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  1. Burned might not be quite the right word. In July 2020 was to go there for the grouper spawning at Fakarava as part of 10 day cruise to Rangiroa. Add to the boat the interisland flights and 2 nights hotel at the end points, and 3 nights at Fakarava and (terrible move by my bookers), 10 dives paid for Prodive). Of course it didn't happen. One night hotel was not refundable, the rest is a mix of refunds and mostly credits. Air Tahiti gave me until the end of Sept to rebook the interisland flights, so I figured things would be in good shape by February this year. Book another international flight, more hotels (made sure all cancelable), new flight for a few bucks more, and upgraded the Fakarava hotel. Come January, this was a 'should we do it or not decision' which we were leaning against when the country closed it borders again. This time Chase got the interisland flight refunded, but I still have 3 nights and 10 dives there, and a dive boat credit that will probably be pretty good, but makes me a bit nervous until I do as it's ~13k USD. United was (eventually) pretty good about refunds/credits in a way I was ok with, but on the first try, I had made the daring move to use French Bee for the return flight, because the days of the week United does didn't mesh well. Here I got the ticket class that did allow for refunds, but FB decided it would not honor that, despite the contract and US law prohibiting such for cancelled flights. They continued to sell such 'non refundable' tickets even while deny my request and the case I opened with the DOT. Happily Chase would do a reversal even though it was ~9 months after the time of booking. To date I've only lost a little bit of money and so long as I can use the boat credits, I'll be at least even. It's more the loss of the trips that hurt (like for all of us), and for now, I'd rather avoid any more and pick the spots with the most potential to succeed, or the ones that can be arranged on fairly short notice. Someday I'll make it to Fakarava and Rangiroa, but maybe I'll take baby steps and try to get to Moreea for whale season. When pandemic considerations no longer apply, it's a very accessible location from California.
  2. Florida has passed its peak and is now below US average for new case rate and may be tenable in early November, before the Thanksgiving holiday travel has the potential to start another winter surge season. Unfortunately, it's difficult to plan with any accuracy beyond a few weeks. I think the strategy of picking from destinations with the most simple flight path is the sound way to go. That's why I'm not ready to even think about 2022 destinations like Indonesia or the Philippines until they officially reopen I already got burned twice by French Polynesia, even though that is a fairly simple direct flight from SFO or LAX.
  3. I did an Exumas charter out of Nassau in late July where I was testing out my new R5 rig. I primarily shot 8-15, but I did take the 100mm in on 3 dives to get some experience. I wouldn't describe the Bahamas as a macro destination, but there were a number of the flamingo tongues and a variety of shrimp and small crabs, and a few lettuce nudis. My main discovery is that while I didn't need a manual focus on my prior 4/3rds setup, I very likely do on the FF. Depth of field is an issue with the banded shrimp.
  4. Time for some overdue thanks to: @mdo905 purchased the CMC-1 my wife will never use. @PsychoSgt is putting to use 2 YS-110s from my original 20D rig @gdiver25 took one of my YS-D2s. @shjeong8 took the other YS-D2 and my older YS-D1. It was great working with all of you, thanks for helping me fund a bit of the bonfire my R5 is causing.
  5. All strobes for sale have been taken - new homes for 2 YS110s, 1 D1, 1 D2 and 1 D2J! Thanks all, and happy shooting.
  6. all of the used strobes are now spoken for. So it's back to the original bit - 2 never used D2Js. I head for the Bahamas in a week, at which point at least one of these becomes used. Will now take 530 for one, shipping included.
  7. I've never flown domestically within Mexico, but I would imagine that like most nations, there would be no customs component. This problem has been most prevalent to Cabo, don't think I've heard any reports of it happened at the Cancun/Cozumel airports. I think the odds are good for you. (oh, I see from comments in 2020 that this is not a certainty) May you have good shark odds at Guadalupe!
  8. I wonder if that's more closed up than what Nautilus had already done, or other operators. The entry to their's was pretty restrictive even 4 years go and the side gaps seems sufficient. It would be bad, photographically, to lose much more. As it stands, the bait fish make a real challenge at times.
  9. Update - the YS-110s are sold, and one of the YS-D2s. still available: the 2 new YS-D2Js (1000 for 2, 550 for one, US shipping included) 1 used YS-D2 (275 + 15 US shipping) - all parts in it - YS mount, ball mount, manual, diffusers, red filter 1 used YS-D1 (175 + 15 US shipping)
  10. Found one more related item: #AQ - 49001 - Zoom Gear for EF 8-15mm - new in bag, never in water. $100, shipped to US addresses. $80 if purchased with either the dome or the extension port.
  11. I have a taker for the 110s already. Happy to see these will still be useful. slaaaake - the D2Js are new in box. The D2s are used. That’s the price difference. And to clarify - 275 each. cheers!
  12. I also have older, used S&S strobes to sell, but which would depend on if there is a buyer for the new ones. I need to have at least 3 for my trip at end of July. DM me if possible interest and can show more details on these. 2 YS-D2s - $275 1 YS-D1 - $175 2 YS-110s ! $100 for the pair, one for 70, the other for 30 (had water intrusion into battery compartment in 2008, continued to work for 6 more years until I moved to YS-D1) Can provide more detail if interested.
  13. Never used travel friendly dome. # AQ-18409 - Aquatica 6" Acrylic Dome Port # AQ-18484 - Aquatica 6" Dome Shade for Fisheye lenses # AQ-18504 - Aquatica Neoprene cover for 6" dome cover I also seem to have a second cover, used, that I'll include as a spare. $320, shipping included to US addresses. -- # AQ-48463 Aquatica 21.5 mm Port Extension with lock, for Canon 8-15mm fisheye, Nikon 18-55, new in box $160, shipping includes to US addresses.
  14. I bought two S&S D2Js on an early lockdown sale last year. Who knew it would take this long to get back into the water, and meanwhile they released the D3 and its continuous firing capability. Having just moved to an R5, that's appealing. My cost for the pair was $1031USD, which is $100-200 better than the usual sales for YS-Dx strobes. I'll sell the pair for $1000, shipping/insured included to US addresses, for international we'll need to talk. A single for $550, shipping/insured. They are new in box - I've not unwrapped anything yet. (We can do a video chat and unwrap or do any test fires/operation before shipping)
  15. after some well publicized cage incursions in the 2016 season, Nautilus closed up the cages considerably, and in 2017 there were a lot of admonishments to keep even hands inside. Though I think you can manage with a 9" dome, I went with a 6. It can be a bit crowded with 3 in the dive cages and iirc, 4 in the surface ones. You normally have a decently unobstructed path to the sector in front of you, but it can be a bit more difficult if you're trying to go more than 45 degrees off. For my time, the close approaches were rarer, and came fast. The fisheye got no use, I stayed on the 7-14 the entire time. My wife's compact (G7X) had a more useful range, I thought. Tiger Beach is much easier in these regards.
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