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    Vancouver, BC
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    Underwater videography/ photography. Cave diving, wreck diving, tec diving.

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    Nikon D800
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  1. Messaged you about the extension ring and the macro port.
  2. Hello, I sometimes teach diving in Indonesia, and just got back a month ago from both Komodo and Penida (I can recommend a great shop in Penida, if you don't already have one). I agree with the others that the 16-35 will provide the least use at Lembeh, but it can be great at Komodo. You could very well have a manta come close enough to tap your head, and you may need the wide for those manta point dives at either Komodo or Penida. Take them all, in other words. The muck diving is fantastic at all three places, Lembeh first, then Komodo, then Penida last. One poster commented on the cauldron/shotgun; no use taking photos there, frankly, the current can be as strong as 9 knots. In July, it was generally slower, though, but still at least six, which is too strong for that dive site to carry any gear. Strap a GoPro to your mask, or better yet a Paralenz, if you have one or can borrow/rent one. Which liveaboard in Komodo? Have you booked flights to Labuan Bajo yet? Btw, Labuan Bajo is not much of a town to see, frankly, there is no reason to spend any time there aside from boarding your boat. Arrange your flights so you can get right on the boat, and then leave shortly afterward. Be careful with weight limits; flying out of Bali you'll have no problems, but at LBJ, they'll nickel and dime you to death. Check the plane model as well; you'll want a 737 with more room in the overhead, rather than the ATR-72 prop plane which has almost no room - thus the airline you choose makes a difference how much space you have for your gear.
  3. If you have not yet been to Sipadan, save your money so you can go. It is among the best areas in the world for diving, challenging conditions, spectacular sealife, and great dive shops. Malaysia's national parks just increased the number of daily permits from 120 to 180, but most of the increase went to new shops in Semporna and to liveaboards. The nearest shops are on Mabul island (Pulau Mabul), and the best way to see Sipadan is to stay at one there; I prefer Seaventures because they have the best permit to guest ratio, and as a result it increases your chances of getting a permit. Mind you, diving at Mabul is quite good, and nearby Kapalai has fantastic muck diving with great macro, from flambouyant cuttlefish to pygmy seahorses to mimic octopus. Dive the house reef under Seaventures and run into Elvis, the massive (>10m) moray eel (he can be frightening to run into on a night dive). Diving at Sipadan requires at least AOW, but I would recommend the Deep cert as well, and Nitrox if you plan to dive more than thrice a day for multiple days; try South Point first if you can, to see the hammerheads, which often are at 40m and a bit out into the blue. Then get your Cavern or Cave cert, and you can enter Turtle Tomb, a very narrow cave deep under Sipadan Island which houses several turtle skeletons; or, with the Deep cert, you can just go into the entrance to the tomb, which is a wide cavern with easy access out, and still get interesting shots.
  4. Many dive shops (outside Thailand) criticize Koh Tao, largely I've found due to competition. Koh Tao is not the most challenging diving, which is why it is a nearly perfect place to teach diving - you get great sealife, in warm water, without strong currents that would discourage many would-be divers. That is why many of the most prolific dive shops (in terms of certifications issued) are on Koh Tao, and some among the highest award winners in quality of instruction as well (there are also bad with the good, so do your research). There is much to photograph in the nearby waters, and many come to experience whale sharks, which seem to be more consistent there than in other places where I have seen them (Honduras, Philippines....).
  5. If you have not yet dived (dove?) at Komodo, you should really give it a shot; flying to Bali is quite cheap from many places now, then another quick flight to Labuan Bajo. The best months are April through August, once November hits the currents change, and can be so strong that visibility is quite limited. The north of the park tends to have the best sealife, which is generally avoided from November through February when dive shops go south. Go see the mantas, check off that bucket list item.
  6. Hello, I'm Bernie, from Vancouver, Canada. I'm a PADI Specialty Instructor (qualified for MSDT, but never applied for the cert, no need to Put Another Dollar In yet again). My main diving areas are in SE Asia, I've given up coldwater diving (recalling the horrors of doing my OW in 3C water, AOW in 5C, and Rescue in 8C), so sold all my coldwater gear. I've taught in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. I don't teach diving full-time, though, I'm a prof, so have my "real job" here in Vancouver. I recently changed photo rigs, to a Nikon D800 with Aquatica housing. I also have the Paralenz, which takes great video, but it is so wide angle you have to do a lot of editing. It's a bit of a trick to get used to how you move your head since the only real way to control what you actually capture in Paralenz is to mount it to your mask (it has no viewfinder nor usable screen). You end up then piecing short clips together to make any useful video. I also have older GoPros, no real need to upgrade since every time you have to replace most of the accessories (annoying part of their business model), so I have a few of the 3/3+/4 GoPros with all the giz one could ever need, but I rarely use them anymore. Maybe I should sell them....
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