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Member Since 26 Jun 2006
Offline Last Active Jul 24 2015 04:50 AM

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In Topic: Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe Failures

24 July 2015 - 04:50 AM

I bought a pair about 12 months ago. No problems to date. Before I bought them, I did much research and vaguely recall reading that there was some problems with early production units, but that these problems were addressed and solved by S&S. Some units needed to be returned for repairs. You may be able to find info on WP or other places.

I bought my YSD1s through Bluewater Photo in CA and were assured that they were current production models. No problems after about 100 dives.

In Topic: Galapagos "naturalist" cruise after liveaboard?

22 July 2015 - 02:33 AM

About ten years ago, we did the non-diving naturalist trip aboard a National Geographic/Lindblad ship. Excellent trip, but pricy. My wife is a naturalist and does not dive, so this was really her trip. The ship held about 150 passengers and was first class all the way. At the time, because it was NatGeo, we were permitted to land on areas/islands that were not open to most operators. No idea what the restrictions are today. As you know, the park authority tends to change regulations on a whim.

Look on the NatGeo website for info on these trips. I see that they now advertise special photo trips. On our trip, there were 5-10 NatGeo experts who lectured each day on variously related topics. Looks like they have cut back on that part of the package.

Great trip, but pricy.


In Topic: Diving trip to Batangas-Anilao+Poerto-Gallera.....few questions PLZ(my first...

21 July 2015 - 02:43 AM

As an alternative in Anilao, consider Crystal Blue as already mentioned. Mike Bartick is either an partial owner or in the management chain (or both). He's a well known pro photog and has a lot of influence on how the place is run. It's really set up for UW photogs. One of the best camera rooms I have ever seen.


Four (or fewer) divers to a boat with a guide. And the guides are excellent.


Mike does periodic dedicated photo trips/classes and is an excellent instructor if that works with your schedule.


The only downside is that the only spaces that are air-conditioned are the guest rooms and the camera room, if that makes any difference to you. Not sure it that's the standard in that area as I have not stayed anywhere else in Anilao.


Have only been there in April/May timeframe and conditions have been excellent.


PM if you want more info.



In Topic: How do I avoid my wife murdering me when I come home with two more YS-250Pro...

09 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

Think Jewelry, esp. DIAMONDS and GOLD.

In Topic: WTB: Ikelite DS50 or DS51, dual sync cord

04 April 2015 - 04:53 AM

I have a used DS-51 in good shape and a dual Ikelite cord #4104.32. Also have an External Ikelite TTL adapter (nikonos 5 pin to Ikelite ). PM me if interested.