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  1. @Mobula thank you very much for a smooth transaction as well - great comms, good packaging, kept me up to date with everything. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again
  2. Hi all, I'm just venturing into UK diving and as a result I'm slowly getting gear for it. For now I'll be trying a 7mm wetsuit with gloves, boots and hood, then moving on to dry next year maybe? Question: I've got a DSLR housing for which I obviously shoot manual (so most relevant buttons will be used): Which specific gloves would you recommend for all year diving in the UK, which will keep me warm but also give me the best amount of tactile feel for camera and strobe adjustments? Bearing in mind that the YS-D1 has absolutely tiny adjustment knobs and increments So far I've looked at the 5mm stretch style gloves (mares, scubapro etc.) and the fourth element 5mm. Any thoughts and experiences? I know it's a tradeoff between thickness and dexterity but surely there is a sweet spot somewhere? (I'm hoping the answer isn't 3mm and manning up!)
  3. @René I bought a Sea&sea ys-d1 strobe from him. I paid promptly via PayPal with no issues regarding shipping times. Overall a great buy and a good transaction, as verified by other members prior to buying.
  4. So I bought this at 2mm and tested it, works absolutely great! https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F193291911042 Here's the end result resusing one of the cheapo fiber optic cable plugs: https://m.imgur.com/a/DCwAw7p I still needed two spare plugs just in case my "repaired" official sea and sea cable fails again (you can see how I've elegantly superglued and taped it up for now. So I bought these as I could not find the appropriate o rings and plugs locally (they were available online but it had a very long shipping date): https://www.mikesdivecameras.com/products/inon-rubber-bush-type-l I am hoping the 2mm will fit these, if not I can trim the outside and slide them in, failing that I can re use the sea and sea cable! All I wanted to say was thanks to the community for the ideas, and that the cable from eBay works great. I haven't tested TTL but I never shoot with TTL so personally for me it's not an issue. But if anyone wants me to I can test it out next week. Happy strobing!
  5. Hey DDT, I was actually planning on going to tulamben to meet up with the supreme spotter, Ajiex (i came back from there in December actually). Either that or the Philippines. However due to the issues in East Asia now I've decided to not travel there. Usually I wouldn't fret but there have been some travel restrictions to East Asia and I would rather stay a bit closer (Cozumel, red sea, Maldives)
  6. I'm definitely going to Gulen at some point but I'm very new to drysuits and I feel I'd be better off doing more diving (and getting the seaskin!) in the UK before spending money on it in Norway. But for sure, in a year or two I'll deffo go
  7. That's interesting, I've seen little in terms of critters photographed in the red sea, but plenty from Cozumel and the night dives are pretty cool (I've done two in Cozumel but not in the red sea mind you). So in terms of stuff to see critter wise, shore dives in the red sea may provide the same quality as Cozumel? At the moment I'm upping my budget and considering Cozumel vs Maldives, but Maldives is closer to 2k as I'm travelling solo (sharing accommodation costs would help tremendously) and Cozumel is around 1.4 or 1.8 if I decide to go for a photography workshop
  8. Sorry to resurrect this thread. Does anyone have other recommendations for good spotters and places that cater for photographers in Cozumel?
  9. Thanks again for all the advice, plenty to think of, not much time to book! At the moment Im considering Red Sea, Cozumel and Maldives. Ill weigh up pros and cons but at the moment this seems to be the shoot out for Feb: * Red Sea: easy flights and transfers, coldish water in feb, few critters, pelagics are area based, not many schools of fish this time of the year * Maldives (fulidhoo): expensive for solo traveller (1500quid min), no critters but loads of pelagics, high season, about 15 hrs flight * Cozumel: Reasonable, probably around 1200 if on a budget, both amazing critters and possibly pelagics, plus black water dive, about 15 hrs flight
  10. I did order one pack of the ones that seem like they would be decent, however as you say the specs are not there: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fiber-Optic-Cable-1-1-5-2-0-Silica-Core-End-Glow-black-PVC-Waterproof-tube/193291911042?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D5b5aeadfc37b4cd9a262a7e84a8b13cd%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D233442238478%26itm%3D193291911042%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2380057&_trksid=p2380057.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3A09f840cf-4758-11ea-9f1c-74dbd180f121|parentrq%3A1089617c1700a16e8e191aaaffebb9e6|iid%3A1 I wasnt able to find anything else to be shipped to the UK in time for my potential trip, so my only other option would be to try and repair my existing cables, which should be doable provided i put a razor blade to the existing one and get the remaining cable out from the holder. I presume it would have to be drilled out at this point!
  11. Thanks both, I will message you independently. Much appreciated all. It's either Maldives (local island) or Red Sea at this point. I suspect I'll need to forego macro and go for wide this time.
  12. So I guess i really only need two parts. Ive added three things to my shopping card for immediate delivery (likely to go on a trip next week so this is a rush job!). Could anyone verify these items please? * cable option 1:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/9875321257/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2Q3LT3D86Q568&psc=1 * cable option 2:https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/987532180X/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A2Q3LT3D86Q568&psc=1 * plugs: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XBG5U82/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=AIF4G7PLKBOZY&psc=1
  13. Self reliant would be nice but given I've got a week I'm not sure I want to spend too much of my time doing that. If they won't do spotting in areas I'm unfamiliar with then I probably won't spot as many as an experienced one! May or may not have a buddy so i'd prefer a good DM with a keen photographers eye. Perhaps I've (DEFINITELY) been spoilt in Asia. I'll look into it regardless - would you say there's opportunities for bigger stuff like Dolphins? Dolphin reef I believe is many many miles away so that's a no go from Sharm.
  14. Thanks Adam, I'll look into it. What are their dive operations and DMs like? Good spotters?
  15. Yeah you're probably not wrong as flights to east asia is high on short notice. Doesn't seem to be much there for macro in Egypt (at least not enough to warrant a 105mm lens permanently on during a dive) unless I'm wrong? Maldives local island may well be an option at this rate.
  16. Hi all, I may well have a week off coming up shortly, and I was wondering what people would recommend the following: Priority: Macro photography Optional: Wide angle Month: February Travel time/option: Direct flights or around 10-12 hrs Duration: 1 week Budget: £1k ish Whilst I would LOVE to go back to Philippines, given travel recommendations generally to east asia I may well be limited to Egypt / Africa as the nearest and best destinations? Or Maldives for a local island trip? Alternatively it seems that certain parts of asia may be fine to travel to and perhaps I'm reading too much into news headlines and travel advice... Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
  17. Thanks all, I'll try to have a go at this when the water is somewhat warmer, unless my friend's collie is up for the cold water - which he may well be
  18. Spitting and potatoes, i expected the former but not the latter I'll try that out and look at a few tips to keep water off. Here's one from this article:
  19. I'm branching out with dog photography and I'd like to get some furry pictures of an active dog in the shallow. For this I'd obviously use my housing, with a wide angle lens and probably a strobe as I've no other way to fire off a flash. However saltwater droplets would be forming on the dome in between most shots as the dog would splash water on to the camera. To rinse I'd probably bring a large bottle of clean water, however droplets would still form (albeit not as bad as saltwater). What would you use in between to make sure it's completely clear, just fine tissue or possibly a microfibre cloth?
  20. Due to timewasters, this is now unfortunately priced to sell at £1000. But fortunate for you guys Priced for a quick sale, please respond here and via direct message if you're interested.
  21. Totally, the first thing to check is to try and figure out where the problem is and track the root cause (can be applied to almost anything in life ) It's likely to be the 3 things really: 1. Cable 2. Strobe 3. Trigger Of those 3, it could be batteries, malfunction, degraded quality (dirt preventing them from carrying enough light through) etc. Go with the most basic setup, test 1 at a time, swap them, try different modes on both strobes etc.
  22. Great, thanks for the response @Kraken de Mabini - I'll definitely give this a go / glow
  23. Hi all, Does anyone have experience with detachable arms like these? http://www.fun-in.com.tw/oc/index.php?route=product/product&keyword=detachable&product_id=3040 ...particularly for the use of snooting where you need to have the flexibility of sometimes freehanding it? How sturdy are they? Seems like quite a fragile mechanism with a single spring. Even the Carbon Arms branded one seems to be exactly the same? Thanks in advance
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