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Member Since 09 Oct 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 28 2014 07:02 AM

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In Topic: Diving in Alor/Komodo - How strong are the currents?

23 June 2014 - 05:24 PM

If you're diving Komodo take a reef hook & inflatable sausage.  And keep your dive guide in sight.  Conditions can change quickly at a few sites.  Currents are affected by the tide but in some areas there may still be some  current even at slack tide.  If you want to hang out with schools of fish you will be in a current.  No current - no fish in general.  Some dive operators/boats seem to have a fixed dive schedule & may not pay that much attention to the tidal currents.  On the bright side, if current is ripping at a site come back in 3 hrs - it will be a lot less.  Other than that Komodo offers great diving.  Most site are relative calm most of the time.  Cannibal Rock is a must for critters.  I've dove Komodo on 3 trips from a liveaboard.  Don't recall more than a couple of dives on the whole trip where current was really ripping.  (Fast drift dive - no photos.)  I have no problem going back again.

Diving Alor in Nov for the first time.  Haven't heard much about strong currents.

In Topic: Ikelite View Finder Fog

22 June 2014 - 03:06 PM

Suggest that you purchase a complete set of spare o-rings for the entire housing configuration (factory rebuild kit).  Also get a set of c-clips that go on the control shafts.

Before disassembling anything with o-rings its good to have spares standing by just in case.  If you're sending the viewfinder off for service, ask Ike to include a rebuild kit when they return the viewer.  Not sure of the cost for the kit.


If your housing hasn't been serviced for a few years it might be time to do that.  ALL o-rings & c-clips should be replaced at this time.


06 June 2014 - 06:27 AM



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In Topic: Best way to achieve tack sharp focus?

03 December 2013 - 07:39 AM

Try locking focus on your fin.  If you want to focus at 3 ft actual distance you must focus at the virtual image equivalent distance which is substantially less. 

In Topic: best compromise for photo and video

02 December 2013 - 09:16 PM

Take a look at these new lights.  I use the discontiued 800 for focus light & have been very satisfied with quality & performance.  The prices are far less than other popular options.