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  1. Barmaglot

    Learning the TG-6

    Is it housed? If it's bare, then water squeezing on the body can shift some contacts and cause it to lose connection with the card - I've seen reports of this happening when bare TG cameras exceeding their rated depth, and your sample might have some defect that causes the problem to manifest...
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    Blue O Two holding a 50% off sale for Red Sea routes

    Just when I thought it couldn't get any dumber, there's this: למה המצרים מפרקים מכוניות ישראליות בכניסה לסיני Apparently car reverse cameras are now a grave security threat.
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    Where to stay

    Spread enough covid-19 to make them flee in fear?
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    Where to stay

    Step 1: Vaccinate everyone Step 2: Open the borders to every foreigner from every country, no testing required Step 3: ???? Step 4: Declare independence!
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    Where to stay

    So... just don't come back until the quarantine requirement is lifted! 😜 Don't you love problems that come with built-in solutions? :rofl3:
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    Where to stay

    That's one of those places that seems to list mostly pre-COVID prices :D No, there's plenty of other listings, I was just trying to tap some local knowledge. So far this only intent, not an official change yet, which may or may not come at some uncertain point in the future. Still, I better...
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    Where to stay

    By riding around you mean look for signs 'This place for rent' out front? This is actually a thing these days? I would prefer not to hire a motorbike, but from what I gather, it's pretty much a necessity if I'm staying there for any length of time. Figured as much. Saw an absolutely lovely...
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    Where to stay

    Bumping this thread rather than starting my own... I'm coming to Phuket in late October, the plan is to stay for three months, working remotely 4-5 days a week and diving on the weekends. I already have one liveaboard booked, but otherwise I plan to do day trips and shore diving - I understand...
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    cheap chinese video light review

    Ah, Egypt border controls... there's stupid, there's special kind of stupid, and then there's Egypt.
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    cheap chinese video light review

    I haven't had 40x18650 with me, but I have traveled with 24-32x18650 and 40xAA and it hasn't been a problem. Instead of trying to hide the cells in powerbanks, just use plastic cases which ensure that all the contacts are insulated.
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    Has been waiting since early 2020

    As I said, it wasn't 'all of a sudden'; I was seeing warnings about imminent closure at least 3-4 days before I left (i.e. 10-11th of March). Yes, there wasn't a lot of warning, but there was a week and some change. I flew from Tel Aviv to Dumaguete via Addis Abeba and Manila on March 2nd...
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    Tips on sales for underwater strobes?

    That's actually Mozaik engaging in deceptive pricing - mark an item up, then put a 'discount' on it. All the usual suspects are selling them for $650. https://www.backscatter.com/Inon-Z330-Underwater-Strobe https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/inon-z330-type-2-strobes...
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    Blue O Two holding a 50% off sale for Red Sea routes

    Applied at the embassy in Tel Aviv, handled via a travel agent. Took damn near two months to process. Apparently I was lucky to even get it, lots of people get their applications rejected, not that it did me any good.
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    Blue O Two holding a 50% off sale for Red Sea routes

    The group was going to a liveaboard, yes. As I understand it, there's a separate set rules for Israelis from everyone else (remember, we have a history of five major wars in living memory, and the peace we've got is not particularly warm, with a mob storming our embassy in Cairo not that long...
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    Blue O Two holding a 50% off sale for Red Sea routes

    From what I've been told, they get triggered by any camera with a large-ish lens. They think it's all spy equipment meant to take pictures of their super secret military installations. I was with an organized group, our guide spoke Arabic, we had an Egyptian agent on the other side, no one...
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    Blue O Two holding a 50% off sale for Red Sea routes

    At the suitcase scanner, they tossed my entire bag, catalogued everything, then assigned me some guy who didn't speak a word of English or Hebrew, grabbed my passport, rushed me through the passport control, then after that, he took me me off to some side building that tharted its life as either...
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    Tips on sales for underwater strobes?

    I don't think I've ever seen significant discounts or sales underwater strobes. Possibly small discounts on remaining stock of discontinued models, which Z-330 most certainly is not. Best I've ever seen was three years ago, when Retra announced that they're working on a new generation of strobes...
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    Ever wonder why your carry on gets searched

    My carryon is much like yours - camera in a housing, lenses, strobes, batteries, laptop, etc - and it gets searched every time without fail, including connecting flights. In my latest misadventure, I got flat out denied entry into Egypt due to the contents of my camera bag - they did offer me...
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    Latest entry requirement to Thailand

    Back on topic.
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    Phuket Sandbox from 1st Jul 2021.

    That article smells like a hit piece of the 'KOH TAO IS DEATH ISLAND' type. The three tests required for sandbox cost 8000 baht in total, per person. For domestic travel between provinces, rules vary, but AFAIK for most cases all you need is a rapid test that costs a few hundred baht.
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