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Member Since 26 Jun 2006
Offline Last Active Dec 31 2014 01:28 PM

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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.

In Topic: Aquatica D7000 Housing issues with new camera

26 December 2014 - 03:11 PM

Sounds like Nikon made some kind of a change. I have two D7000 and an Aquatica housing. No  problems with either camera. Both cameras are a couple years old. I'd suggest that you contact Jean, Technical Director at Aquatica. If any one knows what's going on, it will be him.


Take some measurements of your two cameras and compare. Also make sure that the Aquatica base is properly seated on the new camera.


And please post your answer or whatever you find out.

In Topic: FS: Ikelite DS-51 strobes (2X)

22 November 2014 - 01:29 PM

Still available. Great deal.

In Topic: Ikelite 161 or something else?

18 November 2014 - 04:51 AM

Agree with Bill. I went from DS-125s to D1s for the very reasons he cites. The biggest advantage is the weight difference. Plus they are easier to adjust UW IMO. For me it was a choice between Z240 and the D1s.

In Topic: How long is Vacuum stable?

24 October 2014 - 03:37 AM

Using Aquatica housing and Leak Sentinel, on a liveaboard, I'll set it up the night before and leave it sealed and pumped down all night. My camera battery lasts for at least 4 dives, so I only need to open the housing once a day unless I change ports, etc. But I agree, 20-30 minutes should be sufficient. I pump it down two cycles beyond the green light. Once I did have a small leak and it showed up within a few minutes, less than five.


Great addition to mental health diving with a camera.