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Member Since 03 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Jun 27 2018 11:44 AM

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In Topic: Ikelite DS160 vs DS161 - what would you do?

27 June 2018 - 11:46 AM

They're the same strobe, except the 161 has a video light in it. I don't shoot video, but I find it helpful in very low light situations. Whether it would help or not in a resale I couldn't say...

In Topic: Labeling underwater housings

05 September 2017 - 05:29 AM

If you want an actual label, these things are bomb-proof...



In Topic: Best backpaak or hard case suggestions

05 September 2017 - 05:24 AM

Agree about the dividers rather than foam...

In Topic: An eight-page feature in Diver Magazine :-)

04 September 2017 - 06:07 AM

It's a little bit "embellished" but amusing to read...  ;-)

In Topic: Best backpaak or hard case suggestions

04 September 2017 - 06:00 AM

I went through this myself years ago, and ultimately decided on the Pelican 1510 vs a backpack (Lowe-Pro and others have many options. I was quite taken with fstopgear.com although they're pricey).


Several years later, I am happy with my decision... Here are my reasons why:


I use an Aquatica/D7000 system and dual Ike strobes etc. Add it all up and it's surprisingly heavy. (Upwards of 35 pounds). This would get damn heavy totting it around all day.


Due to the weight, it's entirely possible that some airline will insist I check it. With the Pelican, I know my stuff will be safe.


The Pelican meets carry-on requirements and I have never been challenged.


My only other comment would be that if you do opt for a Pelican, I seriously urge you to consider a roller case. With the case, my kit weighs 42 pounds.


The other thing to consider with a case vs backpack is that a small pack will qualify as a "personal" item. In addition to my 1510, I carry a small Lowepro pack with a sleeve that protects my 15" Macbook Pro, and has enough space and pockets for another camera body, dive computers, travel documents etc. It's quite small, but easily fits in under the plane seat.


I hope this helps!