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ipepper

Member Since 01 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 06 2008 06:30 AM
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In Topic: Canon 400D does fit the S&S 350D housing...

02 June 2008 - 08:00 AM

Now that Canon has come out with the new XSi, has anyone tried to see if you can use it in the 350D housing?

In Topic: Best BCD for New Underwater Photographers

27 May 2008 - 07:21 AM

Thanks for all of your help. I fully plan to hone my dive skills first, but want a BCD I can grow with. Here is what the choice comes down to: a Dive Rite Transpac with Rec Wingsm the Dive Rite harness, or the AudaxPro. I heard back from Go-Dive in the UK. It will cost about $550 US for the wing, harness and shipping. The transpac and wings will be in the same vicinity. My inclination at this point is the Dive Rite Transpac. I tried one on and it was very comfortable. It seems that the Dive Rite harness system would be more for someone doing technical diving. (Dive Rite itself advises to the Transpac when I gave them my criteria.) While I like the AudaxPro, my concern is service. Since I have to buy them overseas, I am assuming that I will have to ship them back to the UK if there is a problem. Does anyone have experience with the AudaxPro system?

Any comments on my logic from all of you helpful and thoughtful friends?

In Topic: Best BCD for New Underwater Photographers

25 May 2008 - 07:52 AM

Thanks to everyone for your comments, and to your advice about getting the diving right first! Having listened to all of you and having talked to other folks, the sense that I am getting is to go with a wing system. I looked for the Audaxpro and could not find a dealer here, and the ones in Europe are VERY expensive. So now the question is type and brand. Dive Rite seems to be the most common, but there seems to be a controversy about transpac versus the harness system, with more people opting for the latter. Halcyon seems to get mixed reviews. Some people love them, some think they are not that well constructed. And then there was the recall. OMS gets marks too. Anyone care to comment on wings brands and on traditional harness and backplate versus the transpac. Thanks again!

In Topic: Need Gear Advice

24 May 2008 - 12:09 PM

May I ask for advice, too? I am new to diving, but am an amateur photographer. I shoot with a Canon 20d and a 1d Mark ii. I generally shoot with "L" series lenses. I was able to get a an excellent used Sea & Sea dx-350d, which would mean I would have to get a Rebel XT or XTI. I just learned of an opportunity to buy an Ikelite housing for my 20d. Which housing will be better for me in the long run: an ikelite or a Sea and Sea? I am VERY new to this. It appears that the dx-350d does not have a built in TTL so I would need an external one. Is that correct? What does this mean? What are the advantages and disadvantages of one housing over the other. One issue that concerns me with Ikelite is that I cannot find housings for most of my "L" lenses, or, when I can for some of them, I will not be able to zoom (such as on my 28-70mm). I have checked Ikelite's port chart for this information. I was able to find my only non-Canon lens for to use for this, which is a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8. It is actually a nice lens. I will also be getting a Canon 100mm macro, which can use an ikelite housing. I would appreciate it if you could help me understand each of these housings so I know whether to get the ikelite housing for my 20d and sell the Sea and Sea, or whether I should keep the Sea and Sea. (I know that the 20d is a better camera overall. I am just investigating which housing is better.) In case you are wondering, I decided not to get a housing for the 1d. First, a lot of the features take two hands and, since I am new to diving, this would be cumbersome. Second, the 1d has a very low actuation count and is in perfect condition. I could not take a chance on anything happening to it. Thanks so much for this!