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  1. Looks like my camera room!

    They aren't as small as i thought (A7 / EM-1). Can you do it again with an EM-5 in there too? :)


    Having a proper shutter lever for me is the big selling point. It was always horrible to go from an SLR style shutter release to one in the other orientation on my EM-5. Yes, I know, i'm being a big baby.



    A request regarding size differences between housings, from left the Nauticam NA-EM1 housing (Olympus OM-D EM-1) Sony A7/A7r housing and the Nikon D-800 housing. In the rear is the Nauticam RED video housing.

  2. You may be better off to get a 5Dmk3 before investing in the housings. Most 5Dmk2 housings were not built with video use in mind.


    I have had both Nauticam and Aquatica for my 5Dmk3 and can recommend both. However the record lever on the Nauticam was better placed for my hands.

    I do not think Nauticam has a 5Dmk2 housing.




  3. Barely used system up for sale. In Indonesia but can send via my guests to many locations if the buyer is happy with that.


    Nauticam EM-5 Housing only


    Olympus OM-D EM-5 Camera body with spare battery pack (total 2 batteries) and charger


    No lens or port included.



    $1900 or best offer :)

  4. Hadn't noticed Ambon had been brought into the discussion... So 4 then. In that case i can say that Lembeh isn't the dirtiest :)


    To be honest Drew, i feel a bit cornered by what you added there. I have enjoyed all the dives i've done in Ambon (as i did in all of the 4 locations) so not sure why you're putting a spin on the omission, one of my good friends just set up there with Dive into Ambon so well worth a look, and of course Andy's place is well known and established.


    Wherever you go i'm sure you'd have a good time.



    Rhinopia are around Tulamben but usually on the slopes of Seraya bay. Alex and I spent time with a couple just last month. They are around much of the year since I've seen them in at least 5 different months throughout the years. Only time I'm not in Bali is June-Aug, so I don't care if they are there then :).


    Someone doesn't seem to like Ambon! :) I wonder why? ;)


    There are more than a few threads regarding Anilao resorts in the forums and they are still accurate. It depends on your budget and whether you like to do some shore diving vs all boat dives. I personally like to mix shore dives and there are only a few resorts with good shore dives right at the door step. One such resort is the one I've been using for years, Planet Dive, which sits Twin Rocks (along with Balai and another resort whose name now escapes me!). It's not fancy and the food is a bit bland, but I usually get them to hire a chef when I'm there so there's "better" food. Twin Rocks area has a decent size school of Trevally but they can move off elsewhere.

    The thing about Anilao that many people never mention is that the Bangkas are converted fishing boats and run by an association of local ex-fishermen, who converted to diver transport as part of the marine conservation area deal. So, the Bangkas are used to provide employment for some of the locals, in exchange for no take zones etc. It seemed cheaper for conservation than buying new boats, training people to use and service outboards and battling the local fishermen over fishing rights. There's no real need for that sort of compromise in Lembeh since most of the fishable schooling fish are gone. Sadly, a trip to Bitung port will tell you the fishing boats there hit the Pacific for bigger fish.

  5. Hi,

    Obviously i'm a little biased! :pardon:


    All 3 places will give you great opportunities - that is no doubt.


    Some other things to consider:


    Diveboats - most people can jump up into a Pinoy Banca no problem but it is not always the most comfortable journey. Tulamben is mostly shore diving. Lembeh is almost all boat diving like Anilao. I consider my boats some of the best in Lembeh (fist-pump :bye: ) but even the 'worst' ones are still very comfortable.


    Rhinopias - They were gone for a while, but I have seen 4 different ones in nov/dec, and there were two other sightings that are still evading me. So 6. Our Rhino's are a mix of adult and juvenile - the juvenile ones do run around a bit.


    Crowded divesites - The responsible operators in Lembeh (the majority but not all, unfortunately) stick to a 15 divers (including guides) per divesite rule these days. I also dive earlier than other resorts (some dive later, too) - so the net result is the illusion of less divers, and less divers hanging around for a critter.

    Lembeh also has wide-angle and big fish to rival most places in SE Asia (no hammerheads yet but i'm looking!) but most divers visiting the area are not interested.


    Weather - Lembeh is very stable and always diveable.

  6. The following items have about 20 dives on them at most (wideangle stuff did two dives!):

    Straight Viewfinder: $900

    8"dome and Shade: $520
    18426 macro port: $275
    18453 100mm extension: $172
    18457 Canon 16-35mm extension (also good for teleconverter on macro setup): $225
    18463 Canon 8-15mm extension: $172
    48708 Canon 16-35mm zoom gear: $105
    Canon 8-15mm focus gear: $105


    All items in Yorkshire, UK.

  7. I'll be getting a few of them that's for sure. I use upto 4 housings a day and let my guides set them up so a system like this could certainly give me some welcome insurance. As you say, it wont be long before every manufacturer is offering it.

    However i'm sure they wont be cheap, so to justify the budget with my wife she'll need to see some benefit from it - which brings me back to compatability with the aforementioned Swedish Pumps :P

  8. Alvin, I will be in Singapore tomorrow for 6 hours... sure you dont want that housing?!


    Tom, I'm not sure I understand your argument in relation to the D800's settings. With regards to competitions there are usually some 'anything goes' categories with equally good prizes as the other sections that can be entered with cropping.

  9. I think a lot of people forget that the rules of a shootout competition are there for 2 reasons:

    1. To try to give all contestants a fair playing field and to challenge the entrants to get the best out of them.

    2. To make the judges job as simple as possible on the final day.


    It takes hours to go through the entries and a the cropping rule is easy to check with the raw file.


    By some of the arguments here competitions should not ask for a raw file as older digital cameras cannot shoot them without a huge write delay. That would be a huge disadvantage. So should competitions just ask for Jpegs?

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