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  1. I have a Fuji S2 body that I purchased new in '02 and an Aquatica S2 housing, purchased slightly used in '04, here on Wetpixel. I have used the housing for 8 years, but it has also been well maintained and thoroughly rinsed after each dive. Most of it's action has been from live-aboards with excellent camera facitilties. I recently changed the o-rings and just completed 22 dives with camera and housing, last week. It includes a 8" dome port, a flat port, and extensions and gears for 12-24 DX, and 105 f/2.8. It also has a moisture alarm. The housing comes with a Pelican 1610 roller case. I have a 2nd S2 body that I will throw in, that needs some work because the auto focus is not working properly. Could be a simple fix, or could be used for spare parts. $2200 shipped CONUS I will also consider selling my 12-24 DX and my 60 mm f/2.8
  2. Parity = Mediocrity. If a restaurant, bar, or other service industry business paid all the employees the same, there would be no incintive to excel. These businesses usually have higher turnover rates so long term reward systems are not as effective. Tipping is a way to self regulate and allow businesses to operate at a lower cost because ultimately the customer pays. I would rather pay a lower cost for the product or service and control the reward based on my experience.
  3. I can't speak for the Tokina 10-17 with the 6" dome, but when I had my Ikelite housing for my S2, the 6" dome was undesirable for the 12-24 DX lens. The recommended +4 diopter made it worse. At the time they didn't have an 8" dome, and I ended up changing housings. My guess is you will be much happier with the 8" dome.
  4. This was at Long Caye Wall at LHR. We were in the water at 6 AM. The rest of the photos.
  5. I'm sure they are trying to prevent people from reproducing and selling them on Ebay. Their security settings only allow "content extraction for accessibility". I'm not sure what that means because it would not allow me to extract a page(s). Did you download it? I did and by using the bookmarks tab, it navigates easily. I prefer to have the guide in a file myself.
  6. I have used the Ikelite and now the Aquatica. Both are reliable and relatively inexpensive and have good service support. Parts are readily available in the US. For starters, I would get the 12-24 lens you spoke of and the 60mm macro. You may find that is all you need or you can expand from there. Both the dome and flat ports can be used for a lot of different lenses with port extensions. Lense gears allow you to operate manual focus and/or zoom functions. I think you are on the right path about not paying big bucks since the D300 has already been released. You may find a good deal on a used D200 setup in the near future. Sounds like a great job. You will get more use out of whatever you buy than most of us.
  7. I was just joking but I am interested in the D300.
  8. I have been around for a while, just haven't been active lately. I am starting to get the itch to replace my S2. I am really impressed with the D300 and because of my Nikon glass, seems to be the logical replacement. My fist housing was the 1st generation Ikelite. The two things I didn't like were the lack of controls and the 6" dome that was available. I loved the clear polycarb and the price of course. How is the 8" dome performing with lenses like the 10 or 12-24? Also, the enhanced viewfinder was not available for the Aquatica S2, which I am still using. I assume many people are using one with later models. If so, I would like to know how you feel about it.
  9. I would like to put my name on the list for your D300 setup when the D400 comes out. LOL
  10. We stayed at Buddy's last Christmas. It was full to capacity but they managed to handle the crowds pretty well for the most part. The dive boats were full and you had to sign up quickly or risk having to go out at a different time. The shore diving is what it is all about, not because it is better but because you are on your own schedule. You can dive as much and for as long as you want. I found the house reef to be enjoyable and productive. We never experienced any problem getting in at breakfast but the onsite restaurant required reservations, as did every restaurant in town, for that time of the year. I highly recommend Capricio. It is one of our very favorite restaurants, anywhere. They have an incredible wine list if you are into that. There are a lot of very good restaurants in Bonaire.
  11. I used SLR's for many years (since 70's) above water and Nikonos for underwater. I made the commitment to house an SLR by purchasing a N90 and several lenses. I changed my mind when the S2 and D100 came out and made the switch to a DSLR. I was among the first to house the S2 in an Ikelite (2002), the only available housing at the time. On the 1st dive of the 1st dive trip, I knew this was what I was looking for. Although there have been some tremendous photos taken with them, a P&S was never really an option for me. I am still using the S2 with an Aquatica. I loved the Ikelite but it was the 1st generation without the improved back and didn't allow access to some very important functions. I also didn't like the 6" dome that was the only thing available at the time. If they had the improved back and the 8" dome, I probably would still be using it. The D300 is looking pretty sweet. I may make the switch in the next year or so. Or I may wait until the D400 comes out and buy somebody's D300 rig.
  12. If that's a requirement, you are right. The area around the eyepiece is just a little larger than the eyepiece itself. Not much chance of re-tooling for a discontinued model.
  13. Will the S2's be upgradable as well? That's my only complaint with my Aquatica housing, which I would like to stick with for a few years to come.
  14. I had an old photo trekker AW in the attic. It's probably a I, not a II. I am able to fit housing, dome, flat, gears, and a few misc. items. It is much more flexible than the roller 2. No way for 2nd body but I think I can live with that. Thanks for jarring my memory. It goes back to my Nikonos days. I swore off anything not on wheels a few years back but circumstances dictate a little lugging now.
  15. After reading several horror stories about stolen camera gear, specifically in Puerto Rico, where I will be travelling through in December, I am reconsidering my packing arrangements. Although my stuff is insured, I couldn't stand the agony of arriving somewhere, only to discover I will not be shooting photos, at least with my own gear. I have a Lowepro Roller 2, which I believe is their largest that is a legal carry-on. I have always packed the camera body, lenses, and strobes (because they fit) and a lot of miscellaneous items. The rest had to be checked and I have been using a Pelican 1610 for 4 years now. This is one of the very ones that has been the most susceptible. It will not all fit in a Lowepro like mine unless I leave out the dome port. Has anybody found a carry-on sized case that will handle a DSLR housing, 8" dome port, macro port, extensions, arms, and connectors? Since my wife doesn't shoot and doesn't utilize her allotment of carr-on, we can make a 2nd photo case work. I am thinking that any critical components that I can't live without, need to be with me.
  16. Just to add to what everyone has said; when you remove the o-ring, look at everything under good lighting, the groove, the seating surface, and the lubricated o-ring. Look for salt, sand, lint, fuzz, hair or anything else that may cause a leak. Look at it again after placing the o-ring in the groove before closing the camera. For some reason lint and fuzz seem to appear from nowhere.
  17. Thanks James. I haven't been far away.
  18. I too was in Coz between hurricanes, last summer. We saw more reef sharks than we have ever seen there. We saw them on two different dives at Punta Sur. Watched a huge grouper stalking and making a run at them, since they were only about 3 feet long. They were very skittish so I never got close enough for a good picture. I took a few shots just for proof. We counted 16 at one point.
  19. I'm replacing all my AA's (24) for an upcoming trip. There once was a link to a comparison chart of the different brands and their performance. I haven't been able to find it. My 1st thought is either Maha's or Ansmann's from Thomas Dist. Also, has anyone tried the newer 2500+ mAh batteries? My old ones were 1800's.
  20. My thoughts, exactly. I think that I f I had started with the Aquatica S2 when I first got mine, I would not have grown so comfortable with the Top Pannel Display. However, in 2002, there wasn't a choice. I am going to try to re-train myself while using the camera topside.
  21. I think the angle may have a lot to do with it as well, instead of looking straight down onto the display. I was hoping that someone had discovered some small LED light or some way to see the top pannel. An enhancement of the viewfinder would also be nice. I cam get the battery tray out with the grip handles but it is pretty tight. It may put it in a little bind and would probably be better to have the skinnier grips. Besides, my fat fingers don't fit the grips all that well anyway. The quick connect handles sound great.
  22. Having had a limited number of dives with my Aquatica S2, I am having trouble with one thing. It has been noted elsewhere and I have had the same proble with viewing the top pannel display on the S2. I use the camera's display light and I am using guage reader lenses on my mask, but I still cannot see the display (too dark). I know most of the information is also in the viewfinder but I have trouble reading it as well and have to move my viewpoint to see all of it. I have became accustomed to using the top display since I use the camera a lot topside and previously in an Ikelite housing. Has anyone figured out a way to overcome this obstacle?
  23. Fuji S2, 105, Aquatica Housing, 1/60, F/22
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