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FS: Complete Canon 550d Land/UW Setup (S&S)

24 March 2015 - 09:58 AM

For Sale: Complete Canon Rebel T2i (550d) land and underwater setup. This system is ready to shoot macro, medium, and wide angle. All you need is a tray and some strobes.


I am selling this as a package. I want to clear this out and focus on a more portable solution. I realize no one will want all this together, but that’s how I’m selling it. The components of the package have been assembled by me over the past several years. Some items, like the camera, I purchased new. Others, like the dome port, I purchased used. I would describe the overall condition of the package as:


Well Used. Fully functional with cosmetic appearance consistent with 4 years of use


In other words, there are plenty of surface blemishes, but everything works well. I’ve tried to show details of the condition in my photos. Some pieces, like the 60mm and the Tokina are in even better shape and appear closer to like new. The 60mm and Tamron lenses have had a UV filter on them since day 1. The Tokina, which can’t use a filter, has had its cover on when not in the housing. The 18-55 I never paid much attention to. All equipment has been rinsed and soaked in fresh water after each dive and been stored in a smoke free environment. I can’t say with certainty how many dives everything has, since I got some pieces used. I can say I’ve done about 50 dives with the housing and ports. No floods.


I will attempt to honestly rate the condition of each item in the description below.


Camera Body:

Canon Rebel T2i (550d)

13,989 Shutter Actuations. Rubber grip a little loose in one spot. Otherwise, very good shape. 7/10.



Sea & Sea RDX-550d (S&S 06153)

No functional issues. Buttons have good action. No oxidation. Surface blemishes. 7/10



Canon 18-55

Kit lens. Used infrequently. No issues. 8/10


Canon 60mm macro

Well cared for. UV filter since day 1. Very clean. 9/10


Tokina 10-17 Fisheye

Well cared for. Never used outside housing. Very clean. 8/10

In the photos, this lens has the zoom gear mounted on it already.


Tamron 18-250

Used extensively on land. UV filter since day 1. Great walk around lens. Glass is clean. 7/10.




Sea & Sea Canon 18-55 Gear (S&S 31119). Like New, 9/10.

Sea & Sea Canon 16-35 (works on Tokina 10-17) (S&S 31114). Like New, 9/10.



RDX Standard Port (S&S 30107)

Works with both the 18-55 and the 60mm Macro. Good shape, glass is clean. No major scratches. Along the perimeter on the inside, there are a few areas that look strange, almost like water is in there. But, it’s always been like this and has never been an issue. See pictures. 6/10.


Fisheye Dome Port 240 (S&S 30116)

It’s Big and Acrylic. It’s well used. Therefore, it has scratches. I tried to show in the photos, but I would say it has more small scratches than are visible in my photos. I’ve polished it with “Novus 1, 2, 3 Kit Plastic Polish and Scratch Remover” and that helped (some). All that being said, you can’t see any evidence of the scratches in the photos taken behind this dome. I just want to be up front about the condition, unlike the person who sold it to me. 5/10.


RDX Port Base L (S&S 30109). Good Shape. Needed to use the Dome Port with this housing and the Tokina lens. 8/10.



RDX Standard Port (S&S 46101). Well used, still holds shape and does its job. 6/10.

Fisheye Dome Port 240 (S&S 51211) Well used, still holds shape and does its job. 6/10.


O-Ring Part Numbers for reference (2 of each included):

RDX-550d Housing (S&S 62144); RDX-Port Base L (S&S 62145); RDX Standard Port (S&S 62145); Fisheye Dome Port 240 (S&S 62101)


Included Accessories: 4 batteries (some old, some new), battery charger, Speedlite 270EX Flash, 3rd Party Battery Grip, Remote Control RC-6, Carrying Bag for Camera, Canon Straps


Sea & Sea Accessories: Housing mounting screws, extra o-rings, extra S&S silicon,


Some original boxes and instruction manuals.


Complete Detailed Pictures Here: http://goo.gl/KR3VTH


Galleries taken with only this gear: 






All this can be yours for $1300, shipping to continental US via USPS Priority Mail included. Shipping via other methods or to other destinations at your expense. Would prefer BoA Bank Transfer, will accept PayPal. For the inevitable people interested in just pieces, I will try and sell on WP and SB as a set first, then Ebay as a set, then I’ll piece it out if those methods fail. Happy to answer any questions or provide references for previous sales/Ebay seller rating.



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Kaua'i & First 10-17

05 September 2014 - 01:14 PM

I've finished working on the underwater pictures from my Kaua'i trip this past July. This was not a dive trip, but rather a trip on which I tried to do as much diving as the schedule would allow. I prefer shore diving, but I couldn't resist the opportunity to do the Ni'ihau trip. It was worth being violently sick for 2.5 hours coming back. There were many species that were firsts for me, which is exciting. 
This was only my fourth trip shooting with a DSLR, and my first trip where I got to try the Tokina 10-17 & 2 strobes. I learned a lot - mostly that strobe positioning is much more difficult with wide angle. Even though I read about all the theory, there's nothing like getting out and practicing. And I need a lot more practice! Despite lots of terrible backscatter, there are at least a few WA shots that turned out OK. Diving with the highly endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal was a highlight, for sure.
Kauai Underwater Gallery: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk2Y6afz
Enjoy (I know I did)
Equipment: Canon 550d, 60mm Macro lens, Tokina 10-17 lens, Sea & Sea RDX-550d Housing, 1x YS-110a & 1x YS-D1 strobes

Final IDs from Kauai (frog, dragon, drupe)

01 September 2014 - 05:21 PM

A little confirmation from my recent trip to Kauai before I post to Flickr. I've gone as far as I can with my Hoover books and Keoki Stender's website.



Sheraton Caverns dive site, 10m deep, ~15-20cm in length

I have: Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) but Warty is supposedly not common in Hawaii??



Pyramid at the Point dive site (Niihau/Lehua), 20m deep, ~5cm in length

Pretty sure the shell on the left is Textile Cone Shell (Conus textile) but the snail on the right - some kind of Drupe??



Tunnels Shore Dive site, 2-3m deep in sand, ~2-3cm in length

I have Female Longtail Dragonet (Callionymus decoratus). Not sure. I only have this butt-shot, sadly


Thanks for any input

YS-D1 Cutoff Issue

25 July 2014 - 06:25 AM

Hi Experts,


I recently got back from a trip to Kaua'i. I had a bunch of new (well, used but new to me) gear including a Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe. Unfortunately, my plans for a closer, less exotic trip to practice with the new equipment got scrapped so I had to practice while in Kaua'i. In short, in many of my shots the strobe coverage was cut off for 1/4 to 1/2 of the exposure. It's a very artificial cutoff - I'm sure my strobe positioning was not good for all shots, but this seems like something different. The problem did not happen with all shots, only some. I couldn't identify what conditions were causing it for some shots and not others. Distance to subject and relative strobe position seemed to have some influence but I couldn't pin it down. I saw it in portrait and landscape shots. I usually shoot macro with the strobe above the housing, but I also saw it with the strobe moved to the left of the housing.


Equipment used during issue:

Canon 550d, Canon 60mm Macro Lens, Sea & Sea RDX-550d Housing, Sea & Sea RDX Standard Port, Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobe (1)


I have previously shot with a single YS-110a strobe and did not have this issue. When I shot with the YS-110a, I always used the diffuser. I also used the Diffuser 100 with the YS-D1 and I'm wondering if this is the issue. Unfortunately, I didn't come up with this theory until the very last 15 minutes of my last dive, so I didn't have time to really verify if removing the diffuser made the issue go away.


Examples attached:

d1issue1 - more than half cutoff

d1issue2 - portrait example

d1issue3 - 10% cutoff, but still present


Thoughts? Thanks.