I have the #5510.35 Flat Assembly and the #5510.22 Nikon 12-24mm Port Body extension. Together they fit the new Nikon 60 mm AF-S lens perfectly with only 1-2 cm to spare. Since this lens does not extend when focusing this works great. There is room for you to keep a UV filter on the lens if you desire and even seems to be enough room to use a 6T if you wanted to. The overall length is shorter than the standard 60mm port that I have been using.
This is excellent, because I always carry the #5510.22 port extension for use with the 12-24mm on the 8" dome port anyway. So the new port and extension fit nicely inside my Lowepro bag while travelling.
I already own the #5510.45 Dome Assembly and the #5510.10 Super-Wide Angle Port Body. I have the #5510.75 Focus Extension on order for the 105mm VR as well. This will allow me to shoot 5 lenses with two complete ports + one extra piece. The Nikon 10.5mm, 12-24mm, Sigma 15mm FE, Nikon 60mm and 105mm. The 105mm can be used in MF or AF and it should have room inside for the 6T diopter if needed. This will make for a very compact travel kit--a huge improvement over the 5 seperate ports I used to travel with.
I was pleasently suprised to see that the flat port came complete with a rubber port cover and a strap wrench. The rubber port cover is a departure from the neopreme covers they used to use. This could be a welcome change as the grommets on the old covers tended to rust. The strap wrench is required if you want to disassemble the port. Its otherwise impossible to do with only 2 hands.
The components are expensive, more expensive in fact than the 5 ports you need for the traditiuonal system, and its been a long road comming, however its much more flexible and convienient.
I had a chance to demo a pre-production version of this port with the 105mm VR lens and focus extension last November in the ocean. It worked fabulously. I'll post an update once the focus extension arrives.
Edited by UWphotoNewbie, 03 April 2008 - 08:50 PM.