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  1. Great video! Do you / can you use the Magic Filter with that lens?
  2. Highlights of dives in Sangalaki, Kakaban & Maratua in East Kalimantan. Featuring snorkelling with manta ray, drift diving, jelly fish lake and a very large school of barracuda at Big Fish Country. Taken in 2005-2006 with a Sony HC-1000 in an Amphibico Invader housing
  3. I am eyeing the GH2 + Nauticam combo and have been looking at the 7-14mm vs 8mm options. The 8mm is great for shooting WA but coming from video sometimes I want to zoom in to get closer shots of something large like a broadclub cuttlefish, grouper, shark etc. Can the 7-14mm do that satisfactorily? Do you have a sample of a large subject zoomed in at 14mm? What about using magic filter on the 7-14mm, can it be stuck to the lens? Thanks
  4. This guy (http://vimeo.com/28087011 ) has both lenses, I suppose the closer shots were taken with the 7-14mm. The 8mm however has a rear filter holder which would be useful to shoot with a Magic Filter for the wreck. I always set the lens at the widest angle when shooting wrecks, the curved lines in the video is not too noticeable especially if you keep it in the middle of the frame, so I would say the 8mm would be better. But if you want flexibility, the 7-14mm with the gear port from Nauticam will give you that, the lens is about $200 more than the 8mm. Not sure about the port prices though.
  5. This could be good news. http://www.theborneopost.com/2011/08/30/sa...fishing-latest/ Wanting & doing & enforcing the ban are three different things, i'll wait till it happens before celebrating.
  6. This looks promising, especially with the 8mm lens. He posted another video on Vimeo, but the colours are off without lights. I wonder about the MWB on the housing & camera, does it work. - syam
  7. Thanks! Most of it was shot right in front of Billabong & Mabul Backpackers lodge.
  8. Hello all, This is a short teaser video from a dive trip to Mabul a few years back. All comments are welcome, this was shot using a Sony HC-1000 in an Amphibico housing.
  9. Great videos! I enjoyed watching them. The currents look rough on the first video but I like how you show the details of the fish, cleaning & changing colors. On some of the macro shots, I wished you zoomed in closer for the details, I normally use my elbow to keep the shot steady whilst resting the camera on my palm.
  10. Congratulations on your purchase, the Bluefin is a good rig. One newbie mistake that I made in beginning was trying to follow the fish around just to keep it in the frames. It's nauseating to watch later. It's better to do static shots of fish as they swim in & out of frames (e.g. schooling anthias, anemonefish) and try to get close & zoom in for the details if they remain still (e.g. stingray under a rock, grouper being cleaned). Some still photog techniques can also be used like CFWA with a wide angle lense (e.g. close-up of lion fish with a diver in the background). Shooting with the sun behind you also makes a big difference since you rely more on natural light for video.
  11. If you want to carry on, you can try the HPRC roller http://hprc-usa.com/2550w.htm or the Pelican roller http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1510. I travel with the Pelican 1550 carry-on in Asia, so far no problem because it fits exactly in the measurement device they have at the airport.
  12. This is cool Wagsy, this goes into the plus column for having a small setup as opposed to the bulk of EX1/EX3.
  13. Judging for the pics, the AX2000 looks like the size of PD-170. So the question remains for the semi pro underwater shooter who wants to go HD & tapeless - who wants a small camera like the old TRV-950 or HC1000 that can white balance & have 3 CCD/CMOS. Should he, 1. Opt for the Canon HF S11/ Gates combo that has manual WB (Single sensor) 2. Wait for the review of this new AX2000 for underwater shots 3. Forget tapeless and look for a 2nd hand A1U & housing (Single sensor) What do you think Drew?
  14. The colour on the macro shots looks great but yes, the MWB on the wide angle shot of the bumpheads didn't produce the correct colour. Its worrying that the newer prosumer cameras have difficulty doing decent MWB compared to the older SD cameras (TRV900, TRV950, HC1000). Are you using the Bluefin Pro? Great video nonetheless, well done.
  15. You're right, normally its a pain to shoot them, but these soft coral ones are not so bad since it's not so deep (10-15m), the soft coral was in a sandy area (plenty of space to work) and they're not so tall at about half a meter (just nice to shoot them whilst lying down on the sand). Though I should have brought the Gorilla pod for better stability. The DM only found them a few weeks before I was there, she also said they also live on the purple soft coral though I didn't get to see that.
  16. From my recent trip to the Togians. The Walea Soft Coral Pygmy Seahorse was only described in early 2009. It was first discovered on Waleabahi Island in the Togian Islands, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. This individual was spotted at the nearby Kadidiri Island by Roser Gari, a divemaster from Black Marlin Dive Resort. More info about the pygmy seahorse at Fins Online and Walea Resort
  17. The Semporna Tourist Action Council consists of people from the tourism industry. Either they were overruled in the meeting or they haven't presented their case well. In any case when they see the tourist numbers falling, then they might do something about it. In Malaysia, money rules - everything else comes second. From the article - "The council is headed by the District Officer and comprises members from the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, Sabah Parks, Sabah Fisheries Department, Sabah Tourism Board, as well as non-governmental bodies such as WWF Malaysia and local tourism players and business communities."
  18. Its official, they're not going to do anything. Despite the title of the article below, The Semporna Tourism Action Council (STAC), decided that "if the shark population can be restored through the implementation of the NPOA and that shark fishing can be proven to be sustainable then there would be no need for a ban on the activity". In Malaysian speak it means no plan of action, business goes on as usual, everything is ok. So for those of you planning to go to Sipadan/Mabul soon, just skip it, there's no point supporting a place where they think killing sharks is ok and endorsed by the Tourism Council. Just email the resort, telling why you're not going. Ban shark finning activities: Council (24 Feb 2009) For those of you wondering what is Malaysia's National Plan of Action (NPOA) on the Conservation and Management of Sharks, the first para of the Conclusion gives you an idea of what they think. "Sharks are not targeted by fishers but are caught together with other commercially important species. They are brought back as a whole to the port and sold at a reasonable price with the fins fetching a better price. Similarly rays are caught and sold at a reasonable price." It goes on to conclude that actions need to be taken are • Strengthen data collection on biology and related habitats. • Collect and compile list of dominant, vulnerable and endangered shark species found in Malaysia • Monitor landings so that it stabilized at sustainable manner • Identify habitats for reproduction and nursery ground and these need to be protected from destruction and fishing activities. • Strengthen data collection on socio-economic of fishers and traders • Strengthen data collection on trade • Encourage full utilisation of elasmobranch catches by improving value-added of shark’s product especially meat, skin and cartilage. • Improve and develop framework for establishing and coordinating effective consultation involving stakeholders in research, management and educational initiatives within and between States. • Strengthen education and public awareness among fishers and people on importance of conservation of shark resources. • Implement effective conservation and management strategies on shark resources. You can get the NPOA from here
  19. Another report in the national press, this time copied straight from this thread. The reporter didn't ask me for permission to publish the pictures. If you're reading this, Julia Chan, yes I give the permission. Divers threaten to boycott Sabah over shark finning
  20. I concur with Chris, Redang would top my list for Peninsula Malaysia. Redang has a more diverse range of sites, 1. Deeper with boulder sites in the north (Tanjung Tokong, Tanjung Lang - saw Whale Shark here in 2004) 2. Macro sites (Stinger Reef, Holy Sands - Blue Ring Octopus, Frogfish, lots of nudis) 3. Reef scene (Terumbu Kili in the south) I dive with adrin@gipsydivers.com - he runs a small dive shop, you get a more personalized service.
  21. Keep up the effort, we're on the right track. Malaysian politicians often take action only when something appears in the national press. The Star Online - Probe into whale and shark killings
  22. Any WP member passing through KL, please try to avoid the following hotels that serve sharkfin soup. 1. Mandarin Oriental, Lai Poo Heen 2. Shangri-La KL, Shang Palace 3. The Hilton KL, Chynna 4. Hotel Equatorial, Golden Phoenix 5. Nikko Hotel, Toh Lee 6. Renaissance Kuala Lumpur, Dynasty 7. The Ritz Carlton, Li Yen 8. JW Marriott Hotel, Shanghai Restaurant 9. Prince Hotel, Tai Zee Hin 10. Parkroyal Hotel, Si Chuan Dou Hua Hotels that do NOT serve sharkfin soup. 1. Le Meridien 2. The Westin Let them know why you're avoiding them.
  23. Just wanna update on what I saw in Mabul (in the fishing village area) when I was there over Christmas 2009 1. Harlequin Shrimp (one pair in front of Billabong jetty and one individual hauling a starfish arm in front of Mabul Backpackers Lodge) 2. Boxer Shrimp (in front of Mabul Backpackers Lodge) 3. Frogfish (most probably Painted under Mabul Backpackers Lodge)
  24. Hi Drew, I replied to your PM but can't see the sent messages, did u get it?. Anyway, yes, I give permission, please go ahead. You can get the larger pics here. The pictures were taken on 25 Dec 2008 next to Mabul Backpackers Lodge.
  25. Yes, I agree with you actually. Please start another thread on Finning In Sipadan. This thing happened in the fishing village which is just behind Borneo Divers.
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