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In Topic: Help me pick gear for a season on the Palmyra Atoll / questions from a newbie

Today, 08:11 AM

Sounds like reasonable choice! I agree that strobes wouldn't add much, other than weight and cost. Adding a little light to fill in shadows should do it.


As for which dome, I think the bigger question is whether Ikelite has extension rings for those lenses. The actual dome size is probably neither here nor there for this type of shooting, but which dome is paired with the lens is critical to avoid distortion or "dome cropping".


Presumably Ikelite has a compatibility chart available which should guide you.


Oh, by the way, (and I think I speak for everyone who reads your post).... it's not fair to call anything you do in that location, "work". Just sayin'...;-)

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

19 July 2016 - 07:21 PM

I am still amazed that nobody makes a light weight hard case. The Pelicans are way to heavy to be a practical solution to carry on travel....


The new Pelican Air cases are a lot lighter, but the reality is, no matter what you use, it's going to be overweight for carry-on. My logic is that if I am forced to check my bag, at least it will survive...

In Topic: Taking a Poll.. How many of you Check your Rig vs. Carry On?

19 July 2016 - 07:14 PM

Pelican 510 with Aquatica housing, D7000 body inside it; 10-17, 105, 160, 2 x Ike 161s, flat port, extension ring, one battery charger, one strobe charger, 2 Aquatica arms, 45° viewfinder, +5 diopter... All in and way over weight for carry-on, but never challenged.


I check another strobe charger and battery charger as well as 8" acrylic dome and the diopter mount.

In Topic: What special about underwater strobes?

19 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

My first UW strobe was a Braun potato-masher style land flash, and I had Ikelite build a housing for it. (They did custom stuff back in the day...). It worked but it wasn't nearly as strong as the Ikelite 225 I replaced it with.


So apart from being waterproof, most UW strobes are extremely powerful, relative to their land cousins. More knowledgeable folks will chime in with other differences I'm sure...

In Topic: Beginner advice for a Maldives Trip

04 July 2016 - 05:27 AM

I believe it's the only one out there that shoots RAW and is waterproof out of the box, although I won't pretend to be an expert. I have been looking at one myself for those "kayaking-in-the-mangroves" outings I like to do in Belize. I've strapped my D7000/Aquatica to the thing and taken it, but it's a bit much to manhandle.


This probably goes without saying, but if you do pick up a camera, just be sure to give it a good soak in fresh water after each use. Salt will literally eat a camera...