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joez2391

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About joez2391

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D7000
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    S&S YS-110a's
  • Accessories
    Tokina 10-17mm lens, Sola Photo 500, ULCS strobe arms, Stix floats, Precision 5inch Dome, Housing Sentry Vacuum System
  1. the strap wrench worked perfectly, thank you! It wouldn't budge at first so I let the port soak in cold water for a few hours to shrink the plastic a bit and with some force it came off. Thanks again for the suggestion.
  2. I have a precision dome port (Ikelite) for my tokina 11-17 fisheye and as i was going to disassemble it for cleaning, I could not remove the modular lens extension tube from the dome port. What would you guys suggest? Would it be dangerous (chance of flooding) if I were to leave it stuck in place without taking it apart to lube the o rings? I have no idea if I'm better off leaving it without risking damage to the dome port or trying to remove it with a rubber wrench. If there is no chance of it flooding as long as I dont mess with it I wont touch it. Please let me know if you have any suggestions! -Joe
  3. It's really to bad, I used to go twice a season but I'll definitely be canceling my trip this year. Too many regulations are going to make what was once a relaxing experience into a stressful mess. You have to figure with only 5 boats and photographers needing to hire guide is going to make the prices skyrocket. It's unfortunate but the city of Crystal River is going to be losing a huge chunk of tourism, especially us photographers!
  4. This is all getting a little ridiculous now, and i thought the proposed restrictions last year were bad!
  5. great photos! Just curious what boat you went out with and if this was a baited dive? I live in Ft. Lauderdale, I usually go out with Jupiter Dive Center but would definitely like some more info on the dive you did. Thanks! Joe
  6. that's great news that they haven't banned flash photography but it sounds like the manatee police will have more things to yell at us about now just curious where house spring was, tried looking it up on google but couldn't find anything in crystal river. I'll be going up in a few weeks and would like to check it out if three sisters is closed
  7. I was just wondering this as well, if you find out anything would you mind posting it here? Thanks!
  8. go with the two SS 110a's. I use them with a Nikon D7000/Ike setup in full manual and don't miss TTL at all. Once you shoot manual I found that you get more consistent photos than relying on the camera to do flash exposure.
  9. I think that closing off the sides of the springs will do exactly what you said, create a more concentrated area of tourists. I was at 3 Sisters yesterday and there were two large tour groups of snorkelers surrounding and crowding the manatees. Plus a tour group of kayakers (6 or 7 of them) were also surrounding the manatees in the center of the spring. had to wait until the tour groups got rounded up before I could take photos again. Does anyone know how roped off the outer parts of the spring will be? Those offer some of the best manatee photos.
  10. I have submitted my comments, I think that eliminating the use of strobes is taking it a little far. I've never seen the manatees be bothered by strobes anytime that I have worked with them. Glad I'm going this weekend before the new laws take effect
  11. just curious, if the lcd protector and eyepiece were left on, could that cause the lens to misalign with the nodal point and cause not as sharp photos? I will remove both before I use it from now on I didn't know you had to
  12. thanks for the reply guys, I did have the eyepiece in still so maybe that had something to do with it. I am going to crystal river this weekend to try it out, at least I know now that if the buttons aren't working something is jammed! thanks for the help
  13. that's what I was thinking too Bill, i'll have to double check the alignment next time I put the camera together. The zoom ring was working fine so I don't think it was an alignment issue, it must've been a pushed button. Was there a certain button that gets pushed so I can look out for it next time? By the way, I never thought it had to do with the vacuum, just wanted to mention it to rule out a leak. I have that and the 5inch precision port you made and love them both so far!
  14. forgot to mention I only maxed out at 24ft (blue heron bridge) staying at around 15ft on average.
  15. Just took my Ikelite D7000 rig on its first salt water trip today. After a few minutes into the dive, the back camera buttons would not function, even though the camera was able to take a photo. I could get Live View to come on but the "INFO" and [ | > ] buttons would not respond to pushing. It worked fine in the pool a week ago. As soon as I released the vacuum (underwater camera stuff vacuum) and took the camera out of the housing, the buttons were functional again. Any reason this could have been an issue or has anyone experienced the same thing?
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