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I am looking for a used port to attach to an 8 inch dome I am getting for an Aquatica housing for a D7000. I am using a Tokina 10-17 lens. I also need to get the adapter to use with Ikelite arms with D160 strobes. Not sure on that part yet. I bought the housing used and it came with a large port that a movie and tv production photographer used for his lens on set as a sound muffle. My question is do I need a port for it if if I end up buying a 105 Nikon macro lens or will the same port I am trying to get work with it?

 

Other questions I have is it has a moisture alarm installed but no vacuum system. Is it worth putting one on and do I have to change the electronics if I do. Do after market ones work for the housing?

 

 

Some have suggested sending the housing back to aquatica for an overhaul. According the previous own he only used it underwater 5 or six times and switch camera several years ago and its been setting in his office. I have heard horror stories about going back and forth to Canada. so is it best to send it back to the factory or is there someone state side that can do this work? And I was wondering how much it runs?

 

The previous user used it in fresh water as he is a cave diver like me.

 

Thanks

 

Tom Hundley

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Just to try to hit on these one by one..

 

The more correct term would be extension ring, they can be used adjust how close or far the port is from the camera and lens.

 

If the housing isn't setup for Ikelite bulkheads, you won't be able to use those strobes without replacing the bulkheads (approx $150 each??? Been a while, I forget exactly). Otherwise, if you are talking about ball mounts that go on your handles - Ultralight makes solid products, and they are friendly.

 

I would always recommend vacuum systems, there are a few options. I have used the Vivid leak sentinel and thought it was pretty solid. I have also used the Nauticam, but I'm not sure those can be adapted to Aquatica housings or not.

 

Generally, I don't think you'll find anyone who shoots the 105 behind a 8" dome. I suppose it's possible, but it's definitely not an optimal combination.

 

There are several other options to get your housing serviced outside of sending it to Aquatica. I've done it myself, it's not terribly complicated but it takes time. I would estimate $300-500 for a full service (if you haven't noticed, not a cheap hobby).

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I really just need the port extension ring Aquatica 48456 right now. Any other places to look for a used one? The camera is setup for the Ikelite bulkheads but the parts to make them work on the arms were removed by the previous owner when he switched housing, It came with a long macro flat port but not sure if its the one for the 105. Are there marking that id it on the ports?

 

Triggerfish thanks for taking the time to answer some of my questions. The fellow I got the used 8 inch dome, shade and cover from suggested Alex Mustards book which I have found to be usefull.

 

Tom Hundley

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Hello Tom

 

I had used the services of Mike Mesgleski mikem@underwatercamerarepair.com for the maintanence/overhaul of my Aquatica housings . Faster and cheaper than sending to Canada , specially for me that live outside USA.

 

He's located at Florida keys as i remember , and i it gave me a great service.

 

Good luck

 

JA

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Get a vacuum system

We have Vivids on both our systems.

Gives you 'peace of mind"!

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