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Everything posted by tx51210

  1. Can you clarify the "recent announcement" comment? Has Ikelite issued some kind of port exchange for some 105VR ports?
  2. I agree with everything said about the 60mm but get the 105mm anyway, it's the bomb! Glad to add to your confusion. The more lenses the better anyway.
  3. Red Hind - Page 159 Reef Fish ID 3rs Edition
  4. Longer is better. The (2) 8" arms will work but if you have longer arms, take them. The 10.5 is so wide, that I was constantly having to adjust the arms to move them behind the 180degree field of view. I am still debating the benifit of diffuser vs no diffusers with the DS125s when shooting the 10.5. Anyone else have an opinion?
  5. The mouth seems more upswept and the limited plumes/appendages makes me wonder if this very red version is something other than a Spotted Scorpionfish from Cancun.
  6. #3 is really nice. Good composition. #2 is good also, how close were the jelly stingers?
  7. Thanks, maybe this will fix the link issue. More Pictures
  8. D200 in Ikelite Housing with Dual DS125 Strobes Hope these show up. My Pbase account seems to have issues with the board.
  9. I like the selective focus on #2 and the attention of the fish is on the camera. The coral and subject must limit your composition but I like what you have. Consider a horizontal crop along the bottom to remove the dark void in the bottom right corner. Nice colors on #1 but subject composition could be better. You would think for what these models charge, they could cooperate a little better.
  10. I think the Montastrea annularis is the correct answer. My memory gets worse daily but that seems to be what I remember, the pictures helped. I kept trying to convince myself that the scale of the polyps were larger. Thanks.
  11. I am trying to identify this fairly common species from Cancun/Cozumel. Thanks for any help.
  12. I sold my Oly 8080 rig and bought an Ikelite Housing and Dual DS125 strobes for my D200. This is the first trip out with the rig shooting the Nikor 105VR. I have some more pictures at my website PBASE
  13. Thanks for the contact information. I received a brief reply from Sandy telling me to fax the completed enrollment forms but she did not answer my questions about the form I already sent and I find it really disturbing to deal with a company where I cannot talk to anyone on the phone or get questions answered. I really hate the idea of filling out all that information again, but I think I need to go with a different insurance company.
  14. I wonder if DEPP is still in business. They have not returned email or phone calls and all I get when I call is voicemail.
  15. Good tip, I will keep that in mind as I try it out Saturday. Nothing like 2' vis to make wide angle a challenge.
  16. Great tip with the filter strap. Someone gave me a set of strap wrenches a few Christmas ago and I never used. Sounds like you found a use for them. Rinse tanks are getting more crowded with all the great point and shoot models out there. Those little conversations ahead of time with the crew can really pay off.
  17. I received my new Ikelite housing and the 8" dome and port for the 10.5. I have to admit, I am pretty uneasy with the bayonett port attachment and configuration. I know water pressure will help prevent accidental rotation of the port but this seems to be a disaster waiting to happen. It is very hard to get the port connection to the dome tight enough and I worry about the transition period back into the boat where there is little water pressure but there can be a lot of jostling around with higher waves. Handing this thing to a crew member? Most guys are very careful, but if you set the dome down??
  18. Has anyone tried the wraps used to hold foam padding to motorcycle dirt bike cross bars? The same principal should work on the floats. They use a vinyl or fabric piece of cloth that has mating velcro strips sewn along the length of the material which is sized to wrap around the length of the foam. The velcro is adjustable and makes removal easy. Their foam strips are cut lenthwise and would make adding and removing the foam quick. I am not suggesting actually using the cross bar pads as they are too soft and the wraps tend to make your rig look like tropical fish with all the colors, but I believe the principal is fairly sound. What do you think?
  19. I was reading the Ikelite website and the *? on the port chart states that some people feel that at +2 Diopter on the 12-24 will increase corner sharpness. Anyone have any experience behind the new Ike 8" dome either way and just who are "some people"? I have a Canon 500D that I slapped on the 12-24 just to see the look thru the viewfinder. The field of view decreases so essentially, it is cropping the corners by affecting the angle of view at 12mm. Not sure if this would be a positive addition or not. Topside, I do not see any difference in corner sharpness with or without the 500D. My system does not show up till Tuesday so I guess I will have to test it out when it finally shows.
  20. Sony Vaio TX series, tiny, long battery life and built-in DVD burner for under 4lbs. Load up on ram. Expensive but worth it.
  21. I sold the C-8080, Housing and Strobe. I am currently scrimping every penny and selling everything not tied down to fund a Housing Setup for my D200. The prices are just ridiculous. I am leaning toward Ikelite because of iTTL, I can understand their website port information and because they don't gouge quite as badly as the other housing vendors for every little port assembly piece. If I recycle a few more cans and sell some more blood, maybe I can get back into the underwater photography by the end of the month.
  22. Do the guys at Aquatica recommend a rebuild of the smaller seals after all that time?
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