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In Topic: Travelling with full SLR set up in hand luggage, Any issues?

04 October 2015 - 04:44 PM

I carry a similar carry-on. Never had a problem with US airlines. Foreign airlines have much more strict carry-on limits and I've had some questions. Once I tell them that it's full of camera gear, they usually leave me alone. It really depends on the gate agent.


For most foreign trips where I get two checked bags at 23 kg each, I now back a small roller bag into a larger duffle bag. It appears to be a standard bag (doesn't shout "valuable contents" like an exposed pelican would), yet affords my housing, strobes and misc. parts extra protection. I bought a carry-on backpack for the camera bodies (2X) and all lenses and other high value gear. i.e. computer. All is insured.


Never had a problem


Good luck.

In Topic: Insurance for camera (including travel)

04 October 2015 - 04:40 PM

If you're eligible for USAA membership, they have a Valuable Personal Property policy that is all-risk. It's an excellent deal for photo equipment. I have had one claim due to a flood (equipment failure) and it was paid promptly with few questions.


Since you quoted value in pounds, you're probably not eligible unless you're ex-USA military.

In Topic: storing fins between trips

20 August 2015 - 03:38 AM

When the fins shipped from Mares, they had inserts in the foot pockets and tabs on the end of the fins to keep the shape. Two tabs for each fin. If the dive shop didn't give these to you, so back and ask for them. If you bought them on line, you're probably out of luck.

I used to work for a dive shop and sold Mares for years. We stored the fins flat with the pockets and tabs installed and always gave them to the customer with instructions on how to use them.

I own quattros (both FF and OH) and love them. Take care of them and you'll get many years from them. Mine are going on ten years with about 100 dives a year.

In Topic: DS161 strobes don't stand still

17 August 2015 - 03:14 AM

I had a set of 125s, but got rid of them due to weight. I found that using the ULCS arms that have o-rings installed in the balls hold better, but slippage is still a problem. I made some small elastic bands to run between the clamp at the housing and the clamp at the strobe. I had two arms on each side. These bands held the strobes in place when handling the rig above water. Once UW, I'd release the bands and all worked well. But the Ike strobes are just too heavy. I went to S&S YS-D1s which are lighter and easier to handle above water. Plus the controls are easier to work UW IMO. The new D2s are even easier to operate.

Also I did not care for the heavy, proprietary Ike batteries. The D1s use AA. Love them.

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.