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Nige Wade

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About Nige Wade

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    Sting Ray
  • Birthday 03/01/1958

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    Royal Berkshire, England

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D800
  • Camera Housing
    Subal ND800
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z240's x2
  • Industry Affiliation
    Diver magazine
  1. Thanks Ryan, I suspected it would be "less than stellar" with an FX sensor beind a dome. What's it like topside?
  2. Firstly, has anyone tried the new Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 ED lens underwater? Secondly, has anyone managed to get hold of one in the UK yet? The lens was said to be available in the UK in September, to date as far as I know none of our usual retailers has had them in stock. The spec looks suitable for use UW with a minimum focus distance of 200mm from the camera's focal plane and a nice perspective for a wide(ish) rectilinear lens.
  3. I've had a little play with PS comparing the D810 and D800, the overlay shows that there are very minor differences between the two. The new info button (video I think) is the only new control that wouldn't have corresponding access with existing housings. The D810's info button on the cameras back along with the top control for video (red button), exposure compensation and on/off switch appear to be slightly out too. But as you can see from the images below the D810 just might fit existing D800 housings (Fingers crossed)
  4. Santika resort with Thalassa dive centre is right on the northern Manado coast meaning the best Bunaken sites are only ten to fifteen minutes away and they run regular day trips to Gangga and Lembeh so the best of both worlds, The sun sets directly behind Manado Tua here too giving you something to shoot topside before hitting the Bintang in the bar ... Perfect There's also mangroves which are diveable at high tide right next to the boat jetty.
  5. I had a similar problem with my Subal ND800 with the 3 o'clock button on the game pad controller not lining up properly when under pressure (underwater) I had to return it to Subal for re-calibration, it took them just a week to sort it out, works fine now. I think there were a few teething problems with this particular housing model with such fine tolerances on the controls.
  6. Thanks for your reply Alan, I've also tried the D800 in my older D300 Subal with white connectors and there's no limit to the shutter speed either, that's why I was thinking it may be a camera / menu problem. I reset the menu to the default settings .... no change .... and was worried there might be a fault with the camera, so thank you for trying the different camera / subal / strobe combi's, you've put my mind at rest. I can live with it, although I'll need to be a little more disciplined when shooting and keep an eye on the settings (no bad thing). As I said earlier there's also the fibre optic route which solves all the problems and in reality I'd have to have a seriously productive set of dives to drain the battery. Nige
  7. Just tried that Alex and same results. It's not a big problem just annoying as I sometimes get lost in the moment and inadvertently wind the shutter speed up past its limit and see the shutter shadow in the final image. I totally agree. Shooting at 1/400th plus is a great option for sunbursts and with the extra MP's on the D800 cropping out the shutter shadow's no problem I'd just like the choice of locking the max speed to 1/320th. There's also the option of fibre optic synchs. I've used them, and really like the advantages this gives but with the pop-up in use for nearly all the shots the battery takes a hammering (even at minimum power). Nige
  8. I'm having a slight problem with my D800 and Subal combination with regards to hard wired Inon Z240's. The camera doesn't recognise that there are off-board strobes attached and therefore won't limit the shutter speed. I usually shoot at 1/320th (FP auto) but on this setting with the hot shoe connector in the housing attached I can wind the shutter speed up to the cameras max of 1/8000. At first I thought it was a faulty circuit board in the housing and sent it back to Subal who checked it out and told me it was working fine. I then connected both my D300 and D3s to the strobes and hot shoe connection, as soon as the strobe ready light came on the shutter speed on both cameras were limited to 1/320 & 1/250 respectively. (Should have done this before the return to Subal I know) I've also contacted Nikon Technical support but they're flummoxed too, and really only consider problems with their own brand of speed lights attached, which incidentally work as they should. So here are the questions Is it a Nikon D800 trait in a Subal? Have I inadvertently messed up in the menu somewhere? Is the camera faulty? HELP !!!
  9. Hey Adam, I'm really interested to know how the camera performs in 1.5 crop mode with a Tokina 10-17 or how the images taken in FX with the 10-17 and cropped post production come out. Have you plans to include this in the camera test? (if not would a pretty please work?) Best Nige
  10. Nice one Mark, I really enjoyed watching that, thanks for sharing
  11. I'm sure JB's Sausage isn't as impressive as he makes out Merry Xmas Nige
  12. Really pleased to get the cover of January's Diver Magazine plus editorial as part of the Holiday destinations 2012. "No Shoes, No News" is a trip report from Athuruga Island, Ari Atoll, Maldives. It's a nice start to 2012. I hope it continues Nige Wade
  13. You're dead right Tim there is a lot more to it Nige
  14. PADI have launched their own version of a Solo diver course, "Self Reliant Diver" as a distinct speciality. I was fortunate enough to get an exclusive for Diver Magazine and become the first UK diver to qualify. Published in the August edition Nige Wade
  15. Hey Don Must have missed this thread when you first posted it ........ But I'm glad I've found it now !!! Simply bloody AWESOME!!!!! Thanks for sharing you've inspired me (yet again) Nice work you Nige Wade
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