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  1. Hello all Can anyone advise wether it is possible to configure a custom button to activate autofocus tracking in the same way the touch screen allows on the Sony A7SIII or A1. Obviously once in a housing the touch functions are not available. I had an A7SIII in my hands on Friday at the local camera shop, and could not find a menu option that allowed this function to be mapped to a custom button. Even though in online manuals there is mention of Tracking On options being available. Link: https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/articles/00081258 Perhaps I’ve missed something simple. It would be unfortunate not to make use of the amazing tracking these cameras offer simply because the option isn’t available. Thinking back to my years old RX1 it allowed stop and start of tracking with a button press. Any insight appreciated Thanks Tom
  2. Hi Interested in: 70 X 200 nauticam float arms X 4 Long H20 clamps X 2 Please can you PM me to discuss. Thanks Tom
  3. Interested in the dome only. Please PM me if you are willing to discuss selling seperately. Thanks Tom
  4. Thanks everyone. I have found a lens.
  5. Hello Brian I'm Possibly interested in the 10.5. Where are you located? Thanks Tom
  6. As the title says, looking to buy a Tokina 10-17 in Nikon mount. Anybody selling? Thanks
  7. Cheeky little bump... This set is going to Singapore and will be available through ScubaCam who will be selling it on my behalf... Any further interest, please contact me at the above email address, or ScubaCam by following the link in the above post... Thanks
  8. For Sale: Complete Subal and Nikon D300 Single Strobe 60mm Macro Setup. This set contains all anyone would need to get diving and shooting macro straight away. Chargers for the batteries. Memory Cards and even a card reader for after the dive. The 60mm Macro Lens combined with the single Inon Strobe makes for a great configuration for shooting mid/small size fish portraits and relatively tiny critter shots. Subal D300 Housing (ND30 Has done hundreds of dives. Never flooded. Some cosmetic wear to the underside. No corrosion. Recently fully serviced and pressure tested by David at ScubaCam in Singapore. Reason for sale: Upgrade) Inon 45 degree Viewfinder (Not pictured. Customised to fit the ND30 housing by David at ScubaCam) Original Subal Viewfinder (as Spare) D300 Camera (78,000 shutter actuations, been in the housing 90% of its life. Perfectly functional and still producing great images every dive [www.arewedreaming.com], The mirror box and sensor was given a thorough cleaning a year ago and the sensor was again professionally cleaned 3 months ago. Small scuff on base of grip and the top LCDs plastic cover is cracked, LCD itself is fine.) AF-S Micro Nikkor 60mm f2.8 (Macro Lens, Hardly Used, in perfect condition, with Bag and Hood) Subal 60mm Flat Port (Hardly used) Inon Z-240 Strobe with Diffuser (Strobe tubes and controls working perfectly. Focus light unfortunately not working, hence going cheap) Complete Ultralite Strobe arm set (1 x 20cm arm, 1 x 30cm arm, 3 x clamps, Inon strobe/ball adapter) Sea & Sea Strobe Cable SanDisk Firewire 800 Card Reader 4 Original Nikon EN-EL3e Batteries + Nikon Charger 5 Memory Cards ( 1 x 8Gb Lexar, 1 x 16Gb SanDisk, 3 x 16Gb Kingston) 4 Sanyo AA Eneloop batteries + Charger 2 x Spare housing o-rings Spare strobe o-ring Original Inon silicone grease Original Camera Strap Spare screen protector The camera manual unfortunately met a watery end but of course digital versions are easily found online. This set up is currently in Bali but can be taken to Singapore and shipped worldwide if need be (at buyers cost). To see what the camera has been up to please check out my website www.arewedreaming.com Looking for £3,800 GBP. Open to sensible offers. Bonus! If the buyer wants to come and dive Bali with me I will include 2 days of lessons in the price, (subject to prior arrangement, and dependant on my availability). Any questions please email me at tom@arewedreaming.com Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Tom
  9. Hi George, Is this system still available? I am asking on behalf of a friend who is not a Wetpixel member but is interested. Let me know and I will pass on the info. Thanks Tom www.arewedreaming.com
  10. This gallery shows the sight that greeted us and and our customers as we prepared for departure to Thailands Similan Islands between Xmas and new year. We counted around 30 sharks, all but one of them was around 2m or bigger, mostly females. Obviously this is legal, and I guess the fact that they took the whole shark as opposed to just the fins is something. Having never seen sharks this big in the ocean, and in these numbers, makes this hard to swallow. Can any one ID what kind of sharks they are? More images on my site AreWeDreaming
  11. It's a moray, it seems to have tried to feed on something in the net and swallowed a chunk of it that then got lodged in it's throat.
  12. The 2009-2010 season has just begun here on the West coast of Thailand and as always after the low season there is work to be done to clean up the damage caused by fisheries during the low season. Thailand supposedly protects it's marine parks, unfortunately for various reason this is mostly ineffective. During the low season the parks are officially closed to tourists and the Rangers move out. This leaves the islands at the mercy of the fishing fleets of the west coast. As Staff on one of the Liveaboards we get to see the aftermath of this unprotected period. This normally is limited to cutting up any large fishing cages we find sitting anywhere and everywhere on the dive sites and releasing the fish inside. Unfortunately this year, on top of the usual fish cages we found something far more damaging. Large areas of one of the more beautiful sites, Koh Tachai Plateau, were covered in a huge net. Corals and the fish that live amongst them had been covered in the net for a seemingly long period if time. Much of the coral that was tangled in the net has either been physically broken or has suffocated due to being covered in net blooming with algae. I have yet to see the site after the various clean ups and I am hoping that the efforts of the crew and customers of a few Similan diving companies have minimised the impact on the dive site. Follow the link to see more images of our cleanup operation: www.arewedreaming.com Thailand authorities need to realise the value of what they have and try to find a better way of protecting these marine parks. Please spread the word to help raise awareness of the problems the Similans face. Thanks for reading, Tom
  13. Thanks, About the wrasse; it was when the guide put his hand over it's eye that the fish stopped moving and just hung there whilst he hugged it. From what I saw I got the feeling that the fish and the diver were not doing this for the first time. When you get there you will see for yourself how friendly the fish are on Blue Corner, there was one unicorn fish that seems to love your bubbles and it kept swimming over my shoulder and into view very close and fast, made me jump on a few occasions. You won't regret going to Palau. Sharks on every dive, Mantas, Eagle Rays, Amazing vis and epicly blue water at the drop offs. Will post more pics soon and let you know. Tom
  14. Gravity, I have changed the layout of the galleries, now the taller images are resized to fit, does this work for you? I'm happy to say that it was very easy to change using the templates and some fairly basic css edits. tdpreist, That shot was taken at Blue Corner, but I guess you knew that. I'm with you on the reef damage issue. Many times have I thought of photo/video divers; what is the point of destroying something unique and beautiful simply to get a shot of another unique and beautiful subject? It shows a huge lack of respect for nature and devalues any claim you may make to represent natures beauty in your work, rendering your art worthless. Oh, and it pisses me off...
  15. That had crossed my mind, I put the site together on a nice big screen and only just got to check it out on a smaller screen this evening. It would be nice if browsers would re-size images for situations like this. Thanks for the comments, looks like I'll be resizing through the night. Tom
  16. I can see where you are coming from Stew. That particular Napoleon Wrasse was incredibly friendly and curious and on the multiple dives I made at that site made a beeline for the divers and I am quite certain the guide in particular. Eddie (the guide) simply reached out and hugged the fish. I can't condone that behaviour but I must say that the fish did not appear traumatised in any way. Obviously I am not a fish psychologist so I can't be 100% certain how the fish reacted but I can tell you that the fish did not at any time appear to struggle or try to get away. Even after letting go the Wrasse did not swim away, remaining near our group whilst we surfaced. I did actually think about whether or not to post that image as in my mind it does show something which at first glance looks how you apparently have perceived it. I am very much of the opinion that all creatures should be allowed to live their lives without interference and undue stress from humans, almost to the point where I feel conflicted about even diving and taking pictures in the first place. Whether or not I agree with the actions of the guide is separate from the image I took. I simply saw the opportunity and pressed the shutter release. I have taken numerous photographs through the course of my work of unacceptable behaviour by divers. I have been lucky enough to work for several years in the diving industry and I have been shocked on countless occasions by what some people deem as acceptable treatment of the underwater flora and fauna. One example sticks out in my mind in particular from this same trip to Palau when the Liveaboard arranged a Nautilus dive. To catch the Nautilus the boat crew lowered a baited cage hundreds of meters into the blue one evening. The next morning I saw them bring up the cage with the Nautilus. Inside that cage were numerous dead fish and large dead Moray Eel... This for me was unacceptable, During the later dive where guests were given the opportunity to play with the Nautilus I made a point of having nothing to do with it. I am firmly against the mistreatment of any animal and the wonderful creatures of the sea in particular. I hope that you can see where I am coming from and perhaps could give my galleries another chance. I warn you though I have other images which may offend your sensibilities, they document fish caught in nets, a really Giant Moray shot with a spear gun (luckily he survived) and white tips caught by fishermen and their bodies discarded. As for Palau I wholeheartedly recommend you visit. If you would like to know which company put on the Nautilus show PM me so you can avoid them as I would if I ever return to that incredible place. Tom
  17. I have just put together my new online portfolio. I would appreciate any feed back you may have. www.arewedreaming.com Out of interest it was built using a very handy and moderately simple php application/template called indexhibit. If anyone is interested I would be happy to talk you through setting your own up. Cheers, Tom
  18. It has to be ScubaCam... I have bought all my gear from Sanah and David at ScubaCam for the last couple of years. Sanah really knows her stuff and David is an ingenious guy who can make or fix almost ANYTHING to with underwater cameras you might request. They sell Seacam, Subal, Hugyfot, Seatool and Patima housings Inon strobes and everything in between like lights, arms and other accessories. Better to give them a call or pop in and see them your self. They are open till 7pm monday - saturday. They go well above and beyond the call of duty for their customers. I honestly wouldn't buy from any one else in Southeast Asia. www.arewedreaming.com
  19. Ha ha... And you know when that pixie dust gets wet it sticks together in big lumps and becomes useless... Either that or the fish eat it first...
  20. Happy Christmas to you all and happy snapping in the New Year. Tom.
  21. 2008 has been a hell of a year for me in so many ways and a thanks for big part of that should go to everyone who takes the time to post here. Technical advice and raw inspiration are in abundance here like nowhere else, add to that Wetpixel Quarterly, and my head spins... Here is my favourite shot, it marks for me the moment it all clicked in place and I started to feel I was getting it... So far my reasons are... 1) A wonderful location, 2) A wonderful subject, 3) My first SLR, that had, up till this point, only been making my life hard, I realise now that difficulty for me was simply a momentary learning process and this was proved to me by my ability to find the settings for this shot quickly and make the most of wonderful opportunity. (I owe a lot to Martin Edge for this. Martin your book has been my bible.) 4) I discovered the joy of working in post production, when moving the sliders and clicking the buttons has little effect on making the image much better than in the RAW. Knowing that you got it right in camera is a good albeit rare feeling. (I'm working on improving the ratios of duds : those with potential : those you just know...) 5) The satisfaction that comes from the positive feedback from others, especially those who's work you admire and those who share your passion for the underwater world. Thanks to everyone for the all the help (direct and indirect). I Hope 2009 fulfills all your wet dreams... (couldn't resist that one)
  22. These were taken over a three week period all over Bali, particularly in Tulamben, Lovina and Nusa Lembongan. The USAT Liberty @ Tulamben An unfortunate Mackrel at Puri Jati, I nearly followed the fate of this fish, only managing to avoid being picked up in the net by a couple of minutes. Spearing Mantis Shrimp @ The Coral Garden Tulamben My "closest" moment with a fish to date @ The Liberty Wreck Dusk on The Liberty Wreck Tiny. Oh so very very tiny... S is for "Super amazing Scuba Diving experience". @ The Liberty Wreck These were taken using a Canon Ixus 960 in a canon housing, an Inon Z240 Strobe, an Inon Fisheye and 2x Inon Macros. Here is a link to the rest of my gallery: Bali 2008 I would be interested to know what you think. Also if anyone has any questions about Bali I'd be happy to recommend places to visit.
  23. You sure you don't want the complete set? I see you have one already but are you sure that is enough? I will keep you in mind but for simplicities sake I'd like to try and sell the whole package as one... But for sure I'll let you know if the time comes. Thanks.
  24. The package includes 1 x Sony HDR HC7 High Definition DV Camera (Well used so a bit scratched here and there but recently serviced by Sony in Thailand and in perfect working order, including original battery + 2 spares, external battery charger and original charger, component output cable. Memory Stick 1 x Gates HC7/HC9 Housing with optional white balance control. Very good condition. About to be serviced and fully pressure tested by Scubacam in Singapore, includes spare O-ring and anodes. http://www.gateshousings.com/HC7.html 1 x Fathom Wide Port WP25 (Glass is in perfect condition, metal looks well used but undamaged. http://www.gateshousings.com/wideangleport.html 1 x Gates Flat Macro Port used only once. http://www.gateshousings.com/macroport.html 2 x Fisheye Halogen Fix Lights with chargers, handles, spare bulbs and O rings. http://www.fisheye-jp.com/english/fixlight...0dx/lights.html 2 x 3 piece arm sets for attaching Lights to the handles of the housing. (arms length approx 10 cm) Ultra light style. 1 x Pelican Case with wheels and extendable tow handle thingy. http://www.pelican.com/cases_detail.php?Case=1560 I can also throw in a bunch of used tapes,some standard DV and others HDV. All items were purchased New in the last 10 months. I have used the system regularly for the last 6 months in Thailand producing amazing souvenir DVD's for Liveaboard customers. I have gotten some really nice footage with it and I'm very impressed with the quality from such a small set up. The system will be in Singapore with Scubacam and available from the 3rd of June. Servicing may take a short while extra. Don't quote me on this just yet but I think David at Scubacam will be happy to vouch for the condition of the equipment. As you can see this is everything you might need to get started straight away. I all comes neatly packaged in the pelican case and the complete system weighs in at around 15 kilos. Excluding Camera, Sony Chargers and Tapes. The price of everything new came to more than 3800 Pounds. I am open to sensible offers and will update this post to include images of the gear and with specifics such as details of the battery model numbers and exact length of the arms etc as soon as I get time. I am currently en route to Bali and should be able to get the pictures up within the week. Any specfic pictures that you might want to see just ask. The reason for sale is to fund a move to bigger and more expensive toys. (A move I may well regret ) The system is for sale elsewhere (not ebay just yet) and I reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Thanks for taking time to read this. Happy shopping, Tom
  25. I have the Inon UFL-165AD (fisheye) myself and it really changed the way I took pictures UW. If you like wide angle photography and you don't want to splash out on a full SLR set up this is a really good option. It isn't exactly cheap and only really good for underwater but it is a fraction of the cost of the other alternatives, not to mention that its is fairly compact for travel. It gives you so much more light to play with and for my Canon ixus 800 it gave me really nice results, a huge improvement on what the camera could do before. This has to be my favourite picture I have taken using the lens: http://www.pbase.com/ozanners/image/83991135/large Here are some others: http://web.mac.com/ozanners/Anners/Photographs.html#27 http://web.mac.com/ozanners/Anners/Photographs.html#25 One thing I would say is that it can be prone to flare, from what I read most fisheyes are vulnerable to some degree, and blacking out the silver parts of your cameras lens should help minimise it. I also bought a couple of Inon UCL-165AD (close up) at the same time along and I hardly use them because I enjoyed the fisheye so much, but saying that they give great results too. You can even stack them to give even closer macro: http://web.mac.com/ozanners/Anners/Photographs.html#32 Make sure Inon make the adapter for your particular housing first though.
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