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    Olympus E-PL5
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    Sea & Sea YS-01
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  1. Hi all. Any Sea&Sea housing fans out there? My daughter and I both bought new Sea&Sea VF180 optical viewfinders several years ago to use on our MDX-80D housings, but she never mounted hers, so it's brand new. She rediscovered it last week among all the photo gear at her house and handed it to me to sell. I put the other one on my housing and it's amazing for wide-angle or fisheye shots, but she's OK with the original factory-installed viewfinder. Here's a description: https://www.bluewaterphotostore.com/sea-and-sea-180-viewfinder List price is $1210. I think a fair price for it would be $600 plus insured shipping from the Seattle area. If you're interested, check first with a Sea & Sea dealer such as Backscatter or Bluewater to verify that it will fit on your housing. It's made for Sea&Sea MDX and RDX housings but I'm not sure if every housing in those series can mount this viewfinder. Thanks for looking.
  2. Thanks for the good words, mufazalov! Hate to see good gear sitting on the shelf unused. I've already shipped it to another u/w photographer. Hope he never needs it but in my experience it's pretty easy to get scratches on a dome port.
  3. Hi, Btscott. If you have homeowner's insurance, I'd recommend buying a Personal Articles Policy for your photo gear. Most insurance companies sell these policies as "add-ons" to homeowners' policies. They are usually written to cover jewelry and such but often allow you to list (schedule) photo gear and sporting goods. They can insure your housing, camera, lenses, strobes, etc. against nearly ALL risks and they have NO deductible and pay full replacement value. If your entire photo setup (or any part of it) gets stolen or falls in the water or drops off the back of a truck or gets eaten by Jaws, they'll replace it. Costs a few hundred bucks a year and well worth it. After my Ikelite housing back cracked and imploded underwater on a dive trip, State Farm bought me a brand new pro-grade SLR, macro lens, speed finder, and housing. After my strobe put out a mushroom cloud of smoke while being charged on Grand Cayman power, State Farm bought me a new housing. I know you're going to be careful with your gear, but sometimes bad stuff happens, and it's nice to know that it won't be a major financial hit to replace it. Just sayin'...
  4. Hi, Kensuf. I'm guessing you've got this sorted by now--sorry but I haven't been on this website for a couple of months--but just in case you're still wavering, please drop me a PM. I'm still shooting the Sea & Sea 80D housing and loving the results. I'm not sure what I can add to the thread above but maybe you have some specific questions I can answer. I'd be happy to give it a try.
  5. Hi, all. I've upgraded my dome ports from plastic to glass, so there's about $50 worth of polishing pads and liquid abrasives sitting on my equipment shelf gathering dust. If you have a plastic dome port, I'm guessing you WILL need it sooner or later. If you're willing to pay for shipping from central California to wherever you are in the USA, I'd be happy to give it to you for free. Might as well get some use out of it, right? First come, first served. Drop me a PM and let me know where you're located. Sorry, I'm not willing to go through the hassle of overseas shipping.
  6. The dome port, lens, and gear have been sold. Thanks for looking.
  7. Hi, Rhiannon. Thanks but this gear was just spoken for. If the deal falls through, I will post a note to you immediately. Best -- George
  8. Hi, Mrchen911. My dome won't work for you. Sea & Sea makes 3 very similar compact glass dome ports for fisheye lenses. Models are designated 100 M (#30134), 100S (#30133), and 100L (#30135). These domes are all described here: http://www.seaandsea.jp/products/digital_slr/port/001.html#30116 The one I have is the 100M (#30134) and it is specifically for the Tokina AT-X 107 DX Fisheye 10-17mm lens that I also would like to sell. It will accomodate either the Nikon-compatible Tokina or the Canon-compatible Tokina 10-17, but it won't handle either Nikon-branded or Canon-branded OEM lenses. You'd need either the #30133 for the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye, or the #30135 for the Nikon 8-15mm fisheye (and the appropriate zoom gear) if you want to stick to Nikon-branded lenses. Thanks and good luck -- George
  9. There's been no action on this dome and lens so I'm wondering if the price is the problem. Is 50% off retail unreasonable? Anyone out there interested in this but can't afford it? Please get in touch and let me know what you think is reasonable and affordable for you. Thanks -- George
  10. Hi, all. I bought this beautiful glass dome and lens combo new in June last year to shoot on a new Sea & Sea MDX-80D housing. A couple of months ago an old friend decided to quit u/w photography and gave me his fisheye lens and another glass port, and I don't need to own two sets of fisheye lenses, zoom gears, and ports. The Optical Dome Port II sells for $1030 at Backscatter, and the Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye for Canon sells for $469. The zoom gear costs $220. There's no point in separating them, so I'll sell them as a set only. I'm asking $860 plus insured shipping. That's half the retail cost, so please don't bother trying to haggle on this one. Below are links to a few of my shots taken with this dome and lens. https://www.flickr.com/photos/firststage/43257166981/in/photolist-28UuhFP https://www.flickr.com/photos/firststage/29387465798/in/photolist-LLSrJN https://www.flickr.com/photos/firststage/29387476868/in/photolist-LLSv2E Thanks for looking. Please let me know if you have any questions.
  11. Hi, Webrix. Here's a little personal experience with metal housings that might be of interest. I'm shooting a Canon 80D in a Sea & Sea housing, and I did compare its "feel" to a Nauticam housing for the same camera. The Nauticam housing seemed well made and I've had good luck with another Nauticam housing for a different camera. However, the Nauticam housing for the 80D had some control and camera positioning issues that were just plain "fiddly," whereas everything in the Sea & Sea 80D housing fit the camera perfectly. The controls feel a lot better to me on the Sea & Sea, no learning curve, almost like using the camera on land without a housing. The Sea & Sea housing seems like an industrial or professional-grade product compared to the Nauticam, which feels to me like more of a consumer-grade product. I know, this is all very personal, so I would encourage you to get both housings in hand, even if you have to go through the hassle of buying both and then returning one "like new" for a refund. I'd also suggest adding up the cost of all the pieces you'd like to shoot, including camera body, lenses, gears and ports, before you make a final decision. Some housing components--especially high-quality glass dome ports--can be surprisingly expensive new, but are sometimes available used in very good condition. As the high-end market moves toward mirrorless cameras, people will sell off perfectly usable SLR bodies and lenses just to have the latest, greatest stuff. For example, I've got a sweet 8-15mm Canon fisheye lens that is likely to stay among the best of the best (optically) no matter what other newer glass comes along with the latest systems. Hope this is helpful info but feel free to PM me if you want more details. What I have works great for me but again, how a camera and housing feel in hand is very personal.
  12. Hi, fellow divers. As of October 31, 2018, all three of these optical cables have been sold. Thanks for looking.
  13. As of October 29, 2018, I still have one of the Sea & Sea FO cables left. Price is $25 plus $7 for insured priority shipping within the US. First come, first served...
  14. I've sold one of the Sea & Sea FO cables. I still have the other one, plus the new Bluewater cable.
  15. Hi, all. I bought an LED TTL trigger with my new housing and it requires extra-thick, extra-expensive Sea & Sea FO cables. I have two like-new medium-length Sea & Sea FO cables with 90 degree Sea & Sea tips, and one new Bluewater FO cable with straight tips and removable Sea & Sea adapters. They are in perfect condition. If you are not using an LED trigger, these should work just fine for you (if you don't need specialty tips). I've been using them with a Nauticam housing and Sea & Sea strobes and have never had a misfire. Will sell them for $25 each or $70 for the lot if you pay for postage from Santa Cruz, California. That's less than half the retail price.
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