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Member Since 28 Mar 2004
Offline Last Active Nov 22 2018 06:33 PM

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In Topic: Renting out my gear.

11 October 2018 - 05:49 AM

I have done this before and had success. First of all, you have to treat this as a business transaction not loaned to a friend. You can find sample contracts on the internet and you need to have one. Figure out what your replacement cost for all items rented would be. In my case that was $4000. Then get that amount in deposit, not a check but actual cash deposit. Then the rent was $400 a week. I then spent about an hour of time with the renter going over the procedures and cautions and operation of the system. Once the system is returned check it all out and go through your normal testing procedures and post-trip procedures, clean it up well. Your contract should state that you have 30 days to return the deposit less any cost for damages or cost for missing items. I did this 3 times before there was a problem and I had to keep some of the deposit. I later sold the system to the renter. 



In Topic: Dome replacement for Precision Pana 8mm

29 July 2018 - 06:18 AM

Hi Timz


I am the manufacture of this product. I can replace the dome, Please send me a email and we can discuss the procedure, 


Bill Libecap 



In Topic: How to find a leak ?

11 July 2018 - 12:51 PM

I have found two ways to do this.


1 is with a vacuum, Go to the store and get some ritz clothing die, black and mix it up with 5 gallons of water. fill your housing with crumbled up paper towels and a weight in the center. Pull a vacuum on the housing and put it into the black water. check on it occasionally so you can find the leaking area as the paper towels will be black in that area.  


2 is with pressure. Remove the pump from the vacuum hose and pressurize the housing like blowing up a balloon. I believe that the leak sentinel valve will not seal so you will have to clamp off the hose to maintain the pressure in the housing. Dunk the housing in water and look for bubbles or spray the housing with a mixture of baby shampoo and water and watch for bubbles. 


To much pressure will force the housing half's apart so kept that in mind. and good luck. 

In Topic: Advice on starting from scratch??

10 July 2018 - 02:16 PM

You will most likely not be happy with the light output from the ikelite ds51 strobes with the Tokina wide angle lens. I would suggest that you get at least one of not two ikelite ds-160 strobes. You will need a strobe cord also Sync Cord Two Ikelite Strobes to Ikelite Bulkhead Product # 4103.52 $ 160.00. 


You will also want Right-Hand Quick Release Handle # 4077.02 , Shutter Trigger Extension # 4077.93. You will need some floats to get the system neutral in the water and I would suggest STIX floats as the will fit the ikelite arms. you will probably need 8 large floats. I would also suggest that you purchase the Vacuum Pump with Gauge # 47011


I have an Ikelite D7000 system. Your next purchase should be a 60mm lens, 18-55 lens, and a flat port. 


Bill Libecap

In Topic: Inon 240Z Type 2 Strobes (Used)

18 April 2018 - 06:18 AM

you didn't answer my question. so someone purchased them before  Yesterday, 01:38 PM EST ?