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    Sugar Land, TX

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    Canon 7D
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    2 x Ikelite DS-125
  1. Aquatica housing for Canon 40D or 50D cameras - $1600 Canon 40D camera - $400 Canon 50D camera - $850 Aquatica 8" dome port - $350 I've upgraded to a 7D, so it's time to make room.
  2. I still have two of these cameras that I use occassionally. I've sent you an email about them. Let me know if you are still interested. Debbie
  3. Chris - is this still available? If so, I am interested. Thanks
  4. Hi Aengus - I'm interested in your housing if we can work out the logistics. I've sent you an email. Thanks, Debbie
  5. For Sale - Canon 5D Body I've upgraded to the 5D Mark II, so this one must go. Camera is in excellent condition. Very lightly used (basically just one trip to Alaska), and never underwater. Body + everything that originally came in the box. Asking $1350 + shipping from Houston, TX Contact me here or email me at fdbm82 at msn.com for additional information $1350 + shipping from Houston, TX
  6. Update - the housing and port have been sold. I still have the camera for sale if anyone is interested
  7. That's what I've been trying to say.....! Once you get that first c-card, you may never see another instructor in your life. The instructor certifies that a person, at one point in time, knew enough and was fit enough, to become a diver. After that, personal responsibility takes over. There are no diving police, and, quite frankly, I don't think any of us would really want that.
  8. My hubby is also a photog, and we have pretty much the same approach to diving/photography, so I'm really lucky in terms of my buddy. That said, I wouldn't mind having a spare air or pony bottle with me on a dive. With all the regulations and requirements for luggage these days, any one try to bring a spare air or pony bottle with them on vacation recently?
  9. As an instructor, all I can do is decide whether or not to take on someone initially as a student. Once a person is already certified (whether I certified them or someone else), no one can go back and yank their c-card. At that point, personal responsibility takes over. It is the diver's responsibility to maintain good physical conditioning, as well as to maintain his/her diving skills. The diving resort can (and, in my opinion, should) require some proof of current diving skills or have the diver take a refresher if he/she is not current. I've heard divers complain about that requirement, but, if the resort is upfront about the requirement (and the cost) it is a reasonable and responsible requirement. I do a checkout dive for my clients who have not been diving in a while both in the pool before we travel and as the first dive at a location. After all, those skills you learn as a student can save your life. As for physical condition, it is not always possible for a lay person to tell what shape a person is in just by looking. As pointed out, a skinny person could have a heart condition just as easily as a fat person. I agree that I do not want my vacation ruined, or my safety compromised, by someone else's lack of physical conditioning or lack of skills. You also have the right (and personal responsiblity) to refuse to go out on a dive if you believe conditions are not safe. If you believe that a dive operation is compromising your safety, demand your money back and take your business else where. Agreed that it is easier to do on a day dive than a live aboard, but, still, there are always options. It is, at the end of the day, YOUR life we are talking about.
  10. Why do you automatically assume it is the instructor's (or the agency) responsibility totally? As an instructor, I can tell you, I do my best to ensure that people who shouldn't be diving for medical (or mental/emotion/lack of maturity/other) reasons don't even start my training classes - - but people can and do LIE on the applications. And people do have to take on some personal responsibility! There are no requirements (at least in the US) to recertify - - ever - - so once you are certified, you are always certified. So, the woman may have been in good physical/mental health when she was initially certified. In that case, there is some respnsibility on the part of the dive boat or resort for the protection of the other divers and their divemasters to screen their guests. But, I've seen threads here and other places complaining about these screening practices - - so the resorts can't win either way.
  11. Hi Irv - I'm very interested in buying the camera, housing and closeup lens. I've sent you an email to your hotmail account. Thanks, Debbie
  12. Time to upgrade! So, here's what has to go: Canon 300D - the original Digital Rebel - and the 18 - 55 mm "kit" lens, camera battery & battery charger, and all the other stuff that originally came with the camera Ikelite housing with TTL electronics. 6" dome port with gear that fits the kit lens and allows it to zoom (this port can also be used with other lenses such as the Sigma 15 mm fish eye). This is a perfect setup for someone wanting to make the step-up from a compact point and shoot. All you need to add is a strobe. If you add an Ikelite strobe, you can shoot in TTL mode, or easily switch to manual mode with control of the strobe intensity right on the camera housing. All the equipment is in great shape and has never been flooded. There is a small scratch on the dome port, but it disappears underwater and does not affect photo quality. I'm asking $950 for everything. You can contact me her or at fdbm82 (at) msn.com
  13. If all the equipment is still available, I am interested. Please let me know. Thanks
  14. I've upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II for above water use, so I have my 5D for sale. It's in excellent condition, lightly used (basically just one trip to Alaska), abovewater only. Body only + everything that originally came in the box (cables, battery & charger, CD). Asking $1350 + actual shipping costs from Houston, TX. Email me at fdbm82 at msn.com with any questions.
  15. I'd be interested in buying both sets of arms. Please let me know if they are still available. Thanks, Debbie
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