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  1. to give you some options on prices: the E410 housing can be found for $695 in the US. I'm not sure if that's an option for you. The 8mm fisheye lens is much less money, I think $700 or $800, and it does not need the PER-02, so that's more savings. I'm not sure what material the other domes are, but the athena is optical glass, with coatings. For what that's worth. The optical viewfinder does work, and the electronic viewfinder does have some lag as the mirrors have to flip over and back to set exposure, focus, and are also part of the mechanical shutter linkage, so even in manual exposure and focus, you get a full triple flip. For fast moving fish or behavior shots, live view may not make you happy. Note that this is mode B live view. The older E330 has a mode A live view which uses a separate sensor and there is no lag, no extra mirror flips. But that said, live view is still a good option to have. The 7-14mm is a stellar lens. It will have soft corners, as I think most rectilinear wide lenses will. I'm still trying to figure out how to minimise that with depth of field and focal point. Fisheyes like the 8mm will have sharper corners. Some prefer the fisheye distortion. I don't. 7-14mm lens review: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/OlympusE714mm/ links on oly that I've kept: http://www.rogercarlsonphotography.com/lin...mpus/index.html
  2. Jim's a smart guy, you should listen to him. how-to photos to prove it: http://www.rogercarlsonphotography.com/gal..._pt-e02_strobe/
  3. I notice a difference. In my dark local water, where you really need strobes on the whole foreground, there are times when I take the diffusers off for that last half stop of power, and there are times I want them on for the additional width. i'd bring them. They don't weigh much.
  4. The 14-54, 28-108mm film equivalent, is going to be almost exactly like your 5050 lens, if you put it behind a flat port. If you put it behind a dome, it will be a bit wider. If you use your wide angle wet add-on lens a lot, it won't be wide enough for you. I never took mine off, so I am rock-solid, 100% happy to swim around with my 7-14 on all the time, no question. But I am planning on using the 50mm macro lens in wakatobi & lembeh later this year, so I'll probably try that out to get used to it soon. You might want to go with the 8mm fisheye, or wait for the affordable new wide angle lens they promise in 2008 and shoot the 14-54 and maybe the 50mm in the meantime. Or maybe the 11-22. Personally, once I got the 7-14 or the new wide angle, I would probably not use the 11-22 much, but I would never outgrow the 50mm (it's a great macro lens) or the 8mm fisheye (fisheye is great for some stuff and I'd want it as a backup for the 7-14) or the 14-54 (just a great basic range). The 11-22 is not as wide as I would like, and it's not as long as I would like for what I would call a shark lens. I think the 14-54 is a better shark lens, it has the range to do full bodies and faces of shy subjects. Not sure the 11-22 gets you faces. But this is very much based on personal experience. The 11-22 is a great lens and I'm sure there are many who would never take it off. It's just a zoom range that I personally don't spend much time in. it improved a lot over the last year. Sigma has 5 (or more?) lenses out, the 105mm macro is probably the only one of interest to divers. Maybe the 150mm macro for power mad macro hounds. Here's Oly's lens roadmap. The promise of a new lower cost wide angle zoom is nice: http://www.olympus-esystem.com/dea/product.../zuiko_lens_eng But up at the top end, that 7-14mm rectilinear zoom, that alone deserves note. It's a stellar lens. They have really covered the whole range with a handful of zooms. The promised lenses will be welcome, they'll fill in the gaps and upgrade the most-used favorite lenses. All people are really crying for at this point are more great primes to match the 50mm's quality and maybe something long and affordable. The 100mm macro and 2.0 TC will be very welcome. and maybe that 70-300. Have you seen the full DPReview.com review on the E410? Noise was good. The whole camera was quite good. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympuse410/ But I agree, even in older cameras like my E1, noise was not a show stopper for me. But I do like using ambient light in the water and on land, so I do hope they continue to improve the noise, and continue to allow me to shoot at very high noisy ISOs when I want to. A noisy 3200 ISO shot is better than nothing sometimes. It's a tough lens. I agree, it's probably not a shark lens. When I used my E1 in truk, one time I took off my 7-14 and put on the 14-54 was on the shark dive, when the crew, all photogs, took their time to convince me that the sharks would not get that close and going longer would get me head shots vs tiny sharks with lots of blue. They were right. I did use the 14-54 on one other dive after we found a baby clownfish smaller than a pea; that shot got me a best-in-show, so I guess it was worth the swap. http://www.uwimages.org/2006/gallery/index.htm I hate making that argument. Yeah, you do concentrate and get your mind right when you only have one lens, and yeah, even on land, it is interesting and educational to force yourself to shoot with only one lens for an afternoon, but deep down, (no pun intended), we all want to shoot the full range all the time. Even on land, we want it so bad we don't want primes, we want zooms. No way! low vis means you have to get closer! Go wider! ;-) Martin, hope you haven't minded that I've picked your post apart. You wrote an intesting post, I couldn't resist replying to a lot of your points.
  5. The 14-54 is pretty flexible, Jim uses it well. But for real macro, you would want to go to the oly 50mm or sigma 105mm, and for real wide, you'd want to go to the 7-14mm or 8mm fisheye, and your banker. Think about how often you really switch and what you normally shoot. Kind of a dumb thing to say, because you probably only switch for important shots that you'd really want. Consider carrying your old 5050 in a BC pocket, too. You can do reasonable macro with the internal strobe.
  6. it's hard to fall in love with the oly 550UZ for underwater use. The housing has a huge TV tube (ask your grandpa what that is ;-) ) snout on it to accomodate the lens, it extends pretty far forward on zoom, retracts pretty far when wide. So that means no add-on lenses and a pretty large, bulky, awkward, expensive housing. Oly doesn't make any great compact camera for UW right now, the days of the 5050 and sp350 are over. I think they want to get you into an E410 slr, but with the housing, ports, and lenses, you're probably looking at a $2k buy-in. I gotta say, though, if you really want to go to a new level, get an SLR. Compacts have improved, but I'm not sure a new one would take you to a new level the way an SLR would.
  7. sportfishing and spearfishing have pretty low, even non-existent, by-catch rates. To me, seeing the guy fishing off the back of the boat is better than serving fish on the boat that was caught with a long line, gillnet, drift net, bottom trawl, etc. The fishing that goes on where you can't see it is often a lot worse than the fishing you can see. I can imagine a vegan asking a similar question, and being disgusted that divers are eating fish at all. I'm not a vegan. I still eat everything, and even fish. Anybody see the images from Brian Skerry in a recent National Geographic? check out the shrimp bycatch photos in particular, the first and the last: http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/070...1/gallery4.html http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/070...1/gallery5.html http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/070...1/gallery9.html http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/070.../gallery13.html
  8. Olympus has a booth, too. I'm pleased, this is the first camera manufacturer to have a booth at the show in my memory.
  9. You're right. we are saying the same thing. When you were talking about the preview jpeg a couple posts ago, I misunderstood.
  10. actually, I think it does and shows the manipulations to the raw files on the fly. The previews are only for a few things: having a local copy of your photo when your managed files are offline; enabling drag and drop; enabling a connection to the iApps. I don't use previews. Generating them really slows up my old machine. It take a couple steps to turn preview generation off and delete them, all the separate options let you turn them on selectively, more powerfully, but that means killing them is a bit more subtle. RTFM. I ought to use previews, I could keep the big raw files offline and just work with jpegs, save disk space and lower the load on my processor. But that would mean using managed files and I greatly prefer the vault. To each his own. I've spent a lot of time over the years making a workflow with just folders, then iPhoto, then Extensis Portfolio. It's not something that pays off instantly. I'm really happy with aperture, but after 18 months with it, I'm still learning and evolving how I use it. I haven't given Lightroom a try at all, and I won't, I'm tired of Adobe treating me like a criminal and that buggy updater of theirs.
  11. There are lots of workflow programs. All take some learning and patience and investment before they pay off for you. Most have free trials. Not all will work the way you do.
  12. Samy's camera in fairfax. Have lunch at Canter's next door. http://www.samys.com scuba stuff, try the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro, lots of local fish there, good educational aquarium. http://www.cabrilloaq.org/
  13. Jim Lyle got back on the 28th from another trip there, published his report today: http://diver.net/bbs/posts002/70452.shtml
  14. have you tried a hit of firewire 800 yet Eric? the first megabyte is free....
  15. Condensation is only impacted by % humidity. If you start with enough moisture in your housing and camera to be at 90% humidity, and the temp drops, you will go to 100% humitidy and you will get condensation. You get condensation on anything that's cold enough to be at the dew point for the local humidity. It's not witchcraft. It's not the sun. Reduce the humidity by starting with air as dry as possible, like the AC cabin air. And protect your $5k camera and $5k vacation with $5.00 worth of dessicant. Why risk it? Why risk even a bit of fog on one dive? get some dessicant.
  16. yeah. So far I'm keeping my money in a jar, and it might just go to the WWF or nature conservancy, some proven general habitiat protection, and not necessarily "carbon credits". I'm curious to see what Eric chooses.
  17. Scrub it. I still use jaws, though, I like it, it lasts a couple dives for me. The spray is really convenient.
  18. Eric, I just posted a lot of info here: Top post (today) at http://www.laups.org permanent link to post at: http://www.laups.org/2007_04_01_archive.ht...017678297586452
  19. The best way to get high performance, when you need it, is to hang a full size 3.5 inch, 7200rpm drive externally, on the firewire 800 port. That leaves the internal drive free to run the system and app, and leaves the data drive spinning fast with your images or video. So for me, I always go for the biggest internal drive possible regardless of speed, just for the convenience of having as much as possible (like both my aperture archive and my itunes library) at my fingertips, on the plane, at work, whenever I want it, without needing an external drive. Until I really settle in to work and need speed, size, backups, etc.
  20. uncoated glass transmits only ~95% of light, the rest is reflected. Coated glass transmits more, 98 or 99%. It's all approximate, it depends on the glass, the coating, and the wavelength. The reflected light may or may end up on your sensor as flare or internal reflections. It may not, depends on all the angles.
  21. there are tools to rebuild the database and that can also speed aperture up. I had done a lot of shuffling at first as I was figuring out how I wanted my ratings and projects to work, and a database rebuild sped me up a lot. http://homepage.mac.com/bagelturf/files/6c...2c5675-807.html
  22. excellent idea. Delta just started that, I was thinking about doing it myself for my own bidness trips. Delta info: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18178329/
  23. boy, I'd want to know what you had that you didn't like, or what kind of food you do like. I put on weight there. Breakfast is simple, some fruit and a buffet. For lunch, there is a standard special, usually something mexican, or you can order off a menu that has a bunch of basic american stuff and a bunch of great mexican stuff. We always see a lot of folks sticking with the american stuff, not wanting to try something new, and they're missing out. Ice cream for dessert, great stuff made with real ingredients and sugar, it melts fast. Dinner is a choice of 2 items (and they do have a vegetarian option now), plus some kind of dessert. I can remember Armando, the photo pro at la ceiba/island photo-video, saying to me, if you are staying at SCC the food's so good why eat in town? But the food just doesn't work for some people. I gotta emphasize something bonnie said but put it two different ways: with all inclusive food, you never miss a meal. They hold lunch if the morning boat is back at 2pm, they hold dinner until the night boats are back. and, with all inclusive food, you never miss a dive. You don't waste any time hunting for food or waiting on poor service. I get 5+ hours in the water there when I go (I dive with Jim and keep up by wearing doubles). We do spend a lot of time out in front in the shallows, and love it. One last tip: take your wheeled dive gear bag to the big market to make it easy to get your drinks back to the club.
  24. Scuba Club Cozumel. Fantastic food. Great little house reef, especially if you like macro or night dives. All the house reefs in that part of the island are going to be in 30 feet of water, sand bottom, with a sponge reef out further in 40 to 50 feet of water. But some resorts, like SCC, have put in some structure and rubble that make the house reef worth exploring. I usually spend 3 or 4 hours in the water every afternoon when I'm there. http://www.scubaclubcozumel.com/ Jim Lyle's many trip reports: http://chemistry.csudh.edu/faculty/jim/Jim'sWeb_Page.htm
  25. ask again here: http://diver.net/bbs/ that's a small board local to soCal. I've never done a multi-day with them or been on the horizon, I've only done a single day on their other boat the ocean odyssey. Definitely one of the better socal boats and operations, well respected. I could be wrong, but I don't think it's a luxury liveaboard, more like a bunkroom than a bunch of large staterooms, but with more shared storage, bigger showers, dryer, etc, than the typical overnight socal dive boat to better accomodate multi-days. There are a few small staterooms in addition to bunks, but if it's a typical socal boat, they are just small cabins, enough to provide some changing area, a little privacy for couples. bunk area map here: http://www.horizoncharters.com/contact/dow...ommodations.pdf
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