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FS: Nikon D800 Body

09 May 2018 - 10:12 AM

FS: Nikon D800 Body, Price is $995 USD. A- shape, low 19,600 shutter count. Excellent body shape, no cuts or missing rubber. Clean viewscreen, sensor and mirror. Slight rubbing on bottom plate edges. Complete in original box, battery, charger, etc. Prefer US buyer. Includes PP/CC and FedEx shipping in US lower 48. NO TRADES.



Inon z240 type 3 strobe FS $375

06 May 2018 - 06:25 PM

I have an Inon z240 type 3 strobe FS. It was a personal one, I just don't use it.


No real difference with a type 4, hasn't had hard use. Clean, never flooded, powers right up.


Includes ball mount, whatever diffusers and spares I can find.


Free Shipping in US lower 48. +3% for PP or CC.

Yap Sharks with a 60mm Macro Lens on a D850

07 April 2018 - 09:12 PM

I've always felt that it was hard to get close to big animals like sharks and that more reach is required over something like a mid range zoom.


Alex had talked about using a 60mm lens behind a dome for sharks and on a recent shark dive in Yap, I decided to try my old AF-D 60mm macro Nikkor on my D850 behind a Zen 170 dome and 70mm extension. I could of used a smaller extension, but it was what I had.


The results were quite stunning, I felt. You do need clear conditions to have it work out though, but AF was fast and I had lots of range. The longer reach shortens up the background too.


I also switched back and forth from FX to DX mode to see how that felt. I think it's probably more valuable for macro work with the 60 to get more DOF and will try that next week in Palau.







A few D850 Shots from Fiji

21 January 2018 - 09:16 AM

Spent a week on the Nai'a and another 8 days at Qamea Resort near Taveuni.


Shot the Nikon D850 in a Nauticam housing. I used the Sigma 15mm FE, Nikon 17-35 behind a Zen 170mm dome, as well as the Nikon 105mm VR macro.


I'm still working on a TR, will post when it's available. But here's a few shots to whet your appetite.


Underwater Album on Flickr













Dive Yap & Palau - April 2018 - 4 spots available.

27 December 2017 - 03:36 PM



Dive High-Energy, Picture Perfect

Palau, Micronesia

4 spots available

Download our Trip Flyer here!

Call 800-359-1295, email us or signup online!


Join Optical Ocean Sales’ owner Jack Connick for an amazing photo safari to Palau in Micronesia, April 8 through the 15th, 2018. Our 7 night, 5.5 dive day expedition will be staying on the luxurious liveaboard Rock Islands Aggressor, based out of Koror, Palau.

We will explore the reefs and waters in and around the limestone rock islands of Palau. Dive sites will include WWII wrecks, German Channel, Ulong Channel, Blue Holes and the famous Blue Corner – Micronesia’s most famous shark dive. The vessel is a spacious, comfortable catamaran. Stretching 106 feet, 31 feet wide and accommodates 18 guests who are pampered by a crew of 8! Deluxe cabins are en-suite with a/c. The Aggressor has large camera table and excellent photo facilities. Diving is conducted from a 30’ hard boat that launches with a power lift system, divers, gear and all! Optical Ocean Sales is working closely with the Aggressor for a special dive trip that will emphasize photo opportunities.

Mantas in German Channel, Giant Napoleon wrasse, turtles, large schools of barracuda, huge tridacna clams and schools of small fish like trevally, triangle butterflyfish, and countless sharks are also on the agenda of critters to view. And the reefs abound with macro subjects, small gobies, nudibranchs, shrimp and crabs are all on view against the soft and hard coral backdrops.

You also have an opportunity to step back in time and visit the island of Peleliu, site of one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific during WWII, as well as dive the more southern sites there.

Read more on the diving from our trip report from our 2013 Photo Expedition.



6 nights shared deluxe cabins onboard the Palau Aggressor II
All meals & beverages onboard - including alcohol!
5.5 days diving - tanks, weights. Nitrox is optional at only $100.
1 night lodging at Palau Royal Resort before and after trip.
Transfers included!**

The cost for this great Palau liveaboard adventure is only $4295*! (airfare not included).



Dive Yap with Manta Ray Bay Resort (optional)

Includes 4 nights, 3 days diving at the Manta Ray Bay Resort on Yap, a small island famous for stone money, manta ray and shark diving.

It features comfortable lodging with excellent dive and camera facilities. Optional add-on $1100.