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In Topic: Leak Sentinel from Vivid Housings

16 April 2014 - 05:19 PM

Mine is permanently installed in the microphone port of my Aquatica AD7000. I install a new battery before every trip. On average a battery lasts about 10 days on a liveaboard trip. My unit is on most of the time. I prep my housing the night before and leave it pumped down all night. The green light greets me each morning. I carry 3-4 extra batteries with me.

In Topic: Camera Housings in hand luggage

23 March 2014 - 04:27 PM

There are many threads on packing issues. Do a quick search and you'll see plenty of ideas.


My solution when I flying international from US: I have a fairly sturdy carry-on size roller bag which I pack inside a conventional roller duffle bag with a hard floor. I pack virtually everything photo-wise except lens and bodies into the carry-on with many t-shirts as padding. Once it's inside of my duffel, I pad around the carry-on with wet suits, etc. Never had a damage problem. And from the outside it looks like any other bag unlike a pelican, etc. which tend to attract unwanted attention from airport folks looking for a quick theft. All my dive gear, clothes, tool, etc.. go in a second rolling duffle at about 23 kg.


When I'm traveling on US airlines which don't care how much your carry-ons weigh, I back most of my photo gear in a pelican and carry it on. It weighs about 20 kg full, but it's never been weighted. My lens, bodies, etc. go into a backpack that weighs about 15 kg full.


Even on foreign airlines, I've never had or seen a carry-on bag weighed. But I know it happens sometimes.


How I pack depends on the airline and feedback from the good folks on WP.

In Topic: Nikon 105vr manual vs auto focus

23 March 2014 - 04:08 PM

Eagle Ray's point of Back Button Focus is spot on for macro and super-macro shooting. I've shot D70, D90 and currently D7000. On the back of your D200, there is an AF-ON button. Use this to achieve the back button focus and eliminate the focus lock with the shutter. I use it for all my shots, except that on my D7000, I have to program the AF-L button to AF-ON. You don't have to do that. AF is so good these days that I don't know any pros who are using manual focus UW. But I'm sure there are a few.

In Topic: Rocio Del Mar - Any comments on the operation?

01 March 2014 - 02:17 AM


I've posted on this boat before but can't seem to find the post. Anyway my experience was a few years ago, 2010 I believe, so my comments may not be current.

First, the camera table AT THAT TIME was unsatisfactorily small and crowded with crew junk. I did all of my camera work in my cabin. Not the best, but acceptable if you keep your cabin at a reasonable temp. Dora said that she had plans to enlarge it. Not sure if that ever happened. Based on the pics that I've seen since, it doesn't appear to have happened. I would ask.

I don't recall seeing anything other than AL80s. I normally dive steel and would have used one if available.

I don't recall any restrictions on dive profiles. I normally dive alone and that didn't seem to be a problem. I just didn't advertise it.

We had a full boat and the dive deck was a bit crowded, but not terrible.

My other big complaint was that they only had one compressor on board, so tank fills were slow. plus if that compressor goes down, you're done diving. They said that they wanted to install another compressor, but didn't have room.

If you have any other questions, please PM me.


In Topic: How did you flood?

11 February 2014 - 01:20 PM

Maelstrom: Which Liveaboard in Mexico had the substandard camera facilities. I was on Rocio del Mar some years ago and their facilities were the pits. I did all my camera work in my room. But they said that they intended to upgrade their camera table shortly thereafter. Not sure if it ever happened.