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#1 NikonKidF3

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Posted 06 March 2014 - 07:44 PM

I am packing my Aquatica D90 rig into a rolling carry on bag, and I have a new (to me) 8 inch dome port.  I wasn't happy just putting a piece of cardboard between the top of the dome port (in its neoprene cover) and everything else in the bag.

 

I found the steamer basket from the Panasonic SR-DE103 fuzzy logic rice cooker fits perfectly, after trimming off some of the edge so that the basket fits inside the sunshade.  The remaining edge rests on the lips of the sunshade and prevents the bottom of the basket from touching the dome.  The neoprene cover fits over it all without a problem.

 

I have made a gallery of the process:

 

http://slickpic.us/407264UNTN

 

The part number from the Panasonic website for the basket is:  ARK53T975-W9

 

We own the rice cooker and never use the basket, so it didn't cost me anything.  The rice cooker is really an excellent device, BTW.

 

Willis

 



#2 Alison Perkins

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 10:50 AM

Interesting project Willis. In order for me to learn more... is there a reason why packing the dome with just the neoprene cover over it is not protection enough? Why cardboard or the basket? Thanks!


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#3 NikonKidF3

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Posted 24 March 2014 - 11:07 AM

I was packing the dome and all the other things into my carry-on bag for the flight to Bonaire, and felt that the things that were going to be above the dome in the bag might bang into it and scratch it, even with the neoprene cover.  What went on top of my dome in my travel case was the macro port, in bubble wrap, and one strobe on top of that, so it wasn't a huge load, just not one that I wanted putting any pressure on the port itself.

 

Dust and sand could get on the cover and get ground into the port, and that would be in the center of the port, easily seen.  The 10.5mm has such depth of field that dust inside the port and scratches either on the inside or outside of the port could show if if is stopped down enough and focused on a pretty close subject.

 

You sure could use cardboard to cover the dome for the flight, but that might also get pushed in over time.  I had read somewhere that another photographer had adapted a piece of tupperware to cover his dome, so I was searching around in the kitchen, holding my dome port when I came across this basket for the rice cooker.

 

An additional bonus is that I can use this helmet in the field, going from hotel to dive site.  It protected the dome when it was in the back seat of the pickup truck as we bounced around Bonaire.  I would remove the helmet and put just the neoprene cover back on before I entered the water.  After I exited the water, I would put the helmet on underneath the neoprene cover before driving off.

 

I still got scratches on my dome that I have to polish out, but that was from swimming into some coral (DOH!).  Scratches that happen underwater are much easier to forgive than scratches that happen on land.  I just didn't want to arrive in Bonaire with a scratched up dome port to begin with!

 

Willis\