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JohnA

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    sf bay area

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    nikon d80, olympus c-5000
  • Camera Housing
    Aquatica
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    sea&sea YS 120's, YS 90
  1. So my wife just got an Oly omd-em5 with a Nauticam housing. We got the hot shoe option because we had cords and are not thrilled with the fo set up. Her strobe is a Sea and Sea ys- 90 Auto Duo. Can't get the strobe to fire. The oly flash will work, and tried putting the hot shoe on her old G9, and it will fire the strobe so seems like the cord and strobe are fine. Is this a compatability issue, or is there a setting on the camera we have wrong? Any help would be appreciated. John
  2. Once I had my battery compartment flood on my ys120. Some of them before a certain serial # are suposedly not compatable with nimh batteries. In my case I had just taken them off the charger and they were warm still when I put them in the strobe. Now I let em cool before hand. No problems since. Great strobes you can pick up on ebay cheap sometimes. Just have some vinager if you get a flood to clean it out good. I put mine back in service and it still works fine. Good luck. - John
  3. I see there are a couple of choices in that lens. Am I correct in assuming that the AT-X 107 NH Fisheye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 is a better choice when compared to the 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 AT-X 107 AF DX for my present body as well as a future upgrade? Thanks- John
  4. Wow!. That's a pretty compelling review. Topside I often seem to use a high end point and shoot. I very much apreciate everyones input. It's really helped me sort through some of this. I've had some good results with my 10.5, but sounds like there won't be a sacrafice with the 10-17. That's reassureing. Thanks Again - John
  5. Sounds like the nikon 12-24 might be better then the tokina 12-24 in the corners, however the tok 10-17 seems to be a solid performer in most everyones tool box. Sort of makes sense in that I'd think it would be easier to get good optics in a range of 7 rather then 12. Havent tried a diopter yet. I know there's a depth of field loss, however in wide I'd think it more manageable. I could certainly use it sometimes with my 60 as well. I like my 10.5, but in a close situation with lots of divers a zoom could be handy to have I've found. I too am very happy with the suppourt I've gotten from Aquatica. Basd on that alone I plan on sticking with them when I do upgrade. Thanks- John
  6. Thank you both for the input. Hadn't thought too much about what I might upgrade to other then something with a bigger screen and autofocus video. Probably won't do that till 2014 or so. I use an 8" dome presently. Is there much diference in the image quality between the 10-17, and the 12-24 Tokina's? Kind of think that since I have the 10.5 prime lens, that the extra range of the 12-24 might be more usefull although the 10-17 seems to be really popular. Is there a lens that would serve me well presently, and still be a good one to have if I did wind up getting an fx camera? sort of thought I'd end up getting a d7000 or whatever replaces it by then, but figured I look into my next set up more when the time comes. Sounds like the the Nikon brand lensees aren't necessarilly any better, or am I reading too much into this? Thanks Again - John
  7. I presently have a Nikon 10.5 on a D80 and Aquatica housing but think I'd like a wide zoom instead sometimes. I'm considering the Tokina 10-17, as well as the Nikon 10-24, and Nikon 12-24. I want something that will serve me well when I upgrade my body and housing in the future. I would be greatfull for any advice or opinions on these or something else I might want to considder as well. I also have a Sigma 17-70, and a Nikon 60 micro for other situations. I generally use 2 strobes Thanks- John
  8. "Also, has anyone tried the newer 2500+ mAh batteries? My old ones were 1800's." I can see how higher mAh batteries would off gas more. I'm wondering if you wait a day after charging before putting them in the strobe if that helps things. I think the newer strobes can handle it, however the older ones don't, so they advise against the NiMh. I once had a strobe flood and I recall that the batteries were still warm when I put them in before hand. I see there are now 2700 AA's available, and I was wondering how much extra risk is involved?? Thanks- John
  9. Hi Rick, Looking at your stuff here, and trying to figure what might work best for me. The Air Lines recently lost all my Aquatica arms and handles for my D80 housing. It's been almost a month, so I don't expect to see them again. I'm also in the S.F. Bay Area, so maybe I can meet you. Thanks- John
  10. I just returned from 12 days in Little Cayman. We flew SFO to Miami on AA, then transferred to Cayman Air. Unfortunately when we got to Grand, none of our 3 checked bags were there. A day later one showed up, but the other two never did. Fortunately the main photo gear was in our carry on, but the arms,cords,chargers,batteries,ex- port seem to be gone for good, as well as one+ set of dive gear, and our combined clothes bag. AA says they don't have them, and Cayman Air says the same thing. The people at LCBR were great, giving us gear to use, and getting our laundry done while we were out diving. Other guests also helped out with toiletries, batteries, and offers of clothes. My question is this. Does anyone know what criteria is used to determine weather the Montreal Convention, or Warsaw Convention reimbursement rates are applied to lost baggage?? I've done a little looking, but can't seem to figure it out. Unfortunately we didn't have trip insurance. Thanks- John
  11. Wow!- good info. Seems like the airlines are doing a good job of shooting themselves in the foot. I just returned from 12 days in Little Cayman. We flew SFO to Miami on AA, then transferred to Cayman Air. Unfortunately when we got to Grand, none of our 3 checked bags were there. A day later one showed up, but the other two never did. Fortunately the main photo gear was in our carry on, but the arms,cords,chargers,batteries,ex- port seem to be gone for good, as well as one+ set of dive gear, and our combined clothes bag. AA says they don't have them, and Cayman Air says the same thing. The people at LCBR were great, giving us gear to use, and getting our laundry done while we were out diving. Other guests also helped out with toiletries, and batteries, and offers of clothes. We generally go on 1-2 overseas dive trips a year, and booked our next trip to the Philippines on Cathay Pacific because we heard it was really nice, and I had enough frequent miles on a partner airline for the tickets. Now I see they are rated as "Hates Divers". What a bummer!, I can't easily change it either. I'm starting to feel like staying at home more. The arbitrary and potentially very expensive nature just adds more stress to travel. It seems like a reasonable cost like .50/lb over 20# for carry on would be ok, 1st bag free, then $15 for checked. At a time when the whole travel industry is on its butt, the airlines are reacting by cutting off their nose to spite their face. Not a welcome feeling. - John
  12. I've been using an Aquatica with a D80 that I bought from another member for about a year now. The housing is really well built with excellent workmanship. I can only guess that the D90 housing would be even better. I did have a problem with their moisture alarm, which goes off as soon as the battery is inserted, and stays on. They never responded to my e-mail about it. As far as the housing products, are concerned though, they are quite impressive. - John
  13. I used the micro mesh kit to remove 2 big scratches on the outside, and a scuff from the lens on the inside. It worked well, although the inside is much harder, it is doable. It is important to dry well between grits so you can see better, as I found I had to go back a couple of steps at the end to touch up a bit I missed.
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