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Everything posted by danielandrewclem

  1. For your consideration is a barely used Ikelite 5505.5 flat lens port. Looks like this port is considered obsolete by Ikelite. I think I used this with a Canon 100mm macro lens once on Cape Cod and once in the Bahamas. Asking $30 + shipping, OBO
  2. For sale is a set of Ikelite DS-125 strobes with NiMH battery packs (#4066.5, from 2007 and 2009), flex arms for quick-release tray handles, charger, dual sync cord (#4103.52), and original ball mounts for connecting regular arm sets. There's also an extra set of flex arm mounts, too. The strobes have the original diffusers and lanyards. Bulbs are good. I appreciated the quick maneuverability of the flex arms, having had regular arms in the past. I think I bought this set with a housing about ten years ago here on Wetpixel. Used it a few times in the Bahamas and in a swimming pool, all in shallow water. Tested in a pool last summer and the batteries still held plenty of charge and the strobes worked well (with Ikelite housing for 5D Mk II, which I'm holding on to). The toggle pawl on the older strobe broke, so I ordered a replacement kit and installed it (2017). There's an extra latch in the spare parts pile as a result. Buyer should probably upgrade the o-rings on the battery packs and in the sync cord. I'd prefer to sell to a buyer in the U.S. but I am open to shipping overseas. PayPal or Venmo for payment. I'm in eastern Massachusetts, in case someone local wants to buy and save on shipping costs. $600 + shipping costs, OBO
  3. Pair of Ikelite DS-125 substrobes with NiMH batteries, flex arms, regular ball mounts, spare flex-arm mounts, dual sync cord, charger, and spare battery latch. (I replaced one battery toggle, but the latch itself was fine.) I just don't use these very much anymore—married, kids, don't dive much anymore, blah blah blah—so I'm looking to sell them. Asking $700 plus shipping. PM with email address for photos of the gear.
  4. Thanks very much for your thorough reply. We're pretty sure we'll go next summer (possible we'll opt for April if it's less expensive, less crowded, and better for seeing cetaceans) so it's very helpful to get info about the dive sites, water temperature, and what to do. Nice shots!
  5. Thanks, Ali. We will definitely check out your place and get back to you if we commit to visiting the Azores.
  6. Thinking of taking a family trip (as young as 5 to as old as 80) in summer 2019 to the Azores. About half of us would be interested in doing some diving and/or whale watching and possibly whale swimming if the permits aren't too expensive. (We did the whale swim experience in Tonga last summer and loved int.) If the prospects are good I will bring my u/w photography setup. Happy to take advice on where to stay, what to do, how to get around, too. We'd be flying there from Boston, most likely. Mostly looking to just chill out, drink some wine, eat some seafood, and enjoy the views. Thanks.
  7. Just found an extra zoom sleeve 5509.28, so I'll throw that in as well. Unused adhesive pads.
  8. Used Ikelite 5505.5 port for 4.5-5.5" macro lenses. $100. Hasn't been used in four years, and just sold the lens I used with it, so it's currently obsolete for me. Neoprene cover included. Will figure out shipping charge once someone makes an offer.
  9. Selling my Ikelite 5510.11 port, which I don't need. (When I get my rig in the water, which is rare, I use a longer lens and thus a longer extension port.) Asking $105. I'll ship for free to lower 48. Paypal payment, please.
  10. I found the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 better than the 10-17 fisheye, both underwater and topside.
  11. Very cool. Looks like the boat was anchored of Uoleva in the first part of the video. Were the whales around there or were they mostly around Foa and Ha'ano (Kauvai)?
  12. Who'd you go with? Someone out of Point Judith?
  13. Are you going to Utila to look for whale sharks? When I was there for six weeks in Feb-Mar 2004, they were the big draw. Dive boats would look for them in between dives and/or on the way back to town from dive sites on the north side of the island. And other boats would go out solely to look for whale sharks, especially from the nicer resorts like Laguna. If/when you get to snorkel with one (or several) whale sharks, it'll be hard to imagine a better photo opportunity. I saw one on a proper dive, too, though I was doing my safety stop and didn't get a chance to get a shot off. There were also rough-toothed dolphins, quite a few hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays, big schools of horse-eye jacks, barracudas, and other photogenic species. The juvenile drums were definitely popular macro subjects. Also look for sargassum frogfish in the floating sargassum.
  14. I really like the Force Fin Pro with comfort insteps. They're small, light, very easy to pack, and they allow for high-speed chases as well as subtle but extremely helpful maneuvers such as backing away from a reef wall by rolling your ankles a few times. You can walk around in them because they are so short and the blades are bent upward. As far as kicking efficiency and power they are fantastic as long as you are away from the surface, where they tend to come out of the water a bit too much. (If I'm going snorkeling or I think I'll be at the surface a lot, I use Apollo split fins.) But if you're diving in a current or trying to get away from a crowd, the Force Fins are awesome and their efficiency means extended bottom time.
  15. I like 4, 6, and 7 the most, with 6 and 7 being the most striking because of the pair of whale sharks and the poses you captured. 7 might be even more striking if you adjusted to make the whales more like silhouettes and/or tried it in black and white.
  16. Here's a Wired article about some of the GW tracking so far: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/12/secret-lives-great-white-sharks/ Interesting and not surprising to hear that Fischer is being rebuffed by West Coast scientists, and one of the East Coast scientists says they have enough tracking data for the time being. Maybe that means the Ocearch will not be parking off Chatham next summer?
  17. Unlikely. Caterpillar sponsors the Ocearch because the Ocearch uses Caterpillar engines and generators, as do thousands of other big seafaring vessels.
  18. Gina, Here's a link to the editorial board of Animal Biotelemetry—not exactly a bunch of slackers, if you know anything about research of large pelagics. And here's an explanation from Editor-in-Chief Peter Klimley about the journal's purpose, why the articles are available to everyone, etc. If you'd like to read a review of the Domeier-edited book, you could try this review in Copeia. I haven't read it. By the way, don't assume that an article is better or its findings more "legitimate" just because it appears in a big-name journal such as Nature or Science. Ten years ago, Nature published something by Ransom Myers and Boris Worm that was subsequently panned by many other scientists, yet because that paper (technically it was a "letter") was in Nature and it had really scary numbers about large fishes being severely overfished (just 10% of pre-industrial levels) throughout the world, that letter's findings are still used as the lede for countless mainstream articles, TV shows, documentaries, keynote addresses, and other media about overfishing. (Usually, people interpret the letter's findings as "90% of the world's large fish are gone," but interpretations have been looser, too.) Even though the letter has been debunked (here's one critic's summation)—or at the very least thoroughly disputed by other analyses—it is likely that that "90%" number will endure, given the way people rely on Google and, in mainstream media, many writers just copy each other's work. And it's such a great number—90%!—with such an undeniable wow factor, that just about everyone who is looking for such a number will happily use it and not bother to learn about the many rebuttals that followed that paper. For example, see Greenpeace's page on overfishing. And, of course, Sea Shepherd is all over it. Some numbers are just too damn sexy to die. Anyhow, the point is, an obscure journal can publish great work while the most prominent journals can be sloppy in what they choose to print. And vice versa, of course.
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