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  1. Hi. I have a D7000 with the a 18-55 Nikon lens in an Ikelite housing. This lens uses the 5503.50 6" dome port. I'm thinking of getting a micro lens and the Nikon AF-S DX Micro 85mm f/3.5G ED VR or Tokina AT-X 100 PRO D have caught my eye. I want to house them in the same port if possible to ease travel logistics 1. The sizes seem to fit the dome port - but is it possible? Ikelite suggests flat ports for these lenses and I am trying to understand what happens if I go with the dome. I will loose some magnification vs a flat port but will probably need a +2 or +4 diopter so I will get some back and can focus closer (critters allowing). 2. Does anybody have experience with these lenses whether with the D7000 or other cameras? 3. Other suggestions for lenses? Thanks
  2. Please give feedback on Alor when youre back, it's on my wishlist.
  3. ATJ's reply to a query of mine and his link were good, see here Click me! Also see further comments later in the topic
  4. Thanks Adamantripper Looked up Long Island and it seems like a long lost tropical island dream. Are there dive operators and accommodaton there? I don't seem to find any As we primarily want to dive Havelock seems to have more sites or do they dive each others sites? Long island seems to definitely require a separate stay?
  5. My wife and I are planning a trip in early September 2012 and are thinking mainly of Manado/Lembeh area. I recently learned of Andaman Islands diving. Havelock Island and Neil are the ones that come up on Google. We are looking for land based and not live aboard diving. 1 Are there any other Islands in the Andaman Islands that we should consider? 2 How does the diving etc compare with Manado? I've heard of bleaching? 3 What dive operators do you suggest 4 What airconned accommodation can you recommend? 5 Should we spend a week on Neil and a week on Havelock or less on one or the other? Thanks in advance
  6. I went back to factory settings and and have only the one lens. Today viz was good but a lot of large plankton in the water and the focus was definitely slower so I'm leaning towards water clarity being the factor even when I can't see difference
  7. Have just checked and normally flash popup button is disabled when the ttl is connected to the hotfoot. I have no idea why it sometimes pops in the housing.
  8. When I first started using this camera I was amazed at the autofocus speed. I have been learning the camera and have fiddled with almost all settings but now find that my autofocus has slowed down a lot and cannot remember my starting point. I'm using AF S and single point focus right now and have tried all 3 number of focal point settings since noticing the slow down. I do not think that there has been much change in water clarity but I'm wondering if an increase in micro particles might be a cause? Any suggestions and your preferred settings will be appreciated.
  9. I'm a very new D7000 in Ikelite user and have not experienced your problem but it seems to be a white balance setting. I have started using white balance set at 5500 kelvin as that is is closest to the D51 strobe value. Before that I was using auto white balance, too early to say which I prefer. I have never tried the auto setting for speed and aperture as advice here has always been to go manual I also found my flash popping up only sometimes but have not made the connection will check later to see if it happens before installing it. All my dives have been with TTL cord installed and used.
  10. You are correct ATJ, two different buttons. I left my Ikelite instruction booklet at home and was looking up terminology in the Nikon booklet and then trying to figure out controls. I told you I had a lot to learn! Today the exposure compensation button was lighty touched by the control rendering the LCD screen inoperative, luckily I now know what to look for and gently checked control knobs untill I found the problem. This was at only 16m and I'm a bit worried what will happen at greater depth. In your experience are the springs strong enough?
  11. John, I agree 32 gb was enthusiastic overkill but wanted to save both RAW for later and Jpg for immediate gratification. My logic was that it would be sad not to have memory whilst the battery lasted and 16gb might have been too little. I also download daily (That instant gratification thing) and then reformat my cards but they are still brand new..... Slots 1 and 2 can be set to take back up or overflow or raw slot 1 and jpeg slot 2. As the problem was causing the camera to hang a reasoned that it would be slot 1 but tried to set slot 2 to the other settings without resolving the problem. Anyway another days diving and no further problems other than user induced stupidity with too much to learn. So far very happy with wetpixilains' advice in taking the D7000. I'm so gob smacked at the focus speed improvement over my C8080 and the lack of shutterlag that I'm taking photos of the front half instead of the rear half of fish
  12. John - I'm now using a Sandisk Extreme Pro 16GB in slot 1 and a 32GB in slot 2. When I had problems it was the other way round. Gerard - unfortunately neither the lens release nor depth of focus preview control buttons are accessible with the Ikelite.
  13. I swapped memory cards in the slots and made sure the buttons were all functioning correctly and today I had no problems at all.
  14. I've now arrived on holiday in Mauritius. Had my first dives with the new rig and have a lot to learn! Downloaded to my wife's computer and everything worked correctly. ATJ - I had connected to my computer by USB. Bill - I have not checked my file sizes but they were previously showing at about 7500 for the JPG and 17500 for the NEF. This agrees with the numbers I'm seeing on my wife's computer. When downloading on my computer the JPG files were exactly the same size. Would the embedded jpg that is in the NEF file be exactly the same size? Acuevas - I was getting duplicates so it seems I'm getting info from both cards. I have posted another question on the DSLR Housing forum as it seems to fit there but just MIGHT have something to do with this problem. Please have a look there.
  15. I have just done my first sea dives (not swimming pool) with my new rig. On the second dive I had an intermittent memory card error. The camera suggested that I replace the card (a bit difficult at 18 metres) and then hung up. I switched it off and on, played with the buttons and controls and suddenly it would work again for a few shots before hanging again. I have been unable to replicate the problem out of the housing. I should probably have tried in the housing on land (and will do that now) to see if its pressure on something but I still would not know which button was the culprit. Does anybody have an idea where to look to solve this?
  16. I'm saving RAW to one card and jpeg to the other. When copying them to my computer with Explorer they both arrive as jpeg files of the same size therefore the NEF file has somehow been converted to Jpeg. I've checked that the camera is set to RAW on Card 1 and when working through Photoshop Elements 9 I get the NEF file that I can see as such with explorer and edit with Photoshop as a Raw file. I'm confused!
  17. When I save Raw files directly from my camera to my computer using Windows Explorer they download as jpeg. If I use photoshop's clunky system I get Raw files. Am I doing something stupid or will this always happen? Thanks, David
  18. Hi I've just upgrade from a P&S to a D7000. Raw on the P&S was painfully slow so I'm on a new learning curve with a camera that's Raw capable. I've searched but still have a few questions. I have PS Elements 9 and Nikon NX2 and I'm quite proficient with Elements It seems to me that LR has some benefits for bulk processing from Raw but as we are constantly at different depths, lighting etc etc I'm not likely to have too many photos requiring the same processing. Currently I have a PC so not considering Aperture though I will probable need to upgrade my computing power and am tempted to go to Apple. Do you think I need LR?
  19. I've purchased the D7000 and Nikon18-55 lens. Ikelite housing hopefully arriving in time to spend some time in the pool on the weekend. Thanks for all the advice.
  20. If you mean for the 18-55mm, I don't a flat port would work well for that lens and you'd probably get a lot of vignetting at 18mm (and maybe before then). I have never done a dive that excluded wide angle with my P&S though I have done shark and Manta dives where I did not do any macro. I'm hoping to create a cheaper/flexable alternative to a fixed 60mm by having the flat port option when I know I'll be doing a macro dive but still have a bit of flexability (even if limited) for things a bit larger, hence the Woody's. Maybe I should just get the dome for now and see how happy I am.
  21. Thanks for the all the replies, feeling realy stupid that I did not see the 4" radius dome is the 8" dome . So now I'm thinking of saving on the lens and getting the Nikon18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX or the VR version. What if I the get the dome as well a flat port and a Woody's diopter? As you can see I'm still desperate for some flexability from my lens. Focus distance, without a diopter is 28cm but a +2 is recommended for the dome so would be available for the flat port. Anybody got a link to calculate the new min focus distance? Is the flexability given by the Woody on a flatport worth it or should I just put a +2 inside?
  22. Hi I’ve decided to upgrade from my old Olympus C8080 in an Ikelite with 2 X DS50 strobes to a D7000. Cost constraints, my existing DS50’s and a happy relationship make Ikelite the obvious housing, notwithstanding ergonomic or other benefits from other housings. I apologise for the many questions but having studied a lot on this I’m now totally confused I dive mostly in quite surgy water and focus speed is right up there with my requirements. My current set up is very bulky for a P&S so I’m reasonably comfortable with the size upgrade but obviously have a lot to learn about DSLR having never even owned one for land. 1 To keep costs low I’m thinking of 1 lens only at this stage and the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM seems a good choice as I take mostly take fish portraits but like the macro ability. The Ikelite lens port site states that “Lens diameters are too large to operate in port system”. Elsewhere they state max diameter is 84mm and Sigma states Diameter X length of 79 - 88.9mm. This lens will probably require a +2 close up lens. Does anybody have first hand knowledge of this lens in Ikelite ports? Does it fit? Which port body and dome do you use? Should/Could I just start of with a flat port? 2 For very little extra I can get the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX kit lens. This lens requires a +4 close up lens. I have read here that this lens does not have much favour for underwater (my almost only camera use). Is it worth saving the money now using this lens and upgrading later? Which port body and dome do you use? 3 Ikelite’s modular port and dome page refers to the 5510.45 Dome Assembly as an “injection moulded acrylic 4" radius dome” but elsewhere it’s referred to as 8”. Which is correct? 4 Underwater Camera Stuff’s 5” dome seems like a nice compact solution if above dome is 8”. It’s not listed for either of these lenses. Does anybody know if this will work for either lens? If it won’t work my preference would be a 6” dome for compactness, how much am I giving up vs 8”? 5. Eventually I will also get a wide lens probably a Tokina 10-17mm AT-X 107 AF DX that can also use a 5” 6” or 8” dome. Why, except for cost is this lens more popular than a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 AT-X 116 PRO DX. On paper it seems faster and here is little lost in width? Thanks in advance David
  23. I stopped being cheap and bought it. 2000 pixs all seem clear and reasobable quality with a short write up including latin and common names, location and habits. I haven't searched exhaustively but have not found any obvious errors. Seems like a good start for an always on hand ID source for many classes of reef critters and plants. Now I have it does it stop being "Online critter ID"
  24. Anybody have critter id iphone apps? I see they have Neville Coleman's Marine Life eGuide. I'd love to have an oppinion before i fork out $20
  25. Due to the high rainfall in Malaysia in December we are now thinking of Marsa Alam instead. We are looking for accommodation that includes the dive operator and preferably with a good house reef. My wife has vertoed the Red Sea Safari Eco divers villages as being too spartan although they seem to meet my other criteria. We do not need a busy nightlife. Any suggestions? Another possibility is an operator who can take us diving with accommodation in different towns. We decided on Marsa Alam as Sharm and Hurghada seem to be very busy and commercialised. Are they still so busy in December? Thanks in advance
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