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  1. Hi, something to add to Wolfgangs point with continous shutter, the sharks are a bit nosy, it looked to me that they were searching for the noise and came sometimes direct in my direction..... Try to be on one side of the line, so you have not too much other divers on both sides,... Have a look in which direction the current goes, there is a lot of kicking people, means o lot of drifting silt and bubbles. Use nitrox, otherwise your stay down there is short and not worth it. Good luck, Wolfgang
  2. Hi Interceptor, the problem is that iso 800 looks shi.... on the Oly Omd 5 mk I.... And the thread opener has "only" a mk II.... There is allways a good and a bad side ;-)) For macro, i loved it! No visible difference, but more dof.... Special for supermacro great!!! Still waiting for the Nauticam Nikon Z50 solution... Then we will see what is my next setup.... Second trip to the threshers i took the Nikon D500 with the Sigma 18 - 35mm f 1,8.... Extrem sharp and fast, but only two dives and the first was crowded and a lot of divers not paying attention to the rules and lines.... If you wait there, and suddenly some divers come up in front of you ( kneeing on the edge of the lines ) something is going wrong.... For the second i had luck and the guide from the year before gave me a solo dive with her, but bad vis.... And, the water is green not blue ;-))) Regards, Wolfgang
  3. Hi Interceptor, he uses a Omd 5 MkII !!! And that camera is not better than the Mk I.... And i know the difference, because i had both at the same time.... Used the Nikon above water, and the Oly under water. And the difference is big! Had both used for concert pics, that cant be compaired. You allways go for the Omd 1 Mk II, and i had no chance to compair that one, but i prefer the Nikon Dx over the 16mp mft sensor from the other Oly cams. And sorry, why or how should a iso 3200 from a mft sensor be better than a iso 1600 from an aps sensor? Physically thats not possible.... Regards, Wolfgang PS: https://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Olympus-OM-D-E-M5-Mark-II-versus-Nikon-D500-versus-Olympus-OM-D-E-M1-Mark-II___1006_1061_1136 There is 369mm² against 226mm²..... Thats a factor of 1,63.....
  4. Hi, i was using the same camera and the Olympus 12mm f2 with iso 800.... And still motion blurr.... Mostly passing by in some distance, water green and not very clear... We had only one time the shark was realy filling the frame.... The dives start very early, and deep, so not a lot of light.... Make sure you do more than one, even then that one was not good.... We did 5 in two weeks, two were bad, ontwo were ok, the last was great ;-))) Had the 8mm Pana and the 12-50mm Oly and the 60mm Oly with me. There was some nice tiny stuff as well. For me the reason to go back to a Nikon DX camera afterwards.... Regards, Wolfgang PS: here you can find some pics from that combi... http://reefdesign.eu/malapascua-2016.html
  5. Hi, think Weikamp had built units, but dont know if still doing...
  6. Hi, the question is not the stabilisation, that cant help in any situation, its more how fast your target is moving.... Have tried the tresher sharks in Malapascua, 30m deep at 6am..... With Oly omd 5, 12mm f2 lens open, Iso 800 too slow.... And there will be a lot more places in future, where we will not be allowed to use artificial light.... For marine live protection, this is fine, and i will respect it. We adapt Sigma and Tokina lenses as well to Sony cameras, that makes no difference ;-)) There is no other choice. And as long as the adapters work well, why not? Have a Sony A6300 with adapter, and a Sigma 105mm/ canon macro lens. Its faster then the original Sony lens... Friends use a Tokina 10 / 17mm on the same camera.... Works well. Yes Nikon will take some time to get a new lens park for Z-series, but Sony had the same problem a few years ago.... There is plenty of m43 housings on the market, same to Dx and FX housings, but the Sony Axxx Nauticam housings are far the light weighted ones. And if that is continued for the Z50, it makes a big chance for the Nikon users, and others who travel a lot, to switch to mirrorless. Only my thoughts ;-)) Regards, Wolfgang
  7. Hi Tim, have a look to the sony A6xxx series housings.... Same sensor, smaller mount, but small housings and only 1kg housing weight.... With adapter the Tokina 10 - 17mm could be used, and many more.... Hi Chris, i had the Oly Omd 5 mk I, nice cam but the low light possibilities were low.... The housing weight for the EM1 mk II is 1.8kg! If i take Subal, i could house a Sony A7.... with 250gramm less.... For sure will the ports and lenses still have their own weight additional. And Sony as well as Nikon will be heavier than Olympus. But if i start with a leight weighted camera and housing, i can stripp the complett rig weight down... And use only one system. Shooting Nikon since 30 years means a lot of glas ;-)) Was using two systems for weight, but didnt made me happy... Oly be better with dof for macro, the others better with bigger sensors.... If there is an additional Nikon adapter, i could use the 15mm or maybe a solution for the Nikonos RS lenses..... Just thoughts.... Regards, Wolfgang
  8. Hi, as a long time Nikon user, 35 years, and more than 25 years under water, this could be a good camera for the next trips. And maybe longer, if the line gets further.... What i would like is a high quality housing like Nauticam, but small and light weighted like the Sony A6xxx series. Between 1 and max 1,5kg 100mm port diameter.... Had a Sony Nex5 and 7, and Oly Omd 5e in Nauticam housings... By now, using a Nikon D500 in a Hugyfot, simply because my first real underwater setup was a D300 in Hugyfot, and still have all the ports and goodies... But travelling with big photo setup gets harder each year.. A camera like the Z50 with a sensor equal to the D500 in a small housing would be a great opportunity for the scene. So please Nauticam realise that and make us happy! Regards, Wolfgang
  9. Hi, where are you located? Can offer a Sony Nex 6 / Nauticam.
  10. Sounds good! Is there a surface animal section here in the forum???
  11. Hi, the difference of low light is not the lens, that you get in a fast aperture from every brand, but the sensor... A m43 with a f 2 lens is simply not as good as a Dx or Fx with a f 2.... Thats physics. Not beliving
  12. You are right, the EM1 mii is a lot better than the other Oly cams, but still not so good as the Sony cams. Not only cost, weight is as well a factor. And the housing for the Em1 mii weights 800gr more, the camera weights 140gr more. Thats ~ 1kg more, and 300€ difference in housing too. The Tokina 10 - 17mm ( 500€ ), a well known underwater fisheye works with the Sigma converter. As well as the original Canon macro lenses or the Sigmas for Canon.... The Oly fisheye is not cheap, dont know the exact prices and differences in the staates, but here in europe the Panasonic FE is 600€, the Oly FE f1,8 pro is 750€ and the f 3,5 is 850€ ( amazon.at )... The big pro for the Oly is the Dof in macro, no question. The Oly 60mm will be equivalent to full frame 120mm, the Sony 90mm be 135mm... I use a Sigma 105mm on my Nikon D500 mostly, or the old Nikon 70 - 180mm macro zoom. Thats the reason i asked for the goal and most use. Regards, Wolfgang
  13. Hi, the choice is not easy ;-)) A Nikon user since more than 30 years.... I had after a D300 for underwater a Oly OMD5e in a Nauticam housing and loved it! For macro a great system, wide angle too. Light weigted, so my prefered setup for a trip could easily fit in the hand luggage... But then a trip with restrictions in light use, Malapascua treasure sharks, no strobes or lights, make the difference. The small sensor is great for macro, big depth of field, but low light, ups.... Forget 800 iso.... looks shi..... So a year later, same destination i switched to a D500 setup, Hugyfot, a lot more weight, much more bulky, but under these conditions, better pics.... Quick focus with every lens, ... But not a 12 - 50mm lens, that can do even macro, light weigthed, big Dof, very universal,.... But, the question is, what is your goal? How many trips a year by plane? How many dives by car? If i would start today, with not my lens park and Nikon history, i would think about a Sony A6400 setup. I have a A6300 and was thinking to get a system for underwater, but will upgrade to the A6400 because the focus. And the Sigma converter gives you the Canon lenses with good focus. Means you can use the Tokina 10 - 17mm and the Sigma 105mm OS or Canon 60mm macro.... And that with only a bit more than 2 lbs of housing weight.... The most leight weighted Nikon Z housing is more than 4 lbs, Sony full frame around the same weights.... Quality of the pics from D500 to A6300 are equal. But so many things to think about ;-)) Regards, Wolfgang
  14. You can use as well some older Inon cables, some of them had a screwed on shoe that will fit as well. But better pick up than shipping to found out thats the wrong one... Regards, Wolfgang
  15. There are two used Inon Z240 type 4 in the classified section! That is a great start...
  16. A pitty you are in the states.... With adding shipping & custom fees they get too expensive ;-(( Regards, Wolfgang
  17. Hi, interested! Will send you a pn. Regards, Wolfgang
  18. Hi, thats a female! The male have the spines on the top, middle und down section of the tailfin. The backfin is different as well... You can find more pics under the old name Cheilinus bimaculatus. Regards, Wolfgang
  19. Hi, my Africa trip is long time history ( 1992 ), was in Malindi but not much to see.... The diving is nothing in relation to a well organiced safari.... Plan the same weight for long & fast lenses, best with stabilisation, and you will enjoy the trip ;-))) Try early morning and dawn, like diving ;-))) Nice trip and great pics for you, Wolfgang
  20. Hi, have an Inon D2000 for sale. Regards, Wolfgang
  21. Autofocus of 6300 and 6500 are the same. The 6400 is newer and got a lot of better AF functions... Stabilising is nice, but not so much worth than a quick autofocus.... Water dimms a lot of shaking against air.
  22. Hi, i live in austria, middle of europe, so the next sea ( not an ocean ) is min. 6 hour drive. And thats the flat sandy part, with no foto possibilities. I run my own compay, nothing with tanks or fotography, and i am happy if i get more than 2 weeks of holiday a year, 3 weeks is max! So the saltwater tanks are our ocean for almost all of the year.... And the same as a dog or cat for other people. We have no tv at home, but 4 different programs, just have to change the room ;-)) Also outdoor is a 200l tank with zooplankton for foodenrichment. We got friends with the boss of the salty part of the public aquarium here in the capitel, and we have been on a trip to Monaco with him, changing animals, and catching some for the mediterian tank they built here. Was great to see how they work there, and to get in contact with that people. They get corals for free from us, home grown. And sometimes ideas, because that is a big factor in the scene. Public tanks follow the sientific news, but sometimes the private keepers are much further, and have solved problems that have even not shown up in publik tanks. Simply because there are more people that get the same problem and try much more different ways to solve it. Specially with breeding fish and growing coralls, the private keepers were much further. And its funny to read how great the solution of a public tank is, that is used for years from private keepers. The problm is easy: Scientist would never accept a solution from not scientists.... It takes long to show them what works and why.... What means no need for? If i would live close to the sea, i would have a small tank to watch interesting animals for a couple of days and then set them back in the ocean. This i cannot do here, so i have to set up an artificial ocean, as good as i can, and we try hard!, to produce a good home for our animals. We have always a small plastik box for camera gear with us, that we use as tank on holidays. Collect seegras an the shore that the wind and storm have taken to the shore and look what is living in and on. Got strange views then we trought dozends of sea rabbits ( nudies )back in the sea after a storm, that were pushed on the beach.. The tank industrie is not a big fan of mine ;-)) In the austrian saltwater forum my girl friend and i are mods. And we say what we think. No big fishes, not all the problem safers, take it slow and read and ask..... Think twice before you buy animals, and what can happen and what you have to do to keeping them... Most of our technic is second hand, only glas is new because of security reason. Only my personal view ;-)) Regards, Wolfgang
  23. Hi, agree with your answer. Cyanid is killing to much and should be forbidden. Catching with small nets works as well. Another point is, that the catchers, who get mayby a few cent per fish, can feed their families. So the reef gets a higher value for them. If not, they would use dynamite to catch food. What still happens in the philippines and other places... The price of fish or coral is the sales point in a shop. Our sexy shrimps / dancing shrimp, needs 6 months before you can give them away. Need food a lot, waterchanges, .... We asked for 9.-Euro, but the shops buy them for half of it..... Ideas like a corner with breeded fish and shrimp and coral found no use... License is or can be a good idea. But its the same with underwater fotografie. I have seen guys with expensive equipment, laying in the middle of a reef for a good shot. After the shot, they kik the anikal with their fins, to get the next position a guide shows them.... Last february we have seen a bunch of divers in Bohol, that should do a bouancy course, or maybe we should found a "how a fotografer should dive without harming the underwaterworld..." license... Regards, Wolfgang
  24. Hi, the difference is, that clownfish is the easiest home breed fish in salt water.... And needs less space for swimming than the most others... The percentege of land breeded reef fish is getting higher each year, because of aquarian people, trying a lot of species.... The problem is that breeded animals are allways more expensive than wild catch... We have now 4 salt water tanks at home, was much more then we did breeding shrimp and trying fish.... We also grow corals, some for a public aquarium.... Dont know how somebody says a wild catch fisch is not long living in a tank. From our first 4 fishes, we gave the couple clownies away. The other two were a couple of Chrysiptera parasema, who laid often eggs, and a friend of us was able to breed some of them. First in europe! One of these two is still in our tank, after 13 years. How long do you think they live in the ocean? By the way, the most poison catched fish die within months in a tank, because of the inner organs that were damaged! The point is how you ceep them. There should bee a licence for tank keepers, like a driving licens. But movies like Finding nemo opened a rush for salt water tanks, and the industrie brought new technic and sold it as easy.... We decided to have a tank, to get a piece of the ocean in our flat. And we bought books and gathered information as much as possible before we started. as it should be. The same as any pet owner should do. We never had atang, even not in 750 liters. Not suitable we think. But we can show the beauty of the sea to friends and familie and others, and get these people interested in saving the sea! Regards, Wolfgang PS: do you think eating sea fish is better than keeping one?
  25. Hi, if it is a room, you will never lighten it complete.... And thats good that way. A cave should show mystery, and not look like a workroom with light all over.... Using more strobes gives you the possibility to show the 3d scene a cave can have. Specially with light between diver and wall, using shadows.... Thats a lot of work and needs a good team as well. On a dive in Mexiko i met a team of 5 or 6 divers with 4 strobes on the camera, one strobe on each divers double pack, one in each divers hands, and an extra set of strobes for hiding in the background.... That makes a lot of work to get everything in position, and if the cave is not often dived, gives you a lot of silt rain from above.... Only as an idea what can happen.... And much more will happen ;-)) But enjoy it, try it and have fun. And allways enought air on your dives! Caves and cameras need a lot of disziplin! Regards, Wolfgang
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