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Walt Stearns

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About Walt Stearns

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    West Palm Beach, Florida
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    Diving and underwater photography of course with a little rebreathers, cave diving, marine science and natural history thrown in.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D850
  • Camera Housing
    Nauticam housing for Nikon D850
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Inon Z-330's
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    TLC, ULCS and Nauticam
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    Ocean Arts, Inc.

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  1. Price dropped to $1900 USD, price covers shipping in the USA.
  2. Selling price $375 - coves shipping in North America
  3. Comes with: Front and rear caps 67mm Adapter Original Packaging Discription: Nauticam’s Super Macro Converter 1 (SMC-1) is the first underwater macro conversion lens that is fully optimized for in water use. This unique and innovative lens featuring 2.3X magnification that when combined with a full-frame camera and a 100mm or 105mm macro lens, the device converts the optical system so that a subject area of 15.6mm X 10.4mm in size will fill the whole frame of a 36mm X 24mm sensor. The SMC-1 is designed with a 67mm recessed thread to work with most flip diopter holders with a 67mm threaded lens mount. A 67mm Adapter is included with this Super Macro Converter 1 (SMC-1) lens to work with macro ports equipped with a 67mm port opening. Technical Specs: Depth Rating 100m Port Opening M67 Condition: This SMC-1 has slight signs of cosmetic wear on the exterior housing, Glass is clear. Free of any scratches or fogging – see photos of item.
  4. I am selling one of my Nauticam Nikon D850 Housings as I have found owning two of them is not really necessary. Housing’s Physical Condition: Don’t let this housing’s cosmetic appearance fool you. Aside of the apparent amount oxidation to the housing’s finish (the one negative I have with Nauitcam is their choice of exterior coatings used on their housings), everything else, inside and out, is in top working condition. Yes, this housing has seen a considerable amount of use. However, I am very diligent in taking proper care of all my equipment. The housing’s last complete overhaul by Reef Photo & Video was in June 2022. What is Included: Nauticam NA-D850 housing Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve with spare valve cap (pump not included) Nauticam M16 Vacuum Valve removal tool One Nikonos IV/V Bulkhead One Nauticam M5 Strobe Mounting Ball for Housing installed Nauticam 27cm (17-inch) Lanyard with Snap Hooks Housing Features: Nauticam N120 Port System Patented Port Locking System Housing Locking Latches Integrated Vacuum Monitoring and Leak Detection Stainless Steel Handle Brackets Clear Control Labeling Depth Rating: 100m / 330ft Selling price (covers shipping in the USA) $2200.00
  5. This light has seen little use and remains in un undamaged/like-new condition and comes with all original packaging. Features: The Kraken Hydra 6000 WRGBU is the latest addition to Kraken's Hydra series. Its considered as a "middle sibling" between popular Hydra video lights, the Hydra 8000 and Hydra 4000. The Hydra 6000 has a lumen output of a whopping 6000 lumens, 8000 in burst mode! It also features a built in RGB LED’s which allows you to use red as a focus light, UV\Blue mode is also available for fluo diving. All of these features are controlled by a simple 3-button control system on the rear. Specs: Weight: 1.0 Kg / 2.2 lbs. Lumens: 6000 Flood Constant @ 5000K, 8000 Burst Mode @ 5000K CRI: 90 Beam Angle: 100 Degrees UW Burn Time: 60 Minutes @ 100% Flood Switch: 3 Way Button w/Batt Level Ind. Modes: Flood\Red\UV\Blue\RGB Adj. Depth Rating: 330ft/100m Dimensions: 62mm x 147mm / 2.44 x 5.79in Weight : 690g on land w/battery 290g underwater w/battery Filter size: 55mm thread Package Includes: 1 x Hydra 6000 Light 1 x Battery 1 x Charger 1 x YS Mount 1 x Ball Mount 1 x Padded carry case Price $410 – covers shipping via UPS Ground.
  6. In looking at the Nikon’s new Z8, I am note getting a very warm and fuzzy feeling about this camera. First there was something regarding some kind of issue with the lens mount - https://www.notebookcheck.net/Nikon-Z8-recalled-due-to-lens-mount-defect-that-prevents-users-from-attaching-lenses-to-camera-body.727912.0.html and https://petapixel.com/2023/06/26/some-nikon-z8-cameras-arent-allowing-a-lens-to-be-attached/#:~:text=“Users of the Z8 camera,may occur with Z8 cameras. And now an issue with the strap lugs in camera body breaking off – something that Nikon seems to be aware of: https://nikonrumors.com/2023/07/19/update-on-the-z8-separated-broken-strap-lugs-nikon-is-aware-of-the-issue.aspx/ I for one am going to wait awhile on this one.
  7. Alex, what lens are you using in conjunction with the fisheye conversion port?
  8. My understanding is that all those DSLR lenses have no problem working on Nikon’s mirrorless bodies when coupled with the FTZ adapter. From there, the problem is due to the camera’s own auto focusing limitations. As for the Z8, beyond the improved 4K and 8K video capabilities over a D850, what are you looking for that your D850 is providing you now?
  9. Your guess is as good as mine. INON’s website doesn’t even list the Z-330 anymore as if they never existed. The same with the S-2000. Only the D-200 Type2 is they only strobe listed.
  10. I started with the first generation and quickly moved to the second generation when Retra changed to the circular flashtube and added a second O-ring to the battery door which was big incentive for me to purchase three of the Prime models. When the Pro X and Prime X series emerged, I stuck with my three Primes as the newer 3rd generation really didn’t offer any more than I already had. That said, while my current strobes have and certainly will continue serving me well, I am biting the bullet and getting a pair of the Pro Max models. The game changer for me is not because they are 40 Ws more powerful at full power, its that Retra has changed the solution to being able use 8 AA’s straight away with a cleaner easier system than going with the add on Supercharger modules. Plus, there are a couple of features about them that I have address in a First Look write up you can read here - https://www.scubadivermag.com/retras-new-4th-generation-pro-max-prime-and-pure-underwater-strobes/
  11. This new Fisheye Conversion Port from Nauticam sounds very interesting, but the question is what lens out the Mirrorless group do you use behind it?
  12. You still kinda do. What it ends up showing is full till it gets into the very low range at that point the battery level indicator shows yellow at the bottom end.
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