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#371482 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by cneal on 13 March 2016 - 08:55 AM

I use a Tamrac shoulder bag for my DSLR, three lenses for underwater (12-24, 60 and 105 micros) , one 85-400 telephoto topside and the Aquatica eyepiece. My iPad got in this bag as well. This weighs in at about 15 pounds. This goes under the seat in front of me.


I use an Akona roll on camera bag (no longer sold) for my Aquatica housing, 8 inch dome port, macro port, two DS-161 strobes, extensions, strobe arms, carry handle, sherpa strap, chargers, vacuum pump, assembly tools, and assorted small items.  This is 38 pounds and goes in the overhead. I do admit to checking this on the return flight. The only problem experienced was learning how fragile an Aquatica eyepiece is and how expensive it is to repair, it is now in the carryon with lenses. I have had no problem carrying the roller on with Delta and US Air. With a small plane like a Twin Otter in the islands it has to be checked. 


Regulators and masks with corrective lenses go in my wife's carry on.


Lugging this through airports can be trying. The best advice I can offer is buy no luggage without wheels or the ability to mount to the handle of a roller. 

#364547 DS161 strobes don't stand still

Posted by cneal on 23 August 2015 - 06:22 AM

They will be fine underwater. I keep my 161's folded close to the housing for getting in and out of the water. Once in the water I can put the strobes where I want them and they stay all without touching the clamps.

#356960 The Ethic of Ikelite and their dealer

Posted by cneal on 25 January 2015 - 08:59 AM

In America Ikelite's support goes far beyond what is required by law, since in the States there are very few laws except for life threatening defects. Many stores and companies in the US have a no return policy. Their mistake or your mistake, once it goes out the door it is yours.


I can't speak about Europe's return policies, but I would be shocked if it were uniform in all countries.


As for "Authorized Dealer" of "Official Dealer" that just means you will get warranty support from the manufacturer if you buy there, It does not make them a manufacturer's representative.


Stop expecting others to bear the financial responsibility for your mistakes.


Guys form US, you don't understand that what ikelite does in your country is required by the law, so no wonder! In Europe Ikelite must do even more!

#356824 The Ethic of Ikelite and their dealer

Posted by cneal on 21 January 2015 - 06:58 AM

I have been an Ikelite customer for more than a decade. I have used an Ikelite housing (F5) and have used Ikelite stobes of many designs with a pair of DS-161's as the latest. They have always gone far beyond their responsibilities in providing support. In fact, Ikelite has one of the best reputations in the business.


To expect them to refund you the profit made by the dealer and distributor as well as what they made because you purchased the wrong part is just silly. Return it to the dealer. If you can not do that, then you have a problem with the dealer, not Ikelite.


There are many reason for a dealor not to accept a returned part. I there are electronics most will require proof of it being defective. If the part has scratches its obvious why not.

#356347 Your Favourite/Best Image of 2014

Posted by cneal on 06 January 2015 - 04:22 AM

Taken in Bonaire last September.



#332203 Macro Lens for Nikon DX

Posted by cneal on 01 June 2013 - 04:35 AM

The 60mm is a good macro lens allowing you to pull back for smalll scenes. But if you are want to get more than 1:1 with diopters you will want the 105 mm for the increased working distance which is reduced by the diopters.


In addition to the macro lens you will probably want a wide angle zoom to use behind a dome. For the selection of this lens and dome port the argument will become nearly religious with the selection of fish-eye or rectileniar and dome size.

#326272 Wetpixel redesign feedback

Posted by cneal on 19 February 2013 - 04:27 AM

A behavior change....


Before when I used the back button after reading an entry the entry was marked as read. Now I have to refresh the page.


A very small nit.