For Sale

Rene Aumann 18mm lens for Nikonos RS (rare) $3500

Nikonos RS 50mm macro lens $500

Nikonos RS 28mm lens $280

Nikonos RS Aumann 2X converter (rare) $650

TLC flip tray for RS $65

TLC flip tray for RS - push button $95

SB 104 strobe with charger, tray, & handle; two sync cords; hardly used, new battery $785

Wet connect cords for SB-104: Nikon SC 101 + two SC 103 $190

Nikonos V camera body only new in box, never used $490

Nikonos V camera body w/ 35mm lens $325

Nikonos V camera body w/ 35 & 28mm lens $450

Nikonos 15mm lens w/flnder $990

Nikonos 20mm lens w/flnder $450

Nikonos 35mm lens $45

Nikonos 28mm lens $ 150

Nikonos 28mm topside lens (focuses in air, not water, for all-weather sports) $160

Nikonos close-up outfit with extra mounting wand $105

Extension tubes and framers for Nikonos 35mm $50

Extension tubes for Nikonos 28mm $50

TLC flip tray for Nikonos V $50

Nikon F4 w/ high eyepoint finder $480

Nikon F4 w/ DA-20 action finder $700

Nikon DA-20 action finder for F4 $250

Nikon SB-26 strobe $85

Nikon AF-S ED17-35mm f2.8D zoom lens $850

Nikon 16mm f2.8 fisheye lens, manual focus w/ filter set $200

Nikon FM-2 camera body (silver) $100

Canon EOS In w/El power drive booster & instructional video $450

For further information contact Doug Perrine

+ 1 (808) 329-4523 (note Hawaii time is 11 hrs. earlier than UK; 6 hrs. earlier than U.S. east coast)

Will negotiate for large purchases of several items.

Not included: shipping, insurance or photo advice.

[email protected]

Photo by Simon Brown

tS 25/49 W

Parting shots

Over Christmas and New Year I was diving at one of my favourite places, The Lembeh Straits in Indonesia, which has frequently been the subject of articles in this and other magazines. Incidentally this area was completely unaffected by the Boxing Day tsunami. At the resort we only knew of it through the reports on satellite television and like everyone else were horrified as the estimated death toll grew day by day.

On one dive at the site known as Hairball Two I saw and photographed a succession of the normal subjects, a fingered dragonet, leaf scorpionfish, tiny cuttlefish, dragon sea moth etc without getting very excited about any of them. That was until I noticed a cloud of stirred up sand. As the cloud settled slightly I saw a flying gurnard (Dactylopteria orientalis) on its side, being held from below. As it struggled it was gradually being drawn into the sand. After a few minutes the gurnards struggles lessened as it tired, but it continued to be tugged from below so that it slowly sank deeper into the sand.

At this point I was joined by another pair of divers and by the guide who probed the sand around the gurnard. He didn't make contact with anything so the predator must have been directly below it. He indicated to us, asking if he should try to release the gurnard? We hesitated and exchanged glances, should we give the gurnard its freedom and deprive the hidden predator of its meal? I must admit I was in favour of letting nature take its course, but at the same time I wanted to see what was buried in the sand below the gurnard. By this time the head of the gurnard was below the sand.

Eventually we nodded yes, hoping to get a sight

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