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#1 nrssp

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 04:17 PM

its time to go digital...but which one nikon .canon ?
what housing should i get. i am use to the slr's (ikelite n90s strobes ike 200's 100's)
is the nikon d100 better than the canon's ?
which way would you go..santa is coming soon and i like new toys for xmas..
any and all help to steer me in one direction would be great. :)

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 05:53 PM

Your ports, strobes, arms and sync cords work with the following:

http://www.ikelite.c...ages/2d100.html

And they will work with the new small clear molded housing for the Canon 10D we hope to show at DEMA............

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 06:12 PM

oh, now you've done it! you must share the info you have on the new 10D housing coming from Santa's workshop!

please, please, please :)
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#4 marriard

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 07:31 PM

its time to go digital...but which one nikon .canon ?
what housing should i get. i am use to the slr's (ikelite n90s strobes ike 200's 100's)
is the nikon d100 better than the canon's ?

If you already own several Nikon lenses there is no compelling reason to go over to Canon.

Having tried all the cameras they are all basically very close to each other, and the expense of buying lenses is more than you could probably justify. I know I couldn't.

If this is the case the decision becomes not Nikon vs Canon but Nikon D100 vs Fuji S2 - there is abot 100 threads on this already on this forum alone, but basically it comes down to personal preference. I recommend getting your hands on both cameras and trying them out. I use www.alkit.com to rent cameras and lenses I want to try before I buy.

My personal choice was the S2, but this was very defintely a personal choice made for my own reasons.

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Posted 05 August 2003 - 08:35 PM

To answer 10D Canon housing question by martys: The height of this camera is enough less that it tends to be lost in the aluminum back housing into which we currently install the Fuji S2 Pro and Nikon D100, so we are making molds for a new small clear housing to be completed in time for DEMA we hope.

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 06:40 AM

that sounds very nice. Will it be comperably priced to the D100 housing? I'm going to Cozumel in early Nov, hopefully more detailed info, photos and delivery will be availble by early October.

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 08:56 AM

what about the housing brand ???
so many to chose from..
i want to be happy when i get the system, i know its a hard one to answer, but you guys are into it. :freak:

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Posted 06 August 2003 - 01:04 PM

what about the housing brand ???
so many to chose from..
i want to be happy when i get the system, i know its a hard one to answer, but you guys are into it. :freak:

That very much depends on the system you buy and the amount of $$$ you are willing to sink into it.

Most of the 'name' brands make good housngs, but you need to look at the fucntions on the camera YOU need to access while you are underwater. Then fins the houisng that makes sense for this decision.

I could be totally bias (and am willing to be for cash :-) ), but there is no 'best' in this game - just better suited and more or less expensive.

Always willing to help, but I don't want to push you in totally the wrong direction.

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Posted 09 August 2003 - 02:12 PM

Hi there,
Of course it depends on how deep santas pockets are.......I have the nikon D100 in the Light and Motion housing and it is awesome.If your use to shooting an Slr and dont want any digital delay then I would look in to a higher end camera,Nikon,Cannon ,Fuji etcetera.
One reason I went for the D100 is that i already had Nikon lenses and it was one of the first to be under $1500 bucks for the camera body.
There are many manufactures with housings for this camera.
I was able to use my old ports on this new housing also and that helped me save a little cash.
What housing do you already have?
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Posted 16 August 2003 - 05:06 AM

Hi, just wanted to give you this link... Hope it helps...
http://www.digideep....a&mID=25&pID=73
Currently you have 13 housings for the D100 to choose from.

Cheapest is ewa- marine :)
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Posted 21 August 2003 - 03:51 AM

I took the advice of James W. and went with the Fuji S2 Pro and really like it. I have taken many land images getting used to the operation. It is now time to go to a housing and take it underwater. Any comments on starting out with the Nikon 60mm 2.8 micro (there is a nice rebate on it now) with an Aquatica housing? I was going to stay away from the Ikelite housing because of weight, 12lbs. I have been using Nik V's for some time and this is rather new to me but it seems that starting out with macro stuff would be the easiest way to begin to get comfortable with the set up, thoughts? Next, Ikelite has always been my favorite strobe and I was thinking dual DS 125s, ideas here? Is this too much flash and a smaller set of duals work? I believe that the 125s have modeling lights so aiming should be covered, no? Flat port should be fine, no diopters needed, am I missing anything? Thanks, Mega.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:38 AM

Mega,

Congrats on your purchase and "jumping" into the digital world. I'm sure you'll love your camera.

As for the 60mm Micro - yes, this is the first lens I recommend you buy. It is good for fish portraits, and will go to 1.5:1 on your DSLR.

As for strobes, no, the DS125 will NOT be too much power. I set them to full power when using the 60mm and then I can shoot f16 for fish and f22 for closeup critters at the closest focus.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 06:11 AM

James really likes his S2/Aquatica/DS125 setup. Perhaps a little too much. Where are those pictures?
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Posted 21 August 2003 - 06:18 AM

OK, so I kissed my housing - is that so wrong?????!!!!!

Thankfully, none of those photos are on the web.

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 08:06 AM

OK, so I kissed my housing - is that so wrong?????!!!!!

:lol: Wahahahaha.... Pleeeeeeeeazee.... post some!
Remeber we had this mugshot thread in The Galley :rolleyes:
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Posted 21 August 2003 - 02:42 PM

May I reduce the 12 pound weight "Mega1Gator" quoted above for Ikelite housings? The new aluminum back housings for Nikon D100 or Fuji S2 Pro with full complement of controls and handles weighs in at just under ten pounds above water. Adding a lens port increases weight to 10.5 pounds, but greatly enhances waterproof integrity.............

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 03:42 PM

Well, sorry for the mix up but I spoke with a person at Ikelite just a few days ago who said he was a tech and quoted me that poundage and referenced the newer design so I was just repeating what I was told. Well, now that we got that stratended owt, and given that I am making a decision on a housing, how much does the new Ikelite housing with camera in weigh versus the Aquatica with camera in? Anybody know? Mega

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 04:38 PM

Is weight like size, does it even matter?

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:51 PM

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Posted 21 August 2003 - 05:52 PM

Is weight like size, does it even matter?

Weight only really matters out of the water.

Bouyancy matters in the water (I like my housing ever so slightly negative)

Size matters underwater when you are trying to get into a small space. But I find strobe arm flexibility matter more there than actual housing size.

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