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  1. Thanks for posting the pics. Is that split shot in your "Coral Life" gallery without the diver and the reddish rocks on the bank in the background with a 6" or 8" dome? It is file coral_life-21.jpg
  2. I am sure you do not need an extension for the 8", and from Gary's comment above, it looks like you do not need an extension for the 6" dome as well.
  3. Thanks for the quick reply. Between your comment and Gary's that seals it for me. Cheers
  4. Instead of starting a new thread I found this old one while searching on Google for any reviews or information on the Aquatica 6" dome used with the Tokina 10-17. I know Gary says it works fine, but can anyone please provide more details? I would prefer the compact 6" and the reduced cost is a bonus, but I would like to know the exact tradeoff if anyone can help I have searched but cannot find any images specifically with the 6" dome. Thanks
  5. Thanks Ken your situation sounds promising. I will call them in the morning and see what they say since I can't get an email response.
  6. Is there a camera insurance company commonly used other than DEPP or DAN? With DAN even though I am a US citizen I do not live there. With DEPP it says coverage is not even available in all states. I emailed them to ask about my situation and so far no response. US home insurance is not an option. I found the site www.camerainsurance.co.uk but they seem to link mainly to UK insurance companies who have "leisure" policies as part of their regular plans. I live full time overseas and need a global insurer if there is one. Thanks
  7. I ran into some pretty heavy sticker shock with the wish list I was creating. The price was so high it had me considering a G10 but that lasted for about 20 minutes. This is my first camera but I will be diving a lot so for starters I am going to get the absolute bare bones D90 and add things later instead of getting a G10 and upgrading to a D90 in 6 months. So my revised wish list has been trimmed alllll the way down to a D90, Ikelite Housing, Inexpensive single strobe, and the Tokina 10-17. Once I have been in the water a while I will buy exactly what I need for my location and conditions.
  8. Hi Jim, I will be diving from in Bohol Philippines where the vis is good but not the clearest, especially at certain times of the year. Regarding your comment about the FE lens and lower vis, that's actually why I am getting it, because of the slightly lower vis I can get more in the shot at a closer distance. Cheers
  9. I'm open for suggestions, especially since it has been recommended twice now. I am leaning towards the 10.5 right now because of the examples I have seen on multiple sites for the Nikkor 10.5mm DX, Sigma 15mm, and Tokina 10-17. I have read several comparisons and they almost all say the Tokina has slightly more CA but the difference isn't much and I like that the zoom decreases the curvature so I will keep reading...
  10. Yep that's what I'm going with, so far the list is: Nikon D90 Nikon 10.5 DX Fisheye Nikon 60mm Aquatica AD90 Aquatica 8" Dome Aquatica 6" Flat
  11. Thanks for the replies it's a great help. I have looked at a lot of examples from many users for both lenses and the 10.5 really suits what I am looking for. I have seen some correction examples with optic software and that is more than sufficient for my needs (personal and web, not professional). I don't need super macro, just the ability to get close shots, I would really like to avoid buying 3 lenses at first. I prefer to buy 2 then decide later what the third will be. I just need a midrange lens that will do both marginally well but if I was leaning one way or the other I would prefer the UW macro over above water. So any smaller macro that functions at all on land would be fine.
  12. I have done quite a bit of research and so far I have settled on: Nikon D90 Aquatica AD90 Housing Aquatica 8" Dome Nikon 10.5 DX Fisheye I need help with a couple of things I haven't sorted out yet with searches. First, what would be a good second lens? I need it for both in and above water, I would like it to have some macro ability but I don't want a large lens, I will get a large macro later. Second, I read in another post that the Nikon 10.5 DX requires the extra large dome, won't work with the less expensive 8", is this true? If so is there an affordable dome that will work with the 10.5 DX? Third, for the fisheye and whatever second lens you suggest, do I need any port extensions for the Aquatica housing?
  13. Thanks for the help! The WetPixel Group at Flickr is exactly the type of thing I am looking for. Your comment about comparing the D3 and D70s is why more images are helpful for me. Any professional photog doing comparison photos can manipulate it however they like and also get the best out of the camera. By getting a large range of examples from many different users, especially recreational users, it makes it is easier to get a better idea of it's strengths and weaknesses. Everybody has a different eye and application preference, and the only way to find what I am looking for is through examples. I think I am finally narrowing it down with all of the helpful information online.
  14. Can you please tell me of any underwater photo galleries with categories for different cameras? I searched online and found one, but I am sure there are others. I realize many posts have photos with camera info, just looking for a larger collection for comparison. Thanks!
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