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About cmhhawaii

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    Honolulu, Hawaii

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D80
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    Sea & Sea DX-D80
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Twin Sea & Sea YS-250's
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    TLC Arms, Large Dome Port, Custom Macro Port, Tokina 10-17mm, Nikon 105mm VR Macro

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  1. Hello, I am interesting D80 housing, I from Taiwan, think you!

  2. Hello, I am interesting D80 housing, I from Taiwan, think you!

  3. I've had a great deal of interest in just the strobes and arms. Currently, I am not interested in breaking them out. If I don't have any interest in the package, I'll post them individually. Thanks
  4. I am selling my underwater camera setup. I feel guilty, because I just don't dive it anymore (kids). It needs a new home with someone who will get it wet. The rig comes complete with the items listed below: Sea&Sea DX-D80 Housing Sea&Sea YS-250 Pro Strobes w/batteries and chargers Sea&Sea 5-pin Dual Sync Chord Sea&Sea Large Dome Port Sea&Sea Custom Flat Port Sea&Sea SX Port Extension ring Sea&Sea Port Extension Ring 40 TLC arms Storm Case Nikon D80 Nikon 105mm Macro Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye Zoom Ring for Tokina Fisheye Asking $4,800. Feel free to message me, if you have any questions. I tried to attach photos from my iPad, but the files are too large.... I can email photos on request
  5. I have a Sea & Sea DX-D80 housing that needs to be rebuilt. I would like to do it myself, as it is cost prohibitive to send it to anyone for overhauling. Does anyone know where I can find a list of the required o-ring sizes for this unit? Can't find anything published online. Thanks!
  6. Just found this thread. Although I cannot add much to the compelling facts that have already been issued, I would like to share my opinion. I am a dive/snorkel boat captain in Oahu and have only worked here over the past 7 years. Despite the fact that my experience does not span the breadth of some others on this blog, I have been on the water more days than many. And, even in that short time, I have noticed a change in the presence of fish on the reef. Now... I understand that Oahu is probably the most overfished and decimated ecosystem in the hawaiian islands, but as I watch swarms of spearfisherman, aquarium collectors, and fisherman standing shoulder to shoulder on the shoreline, I can't help but be disheartened. Like others on this thread, I too have never seen the Hawaiian Lionfish and only once have I seen a harlequin shrimp. The only black coral I have ever seen was on Lanai and I get giddy if i see and Uhu over 2 lbs. As for the aquarium collectors specifically, I have had an experience with a certain enterprising man that causes me to question the morality of the trade. As a scuba boat operator, we try to find a variety of dive sites to entertain our guests. In the interest of preserving the reef, we set moorings at each location that we find interesting, to avoid anchoring. There was one aquarium collector that would watch us, to determine where our new dive sites were. Once he found the new one, he would tie off to our mooring and collect fish for weeks. He would do this until he had removed all the more valuable fish from our new site. He followed us like this for several sites until we finally gave up. He used us to find the better fish populations, knowing that we were looking for the same thing he was. I feel partially responsible for opening an avenue for him to further deplete the fish stock. And further remorseful after seeing the volume that he removed from each site. Now, I am sure that I can accredit some of my concerns of depleting fish stock to the ebb and flow of fish populations, but watching these guys hover over my favorite dive sites, plucking all of my little buddies out of the water is enough to make me want some action against them. But this issue is not restricted to aquarium collectors. Spearfishermen, rod and reel fishermen and even scuba divers do more than their fair share to contribute to the depletion of undersea ecosystems. I wish I could only count on my hands and feet the number of times I have had to ask a scuba diver to toss back a live cowry or beg them to stop kicking the reef. Ultimately, my point is that aquarium collectors are certainly a problem, but there is a wide swath of individuals that collectively contribute to the depletion of this ecosystem to a far greater extent that any collector could. This is why I believe in the expansion AND ENFORCEMENT of marine preserves. It holds everyone accountable for the stewardship of the site, instead of only regulating those that we perceive as the problem. I watched marine preserves work in the Channel Islands at Anacapa. Life has a chance to recover in these areas and spill to their surroundings. It doesn't have to be a preserve the size of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, just a few safeharbors at along the coast where populations can flourish. Another issue here is that the Hawaiian population holds a certain sense of entitlement (rightly so) to access the resource of the sea. There are very few out here that support regulation or licensing of a practice that they have passed down since before western contact. Arguably, aquarium collecting is not an ancient Hawaiian practice, but it represents a resource that their ancestors passed to them. I believe that this group exudes a much better attitude (at least on this island) about small marine preserves than they do about fishing licenses. Especially when you can point to the success of Hanauma Bay, this ecological protection method is slightly better received. In addition, some feel that the unprotected areas have better fishing due to their proximity to a thriving reef. As a fisherman, I support a certain degree of regulation on fishing. However, I believe that these laws only keep the honest people honest and are difficult to enforce. Ultimately, shutting down an area to any harvesting is the only way to effectively protect the life that resides. Sorry for the long winded rant... just one captain's humble opinion.
  7. I have to agree with the carry-on. Wrap it in somehting cozy and treat it well. TSA has no appreciation for camera equipment.
  8. If you are staying in Kaanapali (near Lahaina), I suggest Black Rock or Mala Boat Ramp. Black rock is located directly in front of the Sheraton Hotel. It's a cool little wall that traces around a small point. It starts in 5ft. and gets to about 25-30ft. I've seen lots of critters there, including cuttlefish and octopus. Its easy in and out, lots of snorkle buddies around you, plus there's a bar waiting for you when you surface (never a bad thing). Mala ramp is a pier that collapsed in a violent storm. (someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it was hurricane Iniki). The structure of the pier creates an incredible reef. I see everything there. Plenty of sleeping whitetip sharks, all varieties of fish, and nudibranchs. If I had to recommend only one, I would do Mala. Getting in and out is a little tricky because the reef is located right next to a boat launch. There is a small, muddy beach to get in and then you have to kick across the boat channel (move quickly). Definately keep a dive flag with you. It's very easy to find and navigate as you only need to follow the peir out and back. It starts in about 10 feet of water and ends at around 35-40ft. There is a mooring at the end that dive boats visit, so be cautious. Other than that, a short drive to the north can get you to Honolua Bay, which is great in the summer, but the wintertime kinda stirs things up. It's a very protected bay, but it has a pretty good exposure to the north, so check the surf. Of coarse, if you want to pay for a boat ride, Molokini crater seldom dissapoints.
  9. I use a Woody's Diopter with my 105mm. I really like how it lets me reduce the focal length of the lens. It is relatively inexpensive, effective and easily removed underwater. I imagine that the optical quality is not a crisp as other diopter options, like the macro mate, but it is a good quality lens for the price. Here's a link http://www.nexusamerica.com/Misc/Misc.html
  10. I am wondering if anyone has any good advise on how to adjust ISO settings for underwater. I understand that the lower settings (ISO100) provide less noise but longer exposure times. And vise versa with the higher settings. My question is what settings seem to work best for underwater. Does everyone shoot at the lowest possible setting? Or is a higher setting the standard for crisper pictures and faster shutter speeds? At what point does the noise become a factor in image quality? I understand that the responses probably change with every scene, but I am just curious if there are any rules of thumb that I should abide by. Thanks!
  11. Thanks for all your input gang. I finally decided to empty my bank account and go for the big ol 105. having only dove it a couple times now, I am deliriously in love with it. I will admit, at times it feels like I sniping these fish, rather than photographing them, and does a lot of searching on the autofocus, but the ability to capture the images from a distance is a great advantage. The fish here in Hawaii are not at all cooperative (too many divers harrasing them already), so having a little distance to avoid spooking them is great. Plus, the VR feature is really nice to have. I feel like I get a lot more of the fish facing me shots rather than the fish running away shots. However, I do have a woody's diopter, which does allow me to get a little closer than I would be able to otherwise. This has helped me produce some great nudibranch shots. I think the versatility of this combo is going to work really well for me. Thanks again for all your help!
  12. Good to hear. I am ordering the lens today. Hopefully I won't have to resort to Dremel tool remodeling with the 40 extension.
  13. Eyematey, Good news! I just got an email from sea&sea. It reads: You may use either combination for the VR 105mm lens. DX Macro Port Base (30105) with DX Macro Port 50 (30106) Or Extension Ring 40 (56111) with NX Standard Flat Port (56101) or NX Custom Flat Port (56231) or NX Zoom Port (51101) Any of these combinations will work. Thank you for your inquiry. ---- Sea&Sea Imaging" Hooray!! That's a few hundred saved!!
  14. Nope, no answer yet. I did call Backscatter in Monterey CA. They told me that the 105mm VR is too wide to fit into the extension ring and custom port. It seems that the VR controls at the rear are too wide. He told me that is why we need the macro port base and macro port 50. I'm still not sure that I entirely belive this. I would really like to hear from someone who has actually tried to fit this lens in these ports (and not someone who might be trying to sell me something). I haven't bought the VR lens yet, so I might wimp out and buy the older version (Non-VR) so that I can just use what I have. That is, unless someone has some expereince to share.....
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