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Everything posted by RogerC

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Olympus has a booth, too. I'm pleased, this is the first camera manufacturer to have a booth at the show in my memory.
  5. You're right. we are saying the same thing. When you were talking about the preview jpeg a couple posts ago, I misunderstood.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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/
  9. Jim Lyle got back on the 28th from another trip there, published his report today: http://diver.net/bbs/posts002/70452.shtml
  10. have you tried a hit of firewire 800 yet Eric? the first megabyte is free....
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Scrub it. I still use jaws, though, I like it, it lasts a couple dives for me. The spray is really convenient.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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/
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. The brochures on the 410 and 510 say about 400 shots per charge for the 410, 500 for the 510. personally, I'd go for the 510. The little grip makes it a lot more comfortable for me (big hands) on land, and the image stabilization would be great on land. But the size of the 410 would make it great for travel, and the size of it in the oly housing sure is nice. But big housings and heavy luggage (up to a limit) don't bother me so much, so that's my choice. amazon has all the cameras and kits listed. The kit lenses with these cameras probably won't be legendary quality. But damn, they are small, and for an extra scubabuck or two, why not get them.
  23. eric, just do a get-info on the jpeg file. or do you want more info than that?
  24. just for laughs... there is a ]n mpeg movie of that 10 fps shutter here, on the right, most of the way down: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/E1DMK3/E1DMK3A.HTM
  25. i'm a big fan of olympus, but I gotta say: PMA is in 29 days. There will be a raft of cameras announced over the next month. Whatever you decide on live view, olympus, nikon, canon, whatever, wait a couple weeks. Anything could happen. D200's could drop to $50. We'll see.
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