocean, followed by a sedentary adult stage, when juveniles and adults stay close to their reefs. Larvae don't swim well and are small, so any predator can snatch them. Juveniles and adults have their ways to protect themselves. So one of the most dangerous portions of an eel's (and any fish) life is when they are transforming from larvae to sedentary juvenile. This phase only lasts for 2-3 days, and that's the phase where you caught this fish. In addition, because they are so vulnerable, they are also very secretive, so it was really lucky for you to find it swimming in the open like that.
  18. As Leslie says, you can only identify those if you have the specimen at hand to look at it in a lot of detail. Those larvae are called Leptocephalus, and all morays are like that. Other fish that have Leptocephalus larvae are bonefish and tarpon.
  19. Yes, you can use them in manual mode as long as you use the manual cord. If you use a TTL cord they won't fire, even if you set them and the camera to manual.
  20. Hi Hory, this topic was discussed a lot, check this: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=5814 Personally, I put my housing and camera in a carry-on bag and everything else in a hard suitcase. I think pelican cases attract too much attention (not to mention they are heavy!) and never use them.
  21. The only one in the list that I use is the Nikon 17-55. It's great above water, and behind my Subal fish-eye dome port is also great underwater. Overall a really good fish portrait and moderately wide lens. As others mentioned, not very wide, but if I want to go wide I just use my fisheye. The large size on the Subal is a problem. The lens fits very tightly in the extension ring/port and it's a bit of a hassle to mount it. But my system has the older, narrower Subal ports.
  22. It's just a PR move as usual, if they say they are "hunting the sharks" the tourists will keep coming...
  23. Good news indeed, thanks for the update Syam. Let's hope for the best.
  24. I did the exact same thing about 3 years ago when I was still living in Hawaii, an exhilarating experience! Those sharks come close and are not small!
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