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Everything posted by diverdoug1

  1. I use the 16mm Nikkor but I think most people prefer the Sigma 15mm due to its closer minimum focal distance a lower price.
  2. When I got the 9.25" Aquatica dome I noticed improved corner definition.
  3. I have two DS-161's that are used in very good condition I will part with for $550 each plus shipping. Let me know if you are interested.
  4. Yes the D1 is rated for a higher guide number, but it's coverage angle is smaller. If you are shooting W/A, you will need a diffuser. So when putting a diffuser on the D1, the differences in power between the D1 and the 161 are small.
  5. The following link will take you to the manual for the YS-110. It has instructions on page 13 and 14 for making sure your mode setting is correctly positioned. http://seaandsea.com/PDF_manuals/YS110.pdf
  6. If diffusers are used to equalize the coverage angles of other strobes, then I would answer yes, output of the 161 is as good as most of the other strobes on the market.
  7. I switched from DS161's to YS-D1's last year. Comparable output when corrected for coverage angle, and much lighter to travel with. The YS-D1's are also easier to adjust power when shooting manual.
  8. AF-S 16-35mm f/4 ED and the 16mm fisheye are my go to lenses for Nikon FX DSLR UW photography
  9. jmauricio, are you sure about the law forbiding submerging while swimming with manatees? I have been taking my boat to Crystal River for many years and never heard it was "illegal to submerge while swimming with Manatees". In fact, I and multitudes of other divers have done so in the presence of Florida Wildlife Commision officers, without an eyebrow raised. I have looked for a referrence stating such a law, but could not find one. If you could provide a r3eference, it would be greatly appreciated. Manatees are protected under federal law by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, which make it illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill any marine mammal. Manatees are also protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act of 1978. Anyone convicted of violating this state law faces a possible maximum fine of $500.00 and/or imprisonment for up to 60 days. Conviction on the federal level is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in prison. Feeding manatees, giving them water, or otherwise altering their natural behavior can be considered harassment. Although Manatees tend to avoid the bubbles produced by scuba gear, I have never heard diving near them (on SCUBA or otherwise) classified as harassment.
  10. Try the Brunswick stew at Fat Boys BBQ in Crystal River. The water temp is well below 72 when outside of the direct flow of the spring
  11. It is not necessary to use 2 flashes for macro, but can be helpful. I uses 2 D1's on my housing and an off camera Z240 for a snoot when shooting macro. I find the controls on the D1 a bit more intuitive, and find them a bit more powerful than the Z240 for macro work. I use the Z240 for my snoot because it's modeling light works better with my Retra light shaping device snoot. Because you are already using the D2000, it may be easier for you to stay with Inon. Both the D1 and Z240 are superior strobes.
  12. I have both the 500 and 800, and like them both.
  13. The best exchange rate I found was with Bank of America.
  14. I was told that the rupiah must be in new condition, but another source told me that it must be in USD. I paid with USD and had no problems.
  15. In July, Indonesia increased the Visa on Arrival fee from $25 USD to $35 USD. Good to know so that you can have some crisp money that the officials will not give you a hard time about.
  16. Eye, then Dennis would pay the penalty of decreased wide angle performance. I truly feel that DX is on the way out.
  17. The low light AF abilities for the D750 are supposed to be about -3EV better than the D810. I use the D800 and the quality of severely cropped images is very good. Since you are interested in macro, I would suggest getting the D810 and a good modeling light.
  18. Ikelite strobes have TTL capability only with Ikelite housings or a proprietary converter and only using electronic sync cords. If you are triggering Ikelite strobes optically then you will be using them in manual.
  19. Divegypsy, I have not taken you up on your generous offer for two reasons which have nothing to do with an unwillingness to " make the effort to do work" 1. I am not comfortable borrowing other people's photo gear. 2. Due to the death of a child last year, my ability to undertake such a project has been limited. Actually, after noting the attitude and tone of your posting above, I would be quite content in never meeting you, regardless of our proximity. Take care, Doug
  20. I have posted a few posts inquiring as to the U/W performance of the Nikon 14mm f/2.8 in comparison to the 16-35, but nobody has weighed in with any results.
  21. Are you sure you are using a digital sync cord? It should have a blue band on the camera end, and a red band for the secondary strobe. If there are no bands you may have a non-digital cord, which will result in a myriad of difficulties.
  22. When I was shooting Ikelite, I never went on a trip without a spare sync cord. I have had them last years or just a few months.
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