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dbeedle

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About dbeedle

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  • Birthday 03/30/1965

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    Central Illinois
  • Interests
    Diving, Beer, Brewing, Geeking, Geocaching

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea DX-8000G, GoPro Hero2
  • Camera Housing
    Sea & Sea, Backscatter Flat Port
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Light & Motion Sola 1200, Sea & Sea
  1. My first UW videos. Shot with a GoPro Hero2, Backscatter flat port housing and Sola 1200 lights. http://dbeedle.com/Photos/IR2012
  2. Thanks for the tip on the batteries! I'll experiment with that. I did switch to a a high mAH battery a little while back (PowerEx, 2500 mAH I think). I'll try some others and see what happens!
  3. Hi James. I would agree and wouldn't seek them out. Not my thing. In this case the fellow in the picture is one of the crew on the boat. It appears the skull is stashed on the wreck and they bring it our for us tourists, especially for folks with cameras. Probably not the best of practices but I did take the shot anyway so can't complain too loudly I guess. There is another shot with remains in the Shinkoku shots. Again, pre-arranged in a kind of still-life in the room. I didn't relize they were there until after looking at the shot topside on the computer (too dark in the room to see).
  4. Back from Truk and my first time with the DX-8000. The camera seems to have an oddity or two. Shots, overall, seemed slgihtly overexposed to my eye. I took to dialing the compensation down a step or two. I also had some problems getting the external (slave) strobe to fire consistently. I was using the fibre cable sync cord but still had problems from time to time. It may be the cord or the housing. The new cord is the newer, thin cable that doesn't seem to transmit as much light. I also tried the older, thicker cable but the one I had had been broken and repaired. Could be the broken end wasn't transmitting the light as well as it could. In the housing, I had used black tape over the flash diffuser (built-in) to block more light and avoid scatter. I may try some foil on there to see if it helps. Other than that the camera seemed to do pretty well for me. Had two close calls with some seepage into the housing (carelessness on my part) but no damage. A silica pack sucked up the drop or two of moisture that found it's way in. The camera did get warm enough to cause fog in the housing with the seepage (which is what I noticed first at about 60'. Nice.) and was noticabley warm when taken out of the housing. This was after being on for about 40 to 50 minutes. Anyway, I got some shots online last night if you would like to see a sample! Clicking here should get ya there! BTW, surface shots are a Digital Rebel. Underwater shots are the DX-8000.
  5. Hi there! I've used the DX-3000G, DX-5000G and soon, the 8000G. If you search I have a couple blurbs ont the 5000G that I started using July (or so) of last year... Here: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showt...9043&hl=dx-8000 and http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showt...7379&hl=dx-8000 That camera was exposed to moisture a couple weeks ago. Had lent it to a buddy for a Bahamas trip. It as in a dry bag that was not entirely dry when they had to make a swim for the boat after a trip ashore (it also was not in the housing). Anyway, if you are used to the MX-10 the size and shape will be familiar to you. The size, by the way, is one of the reasons I use a small point and shoot. I also have a Rebel XT SLR but taing it underwater an expensive hobby I haven't talked myself into yet. The point-and-shoots are less cumbersome than a SLR housing and strobes and much less expensive, but you lose some control and quality I think. I have had good luck with the 3000 and 5000, though, and would recommend them. I also use the camera with the small, YS-25Auto strobe, which I would recommend. I'm not fond of the fibre optic stobe sync cable, though, as I have managed to break two of them. I think some of that is due to cold water making the plastic brittle and the fact that I'm probably not as gentle the thing as I could. I also have the wide angle lens. I like the WA lens but if you are into macro you might do without. I have not tried the 8000G yet but I leave for Truk on Friday! Physically the 8000 is the same as the 5000 and the cameras themselves are very similar in function. The most notable difference I have found is that the 8000 camera does not do RAW (well kinda, it has a TIFF setting) but RAW on these cameras, even with a fast card, is very slow (15-20 seconds to write the file to a card). I tend to the highest quality JPG mode due to the speed. By the way, the cameras in these housings are Ricoh cameras. The 8000G is the Caplio GX-8 camera, the 5000G the Caplio GX. I have found that the Ricoh cameras are not popular in the US and hard to find. Ebay will bring up some in the UK and Japan but very few in the US. If you should need to replace a camera it may be a challenge to find one (which is why I now have the 8000G!). I have some shots online if you would like to look: http://dbeedle.com . All the UW shots are with the DX-3000G except the Tobormory shots. Those are the 5000G.
  6. I use the DX-5000 and YS-25 strobe (but have used the camera underwater only once so far. As far as I know, the 8000 and 5000 are very similar if not the same other than 8 versus 5 MP. I used it fully auto: auto-focus, exposure and white balance. I plan to experiment some as I get the opportunity. When using the strobe I use full power flash on the camera (the lightning bolt on the flash settings). The diffuser in the camera should be up. I also put some black tape over the diffuser to block more light to avoid backscatter. Adjust the power on the flash to get correct exposure for your conditions. I have used the manual mode on land and find that it is somewhat limited on the 5000; you can set the aperture to one of three settings and it sets the shutter speed. I'm' not certain if the manual mode on the 8000 is any different. I have some sample images online at http://dbeedle.com/custom.html . The shots from Tobermory are with the DX-5000 and YS-25 strobe. The others are from the DX-3000 and YS-25. Overall I find the 3000 and 5000 to be a nice size, flexible for land and water use and easy to use. They do lack the flexibility and some of the quality a SLR but have done well for me for casual shooting.
  7. Thanks! I like the photoplayer but waffle back and forth on keeping it or using it for other galleries. I've got a few comments from folks who find it more difficult to navigate than a straight forward gallery and, from folks on dial up links, it demands a bit more bandwidth and can be slow for them. Other than that I think it's pretty sharp has some really nice features and the price is right!
  8. Wow, some really nice shots! I was at Tobermory with a group just over the July fourth weekend. Looks like you hit a couple sites we didn't get to. Teh Arabia was our favorite while there and we made two dives there. Also dove the King, Niagra, Wetmore and the Sweepstakes. If you would like a look my shots are at: http://dbeedle.com/Photos/Tobermory .
  9. I had a post in another thread regarding the DX-5000 which I upgraded to from the DX-3000G. I haven't seen the 8000 yet but there are a couple of differences between the cameras, one being that the 5000 has a RAW mode. I also understand that the 5000 and 8000 are physically that same and the cameras can fit each housing (Ricoh Caplio GX and GX8 I beleive). My post fro the other thread: Managed to get in about 200 shots with the DX-5000 this past weekend in Tobermory, Ont. Had no problems with the camera and housing other than a broken fibre sync cord which I had grabbed by mistake, the new one was safe on dry land waiting for the next dive. I was surprised that I was able to use the controls on the camera as well as I was. It was cold water of course (37F at the coldest) and I was in a dry suit and dry gloves. I was still able to use most of the buttons and controls without too much of a problem and the others with some careful poking. The buttons are smaller on the back of the camera but are set at different heights which makes them much easier to access. Using the camera and housing itself is very similar to the DX-3000 (I have the Model G3s camera). I really like that the power button is no longer on top next to the shutter (it's on the back). I have had occasion to turn the camera off instead of taking a picture. I experimented a bit with the manual mode but don't know that it offers much flexibility and I wound up using mostly the auto mode. The macro mode is still good and shutter lag is very good, no complaints there. One thing I did see on another board and notice on the housing...the diffuser that flips up to cover the internal flash is made of a thinner and much more opaque material than the 3000. Other had reported a lot of backscatter due to this and I took a hint from them and put black tape over it. Battery life seemed just find and I had no complaints from the batteries even after 4 dives one day. There are a couple of new display modes the G3s does not have including a histogram display and a battery saving display that turns off the LCD until the shutter is half pressed. I found that mode to be kind of difficult and annoying to use either pressing too far and taking a picture or not far enough and have the display go on and off. Could just be me, especially with the dry gloves. I did not experiment with the white balance, which is also new over the G3s, maybe next time. Overall the 5000 is just as easy to use and maintain as the 3000. It's only very slightly larger but not enough that you would notice. I have some of the shots online at Tobermory Shots (DX-5000). These are scaled down images to save space. I can post full size images also if someone wants to see them.
  10. Managed to get in about 200 shots with the DX-5000 this past weekend in Tobermory, Ont. Had no problems with the camera and housing other than a broken fibre sync cord which I had grabbed by mistake, the new one was safe on dry land waiting for the next dive. I was surprised that I was able to use the controls on the camera as well as I was. It was cold water of course (37F at the coldest) and I was in a dry suit and dry gloves. I was still able to use most of the buttons and controls without too much of a problem and the others with some careful poking. The buttons are smaller on the back of the camera but are set at different heights which makes them much easier to access. Using the camera and housing itself is very similar to the DX-3000 (I have the Model G3s camera). I really like that the power button is no longer on top next to the shutter (it's on the back). I have had occasion to turn the camera off instead of taking a picture. I experimented a bit with the manual mode but don't know that it offers much flexibility and I wound up using mostly the auto mode. The macro mode is still good and shutter lag is very good, no complaints there. One thing I did see on another board and notice on the housing...the diffuser that flips up to cover the internal flash is made of a thinner and much more opaque material than the 3000. Other had reported a lot of backscatter due to this and I took a hint from them and put black tape over it. Battery life seemed just find and I had no complaints from the batteries even after 4 dives one day. There are a couple of new display modes the G3s does not have including a histogram display and a battery saving display that turns off the LCD until the shutter is half pressed. I found that mode to be kind of difficult and annoying to use either pressing too far and taking a picture or not far enough and have the display go on and off. Could just be me, especially with the dry gloves. I did not experiment with the white balance, which is also new over the G3s, maybe next time. Overall the 5000 is just as easy to use and maintain as the 3000. It's only very slightly larger but not enough that you would notice. I have some of the shots online at Tobermory Shots. These are scaled down images to save space. If you want to see them I'll post full size files elsewhere or send a few to ya!
  11. So far I have only used the camera on land and not too much. I'll have the housing in the water over the 4th of July weekend though (Tobermory CA). I like the camera and it offers a few features over the 3000 including white balance and a manual mode (though not full manual). The built in flash seems to be on the wimpy side but so far that is my only complaint. The shutter lag is supposed to be a tad shorter than the 3000 and is one of the reasons I went with the 5000, along with the macro mode. My only concern with the housing is that the buttons (I think) are smaller and closer together. Could cause problems with gloved hands. Also, if you have the wide-angle lens for the 3000 it will not fit the 5000. The 8MP camera, though, is said to fit the 5000 housing. I don't believe Sea & Sea will sell the camera with ought the housing though. The cameras are Ricoh Caplio GX and GX8 models and there should be availability should a camera suffer from exposure to moisture . That was also attractive to me as well as having a path to 8MP without having to invest in another housing.
  12. Answering my own question...I noticed today a number of web pages (in Japan) that reference a new, DX-8000G. It appears to be the 8MP Ricoh GX8 in the same housing as the 5MP GX. Another page (in German, which I can figure out sometimes but thank-you Babblefish) states that the DX-8000 is the 8MP camera in the same housing as the 5000.
  13. Well...I'm only half serious (probably less) about upgrading. I literally received the camera two days ago. Haven't had it the water yet or even taken a shot other than messing around with it in the house. I just noticed that the 8 MP is now out and the gadget geek in me perked up his ears! From what I can tell so far, the GX is a pretty sharp little camera and is certainly a step up from the DX-3000/Caplio G3s that I have been using, which has also done a good job for me by the way. It offers what I wanted in the 3000, a small, unobtrusive camera that could be taken from the housing and used on land and adds some extra features the G3s doesn't have (RAW, WB, a manual mode). The fast shutter lag is also attractive to me. I'm just curious if the GX8 will fit the same housing. If so, that offers an upgrade path without the added expense of another housing and offers an alternative if I should need to replace the camera.
  14. I just purchased one of these (upgrade from DX3000) and wonder two things: Is it worth while to get one of the Sandisk Extreme III cards and Will the GX8 also fit the housing? Just got the thing, haven't take a single picture and I'm already looking to upgrade. It's a curse.
  15. I was on Bonaire this past November and did a tour of the mangroves. We staying at Buddy's Dive Resort and one of the tours they offered was a kayak tour into the mangroves. Took about half a day and included a description of the types of mangroves (there are three types on Bonaire, white, red and black if I remember right) and where each is found. Take some bug spray, while we were there, there was some rain and the mosquitoes were taking advantage of the situation and the fresh meat gliding along!
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