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Sony HC7Light and Motion Bluefin Fathom Lens

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#1 rramaley

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 04:07 AM

For Sale on Ebay!! Priced to sell. Auction ends 18 August 2012. -


Complete underwater HD video package with lots of extras | eBay - See ebay listing for pics.


• Light and Motion Bluefin Pro HC7 housing – (Price when new - $3,799). Here is a promo video highlighting all of the features Light & Motion Bluefin HC7 Marketing Video - YouTube; includes flip-down red filter and original lens (good for macro)
• Light and Motion 2.5” remote color monitor with camera mount, connecting cord and US charger (Price when new - $1,799) – This monitor has a 2.5 display screen and the ability to control the camera and see the footage from a distance – add a longer umbilical cord (not included) and you could record shy critters from 50 ft away, still controlling zoom, focus, and other controls – this is a rare find as Light and Motion doesn’t make these any more for their housings. This is a picture of the monitor:http://www.marinefilm.org/bin/miniho...0;인.jpg;
• Sony HDR HC7 camera – US version – (List price $1,300). Seriously one of the better cameras I’ve come across with respect to recording quality, low light, and underwater white balancing. Comes with charger, fire wire adapters for Apple or PC computers, and other associated cables.
• Fathom 80 wide angle lens (List price - $600) - lens is in excellent condition
• 2x Light and Motion Sunray 1000 video lights, 2x underwater battery pods and 2 batters for Light and Motion Housing with US charger (List price $2,499)
• 2x spare batteries for video lights with and extra US charger (List price $200)
• Pelican 1520 carrying case with customized foam cutouts (List price $225)
• Set of spare O-Rings for housing and handles, O-ring grease (List price - $32)
• 6x Mini HD tape cassettes (most lightly used) – (List price $50)


All in all, these items when purchased new totaled nearly US$11,000. The equipment is 4 years old or less and has been well taken care of. The camera was just been serviced by Sony last year and I had the tape mechanism fully replaced so it is as good as new as I haven't been using the camera this year except to confirm all is in working order. The only thing which is not functioning is the underwater microphone on the housing itself (mic on the camera works fine outside of the housing), which means that if you film inside the housing above water, you won’t get any sound, though it still picks up some sound underwater – you can still hear bubbles…. I have always put music over the top of my videos anyway so, unless you're trying to get the sounds of dolphins and whales, does it really matter?


I love this setup but, as I have bought a new full video setup, I need to sell this one!!


To get a brand new L&M housing and appropriate top of the line HD camera with video lights and the Fathom 80 lens, it will cost you about US$10,000 plus a little more for the extras. I’ve learned from experience that there are pluses and minuses to the old and new setups. For example the new housings have a one button-push manual white balance which is nice (you have to press 4 buttons on the side of the camera on the HC7 housing to so the same thing) but there are also drawbacks – for example if the LED screen fails on the new housing, you can’t use the camera without replacing the back – that can get expensive – with the HC7, you still have the eye-hole on the back of the camera. The HC7 also has the zebra function which for some reason the newer Sony's don't have - this is great for checking that your exposure underwater is good and there are no areas of overexposure.


This video (see link) was the most recent video I shot with the HC7 at the beginning of April 2011 - Cuttlefish - YouTube; - this was at approximately 60ft (20M) in Sydney during a weekend with decent visibility. This was in natural light – I didn’t have my lights with me on this dive. It also gives you a sense of the sound underwater even without the housing mic working…


The equipment is with me in Sydney, but I will ship anywhere. Since the item is in Australia, the postage cost can vary quite a bit depending where you are. If you are in AUS, not a problem- its AUSPost. Otherwise you will have to nominate a carrier and pay the shipping charges. As an example using the AusPost website, I costed the freight to Adelaide and it would be AUD$43.15 to post code 5000, basic air to the US would be AUD$278, and to the UK AUD$358.45. If you want to check costs yourself, the dimensions are: box 1: 50x40x18cm - 11kg, box 2: 36x26x22cm - 4kg.

#2 rramaley

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 01:14 PM

Auction ending in 13 hours! Folks, the current bid is at AUD$1,000 which is an absolute steal for this package. You could turn around and sell these things individually and double your $$. Don't miss out!