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  1. Phew I'm glad I don't live anywhere near Alabama!! But I'll be sure to keep my eye for the "Blonde from Essex" despite my lack of a limp!! On the other hand thanks for the great information! Lee
  2. Isn't Dave the greatest!!!!!
  3. Hello, If the bulkhead is not wired with five pins then there is no true communication between the strobe and camera, only fire hence no signs from the camera that there is a flash. With the Sea & Sea housing you can only use one at a time either a five pin to be used with a TTL converter or the other one for manual use. Sea & Sea instructs to not use the five pin without a converter as it might jam the camera up but usually it just won't fire as there is too much "miscommunication" between the strobe and camera. Hope this sheds some light! Cheers, Lee
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  5. Hi Ken, Congrats on your new purchase! I have to agree with John in regards to the Fisheye. I generally reccomend a 40 extension ring and +2 diopter for best corner sharpness as well but feel free to play around and see what results are best! On a side note the Sea & Sea DX-D200 is still a current model and should be for at least a little while to come! Once Nikon stops making the camera then the housing will begin its descent in manufacturing! Lee
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  7. It's geared more for a 105mm lens! Just get i there and snap away! I believe Andy Martinez uses his pretty extensively! Hi Joe hows your system! Cheers, Lee
  8. This may still be considered speculation but I believe Nikon is currently working on a 40mm AF-S lens to replace what the 60mm was on film. This will certainly be nice in restoring that angle of coverage! The D40 is a nice camera for beginners, most people who buy it will not want to spend $3k on a housing system on top of the camera and lenses, so inexpensive support is the key. This will give avid amatuers more spending room on the whole picture and not just a $2500 housing body! Nikon is slowly building a larger AF-S colection and I imagine this is where the future will go.
  9. Check this out!!! I think it will steer you in the right direction! http://www.jonathanbird.net/photo_tip2.htm A large dome will definately work better for you! Hope this helps! Lee
  10. The first thing you should consider is what you are shooting and what type of shot you are looking to get. A teleconverter is my preferred option but you lose 2 stops of light if you use a 2x converter. These are relatively simple and easy and just need a port extension to accomodate. The other option is a form of diopter like mentioned above. The thing with diopters is because they are close-up lenses they limit your working distance so any thing you have trouble getting close to won't be easy to shoot! Cheers!!
  11. we actually always reccomend a 40 extension ring and a +2 diopter for "optimum' performance!!! Sea & Sea does not reccomend diopters on any of their domes for some reason but we generally try to put one on when we deem it neccesary! Cheers!
  12. I know Subal is still offering a housing for the 20D and Inon has their recent housing for the 10,20,30D's....... so for a new housing some are readily available plus I am sure a few more as well... Cheers, Lee
  13. Hi James sorry I didn't enlighten sooner, the D2000 can be used if it has a Nikonos 5-pin cord connector, this can allow it to be used in manual, then with the addition of a conversion board then you could use TTL. Certain Inon models have the proper cord output (I believe the W model)!! So if he has that ability then he would be able to use it!! As for the L&M D200 housing it's unfortunate that its taking such a long time to come to the market but L&M makes great products so hopefully we will be rewarded with the wait!!!!! B)
  14. Hello, I would have to agree with Andree, the Nikon D50 is a great camera to step up to the DSLR world, Sea & Sea makes a nice housing for this and you will be able to move your Inon strobe to this setup, plus Sea & Sea is a committed manufacturer that can grow with your skill as you continue to add other things on to your setup or upgrade..... On the flipside the D80 is a great camera comparable to the D200 and Sea & Sea will have a housing available approximately in November so if you would like to step up to that lvel that is also an option... Regards, Lee
  15. With DEMA coming up shortly I am sure anyone that is going will be able to actually put their hands on some of these new housings!!
  16. Nope, fresh water will definately set off the moisture alarm as well!
  17. Another option to consider is Canon, They make some great compact cameras that have a large amount of manual options. They also make their own housings for their cameras so you know they will be good guality. Also there is a huge range of different lenses that you can add on to the housing to give you even more options. Just another way to consider!! Regards, Lee
  18. Hi Saeed, A couple things to point out for camera shopping that Alex pointed out is housing availability: I know the 30D has housings available from Sea & Sea and Subal, probably a few more.... but the price tag is gonna run you a decent amount more than the new 400D (about $1400 without the lens) The Rebel line will cost you about half.... I also feel the Rebels are very friendly cameras to make that jump to DSLR as for the new one (400D) you might have to wait a small amount of time for a housing but with DEMA on the horizon you never know what might happen..... Sea & Sea has already informed us of unveiling a new housing for the Nikon D80 so I'm sure they are thinking Canon too!! Hope this helps, Lee
  19. Hi this is Lee, from earlier, We actually have a couple pre-ordered already, some people seeing the demand for the D200 rush decided to hop in early and get theirs as soon as they could.
  20. This issue was resolved, the problem was corrosion in the two wire sensor.
  21. Yes, it will work with your setup. For strobe compatibility on the D70 with the Heinrichs Weikamp ITTL board, look here: http://www.heinrichsweikamp.net/cgi-bin/ca...on&kamera=n_d70 We normally wire this board into a Subal housing so that the end user can unpug the board themselves and then go back to full manual mode without having to unsolder any connectors. Dave Marsh
  22. Yes! With the YS-90's (on the D-70) you'll have both an ITTL and the MTTL features available to you. I'm not personally a fan of TTL mode but if you are then I'd recommend ITTL for macro and MTTL for wide angle. You just have to remember to set Rear Curtain sync mode before you put the camera into the housing when you want to use MTTL mode. Dave Marsh
  23. You've got some corrosion remaining on the leak detector circuit board or in the two wire sensor at the bottom of the housing. Loosen the board from the double stick tape, clean it well with white vinegar. Then clean the white vinegar away with denatured alchohol. Do the same to the open end of the two wire sensor. If this does not help then you may have to replace the board and/or the sensor. Dave Marsh
  24. The Aquatica housing for the Nikon D-70(s) does allow control of Exposure Compensation. M-TTL mode is activated by putting the camera in rear curtain sync mode. The strobe is left in the TTL setting. You control the output of the strobe using your exposure compensation button on the camera, as follows: 0.0 = Full Power . . . -0.3 = 5/6 Power -0.5 = 3/4 Power -0.7 = 2/3 Power . . . -1.0 = 1/2 Power . . . -2.0 = 1/4 Power . . . -4.0 = 1/16 Power This can be used in conjunction with the Flash Exposure Compensation button if your housing can access this button. The affect of the two exposure compensation settings is additive. In normal use the Exposure Compensation gives a wide enough range of power. On most housings you'll need to set the Rear Curtain Sync mode before you install the camera into the housing. Dave Marsh
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