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  1. I had my gear stolen and decided to replace it with a smaller cheaper system. A few items weren't in the bag so I'm offloading them now. The dome port and gear have been in the water only three times in a pool - so basically brand new. It comes with a neoprene cover and port screw cap. I'd like to sell the gear and the dome as a set. New they go for $180 + $550, or $730. I'll take $500 including in that shipping in the US via PayPal. Haven't sold on this site but I have a lot of history on Ebay as AngusBlue2004. I also have the Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 Mark I and Mark II versions. If you want a lens I'd give you a good price. na-36133Nauticam N85 6 inch' Wide Angle Dome Port na-36148Nauticam Zoom Gear: Panasonic Lumix G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH. POWER O.I.S.Zoom Gear
  2. The Cressi dive computers are dirt cheap and have a user replaceable battery which is so simple you can just use a medium sized coin. The battery is a pretty standard CR2430, less than $5. I just replace the battery before every trip. I don’t like the idea of rechargeable - to much bother and does not give a long uptime. I have several with different strap colours so that I can distinguish between mine and my dive buddy (usually my son). You can download dive history with a cradle but I don’t bother. You can set how conservative you want to be with your dive table. Depending on the model you can have various gas mixtures. https://www.cressi.com/catalogue/index.asp?CategoriaCOD=005008 Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
  3. https://onereef.org - a focus on community based conservation of reefs primarily in Palau and Micronesia.
  4. Just wait. It’s like that here in San Francisco (estimates 600 people infected and a few deaths). Check back in 2-4 weeks and the hospitals may well be deciding who lives and gets the ventilator and who dies. Germany is going to get hot in 1-2 months too, although you don’t have the problem of gross incompetence at the highest levels of government. Anyone saying this is a hype or a hoax is watching too much US Pravda TV and Facebook groups.... I’d like to chuckle and say go for the Darwin Award ... but the reality is people who are young and become carriers will be killing 60+ year olds. Also Spanish Flu on 1918 had three mortality peaks - one small in June, the highest one in November, and another medium one the following Spring. So it may get better and then much worse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1918_spanish_flu_waves.gif
  5. Beautiful. Never seen a Triton’s Trumpet in real life, just the shell in a dusty case. They are impressive. Of course, the barracudas and jacks were spectacular.
  6. Don’t know if you dive with a significant other, friend, or child but I recently came to the epiphany that we could carry different rigs setup for different subjects. I have a WA M43 for stills with strobes (and video in good available light in the shallows), my son carries a Olympus TG6 set up for macro with a video light which provides continuous lighting and makes the rig really simple and easy to use. I have to admit I partially chose to use the m43 system because I use it topside and already have some lenses and know how to use the camera. But I think it’s a good compromise UW just like it is topside. The only cameras that could tempt me are FF mirrorless like your Sony but physics being the way it is you have the huge lens issue (and very few choices of native lenses). No way would I buy a DSLR today.
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  8. Just bought the TG6 for my 13 year old son who also is a Junior Open Water diver. I set it up with a video light on a flex arm with a tray and handles. This apparently is a great set up for macro and portraits. Also the Olympus housing is not too bulky or expensive. Down the road you can add strobes and a wide angle wet lens. I’ve got a GH5 (similar to the other m43 camera you mentioned) with a zoom wide angle to medium lens in a dome with two strobes. So together we have every type of shot covered. I think this is a perfect setup because my son won’t have to worry about much but focus and pressing the shutter button, which is just as well as he is trying to maintain neutral buoyancy! Here is a video worth watching on a similar setup, select Part 2: https://www.backscatter.com/reviews/post/Olympus-TG-5-Best-Underwater-Camera-Settings# I went with a single flex arm rather than a ball arm because again it’s easier to adjust. Backscatter also has a tether to attach the camera to a BCD, so it doesn’t drift away. The setup above has no floats and will sink. We will be trying out the TG6 in French Polynesia in a few months.
  9. Sounds like the 14-42 with WWL and CMC is the way to go for both WA and Macro on a m43 camera. For now I think I’m going to have my dive buddy carry and use a TG6 for Macro and use my GH5 for everything else. But at some point I’ll probably make the switch. By then we may have more options available.
  10. GH5 w/ Panasonic 12-35mm f2.8 in a Nauticam housing and dome. Use my GH5 topside so now it’s going underwater! Learning a lot about uw lighting right now - strobes and LEDs. This forum is a great resource.
  11. This is the feedback I got from Backscatter on the MWL-1 with a 30 on m43: “If you wanted to use the 30mm macro with the MWL-1, I’d recommend using the CMC-2. Otherwise, the minimum focus distance is too close with the CMC-1. You’d basically have to be touching the subject to achieve focus. This is a pretty cool setup, but a little limited. The MWL-1 doesn’t provide the best image quality unless you shoot at really small apertures.” So not much of an endorsement for the combination. Seems like the Pana14-42 with WWL-1 and SCS make a better if larger and more expensive combo.
  12. I’m using the na-36133 Nauticam N85 6 inch' Wide Angle Dome Port. It’s the standard plastic dome without manual focus knob. Housing is the standard Nauticam NA-GH5SV.
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