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  1. I still maintain several Nikonos cameras and a housed Nikon 8008s system. The cameras see limited use as my digital system involves packing a lot of equipment. Some of the film gear occasionally makes trips where flying isn't involved. I do some travel via truck into Mexico. As noted in Algwyn's post, using film presents some limitations. I've sometimes used my film cameras to mentally reset my brain to put more effort into composing photographs. It's easy with digital to operate in 'point & spray' mode. I've packed film gear out to Isla Guadalupe a couple of times and captured images of white sharks with color as well as black & white film. During both of these trips, there was no shortage subjects so it was easy to switch between digital and film. The color images have a different look that digital. Interestingly, while I developed the black & white negatives, I never got around to printing them. I've still got the negatives stored around here somewhere. Keeping my Ikelite Nikon 8008s housing in service has been a challenge. Replacement o-rings for the housing back proved difficult to find. Ikelite stopped making the o-rings years ago and the parts department folks didn't believe they had any old stock. I was able to research an obscure Ikelite part reference number and they discovered that they did have some. I purchased their remaining stock. The Ikelite service department will not attempt to service my housing. They're afraid they might break it. As long as Bob at Southern Nikonos is willing to service my Nikonos cameras, I'll be able to keep them running. I'm not aware of anyone else in the U.S. who's still doing service work on Nikonos cameras. I think using the film cameras from time to time helps me be a better photographer, but digital is lots easier. Getting my recently published book completed has been my major focus for three years and doing lots of shooting with film hasn't been much of a priority. -AZTinman
  2. For what it's worth, the L-164B uses a 1.35 volt battery, but a voltage reducer is available to allow use of a 1.5 volt battery. I've got a couple of these meters I use when I'm in the mood to use one of my old Nikonos cameras with 1.5 volt batteries and voltage reducers. CRS (Camera Repair Service) out of Chandler, Arizona, used to make the L-164B meters for Sekonic and they have the voltage reducers to keep them working.
  3. I thought I'd submit a couple of photographs for the 2020 UN World Oceans Photo Contest, but cannot get the host sit for submissions to work. Has anyone else encountered difficulty. I e-mailed the host people and received zero feedback. -Tinman
  4. Bob at Southern Nikonos was still servicing cameras a couple of years ago. I haven't been in contact with him lately. During my last e-mail exchange, it sounded like he still had a huge parts inventory. -Tinman
  5. Are your handles on backwards or is this your selfie rig? (Just kidding) -Tinman
  6. At the risk of beating a dead horse, a dome that's specifically designed for a specific lens tends to work well with that lens. The combo of my Precision dome and Nikkor 10-24mm works well regardless of where I'm capturing images. It works nicely in blue water as well as reef environments. My larger domes work well with the Nikkor 10-24mm too. -Tinman
  7. FYI... for those not familiar with Precision domes. My 5" Precision is specifically designed for use with the Nikkor 10-24mm; this particular dome will not work with any other lens than my Nikkor 10-24mm. I've used the 5" Precision dome/ Nikkor 10-24mm combo for early morning spinner dolphins off the coast of Hawaii (the Big Island) in blue water. The combo produced great images. -Tinman
  8. I use an 8" dome and Precision 5" Dome with my DX Nikkor 10-24mm. The DX 10-24mm was the lens I used for most of the underwater photographs that are in my recently published book, Dancing with Sea Lions. There were no issues with the resolution of images captured for the book with this lens. Over the past year, I've started using a DX Nikkor 16-85mm more than the DX 10-24mm, but this is a reach issue rather than issues with image resolution. I've got a couple of 'student' camera housings for Nikon D300 cameras. One has an 8" dome and the other has a larger dome. Neither has presented major issues with distortion when using DX 10-24mm lenses. You can do what you want, but I think using a 230mm dome with a DX 10-24mm lens is probably over doing it a bit. When I house my D850 later this year, I'll use a Sea & Sea Correction Lens. Everything I've read indicates that the lens is really designed for full frame cameras like Nikon's FX series. -Tinman
  9. I've never needed a correction lens on my DX Nikkor 10-24mm. Mine produces high quality images without a correction lens. I'd recommend spending your money on something else. -Tinman
  10. Here are some December 31, 2019, image captures from Cozumel. We managed to find couple of cooperative, photogenic tortugas and finally captured an image of a splendid toadfish. Fun stuff! -Tinman
  11. Simply collapse (fold) the strobe arms to tuck the strobe up against the side front side of the housing and tighten the clamps.Depending on the length and configuration of your arm setup, the arms will probably fold over the top of the housing. I use the straps that connect my housed camera and strobes to my BCD to make a center handle. The crew uses the handle to pass the camera rig to me after I enter the water and take the camera rig from me before I exit. Often, I extend the arms and pre-position the strobes as I'm descending. My safety stop on my ascent is a good time to collapse the arms and position the strobes for the camera rig's exit from the water. -AZTinman
  12. Hopefully, you've found someone to fix your RS issue on you side of the 'pond'. If not, you may want to contact Southern Nikonos in the Houston, Texas, area. I'm not sure how much work he did on the RS model, but he's been the go to guy for Nikonos repair in the United States for more years than most of us have been diving. He also has an incredible stash of Nikonos spare parts. -AZTinman
  13. Yes, switching from the D7100 to the D7200 did help with low-light auto-focus, but low-light can still be difficult. I encountered difficulties last week in Mexico with darker than usual water. There was a lot of junk in the water and the D7200 had problems locking onto subjects. Lens selection made a major difference. There were fewer issues with my Nikkor 60mm and Nikkor 10-24mm than with my Nikkor 16-85mm. The 16-85mm is an excellent lens if challenging visibility issues aren't present. I've never used a focus light on my D7100 or D7200. If you're diving in dark conditions, it might be a good idea to use one. I recently did some informal low-light comparison testing with my D7100, D7200, and D850. The D7200 outperformed the D7100. Of course, the D850 outperformed both of the cropped sensor cameras. Eventually, I'll house the D850. -AZTinman
  14. I put together two web straps with bronze snap rings on the ends. The straps clip to the housing tray and to my BCD harness D-rings. A lot of the areas I dive have California sea lions and they like to play 'snatch & grab' games with divers. I've had some experiences where they've grabbed the floats on my strobe arms and tried to take off with my camera rig. I wouldn't hook anything to my legs when sea lions are around. I've seen them grab dive knives right off divers' legs. The straps also can be configured to make a grab handle when boat crews are passing the camera to me in the water or taking it from me when I'm preparing to exit the water. -AZTinman
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