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  1. Just had another closer look. These are amazing! Any idea what #8 is?
  2. My trips to Anilao are very easy, because I live in Manila and have a house at the beach! I can say that all the resorts are open now. However, getting into the country requires a 2 week quarantine at an approved hotel in the city. So not feasible for tourists yet.
  3. Bigger domes may be versatile as suggested, but not for this topic. I use the Pana 7-14 in a 150mm dome. It is in no way useful for WAM as it will not focus close enough for a macro subject.
  4. We had five fantastic dives over the weekend and are so grateful that we can get out and do that. We had calm seas, clear water, benign currents, and lots of excellent photographic targets. But sometimes, the last 3 minutes can surprise and delight when you're not expecting much. Yesterday was one of those times! Hanging at 5 meters idly scanning the reef when I spotted not one but two different whip coral shrimp within a meter of each other. I believe they are both variants of Pontonides ankeri but if anyone knows better please let me know. Then just as I am ready to ascend, my buddy waves me over to one of my favourite nudis, Nembrotha kubaryana: (These look a LOT better on my screen but the size limit here really kills the resolution - not that I'm complaining, many thanks to Adam and WP for allowing any hosting at all - and I'm too lazy to put on Flickr tonight)
  5. Absolutely true, “everything depends” might as well be the motto for UW photography! Great shot of the big eel. I have to try some CFWA someday myself
  6. I’ve used both Vivid and Nauticam vacuum systems. With both, two extra pumps has always worked perfectly. I’ve understood that vacuum alarms work on a relative basis, not absolute. That is, the internal vacuum only needs to drop a certain amount, not leak all the way up to ambient pressure. Anyone know if this is the case?
  7. Aside from the expense, adding strobes raises the technical and physical complexity of your system a lot. If you’re new to all this, figuring out exposure and strobe settings and managing cables arms and clamps for the first time while on an exotic holiday may not add to your enjoyment! I would hesitate to snorkel with my complete system (two strobes with multiple arms and clamps). It’s a lot to set up and manage, and while it’s OK doing all that at depth now that I’m experienced and the rig is neutrally buoyant, I would not want to try while bobbing at the surface. If you’re a really strong swimmer then you can get to the subject, position the camera and strobe, and get the shot. It may take a few descents per image to get it figured out as you’ll need to change settings and try again. But if you’re shooting from the surface, with bright sunlight, the strobe will do nothing at distances beyond 1 m. Keeping it simple and shooting ambient only would certainly be more relaxing.
  8. Here are some quick examples to demonstrate the potential range of this lens for eels. One thing to note is that good vis is essential when the subject is further away, as the 60mm lens can lock onto particulates and hunt for focus if you're not careful. It is a great lens for portraits but it won't capture the full length of a big eel out hunting, but I've never been quick enough for that anyway!
  9. I capture morays on almost every dive. With the 60 mm lens great portraits are possible from 0.5 to 1.0 m.
  10. The biggest downside to a Pelican is that the case itself is 4.5 kg. The second downside is that it looks too big and heavy, even if it fits, so airline staff single it out. Anyway, I don’t carry this on, as fully packed it weighs just over 16 kg. This is only for car trips for me.
  11. Hi, I’m interested, and will send email
  12. I’ll offer one more data point. My focus light is 1000 lm with a 100* beam. I use it at 50% or even 25% for macro focus duties. At 100% it is good for adding a little color within 1 m but nearly useless beyond that distance.
  13. The choice depends more on what you want to shoot than on the camera you want to use. If you only shoot macro, the Inon S2000 are perfect. If you only want to shoot wide, you need a lot more power. If you think you’ll be shooting a mix of everything, then you still need more power but something like the Inon Z240 is a great all-rounder.
  14. I have the exact same gear as Tim, though mine were bought “only” in 2003-2005. I expect to still be using them in 2035 if I’m still breathing. I think basic design (jacket vs back inflated) is more important than the brand. Switching from a very good Scubapro jacket-style BCD to the back-inflation Zeagle made a world of difference in comfort and stability. My wife and dive buddy switched to a Poseidon BCD at the same time and is even happier. Both brands come in true sizes, are highly adjustable for fit, and have more options for trim weight placement. There are others of course. As for the regulator, I don’t notice much difference between various designs of the second stage that would make a difference for photography. However going fully air integrated with my computer and ditching the octo for a Scubapro Air2 secondary reg on the BCD inflator hose made a really big difference to my overall organization, streamlining, and comfort. if you haven’t shopped for new gear in 20 years, I suspect the biggest adjustment will be sticker shock!
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