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  1. Seems like this thread has lost its purpose. Probably time just to close it.
  2. First, I apologize as I don't have direct interaction with Bob. That said, I find this very sad to see him go. When I first began realizing the "travel" portion of my dive life, it was Bob's Telita that I saw as one of the pinnacles. I never managed to make it there, but executed several trips on the Tiata and one on the Febrina. No offense to anyone, but this was back in the heyday of PNG diving (with the Barbarian, and all that she established; Kevin Baldwin and the Tiata; true titans walking the diving landscape). I often quote what I once told on the Tiata's back platform before a solo dive: "That's the ocean, it's deep, make sure you come back to here". True PNG diving ... So long, Bob. Thank you for all you did and who you were.
  3. Thanks, Tom. It seems like you and so many use 'prescription dive mask' that I'm going to go with this known quantity. I appreciate the input.
  4. Tom, I've seen the prescriptiondivemasks.com website and they seem to be one of the few that I can find any reviews about. All positive. That said, their website suggests the lenses are "chemically bonded into your mask by hand". They also have a FAQ answering the question "do the lenses come unbonded?". I just wonder how thick the end combination becomes ...
  5. Hello all, Apologies if this is in the wrong forum. I need to get a prescription dive mask with a bifocal setup. My local dive shop uses 'Aquatic Optics' for doing this. I've searched a bit and not found much about them. Does anyone have any experience with them? My understanding is that they replace the original mask glass, as opposed to bonding onto it. Thanks for your input. David
  6. Hello Tom, Too bad you already have a housing. This setup I have would have been perfect for you. http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=62046
  7. Hello all, I have too many housings sitting around, so I'd like to sell my Aquatica D7000 setup. This includes the Aquatica brand housing, 4" mini dome, macro port, extension rings, as well as the Aquatica close-up kit with the +5 and +10 diopters and diopter caddy for the housing's handles. Thanks! David
  8. Hello, For the past many years, I have traveled with the ThinkTank Airport Accelerator (V1.0) backpack and an Urban Disguise 2.0. This lets me take all of my "delicates" on-board with me (housing, ports, lenses, bodies, etc.). It's been really nice for two reasons: * Backpacks (IMHO) fly below the "we're going to weigh your bag" airport staff (and my backpack is really heavy ...) * The Airport Accelerator has gone into almost every small overhead bin I've encountered (after removing the laptop pouch) Unfortunately, my back just doesn't want to tolerate it anymore. So I'm toying with a smaller roller like the Airstream. The theory is that I can keep all of the heavy stuff there and transition to a smaller backpack for less load. And I'm hoping the small size will still avoid attracting the crew's attention. Thoughts on this? Do all rollers attract attention? Will it still fit in small overheads? Thanks! David
  9. Still sitting at my house and needs a home ...
  10. Hello all, I'm changing systems, so I'd like to sell my Aquatica D7000 setup. This includes the Aquatica brand housing, 4" mini dome, macro port, extension rings, as well as the Aquatica close-up kit with the +5 and +10 diopters and diopter caddy for the housing's handles. I had it service in March of last year before its last trip in June'14 (and an o-ring re-serviced by the folks at Lembeh). A great deal at $1500 USD. Thanks! David
  11. Thanks. Nikon seems to be very adamant that AF doesn't work (in the website table, the manual for the lens, etc., regardless of TC factor). I'd think if you were in the business of selling products, you wouldn't want to discourage people from buying them. David
  12. Hello, I'm looking at the Nikon website and they have a "Teleconverter Compatibility Table" where they list the 105mm VR lens as "AF not possible". Really? I thought AlexM's review of the D750 (as an example) discussed AF capability with the Nikon 2x TC. Does anyone have any insight here? Is Nikon just confused on selling their products? Thanks! David
  13. Thanks, all. I'm going to pull the lens out of the closet this weekend and see how smooth the aperture and focus distance knobs feel. I'll ping Kevin as well just to get another opinion. David
  14. Thanks, John. That's my thinking as well. Even if I could find some shop that claimed they had the capability, I'm not sure I'd trust them with that lens! I've found that the servicing shops tend to be of dubious capability on things as simple as housings. That 15mm would likely be well beyond them. David
  15. Hello all, After reading Pawel's article, I'm now toying with the idea of bringing my Nikonos 15mm lens out of retirement (hasn't been used in years!). I think this is especially interesting in the age of travel restrictions (weight, size, etc.). If I could ditch a large dome by using this with a housing that supported the direct attach of the lens, I think that would be cool. That said, other than the main body o-ring, do 15mm lenses need servicing (given that it has set in a box for many years)? Thanks! David
  16. Cool! Thank you, I'll give it a try. David (Wishing I was in Monterey ...)
  17. Hello, I have an Aquatica housing for a D7000. It currently has two electrical Nikonos strobe connections, and I would like to change one to an optical connection. Does anyone know how to remove the existing Nikonos connector? The replacement optical connector seems to be a press-in style, but I nervous just to start yanking on the existing connector on the housing. Thanks! David
  18. I'd like to also weigh in positively for DLL. I was there (solo) last November and had my own private boat. Very inexpensive, and you absolutely cannot beat having your own boat, dive guide, and freedom to tell them exactly what you are interested in. Highly recommended! Distance to dive sites was not an issue at all. If I was traveling with my non-diver wife, I might opt for something with a bit more amenities. Flushing the toilet at DLL amounts to you pouring a bucket of water into the bowl. But if you are in the water, looking for critters, and don't want to contend with over photographers, DLL is fantastic. David Bearden Austin, TX
  19. This is the one topic that tweaks me about my Nexus housing. Many of their ports are rated to depths that I consider too constraining. I think the FP120-7 and the ZP1224-10 fall into the 40 meter limit as well. That being said, you mentioned that you had an Athena dome. My understanding is that these (non-Nexus) domes are rated much deeper (100 meters). If you've got a true Athena dome, cherish it. David
  20. Hello, I'm looking to find another muck stick like the one I picked up at LBR. It's basically a metal rod that has a second metal clamp section (nice for attaching to a D-ring). Short of going back to Lembeh, has anyone seen these available for purchase online? Thanks. David
  21. I'll only allow myself one extravagant toy. That's why the rebreather can come along till the bike goes. Other dive gear and photo equipment aren't toys. They're necessities. David
  22. Here's my current ride... Of course, when I look at it, I'm now starting to see a rebreather. David
  23. ... but a quick glance at the Sigma 10-20 seems to say it might be an option. And $400 cheaper. Do you know what setup Ryan tested on the Nexus with that lens? With that $400, I could buy one of those fancy flashlights for focusing. Either that or a hammer from the government. David
  24. Michael, I'm a bit worried going with a fisheye. I've got an interest in wreck photography and am a bit nervous about how well the FE would work. I suspect for reef photos I'd be ok. I'm not so sure about the straight edges of a wreck. David
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