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#121 HOA

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 05:55 AM

Greetings

 

Not new to film, digital underwater photography...however, been awhile (YEARS!) since I've done some. Looking to get back into it.

 

Decade plus ago, housed my Nikon film SLR in a Ikelite housing. Worked fine. Then, like most others, splurged on Nikon D50...leaped into digital world. Having spent my budget on the camera, got creative on the housing. Adapted the Ikelite housing for the film camera to house the new digital camera. A bit clunky, couldn't utilize all the features and buttons, did have some fun and success. 

 

After an unfortunate break of years from diving and hence underwater photography, looking forward to getting back on the proverbial sea horse!  To my chagrin, was looking forward to getting an updated Ikelite housing only to learn, can't get one! I have ports, tray, strobe, etc., and I can't buy what Ikelite doesn't sell, make any more.

 

So here I am. Would really like to find a housing if someone has one and wants to part with it. Also would like to learn what's new, latest and greatest in this addictive activity politely called narcotic image freezing in less than friendly wet environment that our tools hate.

 

Look forward to learning more, seeing more, and saving what I see to share.

 

Fairwinds

 

HOA!



#122 Mystiqz

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:05 AM

Hello everyone,

 

Was referred to here by a friend. Looking to get into underwater photography with my 5d mk 3. Any help/guidance would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to learning from everyone here. Cheers!!



#123 caseypirate

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 02:24 PM

New to the forum and this seems to be the only place i could post. So hello everyone!!

 



#124 manly

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 11:25 PM

Hi Guys

 

I've been lurking around this forum for a while, and I thought I register and post a thanks to everyone for all the great info and photos / videos and links..

 

I'm not new to diving nor am I new to filming / photoing on land, but the combination is something I haven't done much.. But in the future, I plan to!!

I've recently purchased the Panasonic GH4 and will stick it in a housing from Nauticam..

It seems the answers to all the questions I have for now is right here in this forum, all I have to do is to sort it to fit my needs.. But that is Not easy as I really don't know all my needs yet..

I would love if there was a part of the forum where you could see a complete list of everyones setup and how it is used.

Maybe it's here already and I just can't find It? .... If not, lets start one..

 

For now I have the GH4 with the panasonic 12-35mm, the Olympus 60mm Macro and finally the Panasonic 8mm FE. (all lenses from my old GH2).

 

I'll keep you guys updated as my housing /ports / gears / floats / handles / lights and whatnot are acquired and my wallet is emptied.. And let us all laugh at the mistakes I'm bound to make on the way.. (please stop me from making too many:))..

 

I'll be back

 

/M


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#125 swingninja

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Posted 17 September 2014 - 11:18 AM

Hi, I'm new to scuba diving. So, I'm new to underwater photography too :) I do own a couple of systems:

1. Gopro hero 3 black with underwater housing.

2. Olympus OMD EM-5 with meikon housing (40m)

 

So, far I just used my gopro on my wrist. But I'm looking forward to use my Oly in the future :)



#126 FordTran

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

hello, just introducing myself. I'm on here and on SPU (some of you might know). I started shooting surf on land, with a nikon dx body and the main lens which was a 300 2.8, even at 450mm equivalent, it was sometimes challenging to get a good shot as the point breaks tend to be very far away still. You'd need a 600mm with teleconverter which i do not have the money for. So i decided to get into the water instead. Got a second hand Essex housing, with a 50d and 70-200 F4L for when i want to stay a bit away from the action (big swells and zoo crowds), and a 10-18mm with dome port for mellow days i'm shotting longboarding. Then i picked up a nikon and ikelite and took it to hawaii, no strobes at the moment so california water is pretty much out of the questions for deeper dives. anyway, just saying hi to everyone, seems like a cool community.


Edited by FordTran, 20 November 2014 - 04:03 PM.


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Posted 25 December 2014 - 10:14 PM

Hi All! 

I am currently using Olympus XZ-1 with Olympus housing with Sea & Sea YS 110a Strobes. I have a Canon 5D ( mki) which I use for my land photography. Few months back, I saw and purchased an Ikelite housing for the Canon 5D. I am thinking if I should invest further in getting the ports, angled view finder and stuffs necessary. My concern is whether the TTL can be use with my current YS110a strobe. I read on ikelite website that TTL is only compaitable  with ikelite strobes. Other than the ports and angle view finder, is there any accessories that I MUST have? Thanks. 



#128 BengalBoy

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:39 PM

I just purchased a new Olympus OMD-EM-1 and I'm looking to buy a used Nauticam or Aquatica housing system for it. I've been diving for the past 32 years. I've caged dived with Great Whites in Guadalupe, snorkled with the Whale Sharks of Isla Mujares and spent the most wonderful times in the currents of Galapagos. In recent years, as technology has improved I've been bitten by the underwater photography shark and after using a Olympus TG-1 with a UFL-2 strobe and Nocturnal Lights focus light for the past 2 years in the ocean, I've ditched my land loving Nikon, purchased a "do it all" Olympus EM-1 and want to get a Nauticam housing with a port & gear for the 12-40mm M.Zuiko and 60mm Macro M.Zuiko lens before a trip to Komodo. I've been visiting this website in the hopes of finding a used housing for my camera, but, I can't seem to post a "Want to Buy" in the classifieds. How can I do this? Thanks for a cool website for underwater photography. Been an admirer of Eric's photographs for years.

Edited by BengalBoy, 02 January 2015 - 10:41 PM.


#129 SpartanLaw

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 01:23 PM

Hi ... I am a king time diver and in the process of setting up a gopro black light tray for travel.

#130 mcace007

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 04:49 PM

Ok here is my question of the day. 

 

Have an Olympus EPL-3 with a 10 bar housing, ys-01 stobe, and 10x diopter. Was going to upgrade to the 60mm olympus lens (and flat port extension etc.) and a second strobe. 

 

Talked to the guys at Optical Ocean Sales and they have a deal on the Olympus OMD E-PL5 w/ Olympus housing for what seems like a pretty screaming deal, they tell me that the E-PM5 is leaps and bounds better than my old E-PL3, I know that this sounds like up-sell but I have never gotten that from them and trust their advice. 

 

Question is am I being up-sold? is there a real reason that I should wholesale upgrade my camera rather than throw money at my old kit?

 

I am not a world class photographer but I have really gotten in to the macro shooting as I become a better photographer, and I know that the gear does not make the photo/photographer. 

 

Just want some thoughts. Should I stick to the addition of the port extension, second strobe, 60mm lens or launch in to this brave new world of the entire new camera rig?



#131 JP996

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 03:13 PM

Hi,
I am new to this forum and pretty new to photography, but not new to scuba. I have been using a goPro the last couple years.
I just bought a Sony A7ii and a 16-35 FE lens. I will be getting a Nauticam housing as well.
Someday I plan to get strobes, etc, but for now I don't know how to use them. I am heading to Cozumel in 2 weeks so I am hoping to learn as much as I can before the trip. I have a few other trips planned for hhe year so Cozumel will just be a chance to try everything out.

Anyone used Magic Filters instead of strobes, and got decent results?

Anyone one who has used the A7ii, please feel free to chime in with tips, and do's and dont's.

Thanks!

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 02:01 AM

I having been using my Canon G10 with Canon's WP-DC28 housing for a few years and getting reasonable results.  But after struggling with backscatter for too long I just got an Inon Z240 with an arm/tray etc.  The aim is to upgrade the camera/housing in the next couple of years and probably add a second strobe, video light, GoPro for video (if my lotto numbers come up) but until then I need to work out how to bodge a connection with the fibre optic cable as I have no port.  I understand it is a wet connection so is any sort of arrangement that sends light into the non-flash end going to work or does it need to be more substantial?  I have read somewhere that black tape with a small hole in it to block the flash on the inside of the housing and some sort of velcro arrangement to hold the cable in place on the outside is the way to go.  But I am looking for some guidance, ideally a short video, on how to do that.



#133 ioamnesia

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Posted 14 May 2015 - 10:16 AM

Greetings all,

 

I'm just getting started, haven't even got my equipment wet, but hopefully that will change this weekend. I don't do anything small and already had a Canon 6D so I went with the following:

 

Canon 6D

Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens

Canon 24-105 4.5-5.6L Lens (Until I get my wide angle, this puppy fits just under the dome at 24mm.

 

Sea and Sea MDX-6D housing (I got the last one in the USA for $1000 off list :banana:, they've discontinued to pursue 7D owners)

Sea and Sea YS-D1 strobes x2

S&S Dome Port 240

S&S Macro Port 87

 

My strobe cable should be here tomorrow and I'm picking up the I-DAS arms tomorrow as well.

 

Not a bad way to drop eight grand....



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Posted 14 May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Greetings all,

 

I'm just getting started, haven't even got my equipment wet, but hopefully that will change this weekend. I don't do anything small and already had a Canon 6D so I went with the following:

 

Canon 6D

Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens

Canon 24-105 4.5-5.6L Lens (Until I get my wide angle, this puppy fits just under the dome at 24mm.

 

Sea and Sea MDX-6D housing (I got the last one in the USA for $1000 off list :banana:, they've discontinued to pursue 7D owners)

Sea and Sea YS-D1 strobes x2

S&S Dome Port 240

S&S Macro Port 87

 

My strobe cable should be here tomorrow and I'm picking up the I-DAS arms tomorrow as well.

 

Not a bad way to drop eight grand....

 

 

And so it begins, another lost soul doomed to spend thousands of pounds/dollars/euros, hours in front of a monitor, lugging tens of kilos of gear around the world, and gnashing teeth in frustration. For the occasional moment of utter delight.

 

So a bit like golf really.

 

Only wetter.

 

Welcome aboard, ioamnesia and welcome to Wetpixel. We're a fun crowd. Utterly mad. But fun.....  :crazy:

Hope you love the gear


Edited by TimG, 14 May 2015 - 11:30 AM.

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#135 z_renzetti

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 08:09 AM

new guy here! the website so far is spectacular thanks to those who keep it up and running current.

 

*Sea&Sea DX-5D, YS-120 strobes