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  1. Nice shots Marcus! Is that the new Nikon 10-24? Have you shot other wide rectilinear zooms with the same set-up (e.g. the Nikon or Tokina 12-24, the Sigma 10-20 etc.) and if so, what are you're impressions with the 10-24 compared to the others regarding sharpness?

     

    cheers

     

    Christian

     

    Hi Christian

    Yes that's the new Nikon 10-24. I like it. I don't think edge sharpness is an issue. Lighting, composition, camera settings and how you approach marine life (i.e. your own skills) make much more of a difference. I've used the 12-24 and the 10.5 also. The 12-24 in my opinion has been superceded by the 10-24 because it lets you get that much closer. The 10-24 focusses slightly closer also (about 25 cm I think) and is exactly the same size, except it's not internal focussing so the length changes slightly with different focal lengths. It also has slight less distortion than a fisheye like the 10.5 which you can use for different effects. So for me it's replaced my 12-24.

     

    Marcus


  2. Thanks Marcus. I did not realize you had the 10-24, I would have liked to look at it. Glad to see it worked well underwater. Did you use it with a diopter? How close did it focus? I think your shots do show some 'thinning' of the shark close up. Probably a matter of preference, as to how one wants to depict the animal, or how someone sees them being best represented.

     

    Hi Jeff. No I didn't use a diopter. It focusses closer than the 12-24 in air; 24cm vs 30cm. Yeah there is some barrel distortion but less than for the 10.5. Nothing that can't be corrected by software. Personally I think that the advantages of reducing the water column far outweigh the distortion.


  3. Jeff, thanks for bringing up the subject of lens choices. I split my time between the 10.5mm and 10-24mm and haven't really paid attention to the differences yet. I just bought the 10-24 before the trip and hadn't used it much yet. Looking back at the images I posted and therefore liked, I was surprised that 5 out of the 6 were taken with the 10-24mm (at 10mm). Only the 5th image was taken with the 10.5mm. Thus I'm pleasantly surprised at the quality of the 10-24mm DX lens.


  4. Thanks Alex, that's what the Oceanics are most of the time..in your face! Or the back of your head if you're not looking. And thanks for giving the game away! I didn't realize you were in it twice. Yes, that's a composite shot. I didn't have a good over and under in the same shot so I merged two photos together as I showed you on the boat.


  5. In the morning I am crossing the Atlantic, the start of a long journey to hopefully some excellent oceanic whitetip shark encounters in the outer Bahamas. So I thought it was time to start a thread in the build up to this trip as the group slowly meet up and depart with Jim Abernethy on the Shear Water on Saturday morning.

     

    I doubt that there will be many updates during the trip, but hopefully there will be a few things to report as we meet up and build up to this trip. I'll do my best to keep a diary on board and post it all up on my return, in a similar style to the last one.

     

    I know that these threads are very useful for those thinking of joining these unique JASA trips in the future, and I always enjoy the banter when we are in West End marina in the Bahamas and instead of talking we are all busily communicating with each other through wetpixel.

     

    Fingers crossed for a good turn out from the sharks, pigs, iguanas etc. For those coming - looking forward to seeing you/meeting you in West Palm Beach.

     

    Alex

     

    Hi Alex,

    Looking forward to meeting you. Will be coming on the trip. I just got a 10-24mm which fits the zoom and focus gear for my 12-24mm (Seacam), for which I am eternally grateful. Got a polecam custom-made by Scubacam (Singapore) to try out too.

     

    Marcus


  6. how about arms for strobes? how far out there should my strobes be?

     

    Not important. You can get similar and excellent results with a pair of 8 inch arms on both sides.

    The 12 and 16 inch ones will be too long and unwieldy.


  7. Hi all,

    Nice pics.

    Here's my favourite one of 2008, taken at Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida in Bali, Indonesia.

    It was mola mola season and this one was at a cleaning station at nearly 30m or 100 ft depth. It was being cleaned by yellow butterfly fish and Moorish idols and was so comfortable it let me almost make love to it for over 20 mins, until I ran out of space on my 2Gb card! Normally they are skittish. Took shots from every angle imaginable up to an inch away from it but this one turned out best. It was taken in landscape format but I cropped it. My only regret was not having my diffusers on on this particular dive so the light is a bit harsh.

     

    Merry Xmas!

    Marcus

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  8. Seacam housing for Nikon D70 for sale with Viewfinder Optic Pro

     

    * Immaculate condition, only used for about 50 dives

    * No scratches on body

    * A few scratches on handles as expected

    * With Viewfinder Optic Pro

    * Comes with original box, handles

    * Original Seacam accessories: Seacam oil, silicone, 3 Allen keys, 2 O-rings, miscellaneous small replacement parts

    * 2 free Ikelite mounts for top of housing to mount strobe arms

     

    Item is in Singapore and weighs not more than 3kg. Can arrange collection or will post anywhere. Fedex or DHL preferred for security/safety. Approximate cost for this to the USA will be about US$100. You can find approximate cost by going to the Fedex or DHL websites.

     

    Item is listed on ebay for 7 days as of today:

     

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...em=220171436384


  9. I just got back from Galapagos. No strong currents. Shot with 2 strobes. No problem. If I were you, bring 3 in case 1 packs up! You won't be able to light up a whale shark from the front with 1 strobe. Also you will have sealions zooming by you. You won't have time to aim your strobe. Here are some examples.post-5222-1192510476_thumb.jpgpost-5222-1192510492_thumb.jpg


  10. Seacam housing for Nikon D70 for sale with Viewfinder Optic Pro

     

    * Immaculate condition, only used for about 50 dives

    * No scratches on body

    * A few scratches on handles as expected

    * With Viewfinder Optic Pro

    * Comes with original box, handles

    * Original Seacam accessories: Seacam oil, silicone, 3 Allen keys, 2 O-rings, miscellaneous small replacement parts

    * 2 free Ikelite mounts for top of housing to mount strobe arms

     

    Item is in Singapore and weighs not more than 3kg. Can arrange collection or will post anywhere. Fedex or DHL preferred for security/safety. Approximate cost for this to the USA will be about US$100. You can find approximate cost by going to the Fedex or DHL websites.

     

    Item is listed on ebay for 7 days as of today:

     

    http://cgi.ebay.com.sg/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi...em=220103883949

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  11. HI Marcus,

     

    I am interested in how you get on with the D80 in the D70 Seacam housing

     

    as I have one my self as this camera is cheaper than the D200 & also I the

     

    housing is about £3000GBP it will be good to know how close the controls

     

    of the housing are.

     

    Andy :):(:):)

     

    Alas nothing fit. Not even the shutter release. Sigh. ;)

    In the pic a 60mm lens is mounted and it is clearly off centre also.

    Looks like a D50 housing may be a better bet.

    May need to resign myself to getting a D200 housing for my D200, since I don't like the D70 for wide angle shots especially including sunbursts.

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  12. I played with one too today in the shop and nearly bought it. Tomorrow I'm bringing in my Seacam D70 housing to see how well it fits. From rough eyeballing I hope the lens, shutter release and command dials fit. The menu and other buttons certainly will not be accessible, but this won't be crucial!


  13. No I didn't use the screw-in red filter because it was only 3 metre depth.

    It is a bit difficult to unscrew the port. I basically screwed in my red filter, then my wide angle lens hard. And then unscrew the whole assembly. Sometimes the port also unscrews. If not, I kept on trying. There are some small holes on the port which Ikelite said I could use small screwdriver to prise open, but I didn't have one long and thin enough to span the two holes...

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