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#1 Nwcid



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 09:43 PM

I have been using a Nikon D70 in an Aquatica housing with an 8" dome port.  It has dual DS-50 strobes on Ikelite 6"x5" arms with a dual sync cable.  I have been using Nikon 10.5mm and 60mm lenses.


I just bought a pair of YS-250 strobes with accessories the other day.  Tonight I made a deal on an Aquatica D90 housing and sync cables for the YS-250's.  


Now comes the questions because I need need a port/ports and strobe arms.


For dome do I want/need a 6" (~$450) or an 8" (~$650)?  I am happy with my 8" but for $200 difference do I really need it?  WIll my macro fit in a 6" port until I get a macro port?


For strobe arms it looks like 5" x 8" arms seem to be the most popular out there.  I have been reading until I am more confused then I started.  Is there a better set up and why?  The next question comes to weight.  The unit I have now is slightly negative, but I have no idea how the new system will compare.  Should going with light weight arms like the ULCS be enough or will I probably need some that are actually positive like the hollow aluminum one?  I know I need to put it in the water and weigh it but hard to do without the unit here.  



I would like to sell/part out the D70 set up and trying to find the best way to do it.  If I am not mistaken I should be able to take the port off the D70 and use it on the new housing.  The only thing that worries me about that is I am not sure a lot of people are looking for D70 housings with no ports.  I know I should be able to sell the strobes, cable and arms no problem.  I had thought about using the arms for the new set up but I need different mounts for the new strobes so in the long run would be more effective to sell the old and buy new.  


Any thoughts on any of this would be great.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 10:37 PM

It is generally better with a bigger Domeport. The edges get sharper that way.It depends on which lense that you will put in fron of it as well.

For CFWA ( Closed Focus WA) then a smaller Domeport is better, as an exceütion bigger is better :-)


You will clearly need a dedicated macro port as well. A flatport for a 60mm is reasoably priced.



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Posted 22 October 2013 - 11:54 PM

I know there was a lot in that post. 


Right now I am using the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye, and Nikon 60mm Macro.  


I know at some point I should get a macro port but at this point all the pics I have taken with the macro under the 8" dome have come out well. 

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:17 AM

You would not have to go to the expense of buoyancy arms, STYX makes floats that fit over you arms that are reasonably priced that you can add later if it's to negative.

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