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About markprior

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    Wolf Eel
  • Birthday 09/18/1971

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    London, UK

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D200
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    Ikelite DS-125
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    ULCS Strobe Arms, Fa&Mi LED Torch, Woody
  1. That's just another great reason to buy Nauticam. Blatant profiteering in the UK on underwater photography is rife. I am currently looking at a Sea&Sea 45 Viewfinder: Overseas Price: US$ 650 UK Price: GBP 830 Its difficult to see how this UK price could have been arrived at and as a consumer it is difficult to not look overseas.
  2. With the US$ at almost 1.7 it generally pays to take a gamble. Many items are priced pound for dollar in the UK. I recently bought some items (including a housing) overseas for USD3000 and total customs charges were only £120. My saving over UK pricing was around 50%. The customs charges are not consistently applied so in my experience it is well worth rolling the dice as even with full possible charges its likely to be a significant saving and could be better than that if you are lucky. Of course it goes without saying that supporting UK businesses is a good thing to do and they can provide a much better level of service and support than anyone overseas.
  3. Hi All, I've spent the summer in Canada/Alaska so not had much diving but did get a chance to get into a river with a bunch of spawning Pink Salmon in Lillooet, Canada. I'm hoping to make it to Port Hardy next week - but we'll see. The full story and pictures are on my blog at http://fromatob.org/2011/09/19/swimming-with-salmon/ It was great fun - but the water was seriously cold - especially in my 3mm. Mark www.fromatob.org - Trucking from Alaska to Argentina
  4. I am not sure that this is my best shot of the year but it is my favourite. I love it because I can never resist clownfish but also because of the tongue parasite.
  5. Steve, Great photos. I just got back from Komodo and the weather has much improved. I went out on Komodo Dancer and the last trip was the first time for 3 that they had managed to get down south. It was a mixed blessing though because the water was 23 degrees and viz wasn't great off Rinca. Mark
  6. Exactly the same thing has happened to one of my Ds-125 strobes. I rescued a dive trip by using super glue to rebuild the plastic after it really crumbled which lasted a full week of diving with recharging every couple of dives. I'd be very interested in the reply from Ikelite as I haven't sent mine back to them yet. Its a real pain, and not cheap, if you don't live in the US. Mark
  7. When this has happened to me I have put the combo on the housing then twisted the port. Result should be the dome comes off and the extension is left on housing. Then take the ring of the housing and you're sorted. Mark
  8. Some would say you don't need an extension. I use the SX extension and I have also seen this recommended by others. Mark
  9. I didn't get a lot of diving this year. I'm blaming my wife who broke her wrist and needed an op right before we were due to go to the Maldives, so we ended up with a staycation instead. Anyway this was my favourite shot of the year. It was taken on shearwater on a wetpixel trip in the summer. My strobes were virtually dead when I took this and It was taking thirty seconds to recharge between shots but this attempt came out. shot using a Nikon D200 with Tokina 10-17mm
  10. I use the 17-70mm with both the 40mm and the SX extension together with the Compact Dome port. I think both are required to prevent the lens hitting the port. I have had some success with achieving good quality at all focal lengths. Regards, Mark
  11. This is fun. In no particular order, and only places I have dived more than once: Poor Knights, New Zealand Yongala, Townsville, Australia Little Brother, Egypt Tiputa Pass, Rangiroa, French Polynesia Tiger Beach, Bahamas Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi Manuelita, Cocos (but really everywhere at Cocos) Windjammer Wreck, Bonaire Blue Heron Bridge, Florida, USA Ras Mohammed, Egypt The big thing is though whether a dive site is ON when you're there. If not even the greatest sites can be average.
  12. It always amazes me that when people talk about MP's in forums they only ever talk about how big you can print the full shot. Well I guess most people are perfect and frame everything ideally every shot. Me, I screw up pretty often and want to be able to crop to get the best version of the picture I have taken. More megapixels allows you to do this and still print really nice A4 or even A3 prints. Personally I am going to be very interested in a D700x when it comes out. If housing fit a D700 too then I will pull the trigger straight away. I am like John and use my D200 for underwater but I use a D700 for topside and love its flexibility.
  13. It seems like an age since this trip came back now. Why is it work seems to be twice as busy when you get back ! Anyway, I wanted to publically thank James for doing a great job of leading the trip and all those on board for helping to contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable time. I am struggling to go through all the pictures that I took but I do have a couple to show. I hope to see everyone again at some point in the future. Mark
  14. Hi Chris, Wow - Nothing like taking your time to edit stuff ! Keep them coming I was lucky enough to go again this year. We saw more dolphins but didn't have a lot of tiger shark luck. Mark PS Laughed when I saw you in Batman !
  15. Hi Jack, I was on the trip with paul last year. The summer trips are the wrong time of year for bull sharks and we didn't see any - well apart from one spotted while snorkelling with dolphins. On the night dive, unfortunately, we didn't get a tiger so the night time pictures are all lemon sharks. With lens choice if you have cropped sensor then the tokina 10-17 should be your go to lens. I also used 12-24 and 17-70. Also I'd really recommend taking a 60mm or equivalent for Blue Heron Bridge or a night dive on the sugar wreck. The sharks come really close so wide, wide is the way to go. However you get so much time with the sharks that you will want to start varying the lenses to get different types of shot. Mark
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