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#375925 What style BDC and fins are you using ?

Posted by CamelToad on 08 August 2016 - 06:54 PM

BPW & OMS Slipstream fins 99% of the time.

#372350 Nauticam port with 60mm macro, focus gear?

Posted by CamelToad on 07 April 2016 - 12:43 PM

Manual focus.

#372033 Guadalupe - Liveaboard advice

Posted by CamelToad on 30 March 2016 - 01:25 PM

Explorer holds that many, and it wasn't even an issue...however, with shark cages, the line will be a bit longer, so yeah I get where you're coming from. We'll see how it goes...I know people that were on Belle Amie a few months ago at Guadalupe and loved it. They travel more than anyone I know, and have pretty high standards...that helps.

#371965 Guadalupe - Liveaboard advice

Posted by CamelToad on 28 March 2016 - 01:02 PM

I will be able to give you some feedback in a few months... We're headed out there on Nautilus Belle Amie. We had a great trip to Socorro on Nautilus Explorer, so I expect it'll be epic.

#371434 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by CamelToad on 11 March 2016 - 03:30 PM

Beauty of a compact system is I carry EVERYTHING on and still all under 15lbs.  


Every now and then I wish I had my RX100 still, mainly when packing to travel. Once I get in the water, it's not an issue.


I could get a lot more in my carry-on bag if I only took glass for underwater use, that's for sure.

#371384 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by CamelToad on 10 March 2016 - 12:49 PM

Carry on: bodies, lenses, teleconverters


Check: housing, ports, strobes, lights, clamps, arms, cables, tools, extension rings, and everything else I can't think of at the moment.



#369966 Best housing and setup for Nikon d810

Posted by CamelToad on 02 February 2016 - 07:21 AM

I have the Nauticam NA-D810 and am very happy with it. All the controls are well placed, easy to use, smooth in operation, and have great feel. Right now I have the Sigma 15mm fisheye, Nikon 20mm 2.8 D, and 105VR as my underwater lenses. The sigma shoots great behind smaller domes, like my Zen 170mm, while the 20 (and the 16-35 I may get soon) need bigger domes so I picked up a Nauticam 8.5" (which may be a bit too small) recently to see how it goes. I don't really want a 230mm or bigger dome at this point.


I wouldn't use the Ikelite for my D810, as I don't like them, but many people do -- it's my preference. 

#369076 Camera tether suggestions??

Posted by CamelToad on 08 January 2016 - 02:17 PM

I made my own from some 550 cord (aka parachute cord) and some XL bolt snaps that I had as spares for sidemount rigging. I followed a youtube video on how to make it, and it was actually pretty easy. I tested it by throwing it over a rafter and doing pullups with it. If it can hold me up, it'll hold my camera rig for sure! 

#368727 Subal or Nauticam?

Posted by CamelToad on 28 December 2015 - 07:56 PM

I'm on my 3rd Nauticam DSLR housing, my current has the Nauticam vacuum system as did one other. My first had the Backscatter vacuum.

Both work great. I do like the gauge on the Backscatter vacuum a lot, but I prefer the valve setup Naticam uses.

#367712 Anyone using the 20mm 2.8D

Posted by CamelToad on 30 November 2015 - 02:07 PM

I used my 20/2.8D in the Maldives a good bit, and am pretty happy with the results. I shot it behind a couple different Zen domes (170 and 200). I also shot the 16-35 (with the 200) and Sigma 15mm FE (behind the 170 and 200) -- a buddy of mine had his D810 rig and stuff so we traded lenses and ports over the northern atolls tour we were on.


These were both with my D810 and 20/2.8D - Nauticam Housing & two Z-240 strobes





#363323 Does a harness bcd improve shooting uw?

Posted by CamelToad on 17 July 2015 - 08:34 AM

Throwing money at skill problems rarely fixes the problem...if your buoyancy is the issue, a new BCD probably wont make a bit of difference.

#360414 How to remove water mark/blemish from Nauticam Housing

Posted by CamelToad on 23 April 2015 - 06:14 AM

I think it's like grey hair. You can dye it over and over, but it will keep coming back. 

#354246 Any suggestions: Travelling with an Ikelite D7000 and looking for a safe way...

Posted by CamelToad on 11 November 2014 - 07:30 AM

I have a Thinktank Airport International 2.0, and while great it's a bit heavy. The Cinebag linked above is a good bag too, as it appears as a laptop bag and is generally not weighed as a carry on.


Carry on weight is becoming more and more important. Flying with Singapore Air I can carry on two pieces of 7kg each in business or one if flying economy, while Philippine air only allows one at 7kg and they're pretty strict about it, regardless of what cabin class you're in. 


A photo vest loaded down with glass, bodies, and so on is a good option evidently, to make your carry on bag appear lighter, then pack it all back up once you're through security and in the terminal, or better in a lounge with less eyes on you!

#334138 Bonaire 2013 with RX100

Posted by CamelToad on 11 July 2013 - 06:30 AM

Camera: Sony RX100 in Nauticam housing, two Inon Z-240 strobes, and either Inon UWL-H100 w/Dome or one or two UCL-165 macro lenses stacked. All taken using manual mode and PP in LR4.


I am pretty happy with the results for the first go with this camera. Any feedback appreciated.


Here's the link to the full album: Bonaire Diving 2013.


Nightsea fun - Using one L&M Nightsea light and yellow filter.


DSC00876 by JamesR_307, on Flickr



DSC00768 by JamesR_307, on Flickr

Juvenile Drum


DSC01057 by JamesR_307, on Flickr


Secretary Blenny - Bonaire 2013 by JamesR_307, on Flickr


Reef scene - Bonaire 2013 by JamesR_307, on Flickr

Thanks for looking,



#333727 Nauticam LCD Magnifier with Dioptric Adjustment

Posted by CamelToad on 01 July 2013 - 10:42 AM

I received mine a couple weeks ago, just in time for a trip to Bonaire. I used it on 23 or 24 dives, shooting both WA and macro. I am very happy with it, and would buy it again for sure! 


I was unsure if it could be removed during a dive, and it can! Just pop it off the rails -- easy! 


FWIW it's on my Nauticam NA-Rx100 housing.