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In Topic: Idea needed: ideal bag for transiting housing set up to a day boat

17 July 2015 - 08:50 PM

Polar 24 Pack Soft Cooler works exceptionally well for me. The insulation provides padding and the shoulder strap that comes with the bag works okay for me too. I simply put my rig in the bag during surface intervals with a towel over the top of the camera rather than using the bag as a fresh water rinse tank.


After getting a dome port dinged pretty good last year in a boat rinse tank, I stopped using the boat tanks. I also have watched too many non-photographers use the boat tanks as mask rinse tanks frequently despite instructions from the boat crew not to do that.


I do use the cooler as a fresh water rinse/soak tank when I return to my hotel room... just set it in the tub or shower and fill it up (just make sure not to cover the tub/shower drain).



In Topic: Camera insurance, any recommendations?

21 June 2015 - 07:33 PM

I use H2Oinsurance.com for my underwater gear. The parent company of H2O insurance.com is "Senn Dunn Marsh & Roland". The company partners with Divers Alert Network.


A number of other underwater photographers recommended this company. I've not had to file any claims yet.



In Topic: Wide Angle Question Tokina 10-17 vs. 11-16mm?

14 April 2015 - 07:03 PM

The Precision Dome is considerably smaller than the large 8" Ikelite dome. It is manufactured specifically for different lenses. For example, my Precision Dome for my Nikkor 10-24mm won't work with my Tokina 10-17mm. I know several underwater photographers who simply started with a macro set up rather than purchasing all of the necessary gear (lenses, ports, & extensions) to shoot macro and wide angle.



In Topic: Wide Angle Question Tokina 10-17 vs. 11-16mm?

13 April 2015 - 07:07 PM

Well, not everyone favors the Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye. I've got one, but I like my Nikkor 10-24mm better with my Nikon D7100 rig. While the Tokina Fisheye undoubtedly has applications, I'm not a fan of the curvature one gets with it. Of course, tastes vary. 


While I've got the large 8" dome and appropriate extensions to use with both the 10-17 Fisheye and the 10-24, I use a Precision Dome with the 10-24.


Hope your macro is a Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8G ED. It's a great lens.



In Topic: Dome reflection ?

01 January 2015 - 11:03 PM

It's a problem that occurs with acrylic dome ports when sunlight hits the port at a certain angle.


I've seen it when I'm shooting my fisheye zoom and point the camera up towards the surface and sunlight. I don't get it all the time, but sometimes it shows-up. Someone told me glass dome ports don't produce the same issue. The same source suggested the use of black gaffer's tape  on the reflected surfaces of the lens eliminate the problem.