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ChristopherGug

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Aquatica D800E package with strobes, camera, ports & more

11 March 2016 - 05:47 AM

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https://www.gugunder...ckage-for-sale/

 

$6500 firm

 

Selling my personal Aquatica housing setup, complete with Nikon D800E body, strobes, ports, AquaView Viewfinder, and tons of accessories.  It’s in great condition, and it’s just undergone an overhaul and test.   Some of the accessories may not be all that useful to you, but I haven’t factored them into the price, so just consider them a bonus, and maybe you’ll find something to do with them down the line.  No one has ever used it other than me – I’m the 1st and only owner.  Wild guess, 400 or so dives on it. 

 

Read below and/or check out the link to my website where I’ve included more pictures and another breakdown of the parts included.  Now I’m going to try to answer many of the common questions:

 

The D800E is a killer system for underwater – for those not familiar, the “E” designation means Nikon has omitted the anti-alias filter from this model, making for slightly sharper images on the appropriate subject matter – and everything underwater is the appropriate subject matter. 

 

The camera body has lived practically its entire life inside the housing – the safest place for a camera, and the reason the camera is in such excellent condition.  I’ve never flooded the housing, and it’s just undergone an overhaul, cleaning, and test.

 

Housing has never been flooded, and has just undergone an overhaul, cleaning, and test.

 

The 9.25” glass Megadome by Aquatica is spectacular – simply the best optics for medium and wide-angle shooting.   I tend to shoot the Sigma 15mm fisheye and Nikon 14-24mm behind it (lenses not included).  However, it does have a scratch on it, but it has never shown up in my photos, and hasn’t bothered me.  I’ve included a close-up picture of the scratch on my website.   The flat port is in great condition, and I tend to shoot the Nikon 105 VR II, and the 60mm (lenses not included).  This is the MF port, and the MF gears are included, giving you the option of shooting in MF or AF, or with the AF-ON button on the back, but I like MF personally.

 

The AquaView viewfinder is AMAZING.  It’s an expensive option, but you’ll wonder how you ever shot without it, and pity anyone shooting through a regular viewfinder.

 

I’ve chosen the Ikelite DS-161 strobes (and the DS-125 before that) for my work ever since they came on the market.  They are the best – hands-down.  Fastest recycle, awesome power, awesome color and spread, and ultra-reliable and nearly impossible to flood.  These are the LI-Ion version, which, as of a few months ago, are not available anymore – but not because of a quality issue – its simply because Ikelite can’t source the Li-Ion parts properly for a while.  But the Li-Ion’s are slightly faster, slightly lighter, and have a smaller/lighter charger, and charge faster than the NiMH versions.  Shame Ikelite can’t source the Li-Ion parts for now.  They’ll probably be back soon.   Serial #’s and manufacture dates shown in a photo on my website (click link above)

 

Almost every original box and instruction manual is included.  Some parts even have warranty cards that were never filled in, so you can submit for warranties. 

 

You’ll notice there are several accessories included that you might not have planned – I’ve been accumulating parts for years, and am planning on just giving them  to you at no charge.  Some are brand new, still in bag, and some are quite well worn.  Some are specifically for this housing, and some are more universal, or can be modified to fit.  So suffice to say, things like the extra two neoprene covers for the flat port, and a few zoom gears that I don’t know which lens they fit, are not factored in to the price – they’re just bonuses that I’m throwing in at no charge.

 

Also please note, as a completely separate ad, I also have for sale another AquaView Viewfinder by itself.  And an Aquatica complete Wave Video system with an HD Sony DSC 520 and an Ikelite PRO2800 LED light system.  Call for details. 

 

TERMS OF SALE:

I’d love to have you personally inspect everything at my Fort Lauderdale galleries – set up an appointment and I’ll make sure I’m personally working that day to run you through everything.   For further questions, its 1000x easier to call than it is to email.  The price is firm – no need to negotiate – I’ve already priced this at its best price from the start, so please don’t do it.  If you can’t make it in person, we can also do a FaceTime call so you can see it over the phone.   If you need it shipped in the continental USA, I’ll ship it insured FedEx ground for no charge.  If outside the continental USA, I’ll get you a shipping quote using your postal code.   Cash/check preferred, but in the case of a check, it will need to clear before shipping it or you taking it in person.  I can also accept a credit card, but we’ll add credit card transactional fees of 2.75% for USA cards, and 3.4% for international cards.   Please note that due to the high rate of fraud in international transactions, there will need to be additional security verification that may take additional time.   Call my cell at 813-368-1826 or my gallery number at 954-579-8096. 

 

PARTS BREAKDOWN:

D800E body

($1700 used)

3000

1

Housing w/Ike Bulkhead & AquaView

20070-KT-VF

4790

1

9.25" port

18407

1760

0

Flat port w/MF

18426

507

1

Ext ring

18458

300

1

Ext ring

18453

233

1

Ext ring

?

200

2

Zoom Gear for Nikon 14-24 f2.8

47822

104

1

MF Gear for Nikon AF-S 105mm f2.8G ED-IF VR

18712.1

117

1

MF Gear for Nikon 60mm f2.8 or 85mm f3.5G

18728

104

1

Zoom gear for tokina 10-17???

 

100

1

Zoom gear for Nikon 18-70   ????

 

100

1

11" double-ball arm set with 3 clamps

77512

189

2

1" ball to plate

77553

18

2

1" ball to plate (NEW)

17553

18

1

6" double-ball arms  (5 or 6"???)

77667

35

2

Ball head adaptor for Ikelite strobes

77692

25

2

+5/+10 Complete Close-up diopter kit

19350

566

1

Lens Holder (extra - don't know why)

19351

178

1

Lens Caddy (NEW)

19354

69

1

Protective Body Cap

18789

67

2

Protective Port Cap

18790

67

2

4 point mounting base ???? (NEW)

77554

58

1

O-Ring Rebuild Kit ???? (NEW)

18841???

25

1

Locking Collar for locking ext to port (NEW)

18469

100

1

1" ball to stud (NEW)

17651

 

1

Neoprene cover for Flat Port with MF

18505

32

2

Canon 5D MKII main body oring

18829

 

1

Port o-rings

   

2

 

 

How I came to the price:

New value of all these parts is about $14,000.

Excellent condition used D800E cameras currently go for about $1700

So I took $1700 for the camera, and ½ MSRP on everything else, bringing me to $6897.50.  So lets do the whole package for $6500.  What a deal!


AquaView Viewfinder for Aquatica

20 July 2015 - 09:56 AM

For Sale - Aquatica AquaView viewfinder.  180-degree (straight).

Used only by me on about 200 dives.  Excellent condition (no glass scratches - only very minor exterior cosmetic blemishes) and includes all parts (neoprene bag, cap for internal/smaller end, diopter adjustment tool, instruction manual, and original box).

 

Its super-easy & quick to remove your standard eyepiece and replace it with this one.  Same advice I give eyeryone who has purchased one from me in the past - on the first 1 or 2 dives with this thing, it will be a bit challenging - but after that, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it before!  It really makes a HUGE difference, and I consider it essential equipment (even with my good eyes! - can't imagine how much it must help people with poor vision!).

 

New MSRP is $1333, so lets do this for $800 (no haggling).  Shipping within the 48-states included - outside the 48 states, call for a shipping quote.

 

This will fit on any Aquatica housing starting with the D2x generation back in about 2003.  See http://aquatica.ca/e...s_aquaview.htmlfor manufacturer's details

 

Chat here, or email Gug@GugUnderwater.com or call 954-579-8096 with any questions.

-Chris Gug