Sea and Sea D70 housing
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 09:35 AM
Canon 5D; Aquatica housing; 2 Inon Z220 strobes; Canon 100mm macro, 17-40mm ; Sigma 15mm FE, 24mm macro, 50mm macro
Posted 01 June 2004 - 06:27 PM
Looks good, but I don't understand your strobe connections. Are you planning to use optical sync to the internal flash?
I got the Ikelite to Nikonos adapter for dual strobe sync cord from Ikelite which should work fine.
Hopefully I will try it in a pool today then a real test this Saturday
The focus light is a UK light with xenon lamp ( I think it is UK, will have to check at home), unfortunately the holder is a bit too short so I still have to figure out how to get longer extension for my 70-180mm port.
Posted 01 June 2004 - 08:21 PM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
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Posted 01 June 2004 - 08:45 PM
Do you have any photos of your port setup and gears for the 70-180?
Will do it tonight. 2 of my dive buddies and myself all plan to use the 70-180 with our D70 and Sea and Sea housing. We all ordered the custom made zoom gear from Sea and Sea but there has been no words so far from Sea and Sea. Basically we all use the Sea and Sea NX Compact Macro Port base with one extension ring and and Compact Macro Port.
For zoom gear, I am using the focus gear from the 105mm focus gear with af/mf (same as the zoom gear for the 17-35mm) which seems to fit the 70-180 well. My dive buddies use the regular 105mm focus gear which needed a bit of the end chopped off to make it shorter.
See here: http://www.damnam.or...topic.php?t=657
for his mod of the focus gear and port setup. This was done with his Sea and Sea housing for his F90, the ports are the same for the D70 housing.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 05:07 AM
Posted 02 June 2004 - 05:19 AM
The latch system is presumably the same as the D60, and can be difficult at first. Try this:
1. With the back off the housing, close all the latches.
2. Place the back on the housing.
3. In pairs, open 2 latches at a time (right and left, then top and bottom)
4. Hook the end of the 2 latches in place and close the latches
5. Repeat with 2nd set of latches
This prevents the latches from getting in the way as you try and place the back on the housing (eliminating the need for 4 hands ) and prevents you from nicking the o-ring by accident with a loose latch.
Posted 02 June 2004 - 05:25 AM
The lens will torque forward putting a lot of strain on the lens mount. The D70 lens mount is not that strong
The lens will not be perpendicular to the plane of the port resulting in distortion
The lens will not be perpendicular to the sensor (because of the lens mount bending) resulting is image distortion.
I position a focus gear and focus knob under the 70-180 to help support it (photo by Eric Cheng):
Nexus uses a special ring that screws to the front of the lens and centers and supports the lens in the end of the port. You might consider something like this SSRA.
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 02 June 2004 - 06:33 AM
The M/A switch, and Flash EV Comp are not supported. I was surprised that a housing of this price (MSRP $1995) didn't access the M/A switch, and not accessing Flash EV Comp tells em Sea & Sea has no plans to support iTTL (an assumption).
The housing does allow the use of the AF-L/AE-L button from the right handle, in the same convenient way as the d100 did. Many users will define this function in the menu as AF-ON, and use it as Eric uses his beloved star button.
I too am interested in your configuration for the 70-180, Whitehead. Are you planning to use Autofocus? I think a better strategy for supporting that lens would be Sea & Sea's Custom flat port (driving focus, and possibly a/m shift) and driving the zoom of the lens from the housing. I'm also intersted in the speed in which they make the custom gear...
Posted 02 June 2004 - 06:58 AM
Oh well, I hope Whitehead is listening as he is much better at this sort of things than I am so once he figure out what to do, mine will be easy
Here is the picture of the 70-180 on a D70 in the housing. The 105 focus gear is a little wobbly on the 70-180 but something that a little rubber band seems to do the job for now.
Here is one with the port fully assembled
4 of us ordered the D70 housing I believed sometimes early March as soon as we got a hold of the D70 ourselves. 3 of us ordered the custom made zoom gear for the 70-180 at the same time with the housing, (also the zoom gear for 12-24) and no word from Sea and Sea yet despite a few enquiries from our dealer and the major dealer in Singapore.
The AF-L/AE-L will definitely become useful since we can't access the AF/MF button. Something that we were dreading for a while when we did not see any button corresponding to it in press release picture.
A little experiment with my cousins in the pool this evening with the 12-24mm, compact domeport and one Ikelite DS125 strobe.
Still a bit overwhelm by all the parts that i need to assemble and all the buttons on the camera. It was so much simpler with the Oly C5050
Posted 02 June 2004 - 08:29 AM