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    Nikon D800
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    Retra Pro
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    Nikon 105 & Nikonus RS 13mm

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  1. Offers? There is no point in these pieces just sitting in a box in a closet with my other extra gear.
  2. FS: 3 Strobe controllers for Nauticam & Nikon = Optical Manual, Optical TTL, & Electronic ** Here’s a chance to obtain a back-up strobe trigger option as discussed in a recent AdamH and AlexM WetPixel YouTube video ** These Nauticam parts came with a pre-owned Nauticam housing I recently purchased. The optical flash boards are from ~2017 I do not know if any board or cable works or what the compatibility will be. Retra folk have advised: “Both [optical boards] may trigger Retra strobes in manual mode, however, the TTL board is likely too old to have the Retra setting.” Nauticam 25013 M14 Nikonos 5-Pin bulkhead (x2) - Sold together only with Y-adapter Great condition No sign of corrosion Original boxes $100 + shipping Nauticam 26308 TTL-Converter for Nikon Compatible with Nikon D5/ D500 and was sold ~2017 for D850 and reported to work until previous owner changed to electronic sync Older model with 2x2 position switch for strobe selection Strobe compatibility (from Nauticam paperwork with converter) Inon Z-240 type4 Sea&Sea YS-D1, YS-D2, YS-250 Ikelite: DS-161, DS-160 Original Box and paperwork $100 + shipping Nauticam manual optical controller for Nikon Somewhat similar in appearance to current 26350 model Originally sold installed in NA850 housing ~2017 $100 + shipping
  3. Appreciate Tim and Chris' input that confirms my thoughts to stick with FO.
  4. Very interesting and timely (for me) discussion. I just picked up a new housing that has electronic sync bulkheads installed and need to decide if I should go down the electronic cable route, or stick to the fiber-optic cables I've used for years. @Alex_Mustard or @adamhanlon - Any thoughts on returning to electronic cables? If I recall, they were as problematic with o-rings and corrosion as a circuit board in a housing might be. The Retra electro-optical convertors also require batteries, so there is no avoiding that potential source of problems.
  5. Strobes are SOLD Retra LSD base for Inon Z240 strobes still available! $50 + shipping
  6. FS: Inon Z240 Gen 4 strobes x2 (two) PLUS Retra Z240 base for Light Shaping Device (LSD) Personal strobes. Last use Dec 2019. Reason for sale = New Retra Pro strobes... NO issues - NO strobe glass browning/ darkening Initial pair purchased ~2014. In Lembeh ~2016 I was too busy talking to someone in the camera room and didn't pay attention to o-ring situation on one strobe and flooded the battery compartment. Fortunately, Inon had a great replacement program and flooded strobe replaced completely (NOT a refurbish!) Current pair = FLOOD FREE! Inon Manual Sticker D/Z added to each strobe. Included "stuff" for Inon Z240: - ultralight AD-IN Inon strobe adapter x2 (+1 extra bolt and offset included) - One Inon Z240 box, multiple filters/ manuals/ stickers/ parts/ o-ring/ etc Also selling the module that connects the Retra LSD snoot to the Z240 - Used once. I would STRONGLY prefer to sell both strobes and LSD attachment as one package $750 USD + actual shipping cost with insurance MORE images available for serious buyers. I have many personal references available through WetPixel.
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    UCLS Clamps

    FS: UCLS clamps These are all my personal use clamps and maintained/ cleaned/ etc. after use. ONE AC-TCS (triple). Hauled all over the world and wet one time. Seven (7) AC-CSF. These are the older style 2" clamps without much side to side flex possible Will sell as whole package, or divided. Pricing as follows: All 8 clamps $100 + shipping AC-TCS: $20 + shipping AC-CSF: $15 each + shipping Shipping is via USPS Priority fixed rate = $10 Continental USA (One clamp or all 8 ship at $10 for each package shipped within Continental USA.) Worldwide sales and shipping possible at additional actual expenses (shipping, money fees, etc) I can provide many personal references through the WetPixel community.
  8. This is a very timely discussion for me. While the capabilities of my D800 surpass my abilities, jealousy regarding many of the D850 improvements has me looking to upgrade. However, the biggest issue for me with the Z series is the lack of ability to control and communicate with older lenses using the current Nikon FTZ adapter. If the rumored FTZ2 allows several of my lenses to work, I'm ready to make the change. Otherwise, I'll keep hoping for a D880/900 DSLR
  9. I've been diving with plenty of photo folk with DIR systems. I've also personally assisted another diver in an out of air situation where both of us had DSLR rigs equipped for wide angle and a standard hose length octo rig. It would have been "more comfortable" if I had a DIR length for my second - but comfort not what I was thinking about at that moment. Fundamentals of diving are just that. Emergencies are not "planned events" so rescue situations need to be handled with equipment you are comfortable and familiar with.
  10. I've had a chance to use the set of pre production Retra Pros. Difficult to say if they are "four times better" but they put out an amazing amount of high quality light. Once the Pro series proves stable, I will certainly put them on a wish list to replace a set of Inon Z240.
  11. I shoot with a D800 in Nauticam, having upgraded from a D90 in Nauticam. I'll stay with Nauticam and Nikon DSLR as my favorite lens is my converted RS13. I upgraded to the D800 late in the cycle, and it was not worth the expense to jump to the 850. Should an 850 replacement ever arise, and be an exponential improvement over the 800, I'll probably make an upgrade then.
  12. @fifthjoker - I've been shooting a D800 since 2013 when I moved from a D90. Macro - awesome with the 105mm Nikon micro lens and add fun/ frustration with wet lenses (SubSee +5, +10, Nauticam SMC, etc) - note: a flip adapter on the front makes life much easier for me than trying to un/screw diopter on/ off. Wide Angle - limited only by ability and strobe power. I personally shoot Sigma 15 behind a 230mm, Nikon 16-35 with the Sea&Sea corrector dry lens/diopter, and my favorite, a Nikonus 13mm RS converted for use with modern DSLR/ Nauticam housing. Noted re: 90mm extension: I had several conversations with @phxazcraig and ended up contacting the folk at Reef Photo about this, as initially I only had 70mm extension. The earlier Nauticam lens/port charts suggested 70mm with the 230mm dome (when using the 16-35) - testing over the years now suggests improvement with 90mm extension. I feel comfortable dropping to ISO 640 before really starting to notice artifact when enlarging.
  13. I had the fortunate opportunity to try a set of pre-production Retra Pros on a recent trip in Raja Ampat. As part of a rotation of eager test-divers I used them on 2 consecutive wide angle dives. (Other equipment: D800 and Nikon RS13) My impression, similarly to other's is as follows: - WOW - what a lot of light! And nice quality light too (with the softening filters in place) - Much more powerful, even at 50%, than my trusty Inon Z240s - That power comes at a cost of eating batteries rapidly; to be "safe" the batteries were changed after every dive as one dive (~ 200 shots using 25%-100% strobe power setting) brought fresh off the charger Eneloop "Black" batteries from 100% (full green) to yellow advisory charge state. - The led color indicator is a useful way to get rapid info on the state of the strobe/ batteries/ readiness - I appreciate the ability to program for custom settings and gain info about the strobe via an app, but wonder how useful those functions would really be in the future. With few reference points for comparison what does the number of strobe activations "mean"? Do I want a set? Absolutely! Do I want to be an early adopter? At nearly $1000 USD/ strobe it's a big investment. I would certainly want any/ all the "bugs" worked out especially as service from the USA adds a level of difficulty/ expense.
  14. @phxazcraig - I too used to want the Nikon 70-180mm zoom macro for the same reasons. I sourced one and then learned how difficult it is to house - basically you need to get a custom port made by your manufacturer - only Sea&Sea (I think) made an actual port specific to the lens. In addition, when shot on land, the lens proved to be quite "soft" on my D800. To decrease any further frustrations, I sold the Nikon zoom lens and picked up an SMC wet diopter. I also recall having conversations at the time (~2015) with the folk at Reef Photo about trying to house the Sigma 150 - not certain what the exact issues were, but there may have been some mentioned (size?).
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