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markj

Member Since 12 Jun 2003
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In Topic: Fiji and Air Pacific

18 October 2011 - 03:14 PM

I am leaving for fiji next weekend and would like to hear from recent travelers that traveled from LAX to Fiji what their experiences were in regards to the recent carry on rules. Air Pacific has a 7 Kilo limit on carry ons and I would like to know if they are enforcing it. I am getting a little frantic about how to get my camera equipment there in one piece.


Flew LAX->NADI on Air Pacific in June 2011. They were definitely weighing carryons. Lots of folks were forced to move items to from carryon to checked bag to make the 15lb carryon limit.

I wore my (smallish) back pack to the Air Pacific counter...this was my "personal item"...counter staff saw and acknowledged this personal item but did not weigh it. Did not weigh my wife's personal item, either.

In Topic: Tokina 10-17 for Nikon

09 June 2011 - 07:19 PM

Now that I've looked at it a bit, I will say the T2i competes with the d3100, not d5100.

Hi John,

You are correct.

Since I take a lens-centric view on photography, I conclude:

The D7000 is the least expensive modern Nikon body that can host the 10-17,
and
the T2i is the least expensive modern Canon body that can host the 10-17.

I am not a good enough photographer for the body choice to make much difference; however, in California conditions, you can't have much "fun" without a wide-angle lens, and it appears that the 10-17 is probably the most "fun" lens out there.

Thanks again,
Mark

In Topic: Tokina 10-17 for Nikon

09 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

The difference between the price of a new 5100 is $899 and a D7000 is $1199. That's not that big a deal in the overall scheme of things.

I see the D5100 is $799 today on Amazon, but point taken.

In my view, lenses are more important than bodies, and I am really just looking for a cost-effective platform to "host" the 10-17.

The real competition to the D7000 in my view is the T2i; I can get both the T2i and the 10-17 for $1299 today on Amazon, only $100 more than the D7000 alone.

Plus, the small, form-fitting housings available for the T2i look awful sweet.

Thanks for your thoughts,
Mark

In Topic: Sony WX5 Ikelite setup!

30 December 2010 - 11:05 AM

Hi A.Y.,

Seems like you are not using an external strobe. Do you feel the need for one?

A lot of your write-up addresses video...do you have more to say about stills?

Finally, do you find 24mm behind a flat port to be "wide enough" for California diving?

I have an old Coolpix 5000 setup with a WA Nikon conversion lens (effectively 19mm) behind an Ikelite dome port.

This camera is a dinosaur but I am having a hard time giving up on the great WA lens and port setup.