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simoncarolan

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About simoncarolan

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    Dublin, Ireland

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon F90X, Nikon D70s, Nikon D300
  • Camera Housing
    Sea & Sea NX90-Z, Sea & Sea DX-D70, Sea & Sea MDX-D300
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea YS-D1
  • Accessories
    Nikkor 10.5mm, Tokina 10-17mm, Nikkor 12-24mm, Nikkor 60mm, Nikkor 85mm
  1. I'm having a clear-out of equipment I don't use anymore and have the following equipment for sale: DX-D70 Housing with Nikon D70 Body €300.00 The camera body has been well looked after and is in perfect condition. Just over 8,000 shutter activations and was serviced by the Nikon agent in Ireland three years ago. The housing has a few cosmetic marks but is well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order. The housing was converted from a 2-pin strobe connection to a 5-pin strobe connection to provide full TTL flash function using the Sea & Sea TTL adaptor. NX Compact Dome Port (Sea & Sea part no. 56601) €275 A few cosmetic marks but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order, complete with protective neoprene cover. There are a couple of small marks on the dome but these are not visible in the pictures. NX Custom Flat Port (Sea & Sea part no. 56101) €95 A few cosmetic marks but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order. There are a couple of small marks on the front glass but these are not visible in the pictures. This port has a control in the side to allow you to use a manual focus gear on the Nikon 60mm macro lens. SX Extension Ring (Sea & Sea part no. 50261) €100 Perfect Condition Extension Ring 40 (Sea & Sea part no. 50261) €150 Perfect Condition TTL Converter III (Sea & Sea part no. 50112) €325 As new. Has ports for connecting two strobes to the camera and gives a range of adjustment of the flash power output and or can be disabled to allow the flash power to be controlled manually. YS-90 Auto Strobe €100 Some cosmetic marks, never flooded and in perfect working order, complete with diffuser. Works either in TTL mode or in manual exposure mode using the power control. Sea & Sea Flexible Strobe Arms €30 each. Good condition, almost no wear. YS-mount at the top, T-shoe at the bottom. Sea & Sea Sync Cords (Sea & Sea part no. 17100) €35 each. Good condition, no corrosion. Standard YS Duo to Nikonos 5 connections. Tokina 10 – 17mm f3.5 – 4.5 Fisheye Zoom Lens. €395 Boxed, as new. Various Zoom Gears Nikkor 10-24mm / Nikkor 18-70mm (Sea & Sea part no. 31121) €75 Nikkor 18-55mm (Sea & Sea part no. 31148) €75 Tokina 10-17mm / Canon 16-35mm (Sea & Sea part no. 31114) €100 Sigma 10-20mm (Sea & Sea part no. 31142) €75 Open to offers on everything. Equipment is located in Ireland. PM me for further information / pictures.
  2. Hi Arnie, I have a couple of Pelicases also but like DiverDoug says they are heavy and airlines are tightening up on allowances. The other thing is that a Pelicase advertises that there is delicate (i.e. expensive) equipment inside. A couple of years ago I started using Samsonite rigid suitcases, preferably in lurid colours that scream "bad taste" rather than "expensive camera equipment". You can normally get the loud colours cheaper in a clearance sale and nobody is going to take it off the baggage carousel by mistake. I started off buying upholstery foam and cutting it to the shape of the case and equipment but it's not very flexible if you change the equipment you take on a trip so I ended up buying a set of Pelicase inserts that were nearly the same size as the Samsonite case and use those. The Samsonite cases are lighter than the Pelicase and are adequate for normal air transportation. They are not submersible but they are waterproof as they have a rubber gasket where the lid closes. I don't transport camera bodies or lenses in them but I don't do that with my Pelicases either. I have been transporting my gear this way for about 10 years to the Middle East, Caribbean and as far as Truk without any problems or incidents. I would love to claim credit for the idea but it actually came from Eric Cheng in a post a few years ago.
  3. I am selling my complete Nikon D70 housed SLR camera system for underwater photography. This includes just about everything you are ever going to need and is an ideal upgrade from a compact camera setup. Included in the sale: Nikon D70 Camera Body. Well looked after and in perfect condition. Just over 8,000 shutter activations and was serviced by the Nikon agent in Ireland three years ago. Nikon 60mm f2.8 Macro Lens. As new condition. Much easier lens to use underwater than longer macro lenses such as the 105mm and gives better than 1:1 image reproduction on a DX sensor camera such as the D70. Tokina 10 – 17mm f3.5 – 4.5 Fisheye Zoom Lens. Boxed, as new. These are a really versatile lens for underwater use. Comes complete with the dedicated Sea & Sea zoom gear to operate the zoom lens inside the housing. Sea & Sea DX-D70 Housing. A few cosmetic marks which should be visible in the pictures but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order. Rated to 60 metres and gives access to all of the camera controls. The housing was converted from a 2-pin strobe connection to a 5-pin strobe connection to provide full TTL flash function using the Sea & Sea TTL adaptor. Sea & Sea TTL Adaptor III. As new. Connects between the camera housing and the strobe and fools the camera into thinking that a Nikon Speedlight is connected so it provides full TTL flash exposure control. Has ports for connecting two strobes to the camera and allows the use of any Sea & Sea strobe with a standard Nikonos connector. The TTL adaptor gives a range of adjustment of the flash power output and can be disabled to allow the flash power to be controlled manually. Sea & Sea NX Custom Flat Port. A few cosmetic marks which should be visible in the pictures but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order. There are a couple of small marks on the front glass but these are not visible in in use. This port has a control in the side to allow you to use a manual focus gear on the 60mm macro lens rather than the autofocus. Sea & Sea Compact Dome Port and SX Extension Ring. A few cosmetic marks which should be visible in the pictures but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order, complete with protective neoprene cover. There are a couple of small marks on the dome but these are not visible in use. The SX extension ring sits between the camera housing and the dome port to suit the 10 – 17mm lens. The dome port can be used without the extension ring for a shorter fisheye lens such as the Nikon 10.5mm and the extension ring can be used with the flat port for longer macro lenses such as the Nikon 85mm or 105mm macro. Sea & Sea YS-90 Auto Underwater Strobe. Some cosmetic marks which should be visible in the pictures but well looked after, never flooded and in perfect working order, complete with removable diffuser. Takes 4 AA batteries, either alkaline or rechargeable. Works either in TTL mode or in manual exposure mode using the power control. Sea & Sea Flexible Strobe Arms. Two of these are included, both in excellent condition. These give complete flexibility in positioning the strobe and are lighter than the ball-joint type arms so they are great for travelling. Sea & Sea 5-pin Sync Cords. Two of these are included, both in excellent condition, for connecting the strobe to the camera. Miscellaneous Items. Two complete sets of O-ring seals and special Sea & Sea silicone grease for the setup. Memory cards – four 1Gb memory cards (three Sandisk Ultra II, one Lexar) and a 256 Mb card (Fujifilm). The 1Gb cards have a capacity of approximately 150 images when shooting RAW + JPEG at maximum resolution and minimum compression. Battery and charger for the D70. Instruction manual, screen guard, spare screen guard and strap for the D70. This is a very complete setup, ready to go, just assemble and go diving with it. About the only thing you might ever want to add to it at some stage is a second strobe. With both Sea & Sea and Nikon you are buying into systems that give you excellent upgrade options. The lens ports, strobe and arms included here are compatible with the newer MDX series of camera housings if you want to upgrade the camera body in the future. Similarly with Nikon the lenses are compatible with all Nikon digital SLR bodies and there is a huge range of other lenses available to suit the D70 such as the Nikon 85mm and 105mm macro lenses and the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye lens. I am looking for €2,250.00 for the entire package and I am open to offers. Any questions just ask.
  4. John, I had a simillar problem with my unit recently and it turned out that it had flooded. There seems to be an issue where the two halves of the casing join, just at the mounting tab. The rear of the unit is clear but quite dark and if you hold it up to the light you can just make out the water inside. When Sea & Sea brought out the TTL Converter III the design of the casing and now the two outgoing ports are on top and the short sync lead is on one side. Simon
  5. I am hoping somebody can give me some advice on this one. I have searched the other posts on Wetpixel but nobody seems to have asked this question before. I have had a Sea & Sea DX-D70 housing for my Nikon D70 for a couple of years and have just bought a Sea & Sea Mk. II iTTL converter for it. The paperwork which came with the iTTL converter states that a modified strobe connection port is required for the converter to work with this housing but doesn't provide any further information. Sea & Sea don't list a modified strobe connection port as a part on their websites (UK, US & Japan) and don't list any further information. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to make the iTTL converter work with this housing? The DX-D70 has a single strobe connector on the top of the housing which only has two of the five pins wired through to the hotshoe connector inside the housing. Is the conversion as simple as connecting the other three pins the same way as the Sea & Sea housing for my F90X (N90S) or do I need to add further components such as blocking diodes?
  6. I am hoping somebody can give me some advice on this one. I have searched the other posts on Wetpixel but nobody seems to have asked this question before. I have had a Sea & Sea DX-D70 housing for my Nikon D70 for a couple of years and have just bought a Sea & Sea Mk. II iTTL converter for it. The paperwork which came with the iTTL converter states that a modified strobe connection port is required for the converter to work with this housing but doesn't provide any further information. Sea & Sea don't list a modified strobe connection port as a part on their websites (UK, US & Japan) and don't list any further information. Can anyone tell me what I need to do to make the iTTL converter work with this housing? The DX-D70 has a single strobe connector on the top of the housing which only has two of the five pins wired through to the hotshoe connector inside the housing. Is the conversion as simple as connecting the other three pins the same way as the Sea & Sea housing for my F90X (N90S) or do I need to add further components such as blocking diodes?
  7. Another one: Air France / KLM will allow you to buy a sports allowance of 20kg for 20 Euro per sector. You request this when booking yur ticket and pay it at the airport (when they remember to charge you). You can also try putting your dive gear in a golf bag as most airlines transport bags of golf sticks for free. Reason: most airline executives play golf so they look after themselves and their buddies but very few seem to dive.
  8. That's a really terrible experience. When I graduated from compact camera setups that went into carry on bags to SLR systems that have to be checked in I bought a rigid plastic Samsonite suitcase which has a rubber gasket. Not as waterproof as a Pelican but then I don't expect it to be immersed in water. I then bought ordinary upholstery foam and cut it to fit the Samsonite case and my kit in several layers. The result is a "stealth" camera case that weighs less than the equivalent size Pelican item so your baggage allowance doesn't get used up by the case itself. Most importantly it doesn't look like it has anything particularly important inside while Pelican cases or aluminium flight cases scream "expensive gear in here". So far so good with this approach, no damage or theft of equipment but the TSA guys open the case every time I bring it through Newark airport.
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