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  1. I will take this if it is still available. PM sent.
  2. I'll take the 36132 port and zoom gear for $400, if the shipping cost to the USA (Hawaii, ZIP 96744) is reasonable. Please let me know the shipping cost and your Paypal payment info. Thanks
  3. I will take the flextray setup if the first responder does not. Would need your paypal address, and shipping cost to Hawaii (96744). Thanks
  4. Go to the Heinrichs-Weiscamp site for instructions to set up the adapter. The adapter can be set up to recognize preflash, or to ignore it.
  5. If you are still looking I have a Nikon Coolpix 5000 and Sea&Sea housing, with screw-on wet lens. Camera comes with battery, memory card, charger. Everything works fine. Contact me by PM if interested.
  6. I'll entertain reasonable offers. I'd like to sell this, but I won't give it away. (Backscatter has one listed used for $399, with charger but without sync cord).
  7. Sea&Sea YS-300 strobe. Unused since I bought it used in 2006. Seller said it had recently been serviced. Has a new (in 2005) battery pack, S&S to Nikonos 5-pin sync cord, and diffuser. Does not come with a battery charger, but I use an older Ikelite NiCad charger to keep the battery in shape. Tested today with an Olympus C-7070 and HW digital adapter. All manual settings (full, 1/2, 1/4) work as expected. TTL seems to work (it double flashes with Oly TTL internal flash), but the strobe is so powerful it can't throttle down enough for the Oly f8 aperature setting. It's big and heavy, but a real powerhouse strobe. If you need lots of light for wide angle, this could be the deal for you. $350 plus shipping (max $20, I'll pay any shipping cost above that for U.S. buyer).
  8. I have two YS110s that I've used with my Nexus D80 with HW converter board with no problems doing TTL at all. Just recently, I tried using them with an Oly 7070 in an Oly housing and fiber optic cables. The TTL functionality was sporatic, at best. Often one but not both strobes fired, sometimes they fired on pre-flash, sometimes did a full discharge. Clearly the issue is with the optically-triggered function. Does anyone know if Sea&Sea have any policy on the return of these strobes for the newer, hopefully improved, YS110 alpha?
  9. Ikelite screw-in dome port for Ikelite housing for Olympus C-7070. This port replaces the standatd port. This port, with the Oly WCON-0.7 wide angle lens (NOT INCLUDED), gives an effective 19mm wide-angle set-up, effectively the same as a Nikonos with 15mm lens, but digital. If you've got an Oly 7070 and Ikelite housing, this is the ultimate add-on to get the wide-angle shots you want. $250US plus shipping. Listed on the Ikelite web site as: # 9306.37 Optional Dome Port for WCON-07C Olympus Wide Conversion Lens
  10. If you haven't yet, drop by the monthly meeting of the Underwater Photo Society of Hawaii (UPSH). We meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Waikiki Aquarium education room. Members and non-members always welcome. We have a bunch of very knowledgable folks who can help with technical and non-technical questions. Mele Kalikimaka me ke Haoli Makahiki Hou. Dave
  11. Could you clarify which strobe you are using? Your first message mentioned a S&S YS-50, but I didn't think either the YS-50 or the YS-60 had an optic slave sensor.
  12. I always remove my reg set every one or two days to download my dive computer. Good excuse to check the whole set-up. I've never found a problem, but I always feel better.
  13. I have a S&S housing for the Coolpix 5000 that has a dome port and adapter for wide algle use. As far as I can tell, the dome port is the CX Compact Dome, but it does not have any identifying marks. I also have a compact macro port S, and the macro port threads match the CX dome threads, and thread into the adapter perfectly. It would make sense that S&S would use the same size fittings, but sense doesn't always prevail. You should be good to go with a CX dome. Aloha Dave
  14. I just returned last week from a trip to Tawali/Spirit of Niugini (which, because of a blown generator on SON, turned out to be on the Golden Dawn). A group of five of us travelled from Honolulu via Sydney and Cairnes (Qantas), Port Moresby and Alotau (Air Niugini). Qantas has a two pieces @70 pounds check luggage rule, which was easy to meet. They have a strict carry-on rule, which did not seem enforced. Air Niugini has weight rules, but they were not enforced (maybe the "divers' allowance"). The only issue we had was on the AN flight from Cairnes to Port Moresby. For mechanical reasons, they flew a smaller plane than usual. I had a Lowepro Computrekker carry-on (which weighed close to 30 pounds with cameras, lenses and portable computer). They didn't weigh it, but said it was "too big" to carry on. I had to check it, but no extra charge. Despite its weight, I had no problems fitting the Computrekker in any of the overhead bins. No problems with weight, size or number of carry-on items (some in our party had two) on any other flights. Enjoy the spectacular diving. Dave
  15. craigslist. There are now more craigslist listing than in the newspaper classifieds, at least here in Hawaii. Seems second only to eBay, with local focus.
  16. Bruce First, you need to remove the bulkhead from the housing. Once you have it off, you'll see a small allen set screw between the main threads and the O-ring. Remove the set screw. The connectors are carried in a small plastic piece that is pressed into the main body. You can remove it by using a small tool (I used an allen wrench) placed at the base of the wires (on the inside housing side) and pushing outward. Soldering new leads onto the connectors is fidgity but not too bad. Dave
  17. I am looking for a (now discontinued) Athena dome port (OPD-WZ100/C5060-07C) for the Olympus PT-020 / PT-027 housings. Needs to be functional, not perfect. I'm putting together a digital version of the Nikonos with 15mm lens, and this seems the most functional option. Thanks Dave
  18. I've spent two terrific trips on Chertan, and am planning to do a joint Tawali (4 days) and Spirit of Niugini (11 days) trip in September. The accommodations on Chertan are basic, but for me and the folks I went with, the diving was the main thing, and I can't imagine how it could have been better. Rob is an avid photographer, and he runs the boat to accommodate photographers "unique" dive plans - any time, and don't get in the way. There are a couple of dive guides on the boat, but they are well-behaved and not intrusive, but willing to find the hidden critters if you want them to. The area in which Chertan is based has a great diversity of habitat, from muck (but not as "mucky" as Lembah) to walls to blue-water. Although we were run over by a 20' whale shark on our first dive in 2006, we saw few pelagics thereafter. The manta cleaning station that was packed with mantas in 2004 was empty in 2006. The most impressive areas for me are the open-ocean patch reefs, with terrific coral and sponge-covered walls and clouds of fish. No place on the Great Barrier Reef or in Hawaii that I've been to can hold a candle to PNG. Dive Safe.
  19. The M6 ports (for F4 housings) have larger inside diameter opening. Perhaps they choose this to accommodate the larger new Nikon lenses? Can anyone provide translations for the four options?
  20. I, like many of you here, have a large number of slides taken in the pre-digital dark ages. I have a Nikon digital slide scanner, and I've made some effort to start scanning slides, but it takes a looong time. The idea occurs to me - can I speed up the process by using a slide copier mounted to a good macro lens (Nikon 60 or 105) on my D80 to get high-quality digital copies at a much faster rate? I assume a strobe would be required, but what about color-correcting filters, or is that done in post-processing with Photoshop? Pros and Cons?? Thanks Dave
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