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Everything posted by Cybergoldfish

  1. - Overall it worked quite well, and the photos came out about as expected. Most aren't very good, many (most?) are slightly out-of-focus, but I at least documented my dives. Some technical limitations obviously (particularly slow RAW and poor battery life -- which have a fairly direct relationship to shot quality. Many photographic limitations on my part. I'm very happy with both the camera and the housing. Having used this camera for over a year now I have to disagree with your first statement. The only technical limitations addressable to this camera (as is) are those associated with the button pusher (that's not a personal attack - you're doing great). The important thing about this camera (dispite misconceptions around battery life and over emphasis on slow RAW writing times on the 1 Gb Xd card) is the quality of the imager... It's as good or better as anything out there. Yes, certain limitations are reflected in the cost as to post processing or handling image noise onboard that you'd expect in a DSLR, but this can be handled successfully in post processing - Taking time, but not too much! Regarding battery life - I shoot with the 1 Gb cards, my dives average 100 minutes, rare if the battery fails even in a Lembeh environment. I consider it to be an F16 among cameras - Technically inferior to a 119, but will still outfly the pilot... I whole heartedly recommend you get a strobe soon, you'll never look back Full frame using Inon macro's via the optional AD adapter available from Ike Brigham More Here Wet Bit
  2. Hey Arnon, Nice to hear from you - Hope you and yours are well To answer your question: I was using one and two (stacked) Inon AD165 macro lenses for the close-ups. Strobes: Either a single Ikelite DS50 or the usual twin Z220's. I adapted the housing with a 'Pizza pretector' diffuser to make life easier for clipping on the FO connector. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Quote: "This type of setup is not the most reliable and can cause backscatter..."
  3. I've been using this camera for almost a year now - Pioneering it so to speak - It rocks. The results are pretty damn good from this amazing little beast. Initially condensation problems destroyed a camera in the Fuji housing (They replaced and then some), but in conjunction with Ikelite I tested and proved the 810 housing in Lembeh last April & May. Much better, and no worries or losses. Quick facts: Battery will last over 110 flashed RAW sessions (inc deletes) - Covers the 78 RAW files and then some (1 Gb). Can be used with Ikelite or Inon strobes for exceptional results. No noticeable shutter lag Great focus Sharp Screen Superb chip dynamics Images comparable to most DSLR's 150 shots Here
  4. Nice amount of movement in the comber shot, but maybe the focus was a little narrow. Lot of fishing line there!
  5. Very nice, and you've captured the detail in the whites too. You're not the only one hooked on clownfish, as well as being cute and colourful they present a challenge to the photographer and the camera. regarding lag, a lot of patience and the ability to anticipate the next move is vital!
  6. Hi Paul, If you plan to buy the D70 or the Canon and not planning to house it for good while, I would lean towards a wide to medium zoom and a medium to long zoom. Both of these will give you everything you need topside. Regarding what macro you'll require; well, you are welcome to use one of my set-ups to get the feel of the 60 & 105, as well as the w/a.
  7. Just go for a bag that holds the bodies and lenses and little else - From experience, I can tell you it will save your back braking!
  8. I tend to slightly desaturate my film shots; especially Velvian 50 & 100.
  9. Great lighting Herb. I like the GPF and soft corals especially.
  10. Enclosed is the image cropped for a more "composed" presentation. I appreciate that these particular fish can be very skittish and you did a great job capturing its likeness just before the fins started to curl. More often than not, this is exactly the pose and perch of the comber and it's relative species... They rarely do interesting stuff. What is interesting is the colouration & markings and this picture captures both admirably... I think the DR is going to become a winning investment.
  11. There are a couple of sites that would warrent the wide angle being fitted: Angel Falls and the frieghter wreck. a +4 diopter on the 105 will bag good pygmy shots.
  12. Yes, can you also post your avatar picture in display? Looks pretty nice!
  13. I think you should postpone the wedding so it coincides with optimum diving Sabah is great for wildlife, so too Sulawesi and there's always Komodo!
  14. Their reputation is excellent as is their work.
  15. One good thing is they don't wedge it in among magazine contents. I like their logo.
  16. No it was too deep, but the minisub expedition found them in 2000. This was on TV some time back.
  17. Northern Madagascar is pretty cool, but I think the weather will be the same as in Pemba. That living fossil-fish lives around the northern tip too. Most of the Indian Ocean between Africa and India is pretty poor during August.
  18. A big thanks to Jim for sending me a copy of the full plate in the mail this morning: Nice Surprise, cheers Jim
  19. Depends what you want to see. Best Value is Manado/Lembeh & Senghi Islands. Dubai, Oman area is very nice too. Seychelles is full of Whalesharks, but viz until Septembember is not too clever.
  20. I agree, you'll need a 5mm and a hood during May especially governed by the nature of the photography and long durations. Good thing is the rinopious come up into shallower water.
  21. Drop the price by HALF maybe... This camera will have no competition
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