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#371490 Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

Posted by okuma on 13 March 2016 - 01:20 PM

Two full systems:


Cameras, lens, computer and batteries in carry on, all else checked.

#364433 storing fins between trips

Posted by okuma on 19 August 2015 - 06:03 PM

I put shoe spacers in the pockets and store them flat.

37 years on ScubaPro jet fins!

#364309 Aquatica Sentinal Vacuum System

Posted by okuma on 15 August 2015 - 09:31 PM

"Vivid" on two systems for 3 years: no problems!

#363886 Sacrificial anodes

Posted by okuma on 03 August 2015 - 06:43 PM

I'm on my third housing, second Subal. I have always attached about 2-3 sq inches of zinc to the housing and have never encountered any problems with corrosion or tight screws after a 16 day dive trip.

#361928 what s that

Posted by okuma on 07 June 2015 - 03:58 PM

I ran into one of those several years ago.

I remember the pearl shaped head and the yo'yoing tail.

It was about 3" long and stung the hell on my arm.

#355384 For Sale: Surplus equipment

Posted by okuma on 13 December 2014 - 07:51 PM

One standard Subal view finder has been sold.

Package price reduced to US $65

Estimated shipping cost to UK is ~US$75.00. 

#353569 Loloata Island, PNG or Great Barrier Reef? Which option to choose?

Posted by okuma on 21 October 2014 - 05:29 PM

Agree on Loloata.  It is close to POM and the diving is much better than close to Cairns.

#352058 How to shoot like Japanese UW photographer?

Posted by okuma on 27 August 2014 - 02:11 PM

Drink more saki!

#350681 Advice on housings Nikon D7000

Posted by okuma on 22 July 2014 - 06:54 PM

I would look at a mid level used housing : Aquatica, Sea & Sea, Subal. Try for a complete package - housing, strobe, arms, ......

Each of these are well made and are from reputable companies, and spare parts are available for periodic overhauls.

If possible, buy from this board as I believe most, if not all are reputable and the sellers knowledgable..

The housing you referenced on EBay: what brand is it, are there interchangable ports available, does it have strobe connector/ports,  .........?

Look closely at the various views of it; it is designed the same as a $100 case for an inexpensive point & shoot camera.

It is only rated to 130 ft - implying it is not very robust.  I believe the three I suggested are all good to 300 ft.


Lastly, you get what you pay for - some times! And you will not get much for $448.


Good luck

#349968 Diving Catalina, a couple of questions

Posted by okuma on 07 July 2014 - 03:38 PM

This guy lives there:


Bill Bushing



#348812 Aquatica Housing & frozen set screw

Posted by okuma on 07 June 2014 - 08:36 PM

Try this;


Position the housing with solid support under the problem knob.  Rotate knob with set screw to top (up) position and apply several drops of WD40 (or maybe the PB 2000) to set screw. Let soak about an hour.  With your assistant helper holding the housing/knob, insert the Allen wrench and apply ccw torque and soundly tap on the top of the wrench. Some times the impact will break loose the set screw.


Plan B: return to factory.

#346784 trim issues caused by buoyant fins

Posted by okuma on 25 April 2014 - 07:57 PM

Old time jet fins are slightly negative.

You can take them off and lay them on the bottom (in no current)!

#346401 PNG Baggage restrictions

Posted by okuma on 17 April 2014 - 05:20 PM

I  use "OceanShutter's  procedure when flying PI to Manila. Works like a charm!

With 7 trips to PNG, I've tried most every thing.

Some times you can ask to pay a cash 'fine' instead of the baggage charge.

I put about US$20 in PNG kina in each front pant pocket and claim that's all I have.

First one pocket and if that is not enough then the other one.

Don't forget they will also get you on the outward flight also!


If you see Rob there say 'Hi' from Allan for me.

#345609 Vacuum leak detector question

Posted by okuma on 03 April 2014 - 06:07 PM


#340178 Best way to achieve tack sharp focus?

Posted by okuma on 02 December 2013 - 10:43 AM

Use the fastest shutter speed within your shooting parameters!