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makar0n last won the day on August 19 2018

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    Panasonic GH4
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    Nauticam NA-GH4
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    Inon Z-240
  1. Hi, So I am curious if anybody has had a chance to travel to Indonesia on the funky business visa recently...me and missus are considering it, so I am wondering if anybody has done it recently around here. As there seems to be a conflicting information regarding flights (i.e. whether one has to fly via Jakarta or not) and also whether one has to quarantine in Jakarta for 5 days as well (especially if flying directly to Bali for example). Seems back in December, people were getting in without the need to quarantine. And Garuda website seems to suggest that if flying Bali/Labuan Bajo there is no need to quarantine, but I was told the opposite. https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/other-countries/en/news-and-events/kebijakan-operasional-terkait-covid19 So looking forward to hearing to your experiences hopefully m
  2. This looks more like a spot on the lens..Had exactly the same issue Even though the lens has looked clean, it kept showing spots on a brighter, uniform background, like sky or water. I have used "ZEISS Lens Cleaning Spray" with some microfiber cloth. It did miracles, though I guess other things will also work. Do not use it on your dome though....alcohol and acrylic (plastic) do not mix well. It can make the surface brittle and cracks may appear. If It's glass its normally ok though (don't remember what RX100V housing has..) Refer to your Nauticam manual If there are scratches on the (acrylic) dome though, there are polishing kits available. You can read it below. I have used an an Ikelite kit before for that. https://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8698-removing-scratches-from-a-dome-port/
  3. I can imagine...must be amazing to dive in those normally packed spots and having it all to yourself Same worry about fishing...from one side the whole ecosystem can recover from noisy , oil leaking boats, cigarette buts and all the thrash, from the other, even most remote islands are nowadays populated (sometimes even heavily), with most of the folks dependant on tourists in one way or another....takes those away, and then you have plenty of people left with little income and means to earn it. And sadly when its ecosystem vs i need to feed myself/family, then the latter usually wins, no matter what cost to the former,......fingers crossed it wont end up worse than normal..and luckily nudis are not that edible. Have fun down there, and enjoy the diving!
  4. Still nice pics, even with the rusty thing How is it out there? Was hoping to visit Philly but seems both them and Indo remain closed this year...so I am stuck in the cold Europe, being jelly of all the lucky folks in the tropical places .
  5. Well true, its rumours so far....but I assume Sharp didn't join the MFT because they were bored ....Guess with the current climate we might have to wait a bit...supposedly GH6 was also delayed.
  6. [Rant mode ON] Yup, that's all that matters nowadays sadly :S [Rant mode OFF] Albeit if that 43rumors article is true, then I do not hold much hope for Olympus, since that investment fund was nicely summarized there: They are a vulture fund of privately owned equity partners designed to get around Japanese pension, retention, and servicing laws. That is some nice analysis....curious what happens as well, but not holding my hopes high. That said, all the ranting done with, what do you think about Sharp joining MFT ? This seems to be an interesting thing, since not only they are (according to the rumors that is) releasing what looks like a pretty good, solid entry in form of an 8K capable MFT camera, but most importantly, using their own sensor. And this is where MFT needs a bit of innovation, since both Panasonic and Olympus bought more or less the same sensors from a single company, Sony.
  7. Errrm, apart from the fact that perhaps you should consider the fact I am EU based and not US, and here original Loc-Line can cost easily up to 15 Euro a segment, 6$ is actually about 5.27 Euro according to today's exchange rate....so should I raise the price ? Besides I am always open to reasonable offers.
  8. Thanks a lot for the tips Paolo. Yeah, Lembeh will be hard to match. Looking more for a bit of both worlds location, so one can do a bit of wa, bit of macro and so on...if there is something bigger (especially flying things, since I am fixated on these) then great. Well let's see, can always go back to Komodo Alternatively Dumaguete looks interesting, though tad hard to get to. And your octopus has definitely 80s vibe
  9. Coming! ...just give me about half a year (or more...) till I move there
  10. Hi Paolo, Thanks for sharing your experiences. And great pics! Those loopy fishies round teh pier do look funny As we are trying to decide where to go for our next trip.....how are other, non wide angles looking like there ? Any significant macro to speak of? Any signs of rays/mantas or other weird flying creatures ? Cheers, Martin
  11. come on, surly you need to build yourself a DYI tripod
  12. Original Loc-line flex arms, size 3/4. Bought for a DYI underwater project, but this seems not to be happening no more, hence all for sale Have a whole box of them - 54 pieces, 7 segments each. Total 25 feet, if you feel like constructing a giant octopus... Each segment is about 6 inch/15 cm long or so. Price - 5 Euro per segment + postage. Open to negotiations if you need more than 10. Shipping from Belgium. Pickup welcome if you are in Brussels. Any questions, please ask.
  13. Was using mine in manual as well, when i had the issue, barely last week. My trigger takes two CR2450 batteries, and has two LEDs, so somehow assume one was getting the right charge, while the other was just emitting a weak light. Think Inon adjusts the light output based on a signal somehow. You can ask Pavel Kolpakov, he is a guru if it comes to strobe triggers. Initially, one strobe was sometimes flashing sometimes not. After noticing red light on the trigger, I have then changed one (out of 2) batteries (in flash trigger) for a new one (only had one with me...), and it was working fine. After a few dives the older battery (2nd one) got a bit exhausted as well, with trigger flashing red again. Strobe, while it was still working, was emitting visibly weaker light, despite being on manual and the same settings as the other one. After i've exchanged the older battery as well, for a one salvaged from a spare Suunto, issue went away immediately.
  14. now this is something new...well, glory to the potato, one can eat it, make alcohol from it, now it will even clean your mask! All hail the mighty potato! ...inexaustible supply, always carried with you, no plastic bottles involved and fully organic - spit.
  15. Might sound silly but did you check the "Advanced Cancel Circuit Switch" ? it sometimes get stuck if you have a salt build-up. Also, are you using a flash trigger ? If so check the batteries. First time i've had a similar issue it was the salt thingie. Recently had it again, ever more pronounced, and it turned out flash trigger batteries were low, which caused one strobe not to receive full signal. Good luck!
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