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  1. Can anyone recommend a good place for routine service of my Aquatica AD800 housing? I used to use Mike Mesgleski, but he just wrote to me that he is no longer servicing housings. What are my alternatives?
  2. Exciting! Something else I didn't know about. Thank heavens for the coming holidays. I hope to take my learning from graduation from Tom's Boot Camp to the next level. The video scopes tab might be a fun place to start. I don't use a second monitor. I have a recent model 27" iMac, which gives me a fair bit or real estate. I've considered a second monitor from time to time, but I'm not a film or photo professional. Also, the best choice for me probably--a 27' thunderbolt display--is due for refreshment soon, according to MacRumors. So if I do jump, it won't likely be until next year.
  3. Drew: No, I didn't get to play much. I was only there a week, and this was the first time in the water with the new rig. So I was doing lots of experimenting. I'll put fooling with manual WB on the list for the next trip in the spring. I am using FCP 7, and am still knocking down the (steep) learning curve. Where can I make that cyan hue adjustment?
  4. I just came back from a dive trip to Cozumel and tried my new D800's video capabilities. I'm happy to report that, with color correction in FCP, the D800 does a great job without a red filter or lights. I didn't have much chance to experiment with this--too many other new things to try--but here's a quick preview. This is an uncorrected frame shooting without lights, auto white balance and programed exposure and shutter speed in about 40 feet of water (sunny day topside): I did a quick and dirty color correction using the three way color correction tool in FCP. Not surprisingly, the corrections added red: The final looks great to me: I also tested use of the Magic Filter for a few dives. I did not get better resuls, and worse, I had to do a lot of color correction on my stills to make them usable.
  5. A sale is pending on the housing only. I will post here when the sale is complete or if it is not completed, either way. The D700 body is still for sale: $1,800, or make an offer.
  6. I am sweetening my original offer. I will add to the camera body and housing above an Aquatica macro port (with focusing knob) and neoprene cover at no increase in price. The port is in excellent condition and was purchased from B&H at the same time as the housing: So, I am offering the Nikon D700, the compatible housing and the macro port all still for $3,500. At current retail prices for the port and cover, that’s more than a $500 price reduction. Details about the Port The port is Aquatica model 18426. It is equipped with a focusing knob for manual focusing with an appropriate focusing ring for the lens (not included), but the knob is unnecessary if you prefer to use lenses in autofocus mode. This port is compatible without extension rings with Nikon’s AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Autofocus Lens and others. Add an extension (not included), and you can use it with several other lenses, including Nikon’s world famous Micro 105. The port glass is flawless. I am the original and only owner. Just add your 60 mm Micro and you’re ready to dive. OPTION: Nikon’s AF-S Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G ED Macro Autofocus Lens Don’t have a 60 mm Micro? OK, I’ll sell mine for $500 additional. It is in mint condition and has been used for only one dive trip. I’ve had it for less than three months. I bought it new from B&H in August, and it is a US market product (i.e., not gray market). Purchase includes lens in the original box with carry bag, lens cap, end cap and lens shade. Additional Details about the D700 above I am the original and only owner. It is a USA market product (not gray market) I purchased it from B&H It has only 9,961 shutter releases (expected life of 150,000) Used only by me as a hobbyist. I am not a professional. Additional Details about the Aquatica Housing above I am the original and only owner. I purchased it from B&H Recap: for $3,500-- Nikon D700 body Aquatica housing Aquatica macro port Add a Nikon 60 mm macro lens for an extra $500 Contact me via PM or at my email address, rascolpa at cinci dot rr dot com with any questions or requests for additional photos. Make me an offer. The worst thing that can happen is that I say no.
  7. Steve: Thanks for your insight. I have serious doubts myself that I can handle both. I think you're right: Mentally they require different mind sets. They certainly require different skills. I've got a fair amount of experience with stills, but I'm still very new at video with a separate rig. I'm not at all sure I'm up to managing both with one box. In any event, it's fun to try, to learn and to try again. I'm headed out in December to Cozumel for the maiden voyage for my new D800 rig, and the currents are likely to be enough of a challenge. I'm not sure up up to trying both video and stills on this short trip, but I will probably try some natural light shallow stuff that I can reasonably process later in Final Cut Pro. We're measuring a couple weeks in Dominica in the spring. That may be a better place to play, experiment and see what I can do with lights. You're the former pilot, yes. I think you helped me with other issues. Again, my thanks.
  8. Question for the DSLR crowd with cameras that do macro stills and video: Does anyone dive with four lights--one set of strobes for stills and one set of video lights for macro? Some reading on other posts suggests that video lights are not really ideal for stills (at least my two Sola 1200s probably aren't), and except in really shallow water, macro video probably benefits from lights. It seems theoretically possible to add a triple clamp to the end of my ULCS arms and piggy back the relatively light Solas next to my Sea & Sea strobes. Too much equipment? Too much hassle?
  9. Chris: My evolving thinking is, as you suggest in part, 1. To get decent video from the D800 wide, I probably need a red or orange filter. 2. With wide, I will have to decide beforehand whether I will do video or stills, since flash + red filter will be challenging to correct in Photoshop; 3. For macro, probably no filter needed. I will be using lights no matter what, stills or video. Rich
  10. A sale is pending. I will let everyone know if the sale closes or it becomes available again.
  11. Yep, I think that's the problem with the red filter. Great video, but I'm not sure post production on stills will give me a decent result. You can do a lot with Photoshop, but . . . .
  12. I am offering a complete Light & Motion Sunray Mini Elite Light System, for use with Light & Motion underwater video housings. I have upgraded to newer lights, but these work extremely well. Take this off my hands for $350 or best offer. (Retail cost new is $1,799.) They are used but in excellent condition, except the batteries which need replacement. Purchase includes the following: Two 20W halogen heads and cords compatible with Light & Motion housings Two Loc-Line flexible light arms with Light & Motion handle mounts Two battery pods and pod locker (plus one extra) and wrench Two nearly exhausted batteries—new ones are $150 apiece) Four extra O rings for pods Extra 20W halogen bulb 110-220 volt smart charger and electrical cord They cast a very even light. Lights each have three intensity levels (estimated 240 to 600 lumens each) that are controllable from the L & M housing handle. Here is front view of lights mounted on a Light & Motion Bluefin housing. [Housing and handles not included.]: . . . and a rear view: PM me or email me at rascolpa at cinci dot rr dot com with offers or questions.
  13. I am selling my Light & Motion 2.5” active matrix compact monitor. My offer includes the following items: 2.5-inch active matrix compact monitor Monitor charger Mounting bracket between housing and monitor Connecting cable between monitor and bulkhead Housing bulkhead Tray connector Monitor shade This Light & Motion Compact Monitor is for all Bluefin housings. The monitor has a large 2.5" color active matrix LCD display that makes framing, focus and other settings easy to see even in bright sunlight. Monitor allows you to instantly see the results when you change white balance, exposure, ND filter, shutter speed, turn on lights, or use your flip down filter; Camcorder functions are displayed on monitor. Constructed with "bulletproof" aluminum material and stainless steel positive locking safety latches. Just attach the mount bracket, plug in the connections between the monitor and housing bulkhead and get ready to shoot. The monitor is powered by the integrated NiMh battery pack that gives you 6-8 hours to capture your underwater video. Ease of use Effortlessly mounts to top of housing Data screen shows viewfinder info on monitor Quick connector mount Performance 2.5 inch active matrix screen for superb resolution 480(w) X 234(h) pixels Lens shade for high glare situations Reliability Factory sealed unit for easier handling and protection of monitor Monitors plugs into Bluefin rear plate bulkhead Here is a demonstration of the value and clarity of the LCD display in actual operation. Camera information is displayed on the screen. [Housing for illustration purposes only; not included in offer.] Here is a closeup of the viewer and camera data displayed. Retail price new was $1,399. I will sell for $500 or best offer. I'll cover shipping to U.S. locations. PM me or email me at rascolpa at cinci dot rr dot com with offers or questions.
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