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  1. I appreciated you helping him out. He'll give the equipment a good home! I think you were pretty clear about what was going on and I don't get why people are feeling victimized. -Tinman
  2. For what it's worth, I referred an aspiring underwater photographer whom I've been working with to Kraken's offer to send the handles to someone who would give them a good home. This particular individual will do exactly that. I appreciate Kraken's willingness to standby his original offer and send the handles to this individual despite the offer he received from someone else. An "unserious/unprofessional seller"... I don't think so. Thanks Kraken! -Tinman
  3. I just noticed this feedback thread. I've purchased several items through the Wetpixel Classifieds. Here's some quick comments regarding a couple of recent purchases: P. Kolpakov sold me a Nauticam NA-D300s housing and assisted in tracking down some additional parts that I needed to put it into service. The housing was exactly as he described and shipped without any major issues from the Russian Federation. A. Sallmon sold me a Sea & Sea macro port and port extensions. All of these parts were as described and shipped from San Diego immediately. Communication with both of these individuals was excellent! -Tinman
  4. Before you buy a Sea & Sea housing for a Nikon D200, you might want to check on the availability of O-rings for the housing. I've got a couple of Sea & Sea D300 housings and it's very difficult to find O-rings for them. Evidently, Sea & Sea stopped making the O-rings for D300 housings. A housing for a D200 is older than my D300 housings. -Tinman
  5. I've done a couple of Guadalupe trips. During the first trip (2016), I used my Nikon 10-24mm (rectilinear) and it worked very nicely. It's probably worth noting that, I spent considerable time hanging outside the cage during that first trip. I'm small so it was easy for me to slide through the viewing opening on the cage and keep one leg wrapped around the inside to retreat back inside if necessary. One large male did give me the 'staring into the Jaws of Death' experience near the end of our last day during that trip when he made a run to try to pick me off the side of the cage. I simply slid back inside to get out of his way. It happened so quickly that I didn't even give it much thought until I was reviewing and post-processing images. I didn't feel like I needed my strobes during the first trip. The curved field of view that a fisheye creates isn't something I care for; mine never came out of my gear bag. As I prepared for my second trip, I added a Nikon 16-85mm to my camera bag. I felt like I had missed a lot of opportunities during my first trip because the 10-24mm didn't give me enough reach. Sometimes you have sharks that drop-by for close passes and others don't come in as close. The second trip (2017) was good. I was happy with the 16-85mm and I used my strobes during some of my cage time. White sharks have blue eyes and it's difficult to get the color unless you can light them up. One of the frustrations I encountered at Guadalupe was the screen of mackerel that take up residence under anchored boats. It was extremely difficult during both trips to capture decent images of the sharks with the number of mackerel that show-up. Another minor irritation was the people who had their Gopro cameras on long sticks. I missed more than one opportunity for great image captures because a Gopro on a stick would appear in my viewfinder as sharks would come in close. Of course, this is one of those give & take things. Other divers are there to capture images and video too. Some of those folks were probably silently cursing the nut job who kept climbing outside the cage to pursue the images he was after. Do plan to wear what you need to stay warm. Sometimes you have to wait long periods of time before a sharks decides to drop-by. It can get chilly if you don't have enough wetsuit. If you're interested in looking at some images from my trips, check out the portfolio on my website www.cortezbluephotography.com. -AZTinman
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Are your handles on backwards or is this your selfie rig? (Just kidding) -Tinman
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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