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Rob Esaw

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  1. Anyone try putting that add-on macro lens onto the Aquatica flat port?? Blake says it will fit. Anyone have comments about the macro lenses?
  2. The noise ratio is climbing....
  3. So, if I understand this correctly, I could scan a 100mb file of James' shot, then print and rescan a couple dozen times, and end up with, like 1328933434 resolution????
  4. I am amazed at how realistic the colors are in the shots. One of the most interesting things I get from this is the example of how changing the composition can affect the blue water background. I never knew this tecnique. After seeing the image of you shooting the reef, I can see your interest in available light photography. The lack of strobes and arms makes your rig look really comfortable, instead of unwieldy. What filters are you using?? I would like to try this with my Nik5000, but if I put a 46mm filter between my WE-68 and adapter, I think it will screw up my focus???
  5. Nikon, are you listening????? Hurry up.
  6. I really have a hard time trying to achieve 1:1 style shots with my 5000. I dive cold water and find that the 19mm lens for macro is not a great idea. Even with the standard lens, I have a hard time getting close, without encountering strobe issues due to the lens distance to the subject. Is there a close up filter style lens that might give macro magnifications, and still fit under the Aquatica flat port? Are there any other options for increasing the distance/magnification?
  7. James, the new software is a tremendous improvement over the old stuff. Incidentally, the old pages did not fit on my laptop screen (loo large), but the new style does fit. There is a lost link on the left 'galleries', probably because of the new software you are trying. The blue print has to go, sorry. Also - of the few shots I looked at, they seemed on the dark side (not sure if this is due to the laptop, or perhaps because of the dark tones on the website). How do you find the time to set up such a pro site? Will you do one for me?????????????????
  8. Looks scrumptious, but I think that can is outdated.
  9. This debate wouldn't have even happened if it weren't for the fact that wahoo tastes so darn good!! James, I thought that NOAA won't allow fish for food at any of their functions???
  10. Looks like things are heating up @ the ol' Wetpixel forum! Nice to see some debate for a change. James, I bet you feel a little broadsided right now??? New topic: How many of us have purchased/eaten these fish??
  11. Sorry, never been to Europe. Maybe some day... Anyway, now I won't kill anyone by being on the wrong side of the road
  12. I have to give credit to Franklin Viola for the idea that he suggested: People (unscrupulous airport types) know that if it's a Pelican type case, there's some valuable goodies inside (that could go missing...). He uses coolers (double-walled for protection, light, cheap, and certainly wouldn't be used to hold expensive equip) and duct tapes them closed. He also uses his clothes to wrap his gear in, conserving space. Let's face it: we all want the cool cases because they look cool. I have one and have used it once, otherwise I use Rubbermaid Action-Packers, because they can be locked and are great rinse bins, plus hold lots of stuff.
  13. Forgot to mention: If you rent a car in Australia, BUYER BEWARE. Seriously, they do the bait and switch thing, and quote one price then jack it up. It was brutal where we first went, so we went across the street and had no problems. Don't get sucked in, it ruins a trip. Driving is fun there, though you have to remember it's like in Europe - Left hand side of the street. I can't believe how many signs they put up to remind tourists. I needed them.
  14. Hi. A few years ago I did the coral sea thing. We did Holmes reef out of Cairns (143 kms off shore, well beyond the GBR) and the diving was nice, though the number of sites is limited. You may see some silvertip sharks, if that's your thing. There are only a limited number of operators that go there. Keep in mind that it takes many hours to get there (I found the travel difficult). The operators do 3-4 day trips. I did it twice, but don't recommend it. Rather stay there longer than do that trip back and forth, ugh! We opted not to do Cod Hole to the north, as a local said the diving was better at Holmes, though Cod Hole is worthwhile. We did do one dive on the GBR on the way back to Cairns, and it was the most depressing dive I've ever done. The entire reefscape was destroyed, and there was only limited fish life, and nothing else. Hope this doesn't discourage you. I have heard that there is still great diving on the GBR, but not where I was. Now, some topside fun: we rented Land Cruisers and drove up the coast through the Daintree (rain) Forrest, and camped there. It was something you simply cannot leave without doing. Awesome. Then we drove north to Cooktown, and came back down through the interior (they call the tablelands). Lots of termite hills everywhere, and flocks of wild cockatoos. We did the trip in 3 days. The problem with Australia is you need months, not weeks
  15. James, get some leashes on those strobe diffusers. I made some with jewellry wire and aluminum closers. Tip - keep 'em short.
  16. Hey folks. I'm not sure where to post this, but I am looking for feedback on Digital Competition Rules and Standards. We will be hosting an International Competition this fall, and are debating our past handling of digital entries. Last year, we had entrants send slides from their digital files. It worked great for us, as the viewing standard was the same as for film entries, and it made the intense day of judging go smoothly. The elimination of entries was handled the same as for film - actually, all the workflow for the competition was handled as for film. The unfortunate thing is that we exclude many entrants due to the technicalities of optaining a slide from their digital files. Our options are among these: 1. use digital projectors. This sounds easy, but we need to determine how to sort entries, how to delete entries, and have to run a separate projector from the film submissions. 2. use crt screen. This will give a better picture than the still sub par digital projectors, and with 3 judges, it would work. 3. use the slide entry format, as last year. Having slides makes it easier to showcase the winning entries at the awards night - an important evening for our members and sponsors. Does anyone have any system/standard that has worked well? Did anyone use PowerPoint, or other slideshow programs, without trouble? Thanks for input.
  17. It's still available. here's the link for Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewIt...item=2933266708 Someone take these babies off my hands. I have to justify buying my new housing!!
  18. Preset WB improves speed??? I'll try that. I like the mode dial. Why do you think they kept the rangefinder, after ditching it on the 5700?
  19. Just got back from Northern Vancouver Island. I have had no leaks, but my friend's housing did have a tablespoon size leak on his last dive. This was very concerning to say the least. Thankfully, his camera was ok and he plans to do a test dive empty. I couldn't see any evidence of missuse (rings looked good - no hairs, etc.). The issue with having no on-off switch is not really a big deal. I set my auto-off (in setup menu) to 30seconds, and install the camera. When I go down, I access the menu again and reset the auto-off to 5 minutes. This has been an adequate workaround. As for the focus, I have been extremely frustrated. I thought I had it rough with manual focus on my Nikonos V. At least I had a focus. After many macro dives, this last weekend I thought I hit nirvana when I set the focus to manual, and shot at extreme close up. Unfortunately, a lot of the images that I thought were sharp proved not to be on my crt. As for the 19mm lens, I am seeing a lot of blur at the corners. Has anyone else had this issue? I don't think it's do to focus - I am assuming it's cromatic abberation (?). Other than the corners, the lens doesn't appear to be very sharp. Someone please tell me I am wrong. The issue with removal of the camera is accurate - you must install the camera, then install the 19mm lens, then install the dome port. This is all very fine, but you only get one dive with the battery (and card too!), so, who wants to remove so many ports/openings on a wet camera between dives??? My only other letdown with the Aquatica housing is that the shutter release is a button rather than a lever (quiet Ike), and so I can't reach it while using the excellent hand grips (optional). I have since removed the right grip and use one hand grip on the left, and the thumb-grip on the right. If I need two grips while on the move I simply hold the right arm segment. As for arm placement, I moved the angled ball mounts UNDERNEATH the base plate and found this to be an ideal system. I promise to post a shot of this arm setup soon. The construction of the housing is superb. It's the camera and some of the features of the housing that are worth some thought.
  20. Allright, the winning bidder at EBay yanked my chain for about a month and a half, and never paid :angryfire: I have a: NikV, plus 20mm, 28mm, 35mm lenses, plus 20/28mm viewfinder 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 extension tubes in machined aluminum PLUS Ikelite version, AND 28mm 1:2 tube All rings, plus new backup rings, plus unopened tubes of Nikon grease Single base tray, double tray, Ikelite grip tray, 2x Nikonos strobe arms, plus one extension arm, All originall packaging, manuals Pelican 1550 case (grey) I can't even remember the other stuff. Check out the photo (strobes/sync cords are not included, but could be negotiated...) Will someone please pay me US$1500?? I will cover shipping within US/Canada.
  21. Allright, the winning bidder at EBay yanked my chain for about a month and a half, and never paid :angryfire: I have a: NikV, plus 20mm, 28mm, 35mm lenses, plus 20/28mm viewfinder 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 extension tubes in machined aluminum PLUS Ikelite version, AND 28mm 1:2 tube All rings, plus new backup rings, plus unopened tubes of Nikon grease Single base tray, double tray, Ikelite grip tray, 2x Nikonos strobe arms, plus one extension arm, All originall packaging, manuals Pelican 1550 case (grey) I can't remember the other stuff. Basically, everything you ever wanted, save for the 15mm lens, and strobes and sync cords. Will someone please pay me US$1500?? I will cover shipping within US/Canada.
  22. Hey Eric. I'll take that Xdrive. I have a 15 gig Toshiba laptop HD with no home... Let me know where to send the cheque.
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