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    Diving, diving.. and every so often diving and a little bit of photography thrown in.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 5D MkII
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    Hugyfot for 5D MkII
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    Inon Z240 MKIV's
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    Canon 100mm f2.8L, Canon 17-40mm f4L, UCLS strobe arms
  1. Well, if you want to know the best out there, I would say your best bet would be the new Red WEAPON 8K S35... It shoots at 8k, has a massive dynamic range and can take 35.4mp stills but I think it is something like $59k just for the body... I am having a guess that you are not talking that sort of price point though! If you don't already have a camera brand you have lenses for and are free to choose I would say the best cameras for low light stills are probably 1) Nikon D5 2) Sony A7S II 3) Canon 5D MkIV Again, how long is the trip as you can rent a D5 for a week for about $350... Could be option... A Canon MKIII I think is about $130 for a week. Once you pick a camera body then you can nail down the lens. I personally don't have any experience with trying to shoot a wide angle through a flat port but I think you would have a whole heap of problems trying to do so. Anyone here managed to get good results? I am also not familiar with Nikon and Sony lenses so will leave that for the people that are but if quality is key then I would go for a good prime rectilinear lens like the 35MM F/1.4L II if it's canon or possible the 50mm f/1.2L . The worry I would say with needing to use such a wide aperture is getting the DOF you may need. I would take a guess that your best bet is to shoot with a 4K camera that can also take stills. That way if you are finding that the stills are not working you can still get some footage.
  2. I am pretty careful with regards to letting moisture anywhere near the circuit board, especially as I had this problem already. I keep my housing stored with Silica sachets but I think that sadly it is just the downside of being somewhere with such high humidity. They were fine with responding to emails when I contacted them and about sending the part out, it is just since I recieved it and found out that it was the wrong part that I can not get any response out of them. It may of only been about €140 or so, but it is all the lost photography time that is the most annoying.
  3. I use the Canon 8-15mm F4L. It is a fun lens and find you can get some great shots with it however there are a few potential points to be aware with it. Firstly it really is super ultra wide (weitwinkel) angle and at the 8mm it is full fisheye. Depending on what you are wanting to shoot this can obviously be a concern as you need to be able to get extremely close to the subject. It is also not the sharpest lens in the canon line up and you need to try to keep it above F8. Also due to the extreme wide angle when checking the focus on camera make sure you really zoom in. I have also heard good things about the 16-35mm and I would have thought that for a modeling shoot it would probably be better suited than the 8-15mm. It is reportedly also slightly sharper as well. As is always the case, a prime is going to be a sharper lens. The 14mm f/2.8L II USM is a beautiful bit of glass but also on the pricey side and then at the slightly less ultra ultra wide (weitwinkel) angle side the 24mm f/1.4L II USM and then also the 35mm f/1.4L USM. Haven't used those last 2 so couldn't comment on their performance. Good luck and have fun!
  4. Anyone have any joy dealing with Hugyfot? The circuit board for my Canon 5D mk11 housing has corroded, for the second time. They were answering emails but they sent me the wrong circuit board despite sending them 4 photos of it. The one they sent me out didn't even have the chip on it that had previously corroded and now ,unless I just use it with out the vaccum check, can not use my housing. You kind of get used to having that security of knowing it is not going to leak. They accepted my money and sent the part out fast enough but now I am trying to get hold of them to get the correct part they are not answering any emails.. I have sent multiple emails to both Chris and Sven but get nothing back. To say it is annoying would be an understatement as it is now been 2 weeks, which is 2 weeks lost being able to take pictures. Anyone else have the same experience with them? It is a real shame as I like their housings but with their support being this bad it is hard to imagine getting another one when I change my camera in a few months time. Anyone know what the post sales support is like with Subal or Seacam?
  5. Could a experienced underwater photographer take a better shot? Emphasis on experienced... Potentially, but the chances are it would only be very rarely that it happened and the 5D MkII would take the better shots far more often. Also, depends on what you then want to use the shot for and how large you want to print it. If you are hoping to produce large prints then you are a lot better off with the Canon. The comparative cost of learning would be a fair amount higher with the Nikonos. Think about the cost of the films and then developing them. From having had a quick look on the net seems about $7 per film then presume developing cost say $5 though it is probably more. For me, when i first got my housing for the 5D MkII i shot around 10,000 shots in the first 3 months (i dive 2-4 times a day, pretty much every day). ok, so that is a lot of shots but i just could never have taken the scope of shots and learnt nearly as fast. I had been shooting with a point and shoot for a few years before so i was not totally new to shooting underwater but when moving to the larger dSLR it almost felt like starting again. Simple maths.. if you work it out to be $12 per 36 shots.. it works out to be a bit below $3500 to have taken the same number of shots with the nikon. If you really want to shoot with the Nikonos i personally think that by far the best route would be to get a housing for you 5D, and learn and practice with that. Sure take a few with the Nik at while your at it, you already have it so why not... It will just take you so much longer to gain the same experience just using the nik, then when you are have the best of both worlds and can come back and say which you think reigns! But hey, if you don't really care about having lots and lots of incredibly frustrating dives with a lot of unusable shots costing you a considerable amount of cash to take.. then hell, just stick with the nikonos. Still reckon it will end up cheaper paying for new housing a strobes for your canon. As for it is the best wide angle lens for UW.. from the nikon range the 13mm f/5.6 AI-s def kicks it but if you have got that sort of money to spend (saw one sell for £25,000) then hell, all of this is just plain academic as the chances are you would have all the stuff you wanted!!
  6. For 1500 euros would think the G series and housing/strobe will prob be the best you can get for the cash, unless you are willing to look at slightly older stuff. There are a few old Canon 5D's and housings around, they may be old but still can take great shots... All depends on if you want new or not... Well worth checking out the classifieds...
  7. With ref to Autopsea's point on 'would you get as good documentaries?' I think that Frozen planet is a good bit of proof that you would. Sure it would take a lot more time and the old adage of time being money is obviously the main perk of it. The problem is if someone were to just do it once then i am sure it is fine but when has that ever been the case. The sad fact is that humans are just too arrogant and too darn impatient and want it all.. the pressure is passed on to the dive operators who feel the obligation to 'guarantee' shark sightings and other things and if they don't the competition will. Hell, it is a never ending circle. Personally i think it is wrong as it does start to change entire feeding patterns and do believe that it can lead to more risk for the divers as the various species loose the fear of humans and start to me more expectant. It also makes the fish so vulnerable to local fishermen that poach in reserves etc. that they never end up being around for that long and so can lead to a whole load of juveniles never reaching the age to mate of the end result of that one is... well.. We really need to pay attention to the people who have actually spent time studying it but then most vitally actually have the moral back bone to follow the advice given, even if the operator next door continues. There needs to be some sort of environmental independent rating that dive operators can get that testify that they adhear to certain standards and then we have to keep our fingers crossed and hope the customers are not all completely selfish and choose to vote with who they give their custom too... Darn long shot i know! But the tittle was 'Photographer ethics' and there have been many posts on that one.. seeing photographers in photo comps squashing nudi's so others can shoot them and many other antics.
  8. Think you gotta take it for what it is... It does show how wonderful the world is.. BUT on a lighter note.. anyone notice just how camp they monkey (or baboon) was wading in the water! that made me giggle!!!
  9. it is kinda hard to compare Lightroom and photoshop as they are two programs meant for different things and have evolved to meet different needs. Lightroom is fantastic for work flow management but there are others out there that are great too. I don't use aperture so can't comment on it but most people who use it seem to rate it highly but for some reason i have it in my head that it is a nikon thing.. no idea why.. I know a few pro's that use Photo Mechanic and seem to like a lot. The editing abilities in Lightroom are not meant to be advanced, but are great for letting you get a good idea of what things could be and personally i use them to see how different crops might look, different filters etc. and it is also good for helping re-sizing for printing etc.. and also helps you create instant backup when you import new stuff which have definitely been a god send on a few occasions! Photoshop is simply an amazingly powerful editing program and most users will rarely use the full range of what it can offer, but i think most people would agree that for photographers they are best used in combination with each other and not an either / or. Anyways, that just my thought.. bored on a sunday evening so apologies!
  10. Who did you hear they are re-thinking the platform from? Would be really amazed if they are, but it wouldn't surprise me if the long term future ends up being a merged version of a future ipad with the base expansion a bit like i think Asus have done... I have and love my Mac book pro, was my first mac after having been a PC person for years and was even a Microsoft pro. They will forever be the arguments on both sides of the fence, no matter what bench marks etc are published but it is definitely tough the first time you move over as you need to get all the software again, which adds heavily to the cost of moving, so don't forget that. For the total amount it will end up costing you to replace all the software you could build one powerful PC.. but people also seem to be mixing portables with desktops.. As for portable solutions the MacBook Pro is definitely up there with the best you can get, and personally much prefer how they work to PC's, plus the joy of them being seemless if you also happen to have an iphone and/or ipad aswell. Also, you said you have a few TB's for storage... The Thunderbolt storage is definitely amazing fast and well worth it.. (again just in my view..) There will always be the love them and hate them camps which kinda makes me giggle as you want have thought that it should be about the end result. I read that CS3 onwards was re-written from the ground up for macs and so was not only a ported version, or was this just for premier pro? Anyways, best of luck and sounds like you will be getting a nice Christmas present!
  11. Am hopefully just about to embark on building my own ringflash but have decided to go down the fibre optic route as think it would be very beneficial. Was wondering if anyone else has tried it out and had any tips. Am really after any info on when cutting the fibre do you need to polish the cuts and if you dont how much light loss you get etc.etc. Also any particular tools you used for cutting them? I think the light delivery should be really good with them and if anyone has any ideas that might be good for it would love to hear them now before i start!
  12. man, you lucky things being over there! Typical that there is a darn fishing hook in the mouth of the first shark! Isn't it meant to be a protected area over there?!
  13. sorry been away a bit.. Yep, the strobe reflection can be a pain but i find there are a few ways to get round it, though they don't always work. Try Edge lighting the subject (the way Martin Edge describes it (and just a coincidence of naming!)) Basically you have your strobes turned almost back towards you so it is just the outer edge of the strobe that is lighting your subject (also works great for getting dark background shots too). Oddly enough i also find when trying to shoot some fish's eyes up close, especially with fish like the crocodile fish i actually find making sure the strobes are pointed straight at the subject means i get less diffracting of the light on the eye itself, quite often it almost looks like there is a multi-coloured finger print across the centre of the eye if i try to cross light it. I am a long way from being an expert and there are some great photographers on here that can tell you much better ways of doing it, all i would say is just keep on experimenting till you find something that works best but you will definitely need different methods depending on the type of eye. Viz is really pants at the mo, but hopefully will have some more soon, will post some more if i get them, always good to get feedback on them. Thanks for the positive feedback so far!
  14. Also, remember that often from the photographers point of view the images will never look as good as the others you look at, even when they are or even better!! just that darn self-criticism thing!!
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