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In Topic: focus light attachment

21 February 2015 - 04:26 AM

The biggest advantage to my DIY solution, IMO, is the ease with which one can handle the camera on a dive boat. The grab point on the top of the bar is easy for the crew to hold when passing the rig up and down from the boat or dive platform. No grabbing of the strobe arms or housing/handles.


Plus it's a fraction of the cost of the cost of a retail unit. It cost me about $5 USD and most of that was for the SS bolts and machine screws.


Just my 2 psi.

In Topic: WTB Aquatica 8" Dome #18405

19 February 2015 - 05:53 AM



If you're able to find an 8" dome, I have an extra WA shade (Aquatica # 18482) gathering dust if you need one.


No idea what it's worth, but if you're interested, let me know and we can work something out. Shipping from Virginia.


Pics available.



In Topic: focus light attachment

19 February 2015 - 05:04 AM



Here's another idea to solve the problem. I made this bar out of 1/8" x 1" aluminum stock. All it took was a vice, hammer and a drill. I used all SS machine and cap screws . It can be adapted for a number of accessories. I attach the focus light to the top ball and diopters to the sides above the balls for the strobe arms. On occasion I also attach a Go-Pro to the right of the lifting handle.  It also serves as a lift point when handling the kit, making it easy to hand down and up. Nobody grabs the strobe arms or worse.


The pics show it all disassembled as everything is in storage, but you get the idea. PM me if you want any further details.



In Topic: Leak Sentinel from Vivid Housings

16 February 2015 - 04:20 AM

I agree.I do not want to have to change the battery while on a trip or worse, on a liveaboard. So I change the battery out before every major dive trip. I normally leave my LS on all night after servicing my housing, etc. for the next day. I get about 40 dives off a battery and buy them in bulk on the internet.


"Knackered"-got to add that one to my list of good words. What we miss not speaking the Queen's English on this side of the pond.

In Topic: XIT 404 Gears - how is the long term quality vs Nauticam gears?

31 December 2014 - 12:17 PM

I have used plastic gears and zoom rings on a couple different kits, all with Aquatica housings. On a couple occasions, I've had them slip to the point that I could not make an adjustment on the dive. The ring would become cocked on the lens and not align properly with the operating gear. Probably from turning the gear too hard into it's stop.


I solved the problem by installing small SS set screws at three points, 120 degrees apart, on the ring. Once I snugged them up against the lens, problem solved. Just be careful not to tighten them too much to damage the lens barrel. I found that the O-rings on the inside of the zoom rings don't do a good enough job holding the ring in place.