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cneal

Member Since 20 Feb 2012
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In Topic: Balancing an 8 dome (filled with air)

13 April 2016 - 05:04 AM

I just move the strobes forward a few inches to balance the rig with the dome.


In Topic: Transport of heavy equipment from hotel to diving center

13 April 2016 - 05:00 AM

I use a padded strap with clips that came with an old bag. Clip it to the handle I made to carry the rig in and out of the water. Sounds a lot like what you have done except with padding.


In Topic: My New Book: Underwater Photography Masterclass

04 April 2016 - 09:15 AM

I pre-ordered through Amazon and their website appears to say it won't be available until October 1, 2016.


In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

13 March 2016 - 08:55 AM

I use a Tamrac shoulder bag for my DSLR, three lenses for underwater (12-24, 60 and 105 micros) , one 85-400 telephoto topside and the Aquatica eyepiece. My iPad got in this bag as well. This weighs in at about 15 pounds. This goes under the seat in front of me.

 

I use an Akona roll on camera bag (no longer sold) for my Aquatica housing, 8 inch dome port, macro port, two DS-161 strobes, extensions, strobe arms, carry handle, sherpa strap, chargers, vacuum pump, assembly tools, and assorted small items.  This is 38 pounds and goes in the overhead. I do admit to checking this on the return flight. The only problem experienced was learning how fragile an Aquatica eyepiece is and how expensive it is to repair, it is now in the carryon with lenses. I have had no problem carrying the roller on with Delta and US Air. With a small plane like a Twin Otter in the islands it has to be checked. 

 

Regulators and masks with corrective lenses go in my wife's carry on.

 

Lugging this through airports can be trying. The best advice I can offer is buy no luggage without wheels or the ability to mount to the handle of a roller. 


In Topic: Canon 100 macro USM or canon 100 macro USM IS or 60 macro

12 March 2016 - 07:35 PM

A 100/105mm macro lens is great for a full frame sensor. Because of the reduced field of view with a smaller sensor a shorter lens may be preferred.