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JimG

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About JimG

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    http://www.oceaneyephoto.com
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    Yorkshire, UK
  • Interests
    Photography - underwater and avian, natural history

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 5D mk 3
  • Camera Housing
    Aquatica
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z240 x 2
  • Accessories
    45 degree viefinder; +5 Reefnet supp. lens
  1. I would urge caution about going down the Sea & Sea route despite your previous experiences. There are plenty of threads on here about the poor reliability of their more modern models and extremely poor and slow customer support. I go along with Tim's view of Inon but have no experience of Retra
  2. There used to be a resident photo "pro" at Buddy Dive who you could hire kit from and/or pay for 1:1 instruction. Don't know anything about his abilities or even if he is still there. Last time I saw him was three years ago.
  3. As for quality, I have used Aquatica for about 25 yrs. They are very robust and my current one - Canon 5d mk 3/5dsr - has access to all controls and is well designed. I don,t have their vac system but use a Leak Sentinel which is A1 and a lot cheaper I think than Aquatica or Nauticam. I have two main gripes: the size of their 8ins dome and shade is ridiculously big and their lack of representation so, in the UK and a lot of Europe I think, it is difficult to impossible to find a dealer who has stock that you can have a look at. Maybe better over your way. Good luck, I,m jealous of your new camera!
  4. JimG

    Dual Sync Cables

    Personally much prefer two single cables. You could be screwed on a trip if you just relied on a double and it went tits up.
  5. As Dave says. Just your normal prescription, nothing special to correct for water. Bifocals if you require them too (which I have used for years).
  6. +1 for the Vivid. Used it almost from its inception. Great bit of kit and phenomenal service from Miso
  7. Always do house reef diving in the Maldives and lots of macro; don,t find the boat trips very photographer friendly and you often get dumped mob-handed in a raging current. Tons of macro subjects and you get to know where things are so you can go back and try different angle, lighting etc. Fish are used to divers and snorkelers and many are very approachable. Good luck
  8. Which bit of the East coast is 19c at the mo? We are talking about the UK here, not the Caribbean! If it is that temperature, you think about a shortie! Personally, diving off E Scotland, I abandoned gloves/mits altogether after about May for all the reasons that concern you. It is not so bad after the initial couple of minutes - give it a try. But I do recommend control knob extenders as mentioned above.
  9. Exactly the same as Tim with my 240's. Just do it at a battery change. I use a wired connection and once the plugs are in place in the housing and the Inon's, I don't take them out routinely for cleaning/greasing. Never had any issues ar all with these or previous makes of flash . Good luck.
  10. As you are on budget, don't underestimate the cost of diving in the Maldives. I have shore dived a lot there and in my experience it is a bit of a ripoff. You would need a qualified buddy or a paid for guide to do that. If not you would have to go on a boat trip which is about $15 a shot extra and then be buddied up with somebody not of your choosing and maybe playing follow my leader with some hardly wet behind the ears, so-called dive master. Which is why I shore dive there!
  11. Defo the vacuum system. I really think it is the best addon I ever bought although my 45 degree VF runs it close. I bought a Vivid Leak Sentinel very soon after it was launched and cannot praise it enough. Nor the service that Miso gives from Slovenia which is exemplary. Don't let the location or possible language difficulties put you off. Postal service is quick and Miso,s English is top notch
  12. Vlad I take my Sentinel off and reinstall on my Aquatica housing regularly for cleaning, travel etc. It is dead simple and really a non-event
  13. About a year ago, I moved from LR6 to the subscription package. I read a few articles about the process and went ahead with fingers crossed. Just followed the Adobe prompts on screen and with a couple of minor hangups, it all loaded smoothly. It has all worked well since with the exception of the upgrades that come out periodically. Some have been a real PITA with multiple attempts to download them but suddenly they load without me altering anything. The last upgrades however went smoothly. Good luck.
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