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Camera

Nikon D200

 

Combination of functionality,quality,wide range of lenses, housings, ports, strobes, etc.

Autofocus in dim (U/W) light is slow!

nikon.com

Nikon D300

Great improvement in image quality and autofocus (FAST!) over D200 ! Becoming standard for many pro and advanced amatours U/W photographers.

Lenses

 

Nikkor Macro 60mm f/ 2.8

Nikkor Macro 105 mm f/2.8

Nikkor 12-24 mm f/4 zoom

Tokina 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 fisheye zoom

Tokina 35mm f/2.8 macro

nikon.com

tokinalens.com

Housing

Ikelite iTTL

Molded from transparent polycarbonate.Much improved design, all necessary (and more) controls, iTTL circuit, wide range of ports, reasonably priced,very good support and service.

Bit bulky.No provision for focusing light.Awkward port locking mechanism, seem to be prone for port dislodgment. Electrical connections prone to break ups.

ikelite.com
Subal ND30

Aluminum, beautifully engineered,functional, ergonomic in best european tradition, smaller then Ikelite, easy controlls, improved port locking.Variety of ports with optical glass.

Only drawback is PRICE and bit too negative buoyancy.

subal.com

Strobe(s)

Ikelite DS125 (two)

Becoming quite a standard-quick charging time, smart charger automatically adjust for various voltage and frequency, iTTL capability with proper circuit, wide range of manual control, modeling light. ikelite.com

PORTS

Ikelite

flat port 5505.5

8" dome port-#5510.83

 

This port works for both Nikkor 105mm macro as well as for 60mm.

Awkward port locking mechanizm.

Placing wide angle lens in a port is a bit of adventure!

ikelite.com
Subal 8" dome + Flat with extension You basically need one wide angle and one macro port + extensions to accomodate various lenses.(Ikelite requires different port for each lens). subal.com

Bits & Pieces

Ikelite dual cord

Ikelite strobe arm system 4086.61

Ikelite Nikon iTTL Adapter

 

Dual cord more reliable than slave unit-need to take spare on the trip as it breaks up easily!

New strobe arm system smaller than older types, easy adjustment, suitable for both macro and wide angle.

iTTL Adapter converts non Ikelite housing (like Subal) to work in iTTL mode with ikelite strobes-great for macro! Works very well, but again breaks easily!

ikelite.com
Fisheye FIX Light LED48DX Great focusing light with long battery life (10-40h) and adjustable power/intensity.Indispensible for macro work. http://www.fisheye-jp.com/english/
 
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