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  1. I have my housing and strobes in a roll on camera bag which I place in the overhead. This includes an Aquatica housing, 8 inch dome, macro port, a pair of Ike D-161's, arms and cables. The bag is a discontinued Akona, but there are similar bags on the market. I have checked this bag on return flights andd it usually gets a TSA inspection slip in the bag.


    The camera and lenses go into a camera shoulder bag that stows under the seat. The Aquatica viewfinder also goes in the camera bag as I found out quickly that it is to fragile for checked luggage.

  2. I use a Tamrac shoulder bag for my DSLR, three lenses for underwater (12-24, 60 and 105 micros) , one 85-400 telephoto topside and the Aquatica eyepiece. My iPad got in this bag as well. This weighs in at about 15 pounds. This goes under the seat in front of me.


    I use an Akona roll on camera bag (no longer sold) for my Aquatica housing, 8 inch dome port, macro port, two DS-161 strobes, extensions, strobe arms, carry handle, sherpa strap, chargers, vacuum pump, assembly tools, and assorted small items. This is 38 pounds and goes in the overhead. I do admit to checking this on the return flight. The only problem experienced was learning how fragile an Aquatica eyepiece is and how expensive it is to repair, it is now in the carryon with lenses. I have had no problem carrying the roller on with Delta and US Air. With a small plane like a Twin Otter in the islands it has to be checked.


    Regulators and masks with corrective lenses go in my wife's carry on.


    Lugging this through airports can be trying. The best advice I can offer is buy no luggage without wheels or the ability to mount to the handle of a roller.

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  3. I use a clip on shoulder strap from some old luggage to carry my DLSR to the boat. I put that inside the port cover on the camera table along with a a two pound weight. It's always there when I get back. If I forget and the camera is handed to me with the cover on, I put it in my wife's BC pocket.


    How do you deal with the cap when diving? Do you take it off before entering the water? Or try to put it in your BC pocket like I did?


  4. I simply clip a padded luggage strap to the base of the strobe arms. This allows me to sling it over a shoulder and use one hand to control the camera and provide a safe connection in case something knocks the strap off of my shoulder.


    Since the Aquatica housing, Nikon DSLR and a pair of Ikelite 161's can weigh in at 25 pounds I find the 'sherpa strap' as something that is a big help for long walks to the boat.

  5. It is not electronic, but it is far more than a magnifying glass. The high end viewfinders are just as complicated optically as the lens in from of the camera. (And just as fragile.) The standard housing viewfinder is nothing more than a single lens to move the focal position back to where your eye should be with a mask.


    After using an enhanced viewfinder I would find it hard to go back to the standard housing viewfinder. To chose between a 45 dgree or a straight viewfinder is really personal preference, though I have listened to convincing arguments that the choice is 45 degree for macro and straight for wide angle. I wish I could afford both for comparison.

  6. In America Ikelite's support goes far beyond what is required by law, since in the States there are very few laws except for life threatening defects. Many stores and companies in the US have a no return policy. Their mistake or your mistake, once it goes out the door it is yours.


    I can't speak about Europe's return policies, but I would be shocked if it were uniform in all countries.


    As for "Authorized Dealer" of "Official Dealer" that just means you will get warranty support from the manufacturer if you buy there, It does not make them a manufacturer's representative.


    Stop expecting others to bear the financial responsibility for your mistakes.


    Guys form US, you don't understand that what ikelite does in your country is required by the law, so no wonder! In Europe Ikelite must do even more!

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  7. I have been an Ikelite customer for more than a decade. I have used an Ikelite housing (F5) and have used Ikelite stobes of many designs with a pair of DS-161's as the latest. They have always gone far beyond their responsibilities in providing support. In fact, Ikelite has one of the best reputations in the business.


    To expect them to refund you the profit made by the dealer and distributor as well as what they made because you purchased the wrong part is just silly. Return it to the dealer. If you can not do that, then you have a problem with the dealer, not Ikelite.


    There are many reason for a dealor not to accept a returned part. I there are electronics most will require proof of it being defective. If the part has scratches its obvious why not.

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