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divengolf

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Diving Blue Heron Bridge in October; Advice???

08 September 2014 - 12:11 PM

I'm going to be around the BHB in early October. The 2nd, 3rd and possibly the 4th. I've read many sites, posts and blogs and understand the layout, tide considerations, etc. High tides are about 3:30pm, 4:30pm & 5:30 pm on those days. I was planning to do a reef dive in the morning, but found out that the day boats don't leave until 10 am on weekdays which makes it real tight, esp. on the 2nd.

 

I've done a good bit of muck diving, Lembeh, Raja Ampat, Komodo, etc., but was considering hiring a guide to act as a critter finder at least for the first dive on the 2nd. Opinions on value of doing that??

 

Any other info would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.

 

Harry


Macro Gear at Cocos Is.????

26 June 2014 - 03:34 AM

I'm headed to the Cocos in a couple weeks with the Undersea Hunter folks. I shooting a D7000 in an Aquatica housing with 8" dome and bring both a Sigma 17-70 macro and Tokina 10-17 FE.

 

Is there any need to bring flat port, 60 mm micro and 105 mm lenses?

 

When I went to Socorro a couple years ago, I took the macro stuff, but never used them. I assume that Cocos is similar.

 

Thanks for your input.

 

 

 

 


FS: Ikelite DS-51 strobes (2X)

03 May 2014 - 04:26 AM

I am selling a pair of DS-51s that have been lightly used. I purchased them new, used for 2 dive trips, maybe 30 dives. Then I found a great deal on DS-125s which quickly became my primary strobes. Included are the diffusors and five spare battery compartment covers. On these strobes, the battery compartment o-ring is integral with the cover, so you must replace the cover to replace the o-ring. At least that's what Ikelite says to do.

 

Looking for $275.00 USD each plus shipping. PP only.

 

More pics available upon request.


Upgrade to YS-D1 or Z240-Questions

20 April 2014 - 04:19 PM

I am about to upgrade from my trusty DS-125s to either Z240 or YS-D1. I was pretty much set on the D1s, then I ran into a bunch of posts on problems with the D1s mostly with the TTL and poor service from USA office of Sea & Sea. Now I'm reconsidering the Z240s.

My attraction to the D1 was the GN 32 since I shoot a good bit of big guys in WA and FE. I understand that the beam is narrow relative to the Z240 and that at 100 degrees, the GNs are about the same. So the Z240 would probably be fine.

My Rig: D7000 in Aquatica housing with nikonos bulkheads. I've always shot with a sync cord. I shoot WA in Manual strobe and close-up and macro in both manual and TTL. I definitely want to be able to use TTL.

Any experience or opinions would be appreciated.

PS> I'm spoiled by the excellent service from Ikelite and Aquatica over the years and don't want to buy into a situation where US service is poor.