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    Sea&Sea DX1G
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    Sea&Sea DX1G
  1. Putting this up for sale on e-bay in a couple of days. If you'd like to make me an offer before it's listed (oiro £1250), the details are below. If it doesn't sell privately before it's listed, I'll add a link to the ebay auction. Thanks for looking! Aquatech D2 (Water) Sports Housing Designed For Nikon D300 Your chance to get your hands on a top quality housing for your Nikon D300 dSLR. The Water Housing is constructed from solid epoxy, making it lightweight to handle in the water and durable in use. Perfect for use around, in, or under-water up to a depth of 10 metres. Camera installation is quick and simple thanks to the quick release clips which also feature safety latches to prevent flooding. The backplate places control at your fingertips allowing the housing to look, feel and operate your camera as you would ordinarily do on land, using tactile controls. The housing is in excellent condition, having been rinsed in fresh water after every use. The backplate does have a few cosmetic surface scuff marks and scratches, but nothing that affects the integrity, operation or usability of the unit. The housing has never flooded or leaked, metal parts are not corroded. O-Rings are in good condition. Included with the housing: The 3 ports that are the most useful and usable to give you a good range of shooting options: LP-3 8" Dome Port: Used with wide-angle and fish-eye lenses. This port is the one you'll need if you wish to shoot under-water, or a combination of over/under-water. This port has only been used in a swimming pool environment and is therefore in excellent condition, pretty much as new. Suitable lenses include (but not limited to) - 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye, 10.5mm f/2.8 DX Fisheye,18mm f/2.8, 20mm, Tokina 10-17mm, Sigma 8-18mm f/2.8 LP-1 6" Dome Port: Used with wide-angle and fish-eye lenses. This port is suited to above water use (curvature of port too shallow for underwater use). This port has been used in the ocean, but is still in a good condition, having minor scratches which I do not believe affect optical quality. Suitable lenses as for the LP-3. LP-5 Flat Port: Used with standard lenses. Probably the easiest port to use - small surface area is easy to keep clear of water drops. This port has been used in the ocean, but is still in a good condition, having minor scratches which I do not believe affect optical quality. Suitable lenses include (but not limited to) - 18mm f/2.8, 20mm f/2.8, 24mm f/2.8, 28mm F2.8, 35mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/1.8 ND-900 Flash Housing: Using an external flash/strobe unit really opens up the creative opportunities the water housing can offer you. Essential for shooting underwater, or above the surface in low-light conditions, or use it as a fill-light when shooting in the direction of the sun. Specifically designed for the Nikon SB-900 Speedlight, the housing provides full control of all flash functions including iTTL - making accurate results much easier to achieve. Please note that although currently functioning, the in-housing sync cord cable is frayed and should be replaced. Pistol Shutter Release: This makes the handling of the unit much easier - I preferred to hold the housing using the pistol grip, rather than the hand grip on the side of the housing, although I still trigger the shutter from the shutter release on the top of the housing. If you wish to use the pistol grip shutter release, you will need to replace the 3-pin connector on the end of the cable as the end of the wire has frayed. You do not need to replace the entire cable as this is still sound. Leash attached to Pistol Grip, allen key, spare short bolts (used when flash housing not required) , flash sync cord, D300 fixing plate and spare bolt. IMPORTANT Please note that as with any water housing, the seals are only as water-tight as the operator makes them - for this reason I will not accept any returns on the equipment. If you're local to West Wales, I am happy for you to view the item before bidding, to demonstrate that it is fully water-tight. If you are a successful bidder, you will need to fully familiarise yourself with the method of attaching the lens ports and back-plate and take responsibility for cleaning, re-seating and maintaining the O-rings before and after every use. It is good practice to assemble and disassemble the housing a few times, dunking the unit in a bucket of water or the bath to make sure you've correctly understood the procedure before you fit your camera and take it out in the "real-world". If you don't have a Nikon D300 and are interested in purchasing one to fit the housing, please contact me. I am willing to ship internationally, please contact me for a direct quote.
  2. Hi Guys n gals. I'm Adrian (name meaning man of the sea apparently how did my parents know?), from West Wales in the UK. First and foremost I'm a surfer, second a photographer. I've been taking surf pix for years, but I'm now taking the brave/foolish step of trying to earn some income from it. I've upgraded my kit to a Nikon D300 for land based pix, but as I've never ventured into the sea with a camera, wasn't quite ready to take the full step of getting a housing for my land based gear, so went down the DX1G route to test the water, and upgrade in the future if it works out. My local breaks are pretty heavy set-ups, so I'm a leeeetle bit nervous of taking the camera gear out, I'll let you know if it survives, as long as I do ;-) The local leisure centres have asked me to take some underwater shots in the swimming pools as well, water babies etc. Should be fun! If any of you have any experience or advice you'd like to pass on in any (water based ;-) )environment, I'm willing to listen! Did I mention that the ocean temperature over here has dropped to 5 degrees C? I just thought you should know that, having browsed all those wonderful shots from the Maldives etc.....
  3. Thanks Tim, looks like a spot of DIY is called for! Perhaps there's a gap in the market, when I did a google search it turned up some guys patent for a surf photographers harness, but no one seems to have made it yet. I'd get yourself down to the local patent office. ;-)
  4. Hi Guys, I'm a surfer/surf photographer and I've been shooting land based surf photo's for a while, over here in the UK. I've recently purchased a Sea&Sea DX1G to try my hand at water based surf photography. Just wanted to try it out before shelling out for the expensive gear for my dSLR! My problem is this. The majority of breaks I surf are heavy beach breaks. There is no channel to paddle out in, no point to jump off into the water, and no jet-ski's to get me outback. So I'll have to pay my dues duck-diving with everyone else. I was planning to leash my camera to me with a body-board wrist leash, but any ideas for a waist-pack or similar style harness that can hold the camera while i'm paddling out? Trying to duck dive while holding a camera seems like a recipe for disaster? I've been looking for ages on the net and can't seem to find anything suitable to keep my hands free on the long paddle out. Any suggestions would be really appreciated!
  5. Sweet pix - but you guys should try going underwater for shots like that round my way - water temp currently hovering around 5 degrees C, its much less fun ;-)
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