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  1. My dive buddy just got a new D500 and Nauticam housing. After putting a new dome on it, he found it would not hold a vacuum. After many hours of puzzlement, he found a dog hair on the main, not port o-ring. Problem solved, and brand new camera saved. Dove once with a guy who had a Red Epic. His housing would not hold a vacuum, but he dove with it anyway because he had "insurance". Maybe, he just wanted cash or a new camera. The housing flooded almost immediately.


    I have never had a flood or leak with my Nauticam vacuum system. Once, the vacuum was slowly lost, and I did not take it diving. That probably saved my camera.

  2. I have a trip coming up as well, but my one working(so far) YS-D2 is not going. The problem is that Inon is no longer making the equivalent z-240. This should be a golden opportunity for Retra to break into the market, but they are not shipping yet. I decided to have my old Inon 240-zs refurbished. They are over 10 years old with more than 1000 trouble free dives on them. They have lost some power, which was the reason I am replacing them, but some power is better than none. Backscatter tells me they should work like new after the refurbishment.

  3. I bought a pair of YS-D2 strobes 2 years ago. Although my Inon z-240 strobes had a long and dependable life the sales rep really pushed me to try the YS-D2s. I have been working in North Dakota for the last 2 year and diving very little. The strobes had less than 25 dives, with no rapid fire use when one just died. Of course, the warrantee has expired.


    There are no parts to repair this strobe in the USA, and it has to be shipped back to Japan. The final cost will be almost the price of a new one.


    After reading about these other issues, it is apparent that this is an incredibly poor product. The company's customer support is simply abysmal. I will NEVER buy another Sea & Sea product.

  4. Nauticam ships their housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

    Nauticam has announced their housing for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera. If features a dual function lever for ISO and M Fn (focus area adjustment) and a button to allow the vacuum system to be reset from the front. It features Nauticam’s multi selector pad, and for the first time on a Nauticam housing for a Canon camera, a lever to activate or deactivate the camera’s flash.

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