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  1. Just reading this thread, it's scary !! I am going to Cancun in August, is it risky of bringing my dslr housing and strobe ??!! It's pretty old camera but still ....
  2. I also stayed at Tauch Terminal before and dove exclusively 1 on 1 with Wyan. Best part was you can customize your diving experiencce, requirement and time table and do 1 on 1. This is the only way to dive if you want to do serious macro. I ate every meal except one onsite, so it's pretty limited but diving was the priority back then. I would recommend stay a nite or 2 in the busy tourist area just to experience the busy Bali, Kuta, Jimbalan, etc. If you are rich and famous, by all means try Four Seasons and Bulgari Resort.
  3. The first trip back in April didn't make it with Marisa but did in the past weekend. The boat, the crew are very good, attention to details. This will be my San Diego to go to operator !
  4. Thanks for reply. I think I probably dove 1/2 dozen time on Yukon, it's condition really dependes upon the weather of course. It's unfortunate you hit a rough weather day. I just book with Marrisa and it's not going to the Yukon but it's ok, I have not dove San Diego for a long time, hope weather will be nice on the day I visit.
  5. I just realize Lois Ann no longer operate, is there equivalent or similar nice operator out of the same/similar area and do Yukon, etc ? OK, I found Marissa Charter https://www.marissacharters.com and Waterhorse https://www.waterhorsecharters.com/schedule/ Thank you !
  6. I bought the DGX 600. Dove with it yesterday. Very fine light. I think it's a bit narrow than L&M but it' bright enough. I was mostly using the less bright setting. The bright beam path in the water column kind of somewhat disturbing, so I turn it down. I might buy another one, it's just a good value performer. I can buy 4 and still less than a Sola 2000 !
  7. So after 1.5 year dry, suddenly I found myself all 3 dives light became dead. What's a good powerful popular light nowadays that doesn't cost a kidney. Thanks! Cheers!
  8. Since L&M won't service my 1200 any longer, doesn't hurt to try take it apart myself. So it's a 7.2v 3100mAH battery but it has 4 leads which I need to figure out why and what they do that for and see if I can find a replacement, size is the issue. While researching this, I notice L&M web site CEO said something about battery. It turns out it's still a Chinese battery, not Panasonic or LG as stated in the page. https://lightandmotion.com/blogs/dive-academy/sola-battery-bulletin
  9. I am on the same boat now, did you ever get your light fixed ?
  10. Thank you for the response, appreciated. I am a Inon friend, will seriously look into that. Today, I went through some stuffs and found my other beloved Hartenberger Nano also pronunce death. Try to open it up but stuck & don't want to over power it. Not sure if it can be swap with regular AA battery or it has to go back to service. Not even sure if I can find service, it's even older than my L&M. So at the moment, I have no light, period !
  11. Hi folks, Been a while I post here .... What is the popular and good L&M focus light now ? L&M said they won't fix my old 1200 anymore because it's too old and ask me to buy another one ! I am not sure what to buy nowadays. Is it 2000 S/F or 2500 S/F. 2500 seems quite expensive, is it a much better in terms of brightness, lasting and feature ? Or 2000 S/F is fine. Thank you ! Dominic
  12. Does the Nikon 8-15 lens diameter differs from the Tokina 10-17. Just wonder if I need a different focus ring to fit over the lens for the housing to work ... Can someone show a picture of the 2 lens side by side please ? Thanks !
  13. 8-15mm, will have to look into it. Might work. Is the Tokina 11-16 not suitable for underwater ? Seem not much discussion ...
  14. Thanks Tim, my Tokina is beyond duck taping ... the last 9 months been that, super glue, etc. Now the motor just won't even move but just making ugly noise ...
  15. Hi, there My Tokina 10-17 finally RIP ... So instead of buying another Tokina 10-17 which is certainly an option. What might be alternative that will work in DX and potentially better fit for FX in the near future ?! At the moment I am using Nikon D90 in Nexus housing with the small/mini dome. Works very well. I may upgrade to put my D610 in a housing but I have not schedule for that yet. So should I just get another 10-17 or consider Sigma 15 which will work for FX but probably not wide enough for DX but would it still work ? Other option ? I am looking at BH, what is the differences of the 2 other than the hood ?? Thank you for reading ... Dominic
  16. After doing Key Largo last week, I am setting the bar higher this time. I want to go Bahama for a weekend. What's the most economic way to travel and dive Bahama for a weekend. Should I fly or ferry from Miami ? or any of the cities along that coast ? I just need to do a couple days of the sharks dives and check off my list and I will be happy. Thursday to Sunday including travel is all I have. Please recommend and advise and thank you again ! Dominic
  17. Turns out I flew to Orlando for a week of work and drove to Key Largo in a little more then 4 hrs after (~310 miles), drove to Tampa in 5 hours after finishing 2 dives in the morning. 3 days 10 dives, not bad at all ! 86F/30C water, you just can't compalint !
  18. THANK YOU ! Please advise/recommend an operator @ West Palm Beach. I may just do exactly what you suggested. I had another business trip in Oralando the week of 9/19 and I may repeat the exact itin for that weekend too before flying back to CA. That will give me 8+ dives in FL for 2011. That's an outstanding record for myself :-)
  19. Let me be slightly more specific ... I did manatee snookle in 2010, so that's not a high priority. I like diving, scuba, more ... But I don't know/not certify for cave/cavern and have never dive in fresh water ... I love Key Largo but this is an extremely long drive to go from Tampa. I am on a business trip for 2 weeks and staying over for the weekend, I am packing my dive gears (show so much I want to dive ...) My schedule is I can get out of Tampa Friday afternoon and than come back Sunday evening. Should I stress myself w/ the driving ? Or just go up to Crystal and look for some fresh water dive ?? That's the advise I am looking ... What do the local recommend ?
  20. I have an opportunity to visit Tampa FL in a few weeks, I did the manatee snookle a few years back. I want to do some scuba this time, is it worth diving Crystal River/Spring area or bite the long drive and hit Key Largo, that's 6 hrs one way ???!! Thanks! Dominic
  21. Wonder if anyone interested in buying my very new FIX LED1000DX along with the 4500/6000 filter set. Charger and original box all in mint shape. ULCS mount not include. I am down sizing to an L&M Sola600, FIX1000DX is more powerful and brighter but much bigger. $375 OBO. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4029/432907..._51cb750113.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2741/432980..._1a77927566.jpg Email me @ cascuba@gmail.com if interested, I don't read Wetpixel everyday ... Thanks! Dominic
  22. Just want to learn ... what's the benefit of using second curtain sync for underwater pic ?
  23. This guy was at about 14 ft deep in the bottom inside 3 sisters and I was snookeling without weight. I am no free diver, that's the lowest angle I was able to get a non-blury shot. I Google a little bit and all those pictures came back don't look like the one I saw especially the mouth. It has a big upper lip. It's about 18 ~ 20 inchese long.
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