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ipepper

Member Since 01 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active Jul 06 2008 06:30 AM
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Sea & Sea dx-300d for Canon Rebel

20 June 2008 - 05:00 AM

I have a brand new Sea & Sea DX-300d for sale. I purchased this and then decided to upgrade to the Canon 1d, so I did not use it. I am an individual seller and not a merchant and have a 100 percent rating on Ebay. I will be posting pics of this soon. It is out of the box and for the housing only and not for any of the accessories, ports, etc. I was going to post this on Ebay, but thought I would see if there is interest from my Wetpixel friends first. If you are interested, send a message to madisonman39@yahoo.com. Best offer gets this beautiful housing in never used condition. If you are considering an Ikelite housing, consider this instead. It is an incredible piece of equipment. I will be happy to send you photos of it.

Best BCD for New Underwater Photographers

24 May 2008 - 12:14 PM

Hi. I am new to the world of diving, but am an amateur photographer. I should with a Canon 20d and a 1d Mark ii. (I have another question on housings which I posted as a reply to the new gear post.) I would appreciate advice on a BCD. What are the best BCDs for someone who wants to do underwater photography. The advice I have been given so far is the Zeagle Stilleto and the Oceanic Excursion. Another person said go with a traditional BCD, such as the Oceanic Probe. Then there is the school of thought that says get a wing and harness system, which I know nothing about. From the point of view of photography, does one system have advantages over the other. I am leaning towards a weight integrated, back inflation system, but would appreciate any advice you could give.

And here is what I posted on the new gear posting:

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!