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About D.K.S.

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    Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

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  1. About 3 yrs ago one of my Na d500 handles cracked.this was just after my friends Na d800 handle cracked.Nauticam sent me a replacement handle under the warranty.Seems like not too much has changed with Nauticam over the years except the price of their equipment-up about 30%.They are now in the Subal/Seacam range with some of their products.
  2. Thanks for the flight info.Enjoy your new A1-it will be one heck of a camera if it turns the sony 90mm into a "fast,accurate" lens.
  3. I used to have a Sony A7 and a 90 mm lens. I found the autofocus very slow in low light. The lens might perform better with the new A1. Phil Ruddin might know more about this. But, the price and added weight of the focus gear being minimal, I would get one! BTW, we are looking at going to Bonaire in January from BC and are having issues finding flights. How are you getting there from TO?
  4. Just made an attempt to read an Inon technical tutorial on their S-TTL(I own 4 z240's of varying generations) (www.inon.jp/technicalguide/sttl-auto.html). The tutorial was almost as confusing as the manual that comes with the strobes. One area that left me confused was strobe-optical cable compatibility.Their explanation of wireless type L-connector v/s non-wireless type connector along with their strobe compatibility chart would lead me to believe that the new z330 strobes along with the z240 type 4 strobes were only compatible with the wireless cable connectors. For the past several years I have been using the non-wirless connectors(older cables) with both type 4 and type 2 z240 strobes-I thought successfully. Since I am considering buying a pair of z330"s I am wondering if I can continue using the non-wireless cables with the z330"s (they worked with the z240 type 4"s) or will I have to change my connectors to the wireless configuration? Anybody out there using the z33o's with the non-wireless(old)typeL-connector? Anybody knowledgeable on this subject have any comments/recommendations?
  5. I moved from a Sony A7 to a D500-could only tolerate the A7 for 2 yrs(pathetic battery life and inferior macro lens +++)I am very glad to be back to Nikon dslr.
  6. One of the handles for my Nauticam D500 housing snapped mid-center after about a year and a half (replaced free under warranty)Same thing happened to a buddies D800 Nauticam housing(replaced for a fee-housing over 2 yrs. old)Both incidents occurred while on dive trips abroad). D.K.S.
  7. In the past I have enjoyed the coverage of Dema on a daily basis by both Wetpixel and D.P.G.This year so far only the" announcement" of coverage has appeared -no actual usefull or interesting information to date,unless Im missing something.Is there something planned for the future(post hangover recovery)or does your coverage simply consist of an announcement that an event has taken place-end of story? D.K.S
  8. Hi, I have owned 3 Aquatica housings in the past and now own a Nauticam housing for my D500.I have been happy with all the housings,and being a Canadian I have tried to stick with Canadian products when possible(even though I would have to pay for them in USD).There are 2 main reasons I switched to a Nauticam for my D500.If you are a proponent of 'back button' autofocus you will likely find that the shutter trigger and the autofocus on lever on the Aquatica are too far apart to activate simultaneously with index finger and thumb of your right hand(this needs to be done fairly frequently when using the back button technique).Also,the long and rather flimsy ISO lever on the Aquatica is very prone to breakage ,especially when the housing is not handled with care( TSA inspections).A friend has had this happen twice on dive trips with his Aquatica D500 housing. Ken.
  9. Sony RX 100 Kit for underwater photography Everything fully functional and was last used in June 2017 Kit includes: Sony RX 100 Camera (circa 2013) with Lowepro carrying pouch Nauticam Aluminum Housing with Hotshoe and extra mounting ball and alarm Nauticam tray with 2 handles LCD Magnifier Viewfinder Inon Macro Kit (+5 diopter) with Flip holder Battery Charger and 2 extra batteries Price $1000 USD or $1200 CDN shipping from Canada For more info, please email: ken.ann@telus.net
  10. I have a Nikon d500 in a Nauticam housing.Im presently using the Nauticam flash trigger that came with the housing,shooting manual-have always shot manual,principally because ttl was not an option on previous rigs.I am contemplating getting the Nauticam ttl converter/flash trigger-one less thing to think about/adjust while shooting.Has anybody out there used this converter?Is it accurate?Is it worthwhile trying it for wide angle as well as macro?I would appreciate any feedback,thanks. Ken
  11. Mark, I tried the af fine tune feature according to directions and got values ranging from -2 to -17 depending on which focal length I used(16-35),and how bright the ambient light was at the time.I took shots with af fine tune on at -8,and with the af fine tune turned off-when magnified on the computer,I really could not see a significant difference in sharpness.All this to say-Im really not sure the af fine tune feature is that accurate or usefull .
  12. I recently did multiple shark dives in Yap with my new d500 in a Nauticam housing.Being a previous full frame shooter I used my nikkor 16-35mm lens along with the Nauticam 8.5" dome and the 70mm ext. ring recommended in the Nauticam port chart.All of my images were soft-even some taken of a stationary moray eel on site.I tested the lens/port/ext. ring combo on land and the resulting images were sharp.I subsequently shot the sharks using a 20mm nikkor,and a 60mm nikkor ,and a 15mm sigma fisheye with good results.I discussed this phenomenon with a Nauticam rep.and his suggestion was to try adding another 20mm ext. ring to the combo.Anybody have any similar experiences/suggestions/solutions? D.K.S
  13. Sony A7 camera SOLD!! Only item remaining for sale is the Sony/ Zeiss 24-70 mm lens for $800 + shipping cost from Canada.
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