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October photo fest

October 18, 2012
By admin in Diving gear

Finally i got my Nauticam underwater housing for the Olympus OM-D E-5d including the dome port that i ordered some time ago.
Due to popularity it has been on backorder for more than a month.
The first impression is that the housing is really solid and well thought-out, and the controls are really ergonomic for such a small housing.
How ever, on a smaller housing the buttons get smaller as well and the main dial for shutter speed on the housing is quite tiny, so i’m not sure how well it will work when using thick dry gloves which i use for most of my dives.
I use a Panasonic 8mm lens, and the dome port is really small as you can see on the images. The housing is attached to a Nauticam Flexitray.

Here are a few images of the housing compared to my Sea&Sea MDX300:

Front with dome

Picture 1 of 4

Goodbye DX – Hello m43

September 12, 2012
By admin in Gadgets

My work horse the Nikon D300 is a great camera that i have been using for almost five years now. The only reason why i exchanged it was the lack of video capability, and perhaps the need for even better performance in low light at high ISO:s
The gap between DSLR and smaller mirrorless cameras is getting narrower, and after reading Alex Mustards review of the Micro four thirds Olympus OM-D i was convinced that this is the right camera for me.
The OM-D is small and performs well using high ISO. The 5-axis stabilization is also great when shooting video. Still waiting for the Under water housing and 8mm Fisheye lens….

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My Nikon D300 and the new Olympus OM-D E-M5

By admin in Diving gear

If you don’t you should probably think twice before buying this dive computer with the following tagline:
“An experimental platform for all experienced divers who are interested in the theory of diving and who value maximum transparency and individual adaptabily .”
After reading this i was first a bit sceptical about if this was a fully developed product.

But this dive computer is really amazing. It’s robust, has a simple user interface with menues and functions that is easy to configure and adapt for you own needs. The OLED display is crystal clear with a battery capacity of approx 40 hours run time when fully charged using the USB connector.
The computer can handle up to 5 pre-configured Trimix gases. It’s also quite simple to simulate dives and test different scenarios.
The only drawback i see so far is that it’s a bit heavier and bulkier than my old fashion Suunto dive computer.
But the best thing is that even an old fart like me can read the digits without any problems 8)

New year – New gear

February 25, 2012
By admin in Diving gear

I sold one of my two Gavin Mini underwater scooters a couple of months ago. Instead i bought the Cuda 400 from Dive Xtras during a trip to Florida in January, and today i took it for a pool test drive/dive.
Monkey diving” – Scooter dive with minimal equipment in shallow water is fun and allows you to go faster than with heavy gear and double tanks.

This Cuda is similar to the Gavin mini in terms of size and weight, but it’s a bit faster and has a single handle with an 8 gear speed shift.
I still find the Gavin verry robust and reliable and i will probably keep them both.
I also got the opportunity to try my GoPro Hero2 under water for the first time.

Scratched camera dome

November 28, 2011
By admin in Uncategorized

As an under water photographer and wreck diver it is almost impossible to keep you optic dome port and camera rig away from sharp objects.
This will results in scratches that sooner or later will be visible on your images. So I took my courage In both hands and attacked the dome with some special sand paper pads…

The scratched dome and the Micro Mesh kit

You start with the roughest pad first from edge to edge.

Change to the next pad and turn the dome 90 degrees to rub off the scratches from the previous pad

After the finest pad you move over to the Novus polish kit and a clean cloth

Almost done, just number 1 left...

The last bottle contains anti static polish. The dome is now like new!

The last bottle contains anti static polish. The dome is now like new!

 

 

 

 

Midi Mania

March 15, 2011
By admin in Gadgets


Hook up your keyboard or any other Midi-instrument with this low cost USB Midi Interface. I found it on Ebay for 9 $ including delivery.
Worked perfectly with my Mac, Garage Band and Roland TD-9KX drums.
There is a Garage band plugin to enable Midi OUT:

http://mysite.verizon.net/retroware/

Living room 2.0

June 22, 2010
By admin in Hillbilly/Backyard projects

Time for an extreme makeover
Our living room was boring, cold and pretty much original 1958 style. The plaster was coming down from the walls, there was black mold under the floor…

Finally we got started.  First step: Tear down the walls floor and ceiling…

Before

Plaster, floor and ceiling removed. Old windows still in place

 

Floor insulation completed and foundation for fireplace

Studs, wall insulation and board on walls. Chimney mounted and electrical wiring completed

Painting almost finnished

Floor completed, LED-lights mounted

The last painting done!

And some furniture!

RFID cat flap

May 8, 2010
By admin in Gadgets

Some time ago i installed a cat flap to make things more easy for the two cats. The only problem was that the door also was used by the neighbors big red oriental to kick some cats ass and steal food.
The solution was to get a cat flap that can read the microchip implant identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of each cat.
Now everything works fine except for some fighting on each side of the door.
It can be locked from the inside and it also has a night program that allows the cats to enter, but locks from the outside when it gets dark.

Pet Porte Smart Flap Microchip Cat Flap

Ultrasonic Cleaner

March 18, 2010
By admin in Gadgets

Ultrasonic cleaner

If needed to clean some pieces of diving equipment with hollow areas that was hard to reach – The ultra sonic wash did a great job! I was amazed but this little machine.

Before

After

 The tank can be filled with up to 1.5 liters of water. I added a cap of concentrated vinegar that got rid of the calcium oxide. You can see the result above on the brass double-ender that i have been used for several dives.

Foam cutter

January 7, 2010
By admin in Hillbilly/Backyard projects

For one of my projects i needed to cut some styrene foam, so i took a regular car battery charger, 220v dimmer and a guitar E-string. It was a little difficult to cut it free hand, but i used the wooden frame as a guide for straight cuts. And it worked really well.

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Iceman giving a helping hand

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Temperature of the wire can be adjusted with the dimmer