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Your thoughts on I-das arms?

23 October 2014 - 07:37 AM



I recently aquired some mangrove lights. I need to get some arms for them to attach to my housing. They are somewhat heavy on land.


Opticaloceansales has i-das arms that seem to be decently priced. What are your thoughts on these arms? Are they decent quality? 


Canon 5d MKII or Canon 6D for best low light performance

06 October 2014 - 09:33 AM

Looking to upgrade from my 60d. 


I do not use the 60d underwater because at the time I didn't want to invest in a housing for a camera I knew I was going to replace. 


My next camera will go underwater. My dive sites are typically darker waters like the great lakes, St. Lawrence River, etc. I have some lights but I mostly like large wide angle shipwreck photos where strobes don't really help. 


I also use the camera on land. My main reason for upgrading is poor low light performance. I could pick up a used 5dII and used housing at a good price. My other option is the Canon 6d. I really like the wifi features and connecting to the iphone to shoot and offload photos. This will be a good feature as well. 


Anyway, of the 6d and 5dII which has the best low light performance? Or is the difference negligible? 


Some other things to note:

I don't need the multiple focus points on the 5dIII

I would like a weather sealed body, but it's not necessary. I can't tell if the 6d is sealed, but I think it isn't.

I already own some L lenses and will stay with canon.

Looking for 1" ball arms for video lights

21 September 2014 - 11:03 AM

I've got some video lights coming my way. I'm looking for some arms with 1" ball mounts to attach to my nauticam housing. 


Let me know what you have. I'm in the US.

Limited budget. Should I look for 2 1200 lumen lights or 1 2000+ lumen?

06 September 2014 - 08:17 AM

I have a limited budget of around $500.
I will be buying used.

I shoot with rx100 in nauticam housing with uwl-100 wide angle and dome.

I shoot mostly darker water shipwrecks. Like the Great Lakes, st lawrence river etc. I prefer to shoot wide angle on the wrecks to capture the overall scene. I would like to add some light to close up parts of the ship or details etc. also when diving in Morehead city I would like to add some light to the sharks as they swim overhead.

I shoot photos and video. I definitely want to go with a light rather than a strobe because I shoot both and in darker water environments I will use the light as my dive light on my camera also.

I figure with my budget I should be able to find a good deal for 2 1200 lumen lights similar to Solas.
Now I'm wondering if it would be better to just buy one more powerful light and then later I can add another when the budget allows or I can add strobes.

Again, I'm not trying to light a whole shipwreck. I know that's impossible. I would like to be able to light up a close up detail of the ship though (like a propellor) while the rest of the ship fades to the background.

Thanks - and if you've got anything to sell let me know. I'm looking now until Christmas to get a light or 2.

Lurking for Lights! Want compact video lights for rx100 rig

04 September 2014 - 06:17 PM



I'm new on this forum but I go by the sane username on Scubaboard.


I want to get some compact video lights. I'm looking for something similar to Sola 1200s. I shoot wide angle photos and videos so the lights need to have a nice wide angle to them with no hard edge. I mostly shoot in dark but clear water so they don't have to be super powerful but some good power would be nice.


I'm looking to find a good deal between now and Christmas. I convinced my wife that I need this for my Christmas gift.


Looking for used only - If I could afford new I wouldn't be here begging :)


PM me if you have something I should think about.