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  1. I own a Sea & Sea 15mm lens that I may consider selling. I bought it years ago from someone else intending to use it with my Nik V but never did get around to using it before I bought a DSLR. I believe I also have the finder for this lens. Let me know if you're interested. Ellen
  2. Hi, Congratulations on your purchase! Here's a link to a series of articles on taking care of your Nikonos V. They are from Southern Nikonos, where I used to have my Nikonos serviced. Pay particular attention to the articles on o-ring!. They have a lot of good information in them and should answer your questions on o rings. It's really helpful to have the special finders for the lenses other than the 35 (e.g. for the 20mm lens). If it were me, I would try and get a 20mm lens rather than the 28mm lens. And, if money is not too tight, consider buying the 15mm lens. In its day, it was THE lens to own, and often produced some very fine wide angle images. Nikonos V articles Perhaps others can answer your other questions. Ellen
  3. All very nice images! My own shot of the flambuoyant cuttlefish didn't come out nearly as nice as yours. Thanks for sharing these images. Ellen
  4. Thanks for the kind words. I checked the focal length of that image and found that it was shot at 10mm, so yes, definitely the wide end of the zoom. Unfortunately, I don't remember the distance between myself and the subject for that image. It was taken last October in Wakatobi and though I've been trying to remember how far away I was, I can't come up with a figure. Ellen
  5. Photo Mechanic has another strong point: It works well in conjunction with Nikon Capture NX. If you are using Capture NX as a raw image editor for your Nikon raw files, you'll find that Photo Mechanic is a good choice. The support available for Photo Mechanic is excellent. I often go to the support forums to find answers to my questions. They have a great team that seem to answer your questions almost as soon as you've posted them. Ellen
  6. Matt, Here's one place you might try: Tokina 10-17 at Reef Photo and Video The folks at Reef Photo and Video are great and even if they can't ship to Australia, they will be able to tell you how to get the lens. Hope that helps, Ellen
  7. Hi Jeff, I don't know what housing you use, but in my own case, I wished I brought a strap wrench. On my Subal housing, the port can sometimes be very difficult to remove from the housing. As it happened, a very knowledgeable friend was able to get the port off the housing. On my next trip, I bought a strap wrench and took it with me in case I needed it. It didn't cost much and certainly didn't weigh much. Even if you don't need it, there may well be others on the boat who would be very happy that you brought it so it could be used on their own system. My two cents, Ellen
  8. Here's an image I took when diving at Wakatobi Dive Resort One reason why fisheye lenses work so well underwater and don't look "fishy" is that there are generally no straight lines underwater as is often the case when shooting topside. I don't think you'll be unhappy if you purchase this lens. Ellen
  9. Matt, I would like to add to John's reply that the corners are sharp. Fisheye lenses generally don't have the problems with soft corners that the wide angle rectilinear lenses have. Later, when I'm not at work, I'll try to add an image taken with the Tokina 10-17 that will show that the corners are as sharp as the rest of the image. It's a great lens. All you need to do is get a zoom gear that will work with your housing in order to take advantage of focal lengths from 10 to 17. Ellen
  10. Hi Dan, In my own experience I've used single-shot autofocus. That way I'm assured that the shot will be in focus. I had too many experiences using continuous focus topside with my D70 to trust it underwater! I just attended a Niikonians workshop on the D300 camera where the instructor suggested a technique of separating the determining correct exposure task with the focusing task. Depending on whether my housing allows control of the buttons on the camera that separately control these functions, I may try the new technique on my next dive trip. I know that some uw photographers use continuous focus but I haven't been one of them. Ellen
  11. Hi Scott, As luck would have it, I've been attending the Nikonians D300 workshop the past two days. While in class, someone asked the instructor about how to shoot fireworks. I'll share what I learned in class yesterday from the instructor. Use your tripod and a cable release. If you don't have one for your D300, you can probably get one at your local camera store. Press Mode on top of the camera and put it in Manual Mode (it will say M). When you adjust for shutter speed, set for bulb. On the D300, adjust the rear command dial until you get to where it says bulb. This is the shutter speed next to 30" (the 30" means 30 seconds on the D300). Use an ISO of about 320, or anywhere between 200 and 400. It sounds strange, but the instructor suggested setting White Balance to Sunny. If you use Picture Controls, you might consider using the Vivid Picture Control. Set your f stop for f5.6. As Chris suggests, you may want to try 5 to 15 seconds. Use your cable release to control how long the shutter stays open. The instructor also suggested shooting early before it gets too smoky. In other words, don't wait for the finale or there will be too much smoke! I'm not much help myself as the last time I shot fireworks was at the Washington Monument in Washington, DC in the 1970's with a film camera. However, even though the medium was film, I still used a cable release and tripod. Hope that helps. Ellen
  12. Paul has given you a great list of ideas. I'll just add two ideas to his list: 1. Take an underwater photography workshop. I've taken a few classes over the past few years and, while they haven't transformed me into a world class uw photographer, the classes have forced me to look at things differently. In addition to learning from the instructor, I've also benefitted from talking to other folks in the workshop and getting ideas from them. 2. Join a local camera club which does not need to have anything to do with underwater photography. That's an excellent way to learn about composition and the color, contrast and perspective in the image to which Tim refers. You can then apply the principles you will have learned to improve your uw photography. The above ideas plus those that Paul has mentioned can't help but improve your uw photography and help you to look at the fish in a different light. Ellen
  13. Have you tried to get a copy in a library? I would consider that to be "reasonably priced" I don't know how libraries work in the UK, but here in the US you can request a copy of the book you want thru interlibrary loan if your local library doesn't have a copy. If any library in the US that participates in the loan program has the book, they will ship it to your local library and you can check it out. Of course, it would be best to own the book, but this might suffice until you can get a copy at a reasonable price. I actually requested a copy of Jim Church's Composition book at my local library years ago. They didn't have it but ended up purchasing it due to my request for the book! Ellen
  14. When I shot with film in my Nikonos days, I always used Ektachrome. Liveaboards (at least the ones I was on) could only process Ektachrome. And there was always the huge difference in the time required to develop Ektachrome films compared to Kodachrome... As with the original version of Velvia, I'm sure that photographers have rolls stored in their refrigerators/freezers. Now as to finding a lab that will develop their Kodachrome rolls, that's a different story!! I still have some expired rolls of Velvia stored in my refrigerator! Not sure when I'll ever use it though Ellen
  15. Another vote for Photo Mechanic. Also Nikon Capture NX2 Ellen
  16. It will not sit flat. The dome extends approximately 1 1/4" below the rubber feet on the bottom of the housing. I didn't take into account the tray that the housing sits on. If that's taken into account, the dome doesn't extend quite so far below the bottom of the tray. The depth of the entire rig from the front of the dome to the back of the housing is 8". On my Subal housing, I have a GS Viewfinder. The GS Viewfinder extends another 2 3/4" beyond the back of the housing. Not all housings, though, have the GS Viewfinder attached. I hope those measurements will help you. Let me know if you need more information and/or images. Ellen
  17. I have the Subal housing for the D70 and the domeport. When I get home from work, I will take measurements and post them here for you. Hope that helps, Ellen
  18. If you're planning to get one macro lens, I'd generally advise buying the 60mm lens as it's an easier lens to use. However, it would be helpful to know a bit more about the kinds of uw photography you plan on doing, what size critters you plan on taking images of, and in what conditions you will be diving. Of the specific choices you gave in the poll, I have used both the older verison of the 105mm lens and the newer 105VR lens. The older 105mm lens would be cheaper to buy, but can be slow to autofocus. I really like the newer 105VR lens, although I haven't used it underwater yet. Hope that helps, Ellen
  19. Backscatter East has a shop in Derry, New Hampshire. Here's the link: Backscatter East Ellen
  20. Here's an Over/Under I took in Cozumel. I used my Subal Dome and my 16mm FE lens. I didn't end up using a strobe for the underwater portion of the image. It was taken in mid-day and the sun was very bright. That probably was the reason the underwater portion of the image was not too dark. Another thing that helped make this shot not too difficult was that it was taken very close to shore and I was able to touch bottom when I took the image. If you are able to find a place close to shore where it's shallow to practice these shots, that might help you to get ready for the deeper water over/under images.
  21. Jake, First of all, I would NOT be shooting in Tiff format. The files are extremely large and it would really limit the number of shots you can take even if you have a large capacity card. On my D300, I generally shoot in RAW + Jpg fine. I don't often use the Jpg files, but if I wanted to send off a few quick files by email then I won't have to go into my raw image editor to convert the RAW files to jpg to send out and/or post on the Internet. Since you're shooting with a Nikon camera, you may want to check out www.nikonians.org They have some very helpful forums including one specific to the D700. They have spreadsheets available that can assist you with the settings. Although not specific to uw shooting, they can help figure out how to set up the camera. I used the settings spreadsheet for the D300 that was posted and I found it was a big help to set up the shooting banks. One thing about www.nikonians.org is that you now have to be a member which costs only $25 per year. I believe there is a trial membership for 30 days before you commit to to membership. One example of www.nikonians being helpful to me was recently when I was at Wakatobi last fall. I was editing an image in Capture NX when some of the settings disappeared. I hadn't brought my manual with me and I posted to see if anybody could help me out. In less than an hour, someone had posted the fix to my problem. I don't know if you already have it, but you might consider trying out Capture NX2, the raw image editor for NEF images. I use it all the time to post process my raw images and have found it to be a very powerful program. Hope that helps, Ellen
  22. No doubt you'll have a great trip on the one you've booked. I can honestly say I have no feedback to offer on the boat or the guides. However, when I was at Reef Photo talking to Ryan, I asked about which uw photo instructors he recommended. He did tell me that Martin Edge was one of the very best. I've never been on one of his workshops and I'm actually booked on Alex Mustard's uw photo workshop in January in Grand Cayman but I did want to let you know of the very high praise that Ryan had for Martin Edge. Perhaps you might consider booking a trip with him in the future if funds permit. Have a good time in July on your trip in the Red Sea! Ellen
  23. I had a good experience visiting Alan Photo Trading in Singapore last fall on the Singapore Stopover. Since I needed a photo vest and I'd heard Scuba Si bought one at their store very inexpensively, I decided to try to get one there. I wasn't shopping for cameras and/or lenses. I bought a very nice, very well made photo vest for a very reasonable price. I tend to be a very hard bargainer so I admit I did bargain him down from his initial higher price. The only bad thing about the best was that it had "Canon" all over it Since I shoot Nikon, I wasn't too happy about it, but I could live with it. After I'd bought the vest, I started to walk out of the store to go back to my hotel. Lo and behold a shop employee came running out of the store and tried to get my attention. He had a free Nikon umbrella for me! I was very impressed that he actually ran out of the store to make sure I got my umbrella. Fortunately, the umbrella survived it's flight on Singapore Airlines to San Francisco and on Alaska Airlines back to Portland. I use it quite often in rain soaked Portland. Even though you're not buying your big ticket items in Singapore, you might be able to pick up an inexpensive photo vest or something similar. At the very least you'll get a free umbrella. Ellen
  24. Be sure to let us know how it goes for you with the new rig. I find some of the very best opportunities are at night. All the critters that you didn't see on the same dive during the day come out for you at night. One of the biggest changes, apart from the camera/housing, is realizing that you can't take both wide angle and macro shots on the same dive. Your choice of lens (macro or wide angle) needs to be made before the dive even starts. Ellen
  25. All I can say is that I wish I'd had one of those Backup Sensors when I owned a Minivan. It would have saved me a lot of money on the deductible on my auto insurance Trying to backup safely while driving a minivan is nearly impossible I found out the hard way But, alas, I drive a Honda Accord now so that Parking Sensor you're linking to would be useless. Ellen
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