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TimG last won the day on December 12 2015

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    Depending on the day of the week, either Bamako (Mali), Poynton (UK) or Amsterdam (NL)
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    Sunlight reefs, warm seas, good food and fine wine. And Manchester City Football Club.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D500, Nikkors 105 and 8-15, Tokina 10-17mm
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    Subal ND500
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    Retra Prime
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  1. Yeah, that does seem a lot. $300 for labour I can sort of understand - although that seems a lot too. But where is the other $300 going? As Chris suggests, are you having other parts replaced? A faulty bulkhead maybe? Maybe ask for a breakdown of the replacement parts?
  2. I could not agree more with Chris and Adri. A very wise investment! That and a 45-degree VF are the best purchases I have made. Check out the Vivid Sentinel.... https://www.vividhousings.com/leak-sentinel.php
  3. They probably thought The Beatles would never catch on either.
  4. Some interesting thoughts and ideas especially the changing uses and styles for capturing images by people who have not necessarily grown up with SLRs. Reading one of Thom Hogan's posts a while back (a Nikon guru), he made what I thought an interesting observations that one of the major failings of the main camera manufacturers was their inability to make it easy for an SLR to capture, transmit and share images in the way that a smartphone allows. As Oneyellowtang outlines above, this is a major use for recent generations: take a pic and share it instantly. But think how difficult that is with an SLR. When it comes to rapid communications, unless you invest a fortune in professional level add-ons, SLRs are cumbersome. I've given up umpteen times on the Nikon bluetooth/WiFi link. It's slow, quirky and seldom worth the effort. An iPhone: aim, click, send... and your social circle has the image. Why have companies like Canon and Nikon never cracked that?
  5. I never open it (I use fibre optic) therefore never open it.
  6. Sounds an unusual technique but, hey, if it works for him...... I must admit I always have my strobes attached to the housing via arms for 90% of macro shots - maybe taking a strobe off to set it on the sand for eg a snoot shot. It's rare that by ones means or another I can't get to the position I want as the arms are in the way. Juggling a separate strobe is just one more bit of task loading and I'd rather not have both hands full all the time during a dive. As for a leash whether on the housing or on a strobe or both, very much a personal preference thing. A lot of people like to use a leash (I'm one of them: on the housing); some don't.
  7. A good point, well made
  8. With all respect to my fellow moderator, Chris, let me offer a slightly different view. I only clean strobe o-rings when I change the batteries. I had until recently Inon Z240s and found I could usually do a day's diving on one set of batteries - say 3 dives maybe 250 images. I figured if the strobe is sealed happily after one dive, why open it up unless you really need to? Once I'd removed the batteries for charging/replacing, I'd then clean the o-ring, relube it and clean the o-ring groove as Chris suggests. Pop in new batteries and then close it all up. One thing I would suggest with the Inons, is that you turn the whole strobe upside down to remove the cap and batteries - so the batteries almost fall out when you remove the cap. This helps prevent water popping into the battery chamber when you unscrew the cap and cover.
  9. Brilliant story! Having spent many years myself in some of the world's funkier places, I can sure empathise!
  10. The way this is going, you might just be glad you have a pool!
  11. As Bill sets out, the only real difference is the price and the number of pixels. I've been using a Z6 above-water since shortly after they were released and really like it. Highly transportable - especially if you use the Z lenses. The FTZ adaptor works well with, eg the Nikkor 105. Images are sharp and unless you want to blow them up to mega-proportions where the Z7 may be better, the Z6 is much better value and gets the job done just fine.
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