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About expatdiver

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  • Birthday 08/20/1977

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    Baltimore, MD USA
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    Travel, Golf, Darts, Brewing

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D70s
  • Camera Housing
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    2 x Ikelite DS-125s
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    10.5, 105, 12-24
  1. Sorry for the delayed response. It's for DLSR housings.
  2. Excellent condition. Less then 10 dives. Asking $850
  3. I'll be in this same situtation in a year or two. I plan on having the surgery in Bangkok, and then holing up somewhere for a while as I recover. I have both a knee and shoulder surgey coming, and I know I can be diving within a few months after the knee surgery, but am not sure how long the shoulder will take. As SteveB said, and I have heard, shoulders take a while to recover. That said, I was diving 2 days after having seperated my shoulder a few years ago, and I actually found that once I got my wetsuit on, the pressure from the suit and cool water actually made my shoulder feel much better. As far as where to stay, Bali might be a good choice, as you can get decent diving there and not be too far from decent medical care, should you need it. There is also a orthopedic clinic in Phuket, that I've been looking at as a possible recovery location, but that is more due to the fact that I know Phuket very well.
  4. ***WARNING*** I am not certain of the effects of acetone on housing materials. The way to find a vacuum leak is to draw a vacuum on the vessel, then while monitoring the vacuum level spritz acetone around the seals and fittings. The acetone will work like the soapy water mixture does on pressure vessels as a leak spotter. It will get drawn in through any leak and rapidly evaporate under the vacuum, thus causing a quick jump up on the vacuum gauge. Alcohol may be able to be used in place of acetone, but I am not sure if it would evaporate fast enough to make a noticable movement in the vacuum gauge.
  5. I am in the proscess of putting together a new system, and the fist thing on my list is 2 bodies. I spare body not only gives you a direct replcement should your primary fail, it also give you additional spares (i.e. battery, memory cards, etc.). Plus you have any identical body for topside shooting during your trip; so you already know buttons and settings. I used to have to debate wheter to take the time to remove my camera from the housing when, say a pod of orcas started bow riding while we were out looking for whalesharks, to shoot topside or leave it in to be ready to jump. Now I don't have that debate anymore. I just grab whichever camera is necesary. Also, depending on your housing, you can always switch to optical sync (if the electronics fail) or ambiant light photography (if optical sync is not an option).
  6. I've been patiently waiting for this announcement for about a year now. I've had my ol' D70s limping along for waayyy too long. I was even about to jump to D800 late last year, when they had those rebates on. Now the only question I have is back to the FX vs. DX debate, but that is for another thread.
  7. I'm thinking about doing a mermaid shoot on an upcoming trip and wondering if anyone has any advice on how to make a tail? I'll be in Singapore for a few days before the trip, so would have access to just about any materials needed, or prefferibly if there is a costume shop there that I could get one made quickly. It would be nice if the tail would have a fin built into it, as it would be helpful if the model could swim decently with it.
  8. I'm in the same boat and am regularly checking for the D7000 replacement. If I'm lucky it will be out with housings before my trip in October.
  9. I get a TravelGuard Gold policy for every trip I take, but I have a lot of scheduling issue that could come into play, and need to cancel for business reason that the policy offers. I've never had to file a claim, but several times I have to alter trips and make adjustments to the policies, and that has always gone smoothly.
  10. Some shots from my May trip to Fiji for a wide angle workshop. This was the first trip where I was really happy with my wide angle work, as the workshop reminded me to employ some of the techniques I already knew, and I learned a few new ones. What do you guys think?
  11. It looks like the D800 is living up to some of the expectations from when it was announced. Hopefully some of its features will make their way into the D7000's replacement. That's the one I'm waiting for. Anyway, the shots look awesome, and I can't wait for the Fiji workshop.
  12. With only two weeks you are probably down to either Raja or Komodo, and yes there is a lot of island hopping regardless of where you go. Travel to and from Raja will eat into that time as I am pretty sure an overnight is required to get to Sorong. Either in Manado if going through Singapore, or Makassar through Bali. You might be able to shave a day by flying in through Jakarta. I had great manta encounters at both Raja and Komodo and saw them on multiple dives at both places. The molas around Bali are seasonal. Normally they are regularly spotted from August to October, but then again the year I went in September they had been seeing them in great numbers in June. The dragons are definitely cool, and it is the only place in the world to see such a creature in the wild.
  13. You can go to Indo anytime of year, but for Raja Nov. - Apr. is probably the best time, and you'll see that most boats relocate between the major spots throughout the year. You might even be able to find a Raja & Komodo back to back trip as the boat transitions, or can just fly from Bali up to Raja, but that normally adds a wasted day en-route. Mantas can be found just about anywhere. I've seen them in Bali (Nusa Penida), Raja Ampat, Komodo. Mandarinfish are also fairly prolific throughout the area, and any dive operator should be able to get you on a site for them. We actually just dropped in off the pier in Alor for them before heading out to sea. Anemonefish are everywhere. You shouldn't have trouble seeing several different species at any destination. Just watch out... they bite. Also, cuttlefish are just about everywhere. Not sure what you mean by "kelp dragon looking things." If you're talking about weedy/leafy seadragons, they are down in Australia. Personally, if I were planning a long trip from the states, and wanted to get the best of Indonesia, I would fly through Singapore to Manado, then do a few days in Lembeh, then fly off to Sorong for a Raja liveaboard plus time at Misool, then fly down to Bali (not sure if you can get from Sorong to Bima in a day) for a Komodo liveaboard. You can then add some day trips around Bali and the surrounding islands as well, for things like mants and molas.
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