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Everything posted by onokai

  1. If I have a soft dome cover I just stuff it inside my wetsuit (chest area) and zip it up-never had a issue-a BC pocket can work as well. Strbe diffusers you can rig with a small streak cord that keepos them snug away from front of strobe when not needed. That stuff is small 1/8 inch bungie cord at a REI store or camping place
  2. I found an paper manual for a Ikelite DS125 Substrobe -I'll mail it to anyone who can use it. Also ran across two Oceanic strobe manuals for the 2000 series strobes if you want them they are yours swell -I think these may date me. These where the blue strobes which I have not seen in use for some time now. This stuff is free just PM me with address to mail them to. Thanks Mark
  3. Not like the 80's and 90s and into the 2000's for sure as Digital photos crashed the market. At one time you could sell images for $250 each for just about any use from calenderas to articles as thats what I did some of back then . Most of my fellow full timers gave it up after the shift ,or shifted to film making.Same was true for top side phothogs as well. Still can do product shoots but its slim pickings. I was not full timer then as I had another main job then and now.Now thats all ancient history now. Tours and classes and self publishing . And do not forget the You tubers Its passion deal for me not for $ rewards Find the demand and fill it
  4. One of my long ago learned tricks is as noted above with a small squirt bottle of mask defogger and a small chamois.I tied it to my housing handle and would wipe the dome when its dry and reapply now and again during bthe shooting.A liitle dab on the chamois and wipe the dome dip and shoot.This was with older acrylic dome on aquatic housing in the 80's and early 90s. The new glass ports resit even better.
  5. Tell us more on the camera /lens settings if you would??Great shots Mark
  6. Your email is not shown on site unless yousend it to me. I'll make another offer and PM you again Mark
  7. ebay for cheap may find a home that way.
  8. I suggest stronly that someone else measures you. I have done this measuring many times for others as I once was in the suit business.. It's not something you can do yourself well.
  9. I just spoke with otterbay wetsuits(a custom suit shop in Montery) they have a how to measure on Utube on measuring for your custom suit without going to shop. Check them out if you want a mail order custom suit and stay in AZ.Its on the web site under FAQs
  10. Go to a custom shop and get one made-thats the del to get one thats fits like a glove.No way around it. My xcels just came yesterday and I sent back one of two suits as one really fit great-no hood only a 3 mill for warm water diving. If I need a hood I wear a thin hooded vest under it.
  11. Another thought is you can shoot this dome with a traditional lens not necessarily a wide angle and see what the results are. I am now using the Zen 170mm (flatter dome) than the 100mm with a Nikon 70-180 macro zoom-it really a nice setup but it takes lots of extensions . This lens needs the foot removed for Subal housings but not Nauitacams and a special zoom gear needs to be fabricated. The Nikon 24-85 macro zoom is also a good lens for you-just crank it down so its not vignetting which oit might at 24 but not at say 35mm This lens is also a great close focus lens One thing I have learned after almost 35+ years of underwater workis many lens and dome combinations can be had not just what in thos charts. You just need to try them. I spent some time shooting with Seagipsy from this site and really learned some out of the box thinking that works well. I just got a 170 zen dome port (meduim size) and its flater(less curve) than any of the 4 inch domes. My large 9 inch Sunbal dome is a bear to travel with so the mid sized domes are better for what I'm doing unless its super wide angle-then the big domes shine. What I do not know is if Zen domes (same size) are more or less curved than Subal domes? Anyone know this answer????
  12. Must have been the dry suit after the vest that shrank the suit right?
  13. I love my Nikon 70-180 in my Subal housing with my D800 ,you just have to overcome a few things which really are not that hard. I learned about this lens from Seagipsy-he mentioned this in above post as well. You can have a professional shop take off the foot or if you dive a Nauitcam housing you can leave foot on as its large enough to slip it in. I cut mine off myself with a Fein tool while holding it as not to damage lens after taping all parts off to keep lens clean from aluminum filings. If you are handy this is not that hard but for most just have a shop take off the foot and plug the hole in barrel. Next you need to modify a focus gear-I chopped one and added to to a existing gear that fit the barrel-In most housings this gear teeth needs to be in the rear more than most gears to engage inside the housing.You can also have one made with Cad printing technology for about 35$ online Once thats done you will need to stack up some extenstion rings for whatever housing you have. This lens opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me after 35 years of shooting underwater. This lens is a macro lens and has lots of potential most overlook. Thanks Fred
  14. You will need to go to the custom shop to get fitted.These tend to be on the coasts not inland like Phoenix Custom shops make a suit for your body. The other option is do what I do that is order direct from Excel.com and have them ship you several sizes (you buy them) and try them on until you find the right fit and send the rest back for your refund. Done this alot and it works for me. In fact two are in transit now to me-I will send one back for credit as I only want one.The best fitting one.Ill then send it to otterbay wetsuits in Montery so they can add a relief zipper
  15. Well anyone have a spare or changed systems and its left overpart ?
  16. Mehmet I am a full frame subal user as well and have the small port, and a medium .and the larger port. They all can be used with the right lens. You can use many lens not just what the Subal chart shows underwater.In fact that chart is to limiting. You just need to be sure they cannot be vignetting. If its a zoom then just do not come in as close to show the shade. Or just use a lesser wider lens. Also you can use the small domes to do close focus macro work-they can work well for that as well.
  17. ( I'm worried that the addition of strobes would make everything too complex, ) Welcome to underwater photography which is a very complex task -if it was easy everyone would be doing it Two strobes is far surperior to one I agree with Tim Gs post above
  18. Depends I shoot with a d800 in a subal housing. If I was starting out fresh I would have a nautical hosuing as the parts are easier to get now than Subals. I have had 4 subal housings so I kept the ports thru most of them until Subal changed to larger ports I went with them back then. Now Subal is experiencing prodution issues and financial issues so parts are a bear to get. I know a pro who is shooting the D850 as he wanted the newer features of that camera and he will stay with that camera most likely until he done shooting he said. I am very pleased with my Subal and D800-I personally do not like the plastic housing Ikelite makes-in the old days they flexed and controls bound uop at depth (Truk lagoon deco dives) I would stick to better housings-Sea and Sea are short on full controls-wear as Subal and especially Nauticam gives you all the contol functions .Nauticams are especially well thought out and maybe a bit over engineered-they are easy to get parts and service-not so much with Subals anymore.Seacams are also under contolled in my view-(not all funtions work) In housings you get what you pay for.Whatever housing you start with after buying all the ports (glass ones are best) you tend to keep the ports and change the camera and housing body as time goes buy. The D800 is a super camera no question-maybe a D850 if starting new? of course you will need two bodies right?
  19. Ok a PM is a personal message-just hover your cursor over my name and iou will see a few things pop up -one is message letter click on that and send me your PayPal info and the ship to name and address min San Carlos so I can send you a paypal invoice thru PayPal . The shipping to San Carlos will be flat rate small box for $ 7.65 (new 2020 rate) That total will be $157.65 now PS I sent you a personal message which you should see at right top of page when you are logged in to this site -its the number 1 in red If I recall on the envelope at top right of main page-click on that to read what I sent yesterday to you. Let communicate thru the PM function as its private info that you should not share with everyone Thanks Mark Cortright
  20. Time to start e-mailing the Mexican tourist board it sounds darn stright the 90s was some time back-but its when the life was there big time-Like Palau in the 80s-way better than Nowdays Less trash in the pacific as well.-I'm still diving the planet its just further away to get to the good stuff
  21. Yes I would I'll send you a PM with details Its a small item so hopefully the postage will not be huge? Any ideas on that? I'll weigh it. It can fit in a smaller box than the orginal and that may save some shipping $$ as well Thanks Mark
  22. Back in the 90s in Cabo a small group of us where run thru the dive photo shakedown-we had reciepts and detailed gear lists on value and had signed some forms that gear was not for sale in Mexico and was to be returned to US. They hasseled us but in the end let us go without fees. WE where on a private charter (6 of us) to the San Benedicto and Roca Partida on a trimaran which was transiting from Santa Barbara to the Caribbean. Spent two weeks shooting sharks and mantas-really great trip back then before fishing wiped out much of the sharks My suggestion is get all your paperwoork in order and be prepared for the shakedown-keep your values low and of course all your equipment was bought used right.
  23. Anyone using Luminar??I think they noiw have a library for images ?
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