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  1. Having just returned from a trip I wanted to take a moment and comment on the Retras. They arrived just days before I departed for a two week trip to Truk Lagoon. Other than a couple workbench tests, I had no time to get them in the water before leaving which had me feeling a little nervous. I essentially showed up in Truk and jumped in the water with them for the first time. They preformed flawlessly, where very easy to use/learn, and provided some really beautiful light that was easy to control. Max depth I had them to was about 200ft and all dives were longish rebreather dives, often with penetration; the Retras never missed a beat or a shot! They are really well made and engineered. Even without the extended battery pack continuous shooting was not an issue. They would easily fire for 3-4 continuous shots using Eneloop Pros before one dark frame and than 3-4 continuous again. I may pick up the extended battery pack at some point but they more than meet my exceptions for my shooting style. The pilot light is also a nice feature and doubled as a video light in dark engine rooms with the lowlight capabilities of the 5D. I will post a photo or 2 when I get some edited. Long term reliability in our cold North Atlantic water is TBD, but so far I'm very happy with my purchase! Thanks for a great product!
  2. Everything sold except: Item 1: Inon UCL-165 M67 (67mm thread mount) close up lens. Excellent condition. I actually don't think I ever used this, but lets say a couple dives at most to be safe. $75 Paypal’d and shipped.
  3. Price reduced on the G12 setup. Item 1: Inon UCL-165 M67 (67mm thread mount). Excellent condition. I actually don't think I ever used this, but lets say a couple dives at most to be safe. $75 Paypal’d and shipped. Buy with the below lens adapter (item 2) for $90. Item 2: Ikelite 67mm Macro Lens Adapter for 3.9" Ports. Excellent condition. Part #9306.82 $25 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 3: Ultalight arm adapter for a UK Light Canon light. Excellent condition. $10 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 4: Ikelite housing for Canon G12 and G11. Includes Ikelite housing, dual tray handle, single tray handle, BOTH a Canon G12 and Canon G11 (both fit in the housing), 2 wide angle dome ports (# 6430.4), 4 canon batteries (one didn’t make the pictures), 2 chargers, and 2 diffusers (not pictured). One WA dome port has a scratch about 3/8", could possibly be buffed out but not 100% sure as it’s a little deeper than the other port, and the other has a few minor scratches that could be buffed out, but don’t recall them effecting image quality. Never flooded and never leaked. Has a few niks and scratches from a few years of well-loved use. However, I haven’t used this since 2015 when I got a DSLR (also for sale in another post). I kept it for backup but it has stayed in the closet. It was last serviced by Ikelite in February 2013. Cost of that service was $113. I would highly recommend it goes in for a service before using it since it hasn’t been used in a while and I can’t guarantee the integrity underwater, so selling cheap. It may be fine and you could give it a try with no camera to make sure, otherwise just send in to Ikelite. I do have the boxes for the cameras. $250 Paypal’d and shipped.
  4. Dropping the price again, $1,500 PP and shipped to the CONUS. Would consider offers. A great price for a complete DSLR setup!
  5. Prices reduced!!! Item 1: Inon UCL-165 M67 (67mm thread mount). Excellent condition. I actually don't think I ever used this, but lets say a couple dives at most to be safe. $75 Paypal’d and shipped. Buy with the below lens adapter (item 2) for $90. Item 2: Ikelite 67mm Macro Lens Adapter for 3.9" Ports. Excellent condition. Part #9306.82 $25 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 3: Ultalight arm adapter for a UK Light Canon light. Excellent condition. $10 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 4: Ikelite housing for Canon G12 and G11. Includes Ikelite housing, dual tray handle, single tray handle, BOTH a Canon G12 and Canon G11 (both fit in the housing), 2 wide angle dome ports (# 6430.4), 4 canon batteries (one didn’t make the pictures), 2 chargers, and 2 diffusers (not pictured). One WA dome port has a scratch about 3/8", could possibly be buffed out but not 100% sure as it’s a little deeper than the other port, and the other has a few minor scratches that could be buffed out, but don’t recall them effecting image quality. Never flooded and never leaked. Has a few niks and scratches from a few years of well-loved use. However, I haven’t used this since 2015 when I got a DSLR (also for sale in another post). I kept it for backup but it has stayed in the closet. It was last serviced by Ikelite in February 2013. Cost of that service was $113. I would highly recommend it goes in for a service before using it since it hasn’t been used in a while and I can’t guarantee the integrity underwater, so selling cheap. It may be fine and you could give it a try with no camera to make sure, otherwise just send in to Ikelite. $275 Paypal’d and shipped.
  6. Doing a little closet cleaning and found a few more items. Prices include PP and shipping to the CONUS. Will consider other locations at buyer's expense. You can find feedback for me over on Fred Miranda where I have bought and sold plenty of camera gear over the years (search Josh Rackley). Let me know if you have any questions or would like to see more images. Item 1: Inon UCL-165 M67 (67mm thread mount). Excellent condition. I actually don't think I ever used this, but lets say a couple dives at most to be safe. $100 Paypal’d and shipped. Buy with the below lens adapter (item 2) for $120. Item 2: Ikelite 67mm Macro Lens Adapter for 3.9" Ports. Excellent condition. Part #9306.82 $30 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 3: Ultalight arm adapter for a UK Light Canon light. Excellent condition. $10 Paypal’d and shipped. Item 4: Ikelite housing for Canon G12 and G11. Includes Ikelite housing, dual tray handle, single tray handle, BOTH a Canon G12 and Canon G11 (both fit in the housing), 2 wide angle dome ports (# 6430.4), 4 canon batteries (one didn’t make the pictures), 2 chargers, and 2 diffusers (not pictured). One WA dome port has a scratch about 3/8", could possibly be buffed out but not 100% sure as it’s a little deeper than the other port, and the other has a few minor scratches that could be buffed out, but don’t recall them effecting image quality. Never flooded and never leaked. Has a few niks and scratches from a few years of well-loved use. However, I haven’t used this since 2015 when I got a DSLR (also for sale in another post). I kept it for backup but it has stayed in the closet. It was last serviced by Ikelite in February 2013. Cost of that service was $113. I would highly recommend it goes in for a service before using it since it hasn’t been used in a while and I can’t guarantee the integrity underwater, so selling cheap. It may be fine and you could give it a try with no camera. $350 Paypal’d and shipped.
  7. Price dropped: $1,750 PP and shipped to the CONUS. I'd like to see this go to a good home soon!
  8. Here are some shots taken with this setup. The first is with the kit lens and the last 2 with the macro lens/port.
  9. Fantastic and capable (and small!) camera. I bought this new and has been on approximately 30 dives. I've been pretty busy with rebreather training/getting hours on my unit the last couple of years so use has been minimal. I upgraded to another setup so want to sell this. Never flooded and always soaked after diving. 587 clicks according to file numbering. May go up slightly. Very good condition. Would consider breaking it up if someone took the camera and housing first. Otherwise I would like to give it a week or so before breaking up. PM me and I would be happy to share a link to pictures taken with the camera setup. This is a great way to transition into the DSLR world or get something travel friendly. Includes: Canon SL1 (100D) DSLR Ikelite housing for the SL1 Canon 18-55mm lens w/ Ikelite dome port (My understanding is the Tokina 10-17 would work with this dome on the narrower end) Two (2) Ikelite DS51 strobes (one approximately 2 years old, the other approximately 5 years) strobe arms (one Ikelite, one Ultra Light) Canon 60mm macro lens Ikelite macro port Ikelite dual sync cord Ikelite single sync cord dual handle single handle 2 canon batteries for the camera miscellaneous spares I may be forgetting something so feel free to ask. I have boxes for the camera, flat port, and one strobe. I am happy to send photos of specific items. I can meet in person a reasonable distance from Binghamton, NY (during the week) or Albany, NY (on weekends). You can find feedback for me over on Fred Miranda where I have bought and sold plenty of camera gear over the years (search Josh Rackley). $2,000 shipped/Paypal Gift to CONUS, otherwise add 3%.
  10. I ordered the package deal earlier this week. I'm very excited to try them out. I kinda regret not ordering them earlier this year when they had the great pricing but I wasn't sure what system I would be putting together at the time. Regardless they look like stellar performers and can't wait to get them in the water up here in the Northeast. Thank you Alex for the review and Oskar for answering my questions.
  11. The G series are great cameras. I still have my G11 and G12 and housings, although I haven't had them out in several years. I'm taking it slow too; I've had my current, albeit small, DSLR out a handful of times and it does add to the task loading. I don't want to risk my current camera and would just prefer to get an appropriate depth rated housing. The MV Gulfstream looks like an interesting wreck. If I'm ever out that way I will have to check it out.
  12. Hi Richard, Thanks for the thorough response. There is a lot of good information there. I had looked at the latches on Subal and had concerns about the safety button being located on the latch itself, probably not normally an issue with most divers but with all our could be a different story. It seems the Aquatica or Nauticam would work well. The vacuum helping mitigate an accidental flood makes sense. My current setup doesn't have this so I don't have any experience with this yet. My new setup will. I think the whole system is an entanglement hazard; arms, strobes, vacuum valves, etc. I do a lot of wreck diving and come across line and nets at times. I'll just have to treat the camera as I would anything else and heed caution. Stowing is always the challenge. My current system is pretty small (Canon SL1 in an Ikelite housing dual Ikelite strobes) and tucks away easily. I have been diving a rebreather a little over a year but till consider myself new and always learning, so I have only had my camera out on 6 or 7 dives. I wear any bailout on my left so this frees up my right side. I was able to rig the camera like a bailout/stage bottle and this worked well. I plan to do something similar with the new system and see how it works. I will have strobes but will just have to play with it. I'll be introducing the camera and shooting slowly to keep task loading down as much as possible until I find a good rhythm. Thanks for the info on the domes, I hadn't thought of that until I looked. The bigger glass domes are depth limiting; luckily I was most interested in the 4" mini dome for traveling purposes for now and it is rated at 100m. Thank you again! Josh
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