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  1. I'm blocked as well. Interesting that they've kicked out so many people without even a message to them to explain why.
  2. Fred, Your diving Insurance might cover you for the losses as this is a medical reason for forfeiture - it might be worth a phone call before giving away the rest of the trip when it is unlikely you'd get the required documentation from Kri if you do give it away. It is a great gesture though!
  3. Housing and Camera now in UK. Reduced to $3800. Viewfinder no longer for sale.
  4. I don't really want to sell this, but I made a deal with my wife! Very good condition 1Dx housing. $4500 OBO This thing is a feat of engineering and amazing to use so I really don't want to sell it. Travelling to UK/USA next week so needs to be quick or i'll have to just keep it!
  5. For those that requested extra photos, here they are:
  6. Almost new 7Dmk2 for sale. Housing: $2850 180 Viewfinder: $950 7Dmk2 Body: $1200 All was new at the start of the year and hasn't been used much! Selling due to pregnancy. We will be travelling to NEC diveshow and DEMA so can easily bring to US/UK. Edit to add: Will only sell other items if housing sells first. looking to sell this as a package ideally.
  7. I used to put some of that pink styrofoam netting that they put over your duty free bottles in the airport over my white slate when I used sony. I found that took out the magenta cast. I suspect EJ has some Pink fishnet stockings that will work just as well.
  8. Evidently, after much Investigation since seeing one of the organisers at the diveshow in Germany, Paulus was paid back in August 2014 - So please disregard my posts after August 2014. I believe that means all guides are now paid. Hopefully the next iteration of this event will have a more fluid payment system.
  9. I have a pair of these for sale if anyone is interested, please make me an offer. I have them with extra long 2m umbilical cords. These things are built like a tank, and unfortunately are about as buoyant as one! Comes with the two different domes for varying beam angles and the pelican style case. Used about 4 times. http://www.orcalight.co.uk/dive-lights-products/seawolf-2260-22000l-canister-light-cri-83-standard/
  10. I recently headed to the Bahamas to dive with the Great Hammerheads, which was quite a big trip when coming from Lembeh! I was also blessed with a 27hour delay on the flight to the US from the UK, which royally sucked as I picked up a nasty flu. Anyway, arriving in the Ft Lauderdale looking and feeling like crap and a day late meant I had to do my shopping in super quick time before heading over to the Bahamas. I had met Ryan once before about a decade ago and whilst we keep in touch from time to time it would be a push to call us friends, so please don't consider this a biased review. I have now owned Nauticam D90, 7D, 5Dmk3, EM5, EM1, GH4, Rossa, 1Dx and 7Dmk2 housings, and of course some of them have had problems so Ryan and I have sparred/discussed issues before, even though I hadn't bought them from the USA. I definitely don't consider myself a Nauticam fanboy but I do feel that their newest products are of a very high standard. What surprised me the most was that on the Saturday that I arrived, Ryan himself was servicing a Rossa housing that needed a quick turn around. I had never known of this side before, and as a hands-on owner of a business myself I really appreciated that he took time out of his weekend to fix a problem for one of his clients - plus I got to help take someone else's housing apart which is always a fun learning experience! Reef Photo were super accommodating and as an industry person I could really see how well Elly and Phil do when explaining to photo newbies (even the ones that know everything) how to use the equipment and they also were not pushy on sales. Both demonstrated a very good understanding of equipment and you can tell they use it a lot, so for compact users looking to take the next step I strongly recommend talking to either of these two. For my end of the Market, before this trip I had no idea that Reef offered quite a large inventory of cinema equipment for rent, including RED dragons and Rossa Housings. I rented a Rossa housing to save on baggage allowance and hassle with customs on coming back into Indonesia - the housing was the newest version and in great condition. I really look forward to visiting them again when not ill and exhausted from delays. Here's a picture from Bimini as i didn't take a single picture with my phone in the store! Shot with Nauticam GH4 and dual Inon z240's
  11. We have this back in our Resort but i'm in Europe at the moment. Can get you a result at the beginning of Feb, but i'm quite sure it will be differently sized from my memory of holding it. The new 7Dmk2 housing has really lovely ergonomics. It's worth the upgrade in my opinion as original 7D nauticams are still selling at a nice price, as they were such a good product in the first place.
  12. Think 12" ipad with keyboard I guess. Most people don't use an air for photography. And the new iPhone all sync over wifi and bluetooth. As do a lot of cameras. Thunderbolt 2 would require a more robust architecture and strong processor.. I doubt they could fit the battery in. Perfect for a bit of work on the train home though. Or sat on the couch.
  13. 3 x week long trips exploring the Ha'apai Island group in July / August. 9am 29th July to 9am 5th august (7 days) 9am 7th August to 9am 14th august (7 days) 9am 15th August to 9am 22nd august (7 days) $4000AUD, including hotel in Tongatapu on the way in. Does not include airfares. Embark / Disembark in Ha'apai, and hopefully have a great time with the Whales, Ha'apai was very hot last year. This is a private liveaboard, so you're on the action all day if required, and we can move locations to get the best interactions. Max 4 people in the water at a time and some of the best food in Tonga. I will be taking one of the above charters as a family only trip, so in effect only 2 charters available. More details here: http://uwuhd.com/tonga-2015/
  14. On a seperate note I have had a PM or two about rebreathers and their application to photography for the non-techie types. I do not consider myself a technical diver in my general attitude, I am MOD3 certified and dive my rebreathers regularly. However I am not an expert on rebreathers, I am a user and also a service provider for others, but I still call my tec instructor for advice before doing certain dives. EJ (Escape) is just starting his journey on the rEvo which has become pretty much the standard for a lot of film crews. I use the rEvo unit for most things, from Trimix 100m+ to playing around in the shallows doing very long dives (circa 18m). You need to bring a bailout and you need to be confident that you can spot a problem. There's a great guy doing courses in Bali for this unit. The rEvo can predict how long your sorb will last, thus making it very economical and having that reassurance factor, it is however the weakest link in th rEvo system and has had some problems (fixed for free with a few spare parts). I also train people on the Poseidon mk6/7 and that unit is much more accommodating to the not so techie type. It does it's boot up sequence (have the error code list handy) and lets you know if something isn't correct. When it has an error, it spits out a number and you fault find and reboot. Can be annoying and a lot of users do this before having breakfast incase they got thrown a curveball. The mk6/7 is also good in the respect that for shallow dives you don't require a bailout as it calculates how much air you need in your dil tank for a bailout ascent and predicts your remaining divetime based on that (No Deco and program breathing rate and tank size via PC). Below 18m your certifying agency (and likely Dive Operator) requires that you take a bailout. The computer doesn't know this and if you stay within the remaining dive time clock you should be fine to ascend without the bailout, but redundancy is recommended. I have put slightly larger tanks on my rental mk6 so that the guests can do 2 dives and still have a nice buffer of on board bailout at the end of the second dive. However it also injects diluent and oxygen at intervals which can throw off your buoyancy if you're not listening for it. Super awesome is the flashy light and vibrating mouthpiece if something isn't correct. It isn't too over the top and gives me comfort that I can pay a little less attention once i'm sure the unit is running well, not to say you should not respect it. I still do open circuit dives. I made myself dive rebreather only for about a year, and it wore me down. I also reached a point where my skills were not improving. Switching back to OC from time to time and having kick-ass buoyancy again made me realise I still need to improve on the rebreather. So, down to the question that I get asked a lot: Do they make a difference for photography? In most cases yes. In some cases not at all. Neutrals / background: If you're diving with the group and plodding along there's no point in using a rebreather other than to get experience and log hours. The being able to get slightly closer to fish thing isn't worth the cost of the sorb fill and O2 in that situation. I can do the same by holding my breath and being calm on Open Circuit. If you're diving with a more liberal operator then it might be worth it even for normal dives. But then your options for operators declines quite rapidly. Being left alone for 5-10mins at 20m when everyone else has run out of NDL is great - but it can make guides nervous if they don't know your style. If you have bailout you have redundancy, but no one wants to waste time looking for the dick that was on his fancy rebreather and got lost... So don't expect to get carte-blanche even if you have a million c-cards. Absolutely no-one wants to start searching for a body, going deeper than normal depths increases your chance of dying unless your skills are top notch. Ideally you need a rebreather buddy, but most who have looked at rebreather forums probably took the opinion that they would rather dive alone than hang out with the people who post there! They aren't all like that but there's certainly a higher proportion on know-it-all types in the tec sector than normal diving. Much like there's a lot of special folks in the UW photography world. My wife got certified on the AP Evolution+, and hated it. I have her scheduled for a Mk6 course, but she's put off by all the messing around pre and post dive. Camera, business, small child and rebreather don't mix well in a 24hr day. I remove the business operations part when i'm diving rebreather and make the child do the rebreather washing. Positives: Big fish interactions! Mantas do not run away, stay still and they will disregard you as a part of the scenery. Small fish interactions. Sitting still and just watching becomes fun again. Schools of fish ignore you. Very long NDL for dives around 20m and shallower. Quick washout of your deco - you can do your 6m safety stop at 100% O2. I regularly do 30m+ dives and stay there for most of the dive, then clear my safety stop in the last few minutes and come up with everyone else. If you are an air-pig, you will really struggle to empty a rebreather on one dive with correct technique. Warm air in the breathing loop stops the chills and shivers that I get on OC. Rental mk6/ units available in many places although a lot of operators are getting rid of them as they do have the tendancy to not work correctly first time when left in the box for 6 months. No Bubbles to trash your wide shots.... unless you dribble out of your nose or have a full loop and ascend a little. Negatives: Anti-Social. Cleaning these things is dull. Each unit is different in the effort it takes to rinse/clean it. I can do my rEvo way faster than the mk6 due to it's design. It makes a big difference and was not something I considered before I was a user. however, you are not going to get ebola if you don't disinfect the loop every day. If you have warm climate and ventilation then it should dry out before any nasties get a hold. Prior to being certified I listened to so many people say what a hugely important thing it was to keep them clean. Obviously rental units get disinfected all the time, but my personal one not so often. I can strip, wash and hang to dry my rebreather and then pull the batteries and cards from my camera by the time the first guests finish their shower. Heavy - I travelled with my rEvo once last year, to Raja Ampat. With carbon cylinders and bailout. It was expensive! If you have a small camera rig that is carry-on sized and can rent cylinders on location then you can do it, just buy a few spare tshirts at the destination. Time Wasting. When the negative pressure test leaks or the poseidon gives you error codes it can really mess with your day. Do you bring spare O/C gear as well? Or just rent if it breaks!? Crap buoyancy when still gaining experience. As soon as you think you've got it under control and have had 20 mins of thinking "ooh I can do this" your unit will send you face-planting into the sand or on a jaunt towards the surface. It's user error and experience of course but you will curse like crazy through the loop (and your voice travels very far when screaming through the loop). Anyone who heard a very angry MF being shouted during a dive in Lembeh over the last few years, i'm sorry! Anyone who has dived a rebreather and it hasn't tried to kill them yet is not experienced. You want it to try and do that to you somewhere nice an easy. I have made a lot of mistakes already and can outline them in another post for those that are interested! Closing notes: As an operator, we get quite a few rebreather enquiries over the year and the #1 most annoying thing is how cheap rebreather users are (I have fallen into this trap myself when planning a trip, once!). People who sell tech as their sole business put up with it and do it because they love it, but the general consensus amongst other operators is that its a huge pain in the ass and expense for very little return. I'm still on the fence and welcome rebreather divers from a business perspective, but i'm hooked as a user. Speaking as a rebreather diver who often travels alone (and not an operator): I need my tanks filling. I need extra space to wash /prep my equipment. Sometimes I need strange gas mixes which are expensive and may sit unused after I have left. In the water I need bailout tanks and I don't want a normal aluminium 80 as that's unnecessary for normal dives and uncomfy with a camera - give me a 40 or a 30cuft please.. I want leniency with my dive profile once the operator knows i'm trustworthy. I want potential longer divetimes away from the bubble blowers. I want full O2 fills, from booster pumps that work well and I prefer to know they have a backup if it breaks (imagine it breaks on your 2nd day after you brought all your equipment across the world). I want a stock of sorb on site that has not expired. I want a helium /oxygen analyser that I trust. I prefer to rent my small rebreather tanks onsite than lug them with me. I want / am required to have a tec buddy when going deep. I am high maintenance and part of a niche group whether I view myself as that or not. With all this in mind, remember that finally getting the rebreather is not the end of the expenditure, it is just the beginning!
  15. We've got a couple here. So far the controls on the Nauticam 7dmk2 feel super slick. AF is great. Just getting used to the new layout of buttons. I particularily like the position of the mn.fn on the thumb.
  16. Hi Tim, all is good here, I think the diving is the best i've seen it in 7 years. hope all is well for you, where ever you are. Simon
  17. EJ... That doesn't translate to a positive comment! You better get your grey ass over here for some deep dives after you get your rEvo cert!
  18. Thanks Everyone. Nick - It's a 4k master. Amazing what you can do when you crop 5k down to 4k. Can't wait to get my baby back in it's 6k iteration. For now i'm on the GH4 again. I just switched it over to be 1080 on Vimeo, so should be a little sharper now. With the RED being raw and no sharpness from camera it's always tricky to know how much you should cook it. The 2 videos I just put out have a general sharpening applies to all clips but I may oversharpen a few clips before showing the 4k files. If i apply the same standard sharpening on the UW clips to the Aerial GH4 clips they look terrible. The sharpening on clips you see in the 4k TV'v in Singapore are always super sharp - although most are timelapses so it's a bit easier. Once the diving quietens down i'm going to go back to shooting super macro with the Red, as I didn't do too much of that in 2014. For now i'll just have to put up with Rhinopias, frogfish and Octopus and the 12-50!
  19. Build a small frontprint micro PC with a HDMI 2.0 enabled graphics card?
  20. Here's a compilation of Lembeh! I did 16.5hours in the water for the Blue Ring Eggs hatching... Love my rEvo! Happy New Year to everyone.
  21. I have XIT for Nauticam. They are lasting quite well, however one of the gears was sent with what seems to be the wrong pitch gears - it still works but it is not smooth at all. Also It does not work with the 7D series as it hits the camera near the flash. In conclusion - gear for 100mmL seems good so far, and the extendability is great. Gear for 100mm has been a waste of money. You're in the US so will be easy to return. Might as well give it a try!
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