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“Holy crap this is getting heavy”!!

Discussion in 'Strobes and Lighting' started by Navymarkv, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Navymarkv

    Navymarkv Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Airdrie Alberta Canada
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    as I've progressed from compact setup to dslr in housing with arms and two strobes and.....! I’m curious as to how you guys are coping(adapting) to dragging all this crap through the airports and to and from the dive boats? It’s all nice in the water but all other points in between?
     
  2. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Israel
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    I use a large hiking backpack (85L) in lieu of a roller suitcase, it saves a few kilos overall. Camera inside the housing, lenses, strobes, macro port, batteries and laptop go into a carryon-sized camera backpack; dive gear, tray, arms, dome(s), etc, go into the big pack, with the more fragile items wrapped in clothes, wetsuit and such. Away from perfectly smooth pavement, big pack on the back and smaller pack on the chest are easier to lug around than a roller case.
     
  3. Navymarkv

    Navymarkv Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Airdrie Alberta Canada
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    Nice! Sounds stealthy compared to maybe pelican cases. I like the idea of using clothing for padding.
     
  4. Barmaglot

    Barmaglot Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Israel
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    Pelican cases, aside from being heavy, pretty much scream 'expensive stuff in here!' to anyone who cares to look. Conversely, a ratty old backpack hardly warrants a second look, as few people are tempted by the prospect of stealing dirty socks and underpants.
     
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  5. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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    I use a Pelican 1510 roller carry-on. It's heavy af when loaded (+/- 42 pounds) but looks compact. I've never been challenged at check in. I was asked to gate-check it one time, but only because there was a shortage of overhead space. I figure worst case, if I do have to check it, I am comfortable in doing so.

    The case fits this mess of stuff (barely)
    * Aquatica housing with D7000 body inside
    * handles for above
    * two Ike D161s
    * three lenses (105, 60, 10-17)
    * wet diopter and holder
    * flat port
    * two extension rings
    * two Aquatica arms and "joints"
    * 45° viewfinder
    * two strobe chords
    * one Ike charger, one Nikon charger
    * spare o-ring sets
    * misc tools, swabs, lube etc

    I pack my mini-dome in a backpack with a spare D7000. 8" port gets packed with clothes (it's acrylic), as well as additional Ike charger, focus light etc.

    So basically, all of this crap, less the ports and one body fits into it.

    Camera Gear.jpg
     
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  6. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Location: Central
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    @Stoo, awesome equipment. But what do you use for floats????
     
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  7. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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    My drysuit? ;-)

    In salt water, it's not heavy, especially with the 8" dome. In fresh, where most of my diving happens, it's a lump, but manageable. I've never seen a need for floats, and the last thing I need is more stuff to carry.

    If I am shooting three dives a day, my hands feel it after a few days, especially in cold water, like BC, but I suck it up.

    (I do use a lanyard in case I drop it.)
     
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  8. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Ah, makes senses.
     
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  9. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
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    I always dive with my camera... It's become part of my buoyancy control system. I suspect I'd have trouble sinking without it. ;-)
     
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  10. ReadyDiverOne

    ReadyDiverOne ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Me too--and mine is about 1400 grams in salt water! With floats (4 6" jumbo Stix arms), only about 360 grams though.
     
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