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About divegypsy

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  • Birthday 02/27/1945

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    Sarasota, FL
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    travelilng, diving, photography, animal behavior, American football.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D800s
  • Camera Housing
    highly modified Subal ND800s
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite 161s; Hartenberger 250s; Hartenberger 625s

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  1. Dear Jennifer, If the 90mm Nauticam Extension ring is still available, and you are willing to sell it separately, I would be intested in that. How much do you want for it? I also live in Florida and might be able to just pick it up from you if you live fairly close to Sarasota. Please reply here and to fbavendam@hotmail.com. Thank you. Fred
  2. This is Nikon's original 14mm lens. I used it for over/under shots when I didn't want fisheye curves. Several of these 14mm over/under shots can be see on my website fredbavendam.com. I first used the Sigma 14mm f3.5, but that lens exhibited a lot of flare. Then Nikon introduced their own 14mm. I tried it. I liked it. I bought it. The lens has a long manual focus "throw" and the lens also has "traditional" depth of field markings which allow you to see what distance range will have acceptable sharpness at a particular aperture setting. Newer lenses rarely have this and for zoom lenses it is not possible. The lens is considerably smaller, lighter and less expensive than the current Nikon 14-24mm zoom. The silver lines on the manual focus ring were silver tape which I used to pre-set manual focus points which helped with over/under shots. The tape has since been removed. The B&H used gear department has four of these lenses at prices ranging from $800 to $950. I will sell mine for $650. Offers or questions please write to me at fbavendam@hotmail.com.
  3. This Sigma 15mm fisheye has had its lens shade shortened a bit so that it fits into the Seacam fisheye macroport that I am also selling. The glass of the lens is like new. The lens comes with the Sigma soft case and small metel template for cutting gel filters to fit into the filter slot on the rear of the lens. B&H sells this lens new for $600. I will sell this one for $350. If you buy it with the Seacam fisheye macro port I'm selling I'll drop the price on the lens to $250. Offers or questions please write to me at fbavendam@hotmail.com.
  4. This is Seacam's original fisheye macro port. It was designed for use with the Sigma 15mm f2.8 fisheye. But to fit the lens into the port you need to remove part of the fisheye's lens shade. The port has scuffs on the delrin body but the glass is pristine. I think the new cost was about $750. I'll sell this one for $450. If you do not have a Sigma fisheye with a "shaved" lens shade I am selling one of those, too. Offers or questions please write to me at fbavendam@hotmail.com. Thank you
  5. For Sale - two Hartenberger 625 strobes. These are probably the most powerful UW strobes ever made. They worked with TTL on film camera but have to be used with the Manual power settings with digital cameras. These are custom strobes with two strobe arm attachments and two N5 bulkhead sync cord attachment ports. This allows you to have easier access to the backlit control knobs no mater which side of the camera the strobes arn are. Each strobe comes with a sync cord with an N5 fitting on each end and with a Hartenberger Offshore II charger. Each strobe also comes with a spare 5000K flashtube. I recently found a source for high capacity NiMH battery cells and the battery pack supplied with each strobe gives almost three times more full power flashes (100+ vs 40) than the NiCad cells originally supplied by Hartenberger. New from Hartenberger they cost about $2400 with Nicad batteries and no spare flash tube. Mine would cost you $1500. $100 less if you buy both. Offers or questions, please write to me at fbavendam@hotmail.com. Thank you. Fred
  6. Hello again Harry, I wrote three weeks ago that I would like to buy this lens, but there has been no response from you. Is this lens still available? Happy to pay via Paypal if that is what you prefer. Fred
  7. Hi Andy, Are you selling any of these items separately or only as a package? Fred
  8. Hello Harry, I would like to buy this lens from you if it is still available and if I can test the lens after I receive it and return it if it is not satisfactory. Hope to hear from you soon. I live in Sarasota, Florida so you can check out shipping cost and insurance. US Post Office priority mail service is fine for shipping but I don't think they have a really satisfactory flat-rate box. How can we arrange payment? I would prefer to send you a check and have you ship the lens after the check has cleared with your bank. That eliminates Paypal fees. Fred
  9. Hi Jon, I have sent you the contact info for my friend, Ian, in Adelaide. When I wrote to him i told him "our package purchase" might be either for $2300 or $2375. And which ever way it went was OK with me. So I guess its the $2300 deal. You should have received Ian's phone number at your email by now. Please confirm that you have received it. I do understand that you want to hold onto the extension ring and zoom gear in case you find a buyer who wants the two lens wide-angle package. But if that zoom gear and 70mm extension ring don't sell with your housing I'd still be interested. And in that case please just write to me directly at my email, fbavendam@hotmail.com. to tell me it is available. Surprisingly, the Nauticam dealer here in Florida just sold a D850 housing to a friend and recommended an 8omm extension ring to use with her 16-35. I've been using a seacam 75mm extension ring with my 16-35 and found, through testing, that the second best was 80mm. But the dome I am using the 16-35mm lens with is the DP170, which is glass, not acrylic, and physically much smaller which makes it much easier to handle underwater than a larger dome. Good luck on selling the rest of your gear and with your recovery from the knee surgery. Fred
  10. Hi Jon, Lots of mis-spellings in my last addition to the thread. Mis-spelled "ad" several times. And wrote "shipping to Australia" when I should have written "shipping to Adelaide". As side info, I also have a Nauticam housing, for the D850, but because I had lots of Seacam ports and extension rings from my previous housings I chose to use the housing with Nauticam's Seacam port adapter which means that I still needed new lens zoom gears, many of which needed a little machine shop work. And thus my interest in the extension ring and zoom gear. Took a little thinking to figure out how those items could be of use to me. And thus my "late" addition of those items to the growing package. I'm hoping that you will look at this thread again soon and get back to me so that I can send my friend the exact details we have agreed to and his contact informantion to you so we can complete the deal. Thank you, Fred
  11. Hi again Jon, I've done a little more thinking since that last combined offer. In your add there is one more thing that I might be willing to spend a little more money on. In the add you write "...,,macro 105 port + gears $350 | extension port and gears for dome to fit 16-35 lens $75." I am translating "extension port and gears..." to mean a Nauticam Extension Ring (not port since there is no glass or acrylic) and a zoom gear for 16-35mm lens. I think these are both shown on the far right side of your overall gear photo. If so, I would like to offer you the full $75 for these two items. You don't give the length of the Nauticam Extension Ring which I would guess to be somewhere between 60mm and 80mm. Whatever it is is OK for my use. So I would like to increase our total offer to you to A$2375 with you paying shipping to Australia. Please let me know if I can add these items to our package offer. Once I receive your answer I'll send you my friend's contact information so that you and he can arrange payment to you and the address to ship things to in Adelaide. Fred
  12. Hello Jon, I've had a letter from my friend in Adelaide who originally said he wanted to buy new strobes. My original offer of $2000 for the lens and strobes would have meant $1200 for the strobes and since I have my own DS181s, yours would have been extras. My thinking as I made the $2000 offer was $700 for the lens (a little saving on the lens since I didn't haggle you on that price) and $1300 for the strobes. But after that original combined offer, which was for me alone, my friend in Adelaide thought more about the strobes decided he would like the strobes for himself. I still have to run things by him again, but I think he will be happy to offer you the full $1500 for the strobes, but would hope that you would pay shipping to Adelaide since he isn't trying to haggle you down on the strobe price. Is that something you can live with? Your full asking price on both lens and strobes if you pay for the shipping of everything to Adelaide? If that is acceptable, you will need to contact my friend to arrange payment for everything and he will take care of the money part. And give you the address the gear needs to be shipped to. Let me know what you think. Fred
  13. Dear Solutionist, A couple more comments. I am not interested in the Nauticam ports so you should feel free to sell those to the guy in the Philippines. In your photo of the Ikelite strobe gear there is one of the Ikelite fisheye dome ports for the strobes which is not included in your parts list. Seems a bit strange that you would have only one of these if you normally shot with two strobes. Is there only one of these domes or do you have a second one somewhere that you would include in the strobe package. I have two of these domes, but have never used them as they are physically large and difficult to travel with. The airlines are not very friendly about excess check-in gear. I don't shoot fisheye very much so this is not a make-or-break issue. The one place I have shot fisheye a lot has been at the cuttlefish spawning at Whyalla. But use the 16-35 much more there as well as elsewhere. Your picture also seems to show two different chargers for the battery packs. Is this so? Can you give any info about how old the strobes are. Inon strobes seem to be much more popular in Australia, but I prefer the Ikelite strobes and own several 161s myself. Fred
  14. Hello Solutionist, I'd like to buy the lens from you. You are asking A$800 for the lens. How about including the shipping cost to Adelaide as part of the price. So the A$800 would include the shipping, with insurance, to Adelaide. If this is OK with you, I ask my friend in Adelaide to send you the money. You will need to send me, and him, the information of where he needs to send the money so that it gets to you.. The real problem in all of this for me is that I am in the US and Australia is not allowing foreign tourists, even covid-vaccinated tourists, to enter Australia. So I probably won't see the lens and get to shoot with it until sometime in 2022. Bummer. But I also have one of these lenses here in the US and the one I'm buying from you is my back-up which I hope I won't need. As an alternative offer, the friend in Adelaide owes me $2000. If you will accept $2000, to include shipping to Adelaide, for the !05mm lens and all the Ikelite strobe gear, I would offer you that. Let me know what you want to do. Fred
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