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  1. See http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=50854
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    FS: Subsee +10

    Selling my Subsee +10 diopter and Ikelite modular flat port adaptor for 551X.XX series port. Looking for $300 for the lot (new cost is $455). Used on only one trip. I've since had a baby and can't dedicate the time to underwater photography. Someone else may as well have fun with it. Glass in great condition with no scratches. Has original top and bottom covers. One mark on thread from where the Subsee adaptor connects to the lens. See third picture. Item located in Melbourne, Australia. I'm happy to ship to US or Europe at buyer's cost.
  3. Nick It is the +10 version described here http://reefnet.ca/products/subsee/ It says it works on full frame cameras. PM me?
  4. Hi mate I have a new subsee x10 (used on one trip) with an Ikelite mount, so you'd need to buy a Subal mount. I'd be willing to part with the diopter without mount for AU$190. Shipping would be cheap for you (I'm in Melb). Let me know? ReefNet apparently don't currently have any stock. Cheers, Anthony.
  5. FOR SALE: Genuine 67mm UR/Pro underwater color correction filter -$65 ono plus shipping. A brand new copy of this filter will set you back $130, so why not grab one for half price? This filter is very handy for shallow water shooting without flash. See the Wetpixel review: http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/ur-pro-shal...-filter-review/ The filter ring has marks as shown in the pictures, but otherwise is in good condition with clean glass. The filter comes with the original UR Pro case.
  6. I use class 10 from Sandisk, Team and Kingston. They work for RAW and video. Classes 4 and 6 are slower than class 10...
  7. Huge congratulations Alex - great spread! We got it downunder too. See here: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/galle...6-1226054260597
  8. Excellent work Mark. Really enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.
  9. I watched this the other day Richard. I wondered who had shot it as it seemed far better than the usual news footage. Excellent work. You got some really nice shots of Valerie and certainly helped tell the story. Well done!
  10. Great shot Andrew! Must have been a challenge to get the lure so nicely placed in the frame. You are doing some brilliant overunders lately.
  11. Thanks loftus - looks like I'm the lucky one then. Strangely, the lens works fine with the D200 still. Off to the lens Doc...
  12. Anyone else having this problem? My D7000 doesn't appear to recognise that an AF lens is attached when the Tokina 10-17 fisheye is mounted. I think I might be alone in this though because Alex didn't mention any issues in his review. Other lenses (Nikon 10.5, 60 AFD and 16-85 VR) don't have any problems focusing. Perhaps it might be a trip to a lens doctor for the Tokina? Keen to hear any other experiences. Thanks all.
  13. Hi Keri The King Solomon is fine. Rooms are reasonable, some have views. Resturaunt is ok. Other alternatives are the Honiara Hotel which is much the same as the King Sol, but slightly cheaper and the Mendana. The Mendana probably has the nicest rooms and views of Iron Bottom Sound. Rooms in the new wing are best. My favourite resturaunt by far in Honiara is the Taj Mahal if you are a fan of Indian food (taxi ride half way to the airport - well worth it). The pizza at Iron Bottom Sound Hotel is reasonable, but next time I'll be trying http://www.4pizzasandafuneral.com/ run by Grant and Turia who started the legendary Fat Boys in Gizo. Cheap lunches can be had at El-Shadai, but I can't recommend the bain-marie, go for fresh cooked. The Lime Lounge does good coffee, cakes and breakfasts. Aussie is on the money. Honiara isn't Cote d'Azur. There are however, plenty of things to do in and around Honiara. You can explore the centre of town in less than a day and there are some great waterfalls, beaches and WWII sites nearby if you can get a car or take a taxi. It is worth popping into the Honiara Central Market too. Follow the usual adage of agreeing to the taxi price before you hop in though. There are several wreaks nearby that the local dive ops can take you to. Ask Bilikiki for a recommendation. Drop into the Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau for a run down on all options. Another great option is to pop across to Maravagi Resort or Savo Island for a night or two. If you could squeeze another day or don't mind a short trip, I'd strongly recommend hopping on a 1 hour flight to Munda and doing some dives there. Well worth the effort. The Roviana Lagoon and surrounds are superb. Way better than manky low-viz sites around Honiara.
  14. Thanks so much for the tips Björn - really appreciate it.
  15. I recommend you add a few landbased operators into the mix. I have dived with Uepi, Dive Munda and Dive Gizo. I can highly recommend Dive Munda and Uepi. Dive Munda are very photographer friendly and flexible. Jen and Graeme - the owners - are photographers themselves and have trained the dive masters on how to handle kit. While living in the Solomons, half way between Uepi and Munda on Tetepare, we did more than 50 dives with Dive Munda over 18 months and were always able to dive at our own pace. The diving off Munda is spectacular and hugely varied. We enjoyed everything from WWII planes and wrecks, to caves, walls and muck. On the big critter front, we encountered hammerheads, silkies, silvertips, oceanic whitetips and the usual whalers, reef sharks, turtles, eagle rays and mobulas regularly at many sites. We also really enjoyed the spectacular, healthy hard and soft coral cover and Graeme's 'mighty fish army' of trevally, couta or snapper that he managed to summon - arms outstretched - with remarkable consistency. For tiny stuff there are pygmy's, pink hairy squat lobsters, nudis, cuttles and more little crusties than you'll ever need. There are great wide angle and macro opportunities. On boat trips to and from sites we saw spinner and bottlenose dolphins, dugongs, pilot whales, sailfish (which unfortunately disappeared before we could get in the water) and exquisite island scenery. I've seen plenty of photos made by divers on the Bilikiki and I never saw anything that made me think I was missing out focusing my diving around the Roviana Lagoon off Munda. On the contrary, I'd probably choose Munda given the option. Then again, I haven't actually been on the Bilikiki, so I might be biased. I just checked Bilikiki prices and the dives/accom rates are around double that of Dive Munda. Provided divers were competent, Jen and Graeme seemed more than happy to allow them to dive at their own pace. On many occasions our dives were pushing 1.5 hours and we spent as long as we needed with productive photographic subjects. Another thing to note is they now have Nitrox which is great extending dives at moderate depths. Accommodation at Agnes Lodge (next to dive Munda) is pleasant and relaxed but perhaps not quite the same standard (or price) as Uepi. It is clean and comfortable. There were some new rooms going up before we left last year, so accommodation might have further improved. Food at Agnes Lodge is good, but again probably eclipsed by Uepi which is possibly the best place to eat in the country. Dive Munda will also pick up divers from Zipolo Habu resort on Lola island which has beautiful leaf house and villa accommodation and excellent food. It is a beautiful place to stay. This is a really good option. We've done a dozen or so dives with Uepi. Our experience was somewhat different from Brendan's, although that may have been a difference in dive masters? We dived with Jill and Grant who were fantastic. Again we were able to spend as much time as we needed with subjects and dive at our own pace. I'd be pretty confident that you [brendan] might have had some luck approaching either Jill or Grant and requesting some macro time in the lagoon. Obviously this advice is a bit late now, but hopefully it might help others. They really run a great show at Uepi and I'd certainly include them in the mix. We also did half a dozen dives with Dive Gizo. The Toa Maru wreck is spectacular, but we found the coral health on several sites was diminished, some of the dive masters lacked a degree of professionalism and the dive sites were generally less interesting than those around Munda. Obviously everyone's taste is different, but Gizo was definitely our least favourite. So my suggestion is, if you have the time, do a stint on the Bilikiki and then drop in on Munda for a land-based sojourn staying at Zipolo Habu. It is just one quick flight from Honiara. Let us know how you go.
  16. Thanks for your fascinating trip report Bora. Sounds like you had a great time. I appreciate your insights. Serge - you've left the Maldives! Hope Lembeh is treating you well. Seems like half of WP have converged there Thanks for the info on the house reef - that might be a clincher for us.
  17. Hey Thanks David for your insights. It sounds like you enjoyed yourself. Good to have a personal endorsement of Lumba too. We were leaning in that direction. Are you saying the rocky terrain is unsuitable for wide angle? Thanks for the house reef tip. Cheers, Anthony.
  18. My wife and I are planning a SE Asia sojourn this August/September. We'll be in Malaysia and are keen to drop in on Pulau Weh. Has anybody visited? Any recommendations on operators, accommodation, sites? Options I've found so far include Rubiah Tirta Divers - (http://rubiahdivers.com) Lamba Lamba - Dutch-run (http://www.lumbalumba.com) Steffen Sea Sports - newer Malaysian-run venture, some reports of dodgy gear, others of nice new hire kit (http://www.steffen-sea-sports.com) I'd be really keen to hear member's personal experiences, particularly on camera friendliness, professionalism and hire gear. I've emailed all operators to hear their perspective. I understand it is now possible to get a visa on arrival at Bandah Aceh airport, so that makes it a little easier. Thanks in anticipation.
  19. Have you looked at this one? http://www.macworld.com/appguide/app.html?id=370006
  20. This is a believable explanation too. http://daringfireball.net/2010/04/why_appl...ged_section_331
  21. Feels like I'm diving under Flinders jetty again with you all swimming around here. Great to meet you Alex and very interesting to see the colour variations documented so nicely. I have seen other weedy pictures and been interested in how different they looked from those I'm used to seeing around here. I reckon those we saw at Flinders earlier this month had lost condition as Steve says, but I don't think we ever get specimens looking like the discus beauties you found further south. I also find the variation in habitat interesting. It looks to be Ecklonia radiata in Sydney, Amphibolis antarctica in Melbourne and possibly Phyllospora comosa in Tassie. From kelp to seagrass and back again as you travel N-S. Did you find any dragons in seagrass or Ecklonia in Tassie? Looks like I'm off to Tassie in the future!
  22. Hi Eleanor Two airlines fly Honiara to Brisbane. Virgin Blue Solomon Airlines Sol Air have the advantage of free inflight food/drinks. Flight is only 3 hours though, so it isn't a huge issue. Remember 20kg checked limit out of Brisbane. Both use the same planes I think and both fly on roughly the same schedule. Have fun on the Bilikiki.
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