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Don in Colorado

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  1. I hope you find the float that you are looking for, but if you don't find one, go to your local yacht or sailboat fabricator, and ask for some core-cell.

     

    A surfboard fabricator may have some, or a product called last-a-foam works pretty good as well.

     

    Core-cell is a great float material (it is tough), and you might find some for free if you need to build your own float. Just gotta ask :)


  2. Thanks again for your replies,

     

    Superman does look like a nice dive. I have watched it on youtube. Jade Mountain looks fantastic, and we will definitely check it out for dinner, and sunset views.

     

    Seahorse are cool, but I have decided to leave the D7000 at home. I will bring take my Olympus 5050, and my Sony pocket camera, a TR5, which takes great pictures, and is tiny. I'll also bring along either a Sony HX9V or a Sony HX100V. It will be a vacation without a DSLR.

     

    Thanks for tip on the local green beer. I appreciate it. Sometimes a little restraint on trying the local food and drink is advisable. We'll bring along some antibiotics as a caution. I think I'll try to avoid all green fluids :(

     

    Here is something off topic.

     

    I am getting tried of lugging the DSLR's around even for land pictures. You can't stick them in you pocket, and you can't leave them alone, because someone will steal them. I am tried of baby sitting these cameras. The new Sony point and shoot camera's take excellent pictures, and in many cases are just as good as my SLR pictures. The only thing the small cameras can't match is the bokah of an DSLR. To get great bokah on an DSLR, you are talking really expensive lenses, except for macro shots. (Macro lenses on DSLR's are not crazy priced. A 24-70 Nikon lens is crazy priced and heavy.) But the camera that takes the best shots is the one you have with you. For me, that is not a DSLR. I can (kinda) see myself not even owning a DSLR in the future. They are too expensive for what a non pro gets out of them.

     

    A bridge camera like the Sony HX100V, looks like a camera that does just about everything, and is $450 dollars. It isn't pocketable, but it isn't huge either.

     

    A pocketable camera that does just about everything is the Sony HX9V, for $350. Both of these cameras look really nice, and can do photos that are pretty darn good.

     

    I think small cameras are the future, and DSLR's will be soon be relics that only pro's will be using.

     

    Of course, YMMV :dance:


  3. Thank you both for your thoughtful replies.

     

    I have been watching youtube videos about St. Lucia, and have come to the conclusion that the diving will be adequate, but not anything to get too excited about. Therefore, the main attraction on this trip (for me) will be the above water scenery and rest and relaxation.

     

    I was thinking about housing my D7000 for this trip, but it appears to be overkill for the type of photo ops available. I'll bring my housed Olympus 5050, which gives me perfectly acceptable shots.

     

    We will be staying at the Anse Chastane resort. It looks wonderful, and just laying on the hammock on the beach probably beats the diving. I am looking forward to it.

     

    Thanks again,

     

    Don


  4. My wife and I will soon be going to St. Lucia. I haven't heard much about it. I'd like to know if there are any dive sites that are recommended for casual diving.

     

    Elaine and I like big things, like turtles and sponges and nice scenery. Not interested in muck diving or wrecks. A nice wall would be wonderful, as I prefer to dive the top of walls. This less rubble, the better.

     

    Any sites to recommend, or just as important, any sites to avoid?

     

    Thanks in advance for your advice.

     

    PS Any topside activities to recommend or to avoid?


  5. new prices on a couple of items:

     

    6812.3 Housing - $900

    5510.45 8" dome - $300

    5510.11 port body for FE lens - SOLD

    5502.41 Flat short port - $50

    5510.24 port body for 17-70mm lens - $50

    Woody's Diopter - $50

     

    Thanks,

    John

     

    Hi John,

     

    I'll buy your 8 inch dome.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Don


  6. I had a Nikon D300s Ikelite housing that worked fine for me. The port attachment is a little spooky though, although it worked fine for me. I used it in some pretty crappy conditions, such as being towed back to the boat with 10 other divers, when the boat's mooring broke. The seal held tight.

     

    I will probably buy an Ikelite D7000 housing soon. I am considering purchasing a Housing Sentry for my housing. http://www.uwcamerastuff.com/housing_sentry_overview.htm

     

    I had no problem with the port attachment, but it did not inspire great confidence. It appears to be much more secure with the 4 point lock, than it did with the 2 point lock. I use Ikelite strobes, and I like their built in TTL converter in their housing.

     

    So, I would say I am happy with Ikelite. For the price, they can't be touched by any other housing. I do lust for the Aluminum housings, but I can't justify their cost for my minimal amount of diving.

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