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  1. here is one currently in Wetpixel commercial classifieds: http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=55627
  2. Thanks for the response in PM, I have responded back. Here is a link about the strobes at backscatter: http://www.backscatter.com/sku/in-d180.lasso
  3. I see you are in Australia, are you including shipping to US? These prices are US dollars, correct.? I am interested in your 40 extension ring and your 50 extension. DBD123@aol.com Thanks Brant
  4. I have two Inon D-180's, never flooded, work great, and in very nice condition.
  5. I have a Inon 45 degree viewfinder I'd sell, but not sure it fits If your still looking e-mail me and I'll send pics. or I can post them here. DBD123@aol.com
  6. I too am a blessed man, though my wife's love for having a U\W camera in her hands seems to be fading alittle. She still is anxious to go through my pics after each dive, and her love for diving is still as strong as ever. We get to do several dive trips a year. As soon as we are done with one, we are looking for the next place to go, if one isn't already planned. Our next trip is to Turks and Cacaos. It will be our first DIVE trip with My son, daughter-in-law, her parents and all 4 grand kids!!
  7. I usually find it easier to start out talking about our next dive trip together, find something that is only sell there, a gem stone or such (takes alittle research on your part), and tell her maybe we should get her something while we are there. Then, in the conversation about the dive trip, tell her how excited I am to try out my new strobe. Sometimes it just passes without comment, as they are thinking about the new bobble they will be getting. Works for me........ well....sometime!
  8. I have a 60mm, a 105VR, a tokina 10-17, as well as the sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5. I will have two domes, midsized (7")glass and a (8") acrylic (generally,I use to use the 7"). All set up for underwater. I tend to use the sigma as my general purpose lens, more so than my 60mm. I am changing housing and buying new ports, ext. rings and zoom gears. I thought it might make sense to get the ext. rings and gears for the upgraded sigma 17-70, as the rings and gears are more $ than the lens. If I wanted to upgrade later, I would need to buy a different ext. ring and focus gear for that lens. Makes more sense to just do it now. I started looking at the lens and found the several different models. When I saw the newest model, sigma had changed the opics slightly, had reduced the barrel size, and slightly lowered its magnification, I thought I would ask here, which would be better to buy for underwater. Both are 17-70 DC Macro OS HSM, and both can still be found new. I'm looking for some advice on which would be better to buy. thanks again.
  9. Thanks for the reply Elmer, Here is what is confusing me. Below are the two lenses on B&H's site. (they are on other sites also.) Notice the different manufacturer #'s. I think the write-up at reef photo may possibly be out-dated and another version of this lens has come out. Sigma calls it "contemporary" lens, part of their new Contemporary line of lenses. They have almost the same number of elements and groups, but the newer is a thinner and longer lens. Reef specifically talks about the latest two versions being fatter than the original, Looks like they have gone back to a thinner one as this one is stated to be thinner by 30%, Thus my wanting to make SURE I get the best lens for underwater. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/670041-REG/Sigma_668306_17_70mm_F2_8_4_DC_Macro.html Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 3.5" (7.87 x 8.89 cm) B&H # SI177028DCNQ MFR # 668306 Elements/Groups 17/13 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/909805-REG/Sigma_884306_17_70mm_f_2_8_4_DC_Macro.html Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Nikon Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.11 x 3.23" (79 x 82 mm) B&H # SI1770284DCN MFR # 884306 Elements/Groups 16/14 Contemporary Lens Line This lens is the first lens produced as part of Sigma's Contemporary line; deeming it lightweight and compact while still exhibiting high optical performance. This lens' wide range of focal lengths makes is suitable for a variety of shooting applications. Utilizing a smaller OS unit and an optimized distribution of optical and electronic elements, the size of the lens barrel is able to be reduced in size by approximately 30%. This reduction in weight is also afforded in part through the use of TSC materials in the barrel construction. This material offers high durability and rigidity but with less bulk than metal components. I did find this at DP review http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/sigma-17-70mm-f2-8-4-os-hsm evidently this "C" lens has been out sense Aug, 2013 Here is a side by side comparison on DP preview http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=sigma_17-70_2p8-4_os&products=sigma_17-70_2p8-4 Which do you think would be better for Underwater........or do you think there is no real difference underwater? I have tried to assemble all the info I could find for your review, hoping to save you some time in advising me. Thanks again for your help and advice as I'm really NOT a lens guy.
  10. I'm finally upgrading from my old S&S D200 setup to a Nauticam D7200 setup. I have a SIgma 17-70 2.8-4.5. which I seem to use once or twice on most trips. While I'm buying new ports/ extension rings/gears, thought I would upgrade to the new Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.0 macro OS HSM. I find, there are atleast two different versions of this lens sense I bought mine. Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.0 macro OS HSM Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.0 macro OS HSM Contemporary or C The Contemporary is the latest version, but has a 30% smaller barrel and different optics inside than the older models. I know optics have come a long way the last few years, but wanted to get others opinions here before I buy. Thanks in advance for you help and advice.
  11. first I should say, I know it is the photo spotting light, not a video light. Second, I am assuming u have no box but u do have the soft case which holds the light and charger. If u are considering the three hundred offer, I would pay that, I live in CO also, in westminster, so we can meet and i would pay in cash, so no paypal fees or shipping, if that interest u? Brant
  12. Not sure why everyone is making this so hard on a S&S housing. You simply need to drill out the hole in the clear part of the plastic, close to where the current Viewfinder is now on a s&S housing. The Inon slides in and I hand tighten a nut on the end. I own both the 45 and the straight Inon viewfinders, and change them out regularly between dives. When I ordered it from Reef Photo, simply ordered a new clear plastic piece(the plastic part that you view the pics in) drilled it and it installs with the few factory screws. If I want to put the stock eyepiece in it when I sell it, I simply replace with the "new" clear plastic with the stock eye piece in it. If you look at your S&S housing, you will see how simple it would be to replace it back to stock. Best of all, I don't think Reef charged me $250 for the new plastic cover and the drilling combined (mine was one of the first they did. I'm sure you could send your plastic part to Reef and they could simply drill it, and if you wanted it back to stock when you sell it, simply order a new plastic part, and install it with a screwdriver.
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