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#1 Simon Rogerson

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 02:30 PM

I have an opportunity to buy a Zen DP100 minidome to fit my Aquatica housing. It's a great port in terms of its optics, and the price is very competitive, but I have one concern. The port is a snug fit, but the bayonet will not lock, as it was designed prior to the introduction of Aquatica's port locking mechanism. The manufacturer has sent a message via the vendor that the port should not work itself free... their exact words: "Since there is no leverage on this port the likelihood of of a problem is basically non-existant." So what should I make of this? To an extent I think Zen has a fair point. It's a very snug fit and it doesn't move around easily. But I'd be interested to hear from any other Aquatica owners who have tried this port.




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Posted 11 July 2013 - 06:14 PM

Simon I believe you wont see many Aquatica users with the Zen mini dome as they normally, like myself buy the Aquatica mini dome because its basically the same thing but $200 cheaper and its made for your housing. 


I had a quick look at the zen website and there are different models for the Zen 100mm for each manufacture and also lens combination http://www.zenunderw...ts.php?prodID=4


Aquatica mount:

  • DP-100-HCR for the Canon 8-15 FE
  • DP-100-AN for the Nikkor 10.5mm FE
  • DP-100-AT for the Tokina 10-17mm FE

Maybe double check to see if you have the correct dome for the setup your using?


Regards Mark

Nikon D7000 with Aquatica housing called "Deedee", Tokina 10-17,Nikkor 60mm, Nikkor 105mm, Sigma 17-70, Ikelite DS161


#3 Julian D

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Posted 11 July 2013 - 11:34 PM

Simon, I'm just learning but I've got a Zen DP100 with an Aquatica D7000 housing.  Bought it from NWdiver on this site and I think he used it on a D7000 as well.


Your right it doesn't lock but the handful of times I have had it out it has felt very secure and I would agree with the supplier that it would be very unlikely to come off. 



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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:30 AM



I used numerous ports with the Aquatica housing for the Nikon D70. This was before they had port locking on their housing. Probably did 2-300 dives with it and never had any port or extension ring loosen at all. But I had a mark on the exact top of the port and extension rings, so if anything moved, I'd, hopefully notice it. But it never happened.



#5 Simon Rogerson

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 02:51 PM

Thank you for the comments guys. All very helpful and much appreciated.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 08:13 PM

Anytime there is a bayonet mount system, there is a risk of it twisting and leaking slightly.  I've seen it in Subal and Aquatica on dive trips.  Duct tape is your best friend. Taping it down makes sure it can't turn easily. Yes there is some residue when you remove it, but hey that beats a wet camera! :)

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