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Toplit Rhinophores

15 July 2015 - 10:01 AM

Of all the pics from my recent trip, this one stands out to me as the most interesting. I was trying out my new Nauticam Compact Macro Converter (CMC). Man, you sure do have to get close with that thing! At least when it's paired with the Oly 60mm macro. We were at Frederiksted Pier, St. Croix, USVI and found this dorid Nudibranch on the sand. I took some normal macro shots, then got down real close head on with the CMC. I had to rotate the strobe above and pointing down in order to light it at all, since the subject is almost touching the CMC. Since this Nudi has a translucent body, it basically illuminated the body from within and this is the shot I got:


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For reference, this was the Nudi, not sure of species yet:


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I'm very pleased with the effect, even though I had no intention of doing that. Hopefully I didn't stress the little guy pumping so much light through his body. 


Olympus OMD-EM10, 60mm macro lens, CMC, Nauticam Housing, 1xYS-D1 strobe

EM10 First Gallery

30 June 2015 - 06:13 PM


Link to Photo Showcase Gallery Post


The forum guidelines said to post galleries to Photo and Gallery Showcase, so that's what I've done.


Got a chance to try out the new EM10 setup at Blue Heron Bridge. Mostly 60mm macro. Lots of fun.

EM-10 First Outing

30 June 2015 - 06:09 PM


Nauticam Housing

2x Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes


Blue Heron Bridge. Riviera Beach, FL, USA.


Mainly shot the 60mm macro lens, but also put the 14-42 kit lens on for some shots of the divers on our trip. 


Full gallery here:




It was my first time with the new EM10 setup and overall i'm quite pleased. I think, after years of trying, I might actually be starting to get close enough to these macro subjects. Of course, switching from an APS-C 60mm macro to a m43 60mm macro gave me a little boost, too.


Blue Heron Bridge Worms

24 June 2015 - 06:36 AM

I figure someone out there is an expert on Blue Heron Bridge worms.


Image 1 - I have no idea, but the Fireworm wrapped around it looked excited.


Image 2 & 2a - Feather Duster worm not attached to anything?? Never seen that before.



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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