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#1 synthetic


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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:06 AM

We had a great day of diving on the Vision out to San Miguel, a rare 1-day trip with them. I got to try out my new Canon 5DmkII with Ikelite housing and Canon 100mm macro:

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Dendronotus albus nudibranch

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Decorator crab looking fearsome

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Wolf eel

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No, I didn't record any video. Still learning the setup, and my wife is much better at video anyway. :)

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 10:48 AM

Very nice stuff, look likes the camera works for you :) You say the decorator crab looks fearsome, I think the wolf fish is as well :)
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 03:49 PM

Great stuff.

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 05:57 PM

Good looking collection there!
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 06:27 PM

great job Jeff, I can't wait to see your new rig on saturday.


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Posted 23 March 2009 - 07:31 PM

Hey Jeff,
Love the wolf eel and the "Hermissenda Crassicornis on a rocky ledge" is a super shot. So what did you learn about the new rig? Did everything go as you expected?


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Posted 24 March 2009 - 05:15 AM

nice shot!!
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Posted 24 March 2009 - 06:56 AM

Nice work - I LOVE the wolf eel - nice and sharp, and the nice orange negative space is unusual as well! Great job!

I, too, would be interested in "what you learned" about the 5DII...

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Posted 24 March 2009 - 08:22 AM

Thanks, everyone. I'm very happy with the new system. I posted a quick review in the DSLR/Housings forum. Reposted here:

I did first dive with the Ikelite housing last weekend. It has both AF and AE lock buttons available but I didn't record any video, too much surge to attempt macro video for the first time. See the Showcase board for my still shots.

Upgrading from the Ikelite 5D housing to the 5DmkII housing, the most obvious change is the strobe port moving to the top left of the housing. This was an odd choice -- I would have put it top left or on top of the housing -- but I'm sure they considered that. In use, it wasn't in my way any more than strobe wires on any other housing I've used. The mkII housing seems better put together than my 5D housing was, certain small complaints I had with my old housing were addressed like knurling the camera screw mount and parts feel higher quality. I've always liked the way I can see the whole camera through the housing on Ikelite. I don't love the port mounting, the best system seems to be the bayonet on Subal housings. Still, for 1/3 the price I think it's a great housing system.

Let me know if you have any questions on the Ikelite housing.

I hope to try some wide-angle this weekend, here's hoping conditions cooperate.

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Posted 29 March 2009 - 04:10 AM

I agree with the posts above - the eel is outstanding!!
Great job!!


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Posted 31 March 2009 - 05:46 PM

Wow Synthetic...I just love the nudi and the wolf eel shot! Great going for your first time using the new rig.

I shoot with a 5D, but not with the mkII. Color me green! :turtle: Please show us more when you can. Robyn

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Posted 08 April 2009 - 08:05 PM


I really like your work!

My 5D II and 100 Macro arrive tomorrow. Still figuring out the housing, ports, strobes etc. Will probably go with Ikelite housing and 160's.

I'll be in Newport Beach over the Thanksgiving week this year, so would love some tips on S. Cal diving, never been.



Edited by Ransome, 08 April 2009 - 08:06 PM.