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  1. - D70 Body with Kit Lens $750.00 - 60mm Macro $275.00 - 10.5mm FE $475.00 - 20mm Wide Angle $300.00 - 12-24mm Nikkor $750.00 - Sea and Sea Housing $1,595.00 - 12-24mm Zoom Gear $115.00 - 40mm Extension Ring $175.00 - Wide Angle Dome Port $450.00 - Macro port $175.00 - (2) Ikelite DS125 Strobes w/ Smart Chargers $415.00 each - (2) Ikelite DS125 Spare Battery Packs $80.00 each - (2) Dual Sync Cords $95.00 each I have a few more odds and ends spare parts that I will throw in with the appropriate items, o-rings, batteries, things like that. Everything is in perfect working order. Housing only has two trips on it. Used 12-24mm lens once. Minor scratches on bodies of strobes from lemon sharks. Will consider package deal. Send me a private message to discuss. Health forces sale.
  2. for cleaning/scratch removal on acrylic ports, I have had good and repeated sucess with novus acrylic polish. You can find it on the internet as well as fish stores, they use it to polish scratched aquariums. As for cleaning the inside of a dome port, I have had good results with a lens cloth and a vacuum cleaner. There always seems to be a piece of lint or dust that you just cant get to stay on the lint rag! So what I do is gently brush or blow on the offending lint while sucking out the inside of the port with a vacuum hose. I do it at home and you can usually find a vacuum on most good livaboards. if you dont switch ports very often on a trip, or shake your beach towel over the open housing, you should have a fairly lint free trip....
  3. awesome......that picture would not look right w/o the distortion
  4. red3

    Wide Angle

    I'm new to this underwater thing but I do have a little experience with some of these lenses. I primarily shoot sharks and shark/reef scenes. For me its a matter of what do you intend on shooting and how close do you think you can get? I started w/ a d70 and a 12-24 nikon and bought a 10.5 FE because everybody raved about both lenses. My first trip w/ this setup was to Guadalupe w/ white sharks. I started w/ the 12-24 and tried the 10.5 on the last day......well I have only put the 12-24 on the camera one more time in the last year.....for me, the quality of the image just is not there in the 12-24. I dont think that I have honestly given the lens a chance but the 10.5 is so much sharper and faster if you can get close enough. The 10.5 forces you to get closer to your subject which puts less water between you and the subject and creates a better image. I have never shot a picture with my 12-24 that I am truely happy with. I just tried a 14mm rectilinear lens and I am seriously considering selling my 12-24 to finance this lens. It was tack sharp and was very close to the coverage of a 20mm on a film camera. It really depends on what you shoot and distance from the subject. I would rather not take a bad shot, from too far away, that I am going to delete anyway and just enjoy watching the animal instead.
  5. Is the dates for this trip correct and are the spots still available?
  6. I am uneducated about this topic in any real sense but I am very passionate about the problem of shark fining, so please bear with while I rant. I am a shark-aholic and it drives me crazy to think about 100 million sharks being killed every year, mostly for thier fins. The galapagos, south africa, cocos and the bahamas are all having thier shark populations decimated, primarily, by longliners. It seems to me that little of the meat is utilized and all they want is some weak ass cartilage soup to appease thier miniscule egos (this is very expensive soup that tastes like crap) or to solve a percieved sexual malfunction(you dont want me to even get started on that topic). Tiger penises, black bear gall bladders and shark fin soup all seem to go to the same places for the same reasons. with china coming on line as an economic force to be reconned with, we are only going to see this type of whole-sale slaughter get worse and worse. Education is a great long term goal in a utopian world but totally unrealistic in the forseable future. U would think that the little blue pill (viagra) would have solved the need for tiger penis or rhino horn but it hasen't. japan is on of the most highly educated countrys in the world but they still purchase and sell these illegally obtained items. I would venture to say that there are hundreds of millions of people that would need to be re-educated as to the error of thier ways but how many boats are involved? 50? 500? I honestly have no idea how many are involved but I do know that if a hand full are confiscated and maybe turned into artificial reefs you would find that the effects would be a lot quicker than trying to re-educate the majority of the plant. the captains and the boat owners are quite aware of where they are fishing(marine parks , preserves and world heritage sites) and what they are catching. they know the rules yet they continue to violate international laws. lets teach a few of them what resposiblity is....... I realise that people are trying to make a living, but so are drug dealers and I dont much care for them either. If you want to hurt the drug trade you go after the suppliers, not the users. If you make it too expensive to produce a bowl of shark fin soup then maybe the market will just go away. Put a few thousand people out of work and a couple of hundred million dollars worth of equiment on the bottom of the ocean and see what happens...I think things wil happen a lot faster than you thimk
  7. the rinsing sounds good but i have never used anything but water...dont know what baby shampoo will do to the o-rings... As far a the million dollar question goes this is what I do for scratches on my dome...I use novus plastic polish...comes in three grits, heavy, fine and a cleaning solution. I buy it from Antique Electric Supply ...www.tubesandmore.com....pg 78 in catologue...the stuff works great and keeps my ports looking new....if you travel get the small bottles that way if the TSA thiefs freak out then you are not out much... If you ever dive with the Abermetheys you will realize how inportant this stuff is....shark skin is murder on ports
  8. I would solemnly like to reqest a moment of silence out of respect for Pepe....the best muppet i ever knew.....Combat surfer, master free diver and tiger shark wrangler extraordinar....A muppet of few words and was always willing to do whatever it took to get "the shot".... The hunt for the Great Red Nudibranch continues..........
  9. I was on the trip with Bruce and Laz and I am glad that everything worked out for Bruce. We were all very concerned for his well being and were relieved to hear that he was in good health that evening. I was in the water when the helicopter arrived and I could see it from the bottom when I looked up....If I only would have pointed my camera up.........I still giggle when I think about the rescue swimmer looking out the door of the helo and clearly seeing alot of big sharks in the water....I'll bet he re-thought his career choice...anyway they put the Coast Guard guy on the deck of the shear water and got Bruce to the hospital... I met some great people on this trip and I hope to dive with them again....Laz is a true gentleman who was without ego and was free to answer any questions i had.... I am watching his websit with interest......he seems to have an inate sense of composition that is completly lacking in me...
  10. Mike, I believe you had that chance a few weeks ago....God those 20d's are bitchen... I made ur weights and just have to machine them up.. Don
  11. I went through the same thought process as you are and here are some of my thoughts. I bought a flashtrax because I did not want to spend the money on a laptop. The screen quality wsa not good enough to show me that many of my pictures were slightly out of focus. I just saw someone with the i-pod a few weeks ago and I dont remember the screen size or quality but I was impressed with how small it was. I saw an epson 2000 earlier this year and was really impressed with the quality of the screen. I think it might be better than my viao screen on my laptop. If you are just looking for a system for back up then the systems that you are looking at might be fine. If I had to do it over again then I would have gone straight to the laptop and saved myself the money on the flashtrax..The Epson screen is good enough that you could see focus issues and exposure problems as well... hope this helps
  12. My crop tool seems to have suddenly changed. It no longer tracks with the cursor and I have lost the ability to size the frame vertically or horizontally. I only have the small squares in the corners and not in the middle of the frames edges. I'm limited in my computer knowledge and dont know if I somehow changed the settings or not...
  13. Not to beat a dead horse, but I would have been thrilled to have my ike sync cords last 100 dives....I had my Ike d70 housing long enough to go on three shark trips. 1 to guadalupe and 2 with the Abernethys......I was having pretty consistent cord failure about every 1.3 days of diving....At a cost of $135.00 each, I was carrying 4 dual and 2 single sync cords just to get through a trip. In Ikes defense they were terrific about replacing the sync cords without question but it is quite frustrating to never know when the cord is going to fail but you know its coming. I finally switched to a Sea & Sea housing and I kept the Ike stoobes...That means that I still have to use an Ike sync cord....to date with about 50 dives and thousands of pics no more sync cord failures..... He makes a great product i just think that there is a serious design problem that needs to be adressed
  14. I have been following the threads on ambient light photos using fiters to get some color back into the photos. My qestion is when setting the white balance on the camera, at depth, does the white card have to cover the entire frame? I plan on using my 10.5mm FE on a d70 and the field of view is quite large. I was hoping to be able to paint one of my fins white and be able to use that as a white card..
  15. you dont say what kind of strobes you use but if your willing to spand the money why not buy a spare strobe that has a modeling lite function? that way u have a spare strobe if one goes down....redundancy is a good thing when salt water and electronics meet.... I am also looking for a night dive focus light...for occasional use ....I have two ds125's but I am shooting wide angle stuff (10.5mm FE) and need to light the center of the frame for focus only while the stobes take care of the rest....minimal expense is good without any hot spots in the picture............suggestions plz........
  16. I'm really sorry to hear about your loss. I hope that your images were not taken as well. equipment can be replaced but the images are gone forever. A couple of months ago I flew AA to West Palm Beach to go on a shark dive with the Abernetheys. When I arrived on of my bags failed to arrive with me, the bag that contained my wetsuits. When I went to enquire as to the location of my wayward bag, the lady at lost luggage told me that she could not tell me where my bag was and told me that there were no more incomming flights that evening. I tried to explain that I had seen an incomming flight scheduled from my transfer location that was to arrive in about 4 hours. The Abernethys were willing to hold the boat for me IF my equiptment was going to be on this later flight. The lost luggage lady began to argue with me that there was no later flight and pushed me out of the office, locked the door and disappeared in the back room. I had to go upstairs to the ticket counter to file my lost luggage claim! (there was a later flight but they could not tell me if my bag was on it. What is that bar code on the tag for?) The Abernethey's were great. Jim gave me free rein in his equiptment room and I got suited up in a complete set of rubber ( the wetsuit had Cheng written inside of it, Eric's?). My warm clothing, suits and towels were also missing and jim went home and got me everything I could possibly need from his own closet. He even said that if there was something that he did not have that he would stop at a store and buy it on the way back to the boat. Truly a class act and he saved my trip. I cannot thank him enough. After a week of tiger sharks and lemons I returned to West palm beach and my lost bag was waiting for me at JASA. My flight home was uneventful except for the TSA dweebs confiscating all of my camera tools(small allen wrenches, screw drivers etc) and my dome port polish (shark skin is very rough on acrylic!). They filled out a mountain of Haz-mat paperwork on the polish and made sign it. I figure I'll be sued in about twenty years for poisoning the water table and killing the last manatee. When I got home I un-packed my equipt for a detailed cleaning only to find that someone helped themselves to my regulator/dive computer....the trip just wont end....cost me $1400 to replace that. And these are just the highlights of the trip. They almost didnt let me get on the plane when I protested the TSA Nazi's handling of my cary-on that containted my housing. She dropped it in the table so hard that it made the security area go silent while everyone looked at what made the loud bang. And when I told her to be "take it easy" on my bag she called her supervisor because I was being hostile towards her!! The story goes on and on...... AA....never again....Take two of everthing, in seperate bags and carry the things that you cannot rent on the plane with you.....
  17. I did not fly Alaska but I think people should kno about a little trouble I had on American Airlines earlier this month........They charged me $80.00 for an overwieght bag, then did not deliver it in time for the boat to leave...thankfully the Abernethys bent over backword and suited me up with wetsuits, warm clothes and towels....Jim was even going to buy me clothes if he could not find things in his own closet to fit me!!..........They are truely a wonderful couple who went way beyond the call of duty to help me out......I cant thank them enough......a real class act...... Then on the return flight some one was kind enough to help themselves to my regulator/guages/dive computer.........cost me $1300 to replace........and these are just the highlights of the mysery of my trip......the details would read like a bad seinfeld episode....my housing being tossed around like a football by TSA people then being threatened with not boarding when I protested....the list goes on and on.....Never again with American.........
  18. I kno that you already bought your housing but I just wanted to post my latest expirience with Ike's company. Last week I sent back my D70 housing, Failed dual sync cord and a ds125 batteery pack that had some corrosion on the charger connector. I had sent the housing back to have the sync cord relocated to a less offensive place. Yesterday I recieved a call from Bob Swanson regarding my parts. He told me that the sync cord had flooded and was being replaced and that my battery pack was also going to be replaced. I told them in my cover letter that I had plugged the charger in with wet hands and accepted full responsibility for the damage..I was told that both items were going to be replaced at no charge to me...I have had ikes products for about two years and have never had anything but absolutely fantastic service from him and his company... As far as the housing /sync cord issue I was a little surprised by some of Bob's responses....I told him that I believed that the sync cord failed due to the constant bending of the cord when my regulator pushes against it so that I can see through nikons micro view finder. It pushes hard enough to purge my reg and I also had to buy a new mask to keep it from being flooded by the cord. I guess I'm the only guy who looks through his right eye with a d70 housing because he told me that he has never heard of these problems before. He also told me that there is really no other place to put the sync cord plug on the housing...Even tho I am dissapointed that they cannot change that location of the sync cord I was really suprised to learn that I am apparently the only person with this problem. Is there any one else out there who has similar experiences with the sync cord or is my face just weird? when I shot film I had nikon's sport finder on my camera and could easily compose at arms length....Guess thats why this never came up before....I really like Ikes products and especially his service but this is becoming a real issue for me.
  19. I've been using an Ike housing for about 6 months now with my d70. Aside from having a problem with the location of the sync cord plug in i have been very happy with my housing. I don't agree with the idea that your buying a housing to last forever. I think with the current speed of digital evolution you really should plan on quick obsolescence. I would love to buy a seacam or subal housing but buy the time I would get it up and running the system is ancient history....Save your money and go on a great photo trip.........By the way Ikes service is nothing short of fantastic
  20. I have not seen any problems with Ikes smaller port. I have used it when diving with manatees and sharks and am completely sold on the 10.5mm lens. I really want the larger port for above/below shots. I feel that it will be much easier to produce these shots with the larger port... Is the Aquatica port glass or acrylic? If its glass then I can use Rain-X on it for water spot removal. Will it work with 12-24mm nikon lens?...I'm not real happy with what I'm getting from that lens....pictures seem a little soft for a $1000 lens. Seriously considering selling it....The 10.5mm is so clean and the barrel distortion dosent bother me....seems like I grew up seeing "fish-eye" photos in all the dive magazines and they almost appear normal to me..Maybe get a fixed 14-15mm lens......
  21. Anyonr Know what lenses the 8" dome port is going to work with? I would kill to have one if it works with my 10.5mm FE.....Got three trips planned for march and my housing is on the way back to Ike to have the sync cord plug moved to the top of the housing.....Normal position is conflicting with my regulator and the constant kinking of the cord, I think, caused a sync cord failure after about 4 dives......Ike, it would be really nice if my housing came back with an 8" dome port in the box, if it works with the 10.5mm lens of course............
  22. I have been following the filter debate for a while and have been colecting filters for a couple of months now... I have a d70 in an ike housing with a 10.5 and a 12-24 lenses. I finally aquired 2 cc30g resin filters for my 2 ds 125s. it took almost three months to get them!..I also have cc15m, 30m and 50m gel filters plus a few others..I got a cc30m filter for the 12-24 as well. My question is this...at depths greater than 10 feet am I wasting my time with the cc30 filters or am I going to get some benifit from them. Given the long lead times and expense of the green resin filters it dosent seem practical to carry a stack of these things around in different strengths. The filter for the 12-24 was around 90 dollars...I hate to think I need a mountain of these things either...it seems that it s gonna cost about 200 bucks for each depth I plan to shoot...Also can you benifit from mismatched filters strengths? ie cc30g with cc50m? do they have to balnce each other out? sorry if this is obvious to you, I'm still trying to get a handle on this filter thing...
  23. I hted collecting some filters for my 12-24mm and my 10.5. The 10.5 is easy as it only has the gel holder in the rear of the lens. The 12-24 is a little more complicated in that it has threads for the filters. You suggest not using the tiffen cc30m because of its sandwich design. Can you suggest another manufacturer as they seem to be the only one that I can find on the web? Also, do you stack the filter with a warming filter (FL-D etc)? Does this creat a problem with vingetting? Flare?.... I ordered the Green filters for my strobes about two months ago and have yet to recieve them and there is no end in sight. would you recommend still using the magenta and warming filters without the green filters on the strobes? would you recommend not using the strobes at all,with the magenta filter in place, until the green filters arrive? The quality of the photos that you have posted are awe insipiring and I hope that you someday consider writing a book on the subject...
  24. stunning pics.....the macros are amazing.......I am doing a Guadalupe shark trip in about 10 days. Cage diving so the depth will be limited (10ft max). the water is fairly clear. Do you think it is worth using the filters at these shallow depths and if so what would u recomend? I have a d70 in an ike housing, 10.5mm, 12-24mm, and 60mm macro with 2 ds125's.
  25. I just got a digital system. I have a D70 in an Ike housing with two DS125's. I've just acquired a Nikon 12-24mm lens and have conflicting info as to whether or not I need a diopter to use with this lens. If anybody can give me a definitive answer I'd appreciate it.
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