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Lights and filters, when to use each ?

28 June 2007 - 10:31 PM

I have halogen lights. Specifically a canister light setup. I typically use twin 50 watt halogen lamps for macro and closeups. For wide and medium angle I use my filter.

I was considering going to 100 watt bulbs for the medium angle stuff, but that would involve wearing a 2nd canister since my single battery can't handle 200 watts.

Will this be worth it or should I just stick to the filter for wide and medium angle ? I know the best way to answer my question is to try it, but I don't dive locally. The 2nd canister and battery will add a lot of weight to my already heavy luggage.

Gates/Greenforce have a new twin 50 watt HID setup, so at least they feel a necessity for extra powerful lights.

What do you guys think ?

FX-7 w/ Raynox W/A

19 May 2007 - 03:49 PM

Just got my Raynox wide angle lens. It's a little soft, especially zoomed in, but overall I am happy with it and consider my $150 US, well spent.

Hopefully their will be enough room for it with a dome port.

Here is a link to a sample clip and a few screen captures.

Raynox FX7 W/A lens

Gates FX7 housing on their website

03 April 2007 - 09:25 AM

Gates FX7 housing

Electronic white balance vs. mechanical button

28 March 2007 - 01:45 PM

I remember the white balance on the FX1/Amphibico Phenom was originally electronic. Then Wags found the mechanical button produced different and better MWB than the electronic way. Enough of an improvement that he modified his housing.

Was there ever a clear explanation why this was so and will this problem also appear on the FX7/Endeavor ?

Housings with no viewfinder, monitor only, opinions ?

26 March 2007 - 02:25 PM

I was a little suprised when Amphibico told me the Endeavor housing did not have a viewfinder as an option and only came with a permanently mounted monitor.

How reliable are these things ? I'd hate to have some kind of failure with the monitor, batteries or electrical connections and then be stuck not being able to see what I am filming.