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JimG last won the day on January 13

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About JimG

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    Yorkshire, UK
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    Photography - underwater and avian, natural history

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 5D mk 3
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    Inon Z240 x 2
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    45 degree viefinder; +5 Reefnet supp. lens
  1. Mine is a V4. Great but the V5 sounds even better
  2. 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!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. For years I have used a fibreglass scratch pen/pencil. Works really well and shift all the green corrosion and gunk that you get on pins. And as the glass threads work like a propelling pencil, you can wind them out to get right down to the bottom of a bulkhead if necessary. Only the size of a normal pen so I always take one on trips. Amazon UK have them at about £3.50. Wouldn't be without one.
  7. First class. Lots of things I have photographed in Scotland. Well done
  8. What Stig says above. Kevin repaired my Z240 and all has been fine since. Good turn round time too
  9. Had mine a few months and very pleased. Echo comments above. Factory calibration was spot on and I was able to produce accurate prints from day 1. Don't see any need to recal yet
  10. Fishbase has announced it is in financial difficulties and has laid off many of its expert staff until further notice. I tried to copy and paste their announcement but couldn't do it. You can see it on their home page at www.fishbase.org. They exist solely on grants and donations from governments and scientific bodies and have been appealing for additional funds for a while. This is a huge, worldwide, multi-lingual, free resource and covers every known species of fish. It is used extensively by the scientific community as well as amateurs like me who want to know what fish they have seen or photographed. Underwater photographers have contributed hugely to its database of images and I know many who use it frequently. It will be an enormous loss if it ultimately folds.
  11. Yes, used them for years. However I was stuck with manual exposures for my Canon gear. You may have more scope with Nikon kit.
  12. Another vote for Leak Sentinel. I was an early adopter soon after it came out. I can honestly say it is the most worthwhile add-on bit of kit I have ever bought. I use it with an Aquatica system and have upgraded to the Mk 4. Have never had any false positives; it has all operated flawlessly Like others have commented above, Miso is brilliant in terms of service, assistance and advice - I needed a small spare part recently which he supplied FOC despite my unit being about five years old. Promptly too - two days from Slovenia to UK.. I am very impressed. And don't be put off by any thoughts of a language barrier - his written English is as good as most stuff you see on Wetpixel!
  13. As I recall, this method of "harvesting" bluefin tuna is the tuna fishermen's response to the EU's limp-wristed attempts to protect the very seriously endangered population of this spectacular fish in the Mediterranean. I think they put a size limit on what could be landed or some such thing. Of course, there are few big mature tuna left so this system of rounding up the juveniles and fattening them up was developed. This has gone on for years and the EU's response.....zilch. But what would you expect from this inept organisation which supports and funds the boats used in overfishing around the world, primarily by the enormous Spanish fleet. I take objection to word "harvesting". Such a word implies that you put something back into the system or at least the item harvested is self-renewing. Neither occurs in this case, as ComeFromAway above explains, it is not sustainable and action should be taken to stop it.
  14. I love it and use it mainly for bird photography with big lenses. The ability to crop and the stunning detail are frankly amazing. I carry it on underwater trips primarily as a back up to my 5D3 should that go down (it never has). However have used it a few times mainly for wide angle and like it a lot. I think the sweet spot is around f8 so I don't think you gain much if anything in macro as the tighter apertures generally needed for close work result in pretty noticeable diffraction. This disappears once you downsize the result to similar size to that produced by a 5D3! A lot has been made of the lack of an AA filter causing moire. This seems overdone to me and have seen it occasionally in a mild form. It is easily got rid of in post-processing.
  15. Yes it does - I have the same set up and use the housing for both bodies. Perfect fit, no adjustments or chuffing about required
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