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About plsdiver4377

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D300
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    Ikelite
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite DS-125 x 2
  1. I have to give another Scuba Club recommendation as well. Shore diving whenever, and I never had any problems (from the dive masters) straying from the group a little to get a good macro shot. I did however prefer the 60mm over 105mm for ease of use in current. You will learn how to time your shots and doing flip turns for getting the shot (you'll understand once you do it). We have done some dives with no current and some where you just hang on to your camera and enjoy the ride. If you get a chance to dive the Cenote's I would highly recommend it.
  2. We've been diving the Keys for that last 6 or so years during Sept. and Oct. and have been blown out once (ended up in Costa Rica). We did manage to do a trip between hurricanes once. That time of year is always unpredictable, but the odds are probably in your favor (slightly). I would however either purchase trip insurance or place your final payment as late as possible just in case. If you catch it right the diving is great but usually always good unless right behind a hurricane.
  3. We flew with them in February of '08. They didn't even check the weight coming or going, in fact I had camera vest with me just in case. They were the most accomodating of all the airlines over checked baggage weight (combining to determine total weight instead of per bag which helped). Hopefully someone has flown more recently to offer their input. Jim
  4. I just returned from Cozumel. This trip was my first chance to use my new 60mm (new version) Nikon lens mounted on my D300 in an Ike housing. Using my 28-105 lens business as usual. Using the 60mm on the D300 on land it works perfectly, a very nice portrait and macro lens. The same combination underwater yielded a problem I've never seen or heard about, so far. Test it out in the housing on land everything seemed to be in order, no problems. Upon jumping in the water and checking for leaks (none) and descending the camera/lens would not focus (kept racking back and forth). and the black focus square was not visible at all. I powered it up and down a couple of times and was able to see the focal squares everywhere but in the center, and it would still not focus. I at this point just carried back to surface to look at it there. On the surface still the same problem even after a full reset. So I changed the battery, still the same until I just for fun performed a mirror lock-up and power up and down, everything worked fine. Next dive (#2)(all I did was turn it off while everything worked on the surface), same problem again until I performed a mirror lock-up and in immediately started working again (wonderful I thought). It then performed flawlessly for the rest of the dive. Dive #3, exactly the same routine as #2. Dive #4, it worked perfectly the entire time. The only thing I did not try was change bodies to see it would yield the same results. I also checked and saw no signs water leakage or drippage on either the lens or the body. Ideas (wild or otherwise), suggestions, or remarks appreciated (even if with a different lens). Thanks, Jim
  5. My 125's do it as well. I have always assumed that it was the capacitors being pulse charged in order to keep full charge. I have noticed other non-Ike(old pentax and nikon) strobes that do this as well. Jim
  6. Hi everyone, Me and my wife will traveling to Fiji (Beqa Lagoon Resort) via Air Pacific thru LAX at the end of February. Has anyone had any recent experience with this airline, specifically the carry-on number and weight restrictions? Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated. If this has already been asked my apologies. Thanks, Jim
  7. True enough, I just hope TSA reads better than the folks at Continental. I need to use spell-check, when typing while working. Jim
  8. Spare Lithium Batteries Banned in Checked Luggage Effective Jan. 1, 2008, customers traveling to, from or within the United States will no longer be able to carry spare lithium batteries in their checked bags. Customers may bring spare lithium batteries for laptops, cell phones and cameras in their carry-on luggage. When bringing spare batteries in carry-on luggage it’s best to leave them in the original packaging. If packing loose batteries secure them with tape so that the ends of the batteries do not come into contact with each other and place each battery in separate plastic bags. The limit is two batteries per passenger. Customers may still place electronic items in checked luggage with the batteries still inside the devices. Details and information on other prohibited items may also be found at SafeTravel.dot.gov. The above is straight off the Continental Website. I guarantee they will be inforcing this one as wrong as it is. Jim
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