prescription dive masks (custom lenses)
Posted 30 November 2006 - 10:57 PM
About 10 years ago, and then again 5 years ago, I had lenses made up for me by Sea Vision in the States (http://www.seavisionusa.com/). I was very satisfied the first time around. The second time was fine but a MUCH more expensive exercise... in part my own fault because I insisted on sending them (from England) my prefered choice of dive mask for them to work on.
I've been using a Tusa Splendive IV mask, and also have a similar black silicone variant. Both are falling apart with age.
I now live in Hong Kong and it's high time I order a new mask with new prescription. Before I possibly go back to Sea Vision with my new order, I wouldn't mind researching the alternatives. So:
(a) can anyone recommend a good supplier of prescription dive masks/lenses (must be able to do international mail order)?
(B) which models of double-lens dive masks are currently considered to be the best for photographers?
© has anybody had experience with prescription lenses in a single face plate mask? (how does that work? )
A google search lead to these guys who look good and claim to be able to put custom lenses in ANY dive mask: http://www.prescriptiondivemasks.com/
Posted 30 November 2006 - 11:42 PM
He dives with a mask with bifocal lens, and he said they do good work.
Canon SD550 - Canon housing (pocket videocam)
Larry Chan -- My Webpage
Posted 01 December 2006 - 05:35 AM
Posted 01 December 2006 - 06:52 AM
I have ordered from Ozbob Custom Face Masks (Australia) several times and have been very pleased.
http://www.geocities.com/ozbob2003/ email: Ozbob@bigpond.com
Small operation, great service.
Jett Britnell Photographics
Member: Ocean Artists Society (Phorographer)
Nikon D800 in Aquatica Housing, twin Sea & Sea YS-D1's.
Posted 01 December 2006 - 09:10 AM
Although I haven't used their services personally (I wear my contacts), this year I think I'll give it a try. Mostly what's pushing me to try is their workmanship, which is SUPERB.
I've looked over a couple of the masks that have come in for customers, and they look as if they came from the factory with the lenses. And they will work with any wierd thing you want...trifocals, blends, readers + lenses, anything that if you can describe it they'll make it.
For example, I'm considering a "cyclops lens", a lens optimised for the camera viewfinder focal distance, that would be in between my standard prescription lenses. That way, all I'd have to do is rotate my head a bit to look through it. The gal at prescriptiondivemasks said they hadn't done it yet, but didn't bat an eye at doing it.
Plus it is sooo nice to find the perfect mask, and have that be the one that gets the prescription.
Turnaround time has been about 10 days at the shop, including UPS both ways.
Did I say awesome workmanship?
All the best, James
Posted 02 December 2006 - 04:49 AM
Posted 02 December 2006 - 07:29 AM
Having done it for a couple of folks, though, the best optical performance comes from using your mask, placed on your face, and marking the eye positions on the glass with a sharpie.
Can't cost that much to mail a mask from HK.
All the best, James
Posted 02 December 2006 - 12:26 PM
Aquatica Pro Digital housings for D-300s, AF 10-20mm, AF 10-17mm, AF 14MM, AF 17-35mm, af 17-70mm, AF 20MM, AF 60MM, AF 105MM, 2x Ikelite Ds 160, and TLC arms exclusively
Posted 03 December 2006 - 10:00 PM
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Sony HC9 in L&M Bluefin housing with 1000 LED lights.