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About PhishSense

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  • Birthday 02/21/1981

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    Canon Powershot A80
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  1. Thanks for that ultra quick reply! I kinda liked the diagonal lines that the longer part of the 'bubbles' of corals formed with the goby. I guess that's just personal preference. Would probably need a teleconverter to get a tighter face shot. Wished the bubble coral wasn't so close to the substrate, though. Would otherwise have to become a contortionist of sorts.
  2. Got this shot of a goby sitting on a bubble coral in Lembeh Strait. Just an ordinary subject, but please give some feedback on what you think of the lighting, composition and overall look. Shot with a Nikon D80, 60mm lens, 2 Inon Z240 strobes (1 positioned directly above set on sTTL, second strobe placed to the left set on sTTL Low setting no.2). Slight adjustments of exposure, shadows and saturation in CS2 RAW converter. Thanks y'all!
  3. For all those using or thinking of buying thse strobes, there's now a list of other compatible NiMH batteries other than the Sanyo Eneloops. http://www.inon.co.jp/cgis/news/En_html/WebNews176_En.htm Cheers!
  4. I'm new to this and thought this topic would be worth revisiting. I'm currently having a similar problem with dome port reflections popping up. My setup is a Nikon D80 in a Nexus housing and the problem occurs when using the 10.5mm FE lens and 8" dome port. I think my case differs slightly. While other posts have reported reflections of the concentric rings and/or lettering on the front of the lens, my reflections are that of the focus ring and the gold band on the barrel of the lens. My strobes are connected via fibre optic cable and is therefore triggered by the camera's internal flash (set on iTTL). I've figured out that the reflections are a result of the light from the internal flash bouncing in and around the housing, lighting up the barrel of the lens and therefore reflecting off the dome port and back to the lens of the camera. (I hope that made sense) I've tried the following: 1. Covering the barrel of the lens with a black non-reflective t-shirt fabric. As a result, the fabric is lit and instead of getting the focus ring reflection, I got a fabric reflection! 2. Winding down the built-in flash to its lowest manual setting to trigger the strobes (Inon Z240 III) and adjust the strobe output manually. Worked very well to eliminate the reflections, but the strobes then didn't function properly!! I don't quite understand why, but I believe the strobes work based on the iTTL signal from the camera's in-built flash. I tried adjusting the strobe output manually, but it kept firing at the same low output at different settings. Need some clarification on this strobes functionality. 3. Cut out a circular shape of cardboard to fit over the lens to block any light from passing through to the port. Built-in flash was set to iTTL again. In this case, the strobes worked as designed, but there was still a little bit of light that managed to get through and this caused a reflection as well. After trying and trying, I'm still frustrated with not being able to eliminate the reflections whilst maintaining full functionality of the strobes. Wondering if anyone else has experienced this problem with the in-built flash and reflections. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. Hello all. Didn't want to start a new thread as there are plenty regarding the D80 underwater setup. Anyway, I'm planning to go the direction of a D80 and Ikelite setup with 2 main lenses to start off with - the 60mm and the 12-24mm. I've read on the Ike website that if you use a 12-24mm with the port body and 8" Dome port, you'll also need a +2 diopter to "enhance corner sharpness". Does anyone have any photos to share that can show the differences in corner sharpness for comparison between having an attached +2 diopter and without? I don't know if it will really matter to me yet, since I'm still new at this and this will be my first venture into the DSLR world. They've also said that at its widest setting, vignetting can occur. What are the alternative solutions to this? Also, what are the benefits of using a 8" dome to a 6" dome?
  6. How so? What makes rinse buckets such a flood hazard? (newbie question)
  7. I'm assuming you're looking at Nikon lenses? Check out the Nikon Malaysia website www.nikon.com.my to get an idea of what you'd expect to pay (in Ringgit) for the lenses on this side of the globe. Of course, prices will vary from store to store, but only a little, and the prices on the website will probably be the ceiling prices on all products. Tip: Display prices are almost always marked up. So ask the sales rep for 'Best Price' or 'After Discount Price' on the displayed product(s). Otherwise, you'd be paying more than you should. Don't worry, it's normal practice here in Malaysia. They can even throw in a few extras if you are good at negotiating!
  8. Thanks guys for the much needed info. Although I initially intended to ask about the camera, the info on used housings and accessories has raised many more considerations than I ever imagined. I must admit that looking for used D80s is turning out to be a lot harder than expected due to its recent introduction to the market. Also, my location being in Malaysia just makes it that much harder to look for a local dealer in new DSLR housings (let alone used models), but strobes are not a problem to find in this part of the world. Jim's mentioned a few other things about annual housing maintenance costs, which to be honest, really did scare me a little. I now have to do a little bit more research on the convenience factor for having the housing serviced. What are some other recommended websites I could go to to look for used items apart from eBay?
  9. Hi All. I've been shooting underwater for a few years now using a Canon Powershot A80 and it's likely that I will upgrade to a DSLR in the near future. Having read a lot about what I will need such as a housing, strobes, ports, lenses, etc I'm sure that purchasing a setup will be a significant investment for me. Although I'm excited about the prospect of a DSLR setup, I'm always looking for a bargain and I don't want to end up spending more that I have to on it, which is why I plan to buy a USED DSLR. Being a DSLR virgin, I'm quite clueless about knowing what to look for when purchasing a used DSLR. Assuming that I've done my research and already know what camera I want (for example a Nikon D80), and that all the accessories are available for that particular model on the market. What do I look for when purchasing a used Nikon D80? What are some specific questions I should ask the seller about the camera and why? How do I judge the overall condition of the camera, other than by how clean it looks on the outside (i.e look at sensor? shutter count? etc?). What are the telltale signs of severe wear and tear? What are things to avoid? I'd hate to buy something only to find out that it's flawed in one way or other because I failed to check the camera thoroughly beforehand. Please share your experiences and/or advice. Cheers!
  10. Hi everyone! I've finally decided that I no longer wish to lurk around on Wetpixel and become a registered member today. How long have I been lurking you ask? Long enough....maybe a year..... I'm from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and generally a newbie in underwater photography and have been using the same point and shoot (Canon A80) for maybe the last 3 years with acceptable results, albeit the first time using it underwater was an utter disaster. When I first started taking pictures underwater at Sipadan, I'd look at my prints and go "what great shots", not realising that underwater photos aren't supposed to in all the different shades of green you could possibly think of. After some time practicing while on dive trips, I'd notice some consistent improvement in my composition, lighting and exposure. I still keep those gawd awful first shots at Sipadan to remind me that great photographers must have started out like that. Haha. I still am attached to my Canon A80 and have been using it on a regular basis. Although recently, I've been itching to go DSLR. I've found Wetpixel to be a great source of information all round and reading member reviews on recent products and technology does in fact give me a better feel of what owning a DSLR involves. Stunning pictures in the forums also fuel my intent to finally making the upgrade one fothese days. Great website! I'm looking forward to learning a whole lot more! Cheers!
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