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philmayer

Member Since 04 Feb 2007
Offline Last Active Jul 01 2011 12:31 PM
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In Topic: 60 mm vs 105 mm

12 July 2007 - 07:46 PM

I have the 60 as well as the 105VR. Both work great, but if I were to get only one it would be the 60.

The 105VR can be a real pain in low light. I used it some last week in Dominica -- horrible viz, cloudy skies, poor light. Even with focus lights, the 105 hunted A LOT. On sunny days, it works great though.

In Topic: Galapagos National Park Dive Permit Impacts

11 July 2007 - 04:51 PM

I hope this turns out to be nothing since I haven't gotten to go yet. We have one of the Aggressor boats booked for next October. Our group took the whole boat.

In Topic: Liatt vs Carribean Star Airlines

10 July 2007 - 05:56 PM

I know it's been a while since this thread was active, but I went to Dominica last week and wanted to post my thoughts.

Liat SUCKS.

Carib SUCKS EVEN MORE!

We had a dozen people going on the trip. We were flying Delta from Knoxville to Atlanta to Antigua, then Liat from Antigua to Dominica.

8 days before departure Liat canceled our flight. The trip leader and the travel agent got 9 people rebooked on another Liat flight, so their routing stayed the same.

For the remaining 3 (yes, I was one of them), they changed my routing 6 times in 6 days because Liat and Carib kept screwing around. At one point I was going to have to spend the night in Antigua, then go to the resort a day late. I would also have to leave a day late, and lose a day diving because the resort wouldn't have any boats going out on Saturday.

We eventually got routed Knoxville-Atlanta-San Juan on Delta, then Liat for San Juan to Dominica. The inbound Liat leg wasn't too bad. We only left an hour late. Because they needed to refuel the plane. But couldn't because the pilot parked the plane on top of the fueling point. After seeing them park the plane, then move the plane, and some of the other idiotic things they did on the ground, I was very surprised that they landed us on the correct island!

For my return leg, I had to fly Carib out of Canefield. We arrived in Dominica on June 30. I had specifically asked the trip leader and the travel agent several times about weight limits and they both checked -- 50lbs per bag, 2 checked bags and 2 carryons. My checked gear weighs about 100 lbs, and my 2 carryons (with 2 cameras, 5 lenses, laptop, etc) weigh another 60-80.

We arrived at the Carib counter to find out that they had changed their policy. As of JULY 1 -- the day after we arrived -- they now only allow 50 lbs of checked baggage and 1 carryon. I had to pay $84 for overweight baggage to fly from Dominica to Antigua. I also had to check one of my carryons -- the one with most of my lenses, one of my camera bodies, and my housing and ports. The Carib folks were absolutely no help.

Until something changes, I won't be returning to Dominica, nor will I be traveling to anywhere that I have to fly Liat or Carib.

In Topic: Ikelite D100 Housing For Sale

26 June 2007 - 06:00 PM

I AM, I AM. PLEASE EMAIL ME PHOTOS! What's included in the whole package and how much? Received your email but my smtp server's down, couldn't reply through email.





Did you get the PM with photos?

In Topic: Ikelite D100 Housing For Sale

07 June 2007 - 12:25 PM

Lots of tire kickers, but still available.