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  1. Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG macro lens for Canon mount.

    Used only a couple of times for topside macro work. No longer have a need for it. Very sharp lens. Like new. Includes padded case, manual and original box. New list at B&H is $499.00. Asking $300.00 plus shipping. US shipping only. Please PM me if interested.

  2. An issue that I found very frustrating with LR was in the slideshow module where it would randomly jump back to the first slide. Discovered on some forum that this could be prevented by "rendering standard previews" before running the slideshow. Wasn't a problem with some machines, but it was for mine. One of the bug fixes that Adobe announced with 2.3 addressed this problem and my slideshows run fine now.

  3. What an amazing group of shots. Keep them coming.


    This is my favorite of the year as it was on a Galapagos trip that included many firsts for me.


    First Whale Shark

    First time diving with large schools of big predators.

    First time I've had a playful sea lion try to pull a fin off my foot and blow bubbles in my face.

    First time I was able to dispell my long time claim that ' I don't get seasick ' :lol:


    Our DM (in the photo) was swimming along beside this guy and signalled me to stop. He proceeded to turn it in my direction and it actually swam right over me within a couple of feet.


    Thanks to all the fine Wetpixelians for sharing their knowledge and help this year.



  4. For sale - Ikelite 5508.45 port for Canon 100mm F2.8 EF USM Macro lens. Port has manual focus knob.

    Mint condition. No scratches.

    $100.00 usd plus shipping. New one at B & H is $189.00

    US shipping only. I'm NOT set up with Paypal. PM me if interested.

  5. I use the Visible Dust products and they work well. One thing I picked up a couple of years ago is their Sensor Loupe. This little gadget is really worth considering, in my opinion. When you think you have your sensor clean, a quick look thru the Loupe will find the little stuff that's hard to see with your eyes.


    Sensor Loupe

  6. For the Sigma 150, you'll need a different housing because I don't believe it's compatible w/ Ikelite but you should check with them.


    I've used the Sigma 150 with an Ikelite housing and their 5505.58 port. For me, the 100mm macro works better underwater due to quicker focus lock, but the 150 fits the above port just fine.

  7. Marli,

    If you are still looking for some tips, here is a video tutorial that describes the basics of how the adjustment brush work. In the right panel click on the "Scott K.-Adjustment Brush" link. Some other helpful links as well.

    Hope this helps.




    FWIW, the brush tool was so slow when I first downloaded 2.0 that it was almost unusable. As Steve pointed out above, when I deleted 1.4 the brush suddenly became a lot faster.

  8. Thanks for the kind remarks. Makes me feel like I'm doing something right. Technically not the best shot, but there's something to be said for being in the right place at the right time.


    The visibility at Darwin and Wolf was excellent. Absolutely ripping currents and washing machine surge that really kept us on our toes (fins) :)

    These spots treated us to whale sharks on almost every dive, schooling hammerheads, Galapagos, White tip, Black tip and Silky sharks. Flights of Eagle Rays, Golden Rays and Mobulas with close to 100 individuals in a group. Pods of dolphins competing with dive bombing Frigits and Boobies for the baitfish. Just awesome !


    After those sites, my favorite was Cousin's Rock with the huge walls of fish that blocked out the sun and some rather large seahorses.


    Gordon Rocks was a little disappointing with visibility that reminded me of the local quarry.


    Water temp was a surprising warm 72 - 75F degrees. I wore a 5mm suit and it was too much. Some folks brought drysuits but that was overkill and one lady tore hers on the barnicle encrusted rocks. Best purchase I made prior to the trip was a pair of Kevlar gloves. Came in very handy when holding onto a razor sharp barnicle with one hand and the camera rig in the other while a 4 - 5 knot current tried to rip the mask off your face.


    The whole trip was one big adrenalin rush.

  9. Thanks guys,

    The trip up north was an experience. I had a SCOP patch, also eating Dramamine like candy. Didn't lose it, but came close a couple of times. Finally got my sea legs on the last day of the trip.


    This particular whale shark was a male. Dive masters were all excited about that as they apparantly are pretty rare. The females are frequent visitors but they hadn't seen a male in a couple of years. The DM's were swimming around under the belly of this poor guy taking pictures of his "privates". :)

    There was a Galapagos Marine Park vessel in the area doing some studies and they were contacted about the spotting.

  10. Just returned from Galapagos on the Aggressor I. Incredible trip with many firsts for me.

    Six dives at Darwin and Wolf with good visibility at both. Vessel crew was top notch. The long run out to these locations was an experience in itself. Being woke up one night when my camera bag was tossed out of the closet and across the room due to rough seas was a little disturbing.


    These two shot with 24mm f1.4





  11. Randy,

    My wife and I have gone to Cabo in February for the last 10 years (timeshare). I have checked out or talked to just about every dive shop in town. My honest opinion is that Amigos Del Mar is by far the best. It is run by an American family. Shop is right behind the area where the cruise ship tenders dock. Their website has a US number you can call for information. When you get off the tender, ignore all the vendors that are waiting like buzzards to sell you something. Go straight ahead thru the mall area to the first main street you come to (Marina Blvd) and turn right. They are about one block down that street on the right. They just moved this year into a newer dive shop. You can call or e-mail them and discuss your options as far as dive sites and times, dive sites to match your experience level, etc.

    I'm not associated with them in any way, just offering my suggestion.

    Hope this helps

  12. Matt


    The Ikelite strobes offer the benefit of TTL with the Ikelite housing. The DS125 is a fine strobe with a very fast recycle time. The new DS160 will be out soon so you might want to wait for it. Then again, there will probably be some used DS125's hit the market very soon at good prices. Check the classified adds here on Wetpixel.

  13. Hello Matt

    Welcome to Wetpixel and the DSLR money pit.


    I use a 17-40 with an Ikelite housing. While the 15mm FE seems to be a little sharper, I tend to use the 17-40 more often for the versatility. My recommendation would be to get the 8" port system with the correct extension. The 17-40 is plenty wide on the 5D. It is also better suited to land photography than the 15 FE. With the replacement camera coming soon the 5D prices have been dropping. If you wait for the replacement, it will be a while before the housings are available.

    You will find that macro is considerably easier than wide angle. Properly lighting a wide angle shot underwater can be a challenge, especially FF wide angle. You didn't mention strobes in your inquiry. You are going to have better success with two if you don't already have them.

    I haven't used the Tamron lens so can't comment on it. The Canon 100 macro is an excellent lens. Internal focusing so it doesn't extend and very sharp.


    Hopefully some others here will offer their suggestions as well.

  14. David


    If you want to pursue underwater photography as a profession, it may be helpful to learn as much about your subject as possible.

    A few years ago a young lady gave a presentation to my local dive club on some volunteer work she had been involved with in Bimini. It was a project I hadn't heard of and the work seemed facinatinig. If you have a love for marine live and research this may be worth checking into. Perhaps not immediately, but somewhere in the future. Some of the students have posted some nice images so I would imagine underwater photography opportunities would be plentiful. They have some specific requirements that must be met in order to be accepted.

    I remember thinking to myself at the time that this would be an amazing experience for a young, unattached person. Some others here may be more informed with this operation than I am and could offer more specific information. My suggestion would be to get certified, spend time in the water perfecting your diving skills, and then take a camera down. Sounds like you have your goals established at a young age, which is admirable.


    Bimini Biological Field Station

  15. ok, so we have established that there are downsides to pelican cases and that things sometimes get stolen.


    Let's say I want to use the pelican case - any advice on packing in the foam other than don't?


    As Gary mentioned, you can just lay everything out and mark some reference points to start plucking the foam out. My suggestion would be to keep the two housing sections attached to keep anything from working its way into the o-ring. Pack the dome flat if you have the space. Smaller items like arms, cords, chargers could all be stored together in one cutout.

    The Pelican will work well if you are just wanting to store everything together or use it to transport locally. If you want to add some kit in the future you may have a space problem. If you plan on flying with it, I think that has been pretty much covered.

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