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  • Camera Model & Brand
    D7000, Nikkor 12-24, 105 macro, 60 macro, Tokina 10-17, 45 Viewfinder
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    Aquatica
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    DS 161 x 2
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    TLC arms
  1. https://www.ikelite.com/products/nimh-battery-pack-for-ds161-ds160-ds125-strobes?_pos=12&_sid=7508cf340&_ss=r I replaced one of mine... delivered within a couple of days. There's only one reason someone would sell a used battery... ;-)
  2. I'm not sure if this has been discussed before, but a quick search didn't show up anything. I made a little discovery that I wanted to share in case it helps anyone. I purchased a D500 10 days ago (New Aquatica Housing this week!) only to discover that I couldn't open Nikon's new (to me) RAW format. After a few minutes of Googling, I got a knot in my stomach. I am using a 4 year old MacBook Pro, and I own Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. In a nutshell, "everybody" said I had to get the free DNG converter from Adobe. Problem was, to get the most current DNG wizard, I'd need to update my Mac OS to (cringe) Catalina, which is getting lukewarm reviews. More importantly, if I updated the OS, none of my CS 5.5 software would work (nor my MS Office, but who cares.) So that meant "renting forever" LR and PS... not a huge expense, but the kicker was, I use InDesign for publication stuff, so suddenly I'm looking at about $75 CDN a month,... forever. Not cool. Anyway, after searching for some workaround, I was convinced I was screwed. But it seems a modified solution was right in front of me, and it was dirt simple. And free! It seems that the Mac "Preview" application will open the NEF files. From there, it's a simple step to export as a TIFF, which if uncompressed is about 150 MB file. That opens beautifully in LR and PS and while it may not be the true RAW, it's a glorious hi res file. So there you go.. saved me a fortune. Happy shooting. (PS I'll be listing my D7000 housing and camera shortly. It' being overhauled this week at Aquatica!)
  3. I use the mini dome and Tokina as well as an 8" dome. When I"m at home, shooting wrecks, there's no advantage whatsoever. Diving in BC and in warmer waters, it's this allows for some unusual perspectives as well. I've not tried any "actual" CFWA with the converter, but would like to. I'm on the cusp of a camera upgrade, so I'l hold off doing anything there until I have settled on that. But I wouldn't hesitate at all in buying one if you're shooting smaller stuff. It's obviously not a macro lens but it fills that "in between" hole.
  4. That would be cool. I love my 161's and they're bombproof it seems. But they've been around a while and they ARE heavy. I lighter version, with brighter video lights would be awesome.
  5. It may not be an entirely accurate comparison but I have a Nikon 12-24 on a D7000. I find it pretty good for a lot of things, but not great at any of them. I replaced it with a Tokina 10-17 which is a far better WA lens. Having said that, there are times when I want a little more reach... sharks for example. I still want to get their entire body in, but they don't come close enough for the Tokina. It's not a fisheye either, which has it's benefits at times. Of course, when I realize that, it's sitting at home, collecting dust.
  6. Thanks Tom... I've heard that there is a way to post full frame, but again, it seems like a lot of work! ;-) @stu_seldon Don't rush. Although there is a link to my website there. ;-)
  7. OK folks, am I missing something here? I take great care in how I compose my images, but Instagram "insists" on cropping the image... doesn't it? I have nothing against square, but if I wanted a square image, I'd take it that way... Not to mention the ridiculous workflow to put an image up there from a laptop. Help out a skeptic will ya? ;-)
  8. I'm glad that that worked out for you. Sadly, most companies take the "replace, don't repair" approach. I suppose it's easier and adds more to their bottom line. Some time ago, I went through something similar with a refrigerator. My local sales/service guy wouldn't even come to look at it when I described the symptoms. I spent some time on Google, ordered a part on-line ($83 CAD) and with about 15 minutes effort, it was up and running and has been for two years not. A new refrigerator was going to be close to $2000.
  9. They're the same strobe, except the 161 has a video light in it. I don't shoot video, but I find it helpful in very low light situations. Whether it would help or not in a resale I couldn't say...
  10. If you want an actual label, these things are bomb-proof... http://mabelslabels.com/
  11. Agree about the dividers rather than foam...
  12. It's a little bit "embellished" but amusing to read... ;-)
  13. I went through this myself years ago, and ultimately decided on the Pelican 1510 vs a backpack (Lowe-Pro and others have many options. I was quite taken with fstopgear.com although they're pricey). Several years later, I am happy with my decision... Here are my reasons why: I use an Aquatica/D7000 system and dual Ike strobes etc. Add it all up and it's surprisingly heavy. (Upwards of 35 pounds). This would get damn heavy totting it around all day. Due to the weight, it's entirely possible that some airline will insist I check it. With the Pelican, I know my stuff will be safe. The Pelican meets carry-on requirements and I have never been challenged. My only other comment would be that if you do opt for a Pelican, I seriously urge you to consider a roller case. With the case, my kit weighs 42 pounds. The other thing to consider with a case vs backpack is that a small pack will qualify as a "personal" item. In addition to my 1510, I carry a small Lowepro pack with a sleeve that protects my 15" Macbook Pro, and has enough space and pockets for another camera body, dive computers, travel documents etc. It's quite small, but easily fits in under the plane seat. I hope this helps!
  14. Written by my old pal Jill Heinerth, the article is about Tobermory, but features "me" as a resident dive-bum/fixture, as well as several of my images as well as Jill's!
  15. I dive a couple of times a year in conditions like you describe... black, tannin-laced water. Last year I decided I was going to get some decent images of this little wreck. My previous experience was you have described yours. So I added a little iTorch V10 and mount it on the cold shoe. I found that on the lowest white setting I was still getting backscatter. On the red setting my d7000 could focus fine and the scatter much less The light was cheap but my one complaint is that it eats batteries so get a spare! So
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