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#1 emptech

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 04:19 PM

I currently have a Canon 30D in an Ikelite housing, don't know the model number right off,
am considering using a different camera, like a 5D. The back of the 5D and 30D are not
exactly the same but very close. Does anybody know just how close the controls would be
if I put a 5D in the 30D housing? I can purchase additional controls from Ikelite, if I need
more controls. Modifying the housing is not a problem, have a machine shop.

Anybody considered this? Ikelite will not sell only a back to a housing.

Jim

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 02:57 PM

I found my own answer, had a chance to try the 5D with the housing. The 5D is slightly
wider than the 30D and slightly taller. The width was not a problem but the viewing port
on the rear would be too low to align with the ocular on the camera. The buttons to the
left of the LCD were slightly off. It would appear though that if Ikelite would sell just the
rear plate, I think the housings would interchange, but they refuse to sell just the back
plate. A new one could be machined, but because of the curves, short of having CNC
equipment, it would be difficult but not impossible.

So looks like I'll have to stick with the 30D, which is not a bad camera at all.

Jim

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Posted 30 July 2010 - 03:26 PM

I found my own answer, had a chance to try the 5D with the housing. The 5D is slightly
wider than the 30D and slightly taller. The width was not a problem but the viewing port
on the rear would be too low to align with the ocular on the camera. The buttons to the
left of the LCD were slightly off. It would appear though that if Ikelite would sell just the
rear plate, I think the housings would interchange, but they refuse to sell just the back
plate. A new one could be machined, but because of the curves, short of having CNC
equipment, it would be difficult but not impossible.

So looks like I'll have to stick with the 30D, which is not a bad camera at all.

Jim


Have you maybe thought about cutting out the center of the backplate (keeping the original Ikelite outer) and replace it with another fitting and sealing plate with eye piece and controls in proper position? If you have basic machine shop access, it can be done. If you try this modification, please report on DIY forum.

Cheers,

Bo
7D and Oly E-PL1 (yet 2b housed) , D10 in upgraded Ike;
Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses.
Vintage film NikIII, 35mm & 2.1/4 housings.

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Posted 01 August 2010 - 10:51 PM

Bo:

It's a possibility, but I'd only do it if I had a spare backplate. Ikelite said they wouldn't sell me a backplate from
a different model housing, but wonder if they would sell a replacement plate. If so, that is an idea, I could mill
out a polygon in the middle, leave a place for an O ring, and machine a piece to fit in the middle, held by screws
drilled and tapped.

I don't think I'll do it, but seems like a reasonable idea.

Thanks - Jim

Have you maybe thought about cutting out the center of the backplate (keeping the original Ikelite outer) and replace it with another fitting and sealing plate with eye piece and controls in proper position? If you have basic machine shop access, it can be done. If you try this modification, please report on DIY forum.

Cheers,

Bo



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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:35 PM

Had thought of that specific solution with my then Subal C10 that was modded for the 5D and wanted to get it working on the 5dmk2. However, I gave up the idea and when Aquatica came out with their A7D and I had just purchased a 7D. =)

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 10:46 PM

Bo:

It's a possibility, but I'd only do it if I had a spare backplate. Ikelite said they wouldn't sell me a backplate from
a different model housing, but wonder if they would sell a replacement plate. If so, that is an idea, I could mill
out a polygon in the middle, leave a place for an O ring, and machine a piece to fit in the middle, held by screws
drilled and tapped.

I don't think I'll do it, but seems like a reasonable idea.

Thanks - Jim


Hey Jim,

If Ikelite is unable to accomodate what you need, then think of making your own backplate. A piece of lexan can be carefully tooled with a rotary cutter and grooved with a router table. A drill press for the holes etc. Just buy enough lexan to make 3 for the first 2 will probably be learning pieces with chipped edges :).

I'm thinking to do the same with a cheap used digital Ikelite housing I bought on eBay and make it work for my Oly Pen. What I want the housing to do, I know Ikelite will never make (nor any other manfacturer) and the project therefore needs to be a DIY.
I just bought a new Dremel set to give it a try. If anything comes to work (I have so many pending projects right now) I will report in the DIY forum :)

Bo
7D and Oly E-PL1 (yet 2b housed) , D10 in upgraded Ike;
Sigma, Tokina and Tamron lenses.
Vintage film NikIII, 35mm & 2.1/4 housings.