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    Marine Biology, conservation, temperate water diving.

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  1. Thanks Blaisedouros Can't disagree with anything you say.
  2. Hi Cerianthus. yeah, I understand that. I'm trying to see if anyone knows any advantages. Plus a detailed decsription of the disadvantages to see whether it concurs with my own views.
  3. Ok, I like to think I already know the answers to this, but I'd like the opinion of others with experience here: what are the advantages or disadvantages of taking stills (aiming for highest quality images) from video (1080 or 720) as opposed to taking stills directly with a DSLR or compact.
  4. I'm selling my Gates housing for the Sony Z1 (Z1E, Z1U), complete with a Fathom super-wide dome port, gates standard dome port, gates standard external monitor and flotation tubes for fathon port, pelican case for the housing and dedicated aluminium flight case for the fathon port. Anyone familiar with these housing will know that they are the professional cameraman's choice. The fathom super wide dome port is an extra-ordinary peice of optical engineering (when it was available the fathon ports alone were selling for over £2000 new) and allows a quantum leap in image quality. This set up, of gates housing, Sony Z1 and fathon dome port has been used in many blue chip natural history documentaries, such as Blue Planet. These items have been well used, but equally well cared for. I am selling because I have decided to concentrate on stills for the moment and so need to move on for a future stills camera purchase. The kit is located in Devon, UK. It can be shipped elsewhere, at cost. Any questions please contact me. I would prefer local pick up, cash on collection. If you would like it couriered, please contact me for costs. Currently on Ebay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160678797615?ssP...984.m1558.l2649
  5. Still for sale. If interested contact me for a price
  6. Hi Walt How does using the teleconverter alter the image with the Tonika? (do you have any example images?). Colin
  7. Decided to sell my Gates Z1 (or FX1) housing. This is a little used and well cared for system. Comes complete in own Pelican case. The system can be viewed at Link to site page Images of the housing and Peli case Comes with Gates set-up guide. Housing is located in Devon, UK. If interested please email me. Colin Munro colin@colinmunrophotography.com
  8. With considerable reluctance I've decide I to sell my Aquatica F4 and Nikon F4. I bought this housing new a few years ago. Its have very light used - probably less than 50 dives. I'm selling it complete with an 8" dome port. The dome port is in good condition with only minor scratches on the outside. There is also a dome shade, however it snapped into a couple of pieces whilst being transported seperately. It could easily be repaired with a little epoxy glue if wanted. The housing has one 5 pin Nikonos type port. It will provide TTL flash with all Nikonos SB TTL flashes and similar. As the older guys amongst you will know the F4 was Nikons flagship for many years with many pros considering it the best film camera Nikon ever made. Coupled with the DA-20 action finder it is a terrific piece of equipment. The F4 DA-20 action finder is becoming a pretty rare find nowaday. There is still no DSLR that produces a viewfinder that compares with it. A quick look on ebay found three (Worldwide) ranging from £225 - £408 ($333 - $604). For macro photography the huge and extremely bright image is simply marvellous. I am selling this with both standard and DA-20 actionfinder. I also have a few gears I will also throw in (20mm, 55mm macro) I wasn't going to sell this but have decided I really need to reduce the number of housings and cameras I have. If interested make me an offer. I will upload pics on to my website shortly and post links. Colin http://www.colinmunrophotography.com/Image...-900pix-4CR.jpg
  9. Hi John I agree with a lot you have said. I started scanning my slides about 10 years ago with a Kodak slide scanner. Looking back the quality was awful, but at least I still have the slides. I currently use a Minolta Dimage 5400, which I am very happy with - except that since then were bought out there are no new drivers for Vista - so I scan on an old XP machine and transfer. This is no big hassle as there are lots of programmes that don't work with Vista, this is just another to add to the list. One factor I see is that I have good images on slide from over a 20 year period. I am never going to get all those shots again. So if I can, slowly, scan them in and produce acceptable images alongside those of my current DSLR, then why not. As Pete said earlier grain can be a problem. This can be reduced significantly in PS but bear in mind that most images are reproduced at less than 1000 pixels across. If you are seeing grain artifacts in your images at this resolution either the originaL images were shot on pretty high ISO film or there is a problem with your workflow. It is true that many image libraries are no longer accepting 35mm scans (at max resolution you can always tell the diference) but it is also true that most publishers really don't care as long as the image is good enough at the required resolution. Colin
  10. Hi Alex Pretty sure it has. I managed to get in a couple of days later and this time find a few cuttles that were perfoming. High water was that much later and this vis was about half of what it had been on the day you were there even though there was only a touch of easterly (SSE) in the wind. The link has a pic (top) from the first day when the vis was good but the cuttles just didn't want to hang around, next one down was two days later. Better behaviour but crap vis. Pic of the week If you are still in the area then Brixham breakwater is sheltered from the northerlies blowing now. Used to be good for cuttles, and fishermen are still setting traps there. The seagrass has disappeared in recent years and the amount of Sargassum has also declined so not so much for them to attach their eggs to any more but I'm sure there's probably a few around. Colin
  11. Hi Paul Please send me a link when its up. Certainly something I'd be very interested in. Always had a interest in less less well known faces behind the development of uw photography, like De Wouters and Rebikoff. Cheers Colin
  12. Hi Alex Its tricky as the dorsal processes are not very clear (I appreciate it was small). Possibly Okenia aspersa. Might be worth forwarding pic to Bernard Picton. Cheers Colin
  13. Re-advertising. The housing is still for sale. Best offer over $400 (or £260) secures. Postage at buyers' cost. As stated above the S2 is very similar to the D100. It has three key advantages however. 1. in-built image interpolation produces 12 megapixel images 2. Works with conventional TTL - so all your old Nikonos flashes (or similar) will provide TTL flash - no need for new expensive DX or iTTL compatible flashes if you wish to use TTL flash metering 3. ISO 100 sensitivity - unlike the D100 which has 200 as its lowest ISO. happy to accept PayPal for overseas sales. Please email me with questions. Cheers Colin
  14. I'm currently selling a pair of Sea & Sea AF Micro Nikkor 105mm F2.8D Focus and AF/MF gears 9also work as Nikkor ED17-35mm F2.8D Focus and AF/MF gears. Currently up on Ebay (uk) AF-MF gear Focus gear Cheers Colin
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