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In Topic: Tips to keep water from gathering on the lens port

30 April 2010 - 12:01 AM

Aloha Ben,

Hope you had fun with the Essex housing. I just got mine too and have been enjoying it.

For me so far, the best tip I got for this subject was from Mike Waggoner of Essex: Use the waxy oils from the side of your nose or ears. Get some on your fingertip. Put the port front halfway in the water. Now rub vigorously up and down, spreading the stuff on the port front. Sounds gross and counterintuitive (I thought it would produce flare or haze), but it really works!

I've found two basic, but different situations for this issue:

1) Not sure if I have this right, but it seems when I use the wideangle (10-22mm), I have a very short amount of time where the rider is close enough to get a good shot, so I can do the dunk method: Keep the camera underwater as the rider approaches, then pull it out and shoot. A thin film of water stays on the port front but doesn't seem to affect the photo quality. I'm guessing because it's a very thin film and is thus optically pretty "correct", as Phil said earlier.

2) But when I use the 24-105mm, I can shoot each wave for a longer period of time, so that film of water eventually breaks down and that's when the spots and other irregularities occur. So this is when I want that thin film of water off the port BEFORE I start shooting. And that's where the nose/ear grease seems to work the best. Holding the camera out of the water, that film of water comes off a bit faster with the grease. And I always check the port before each wave and blow off any remaining drops.

Hope this helps!



In Topic: Unused Aquatica Housing and Ports

20 April 2010 - 05:23 PM




In Topic: Unused Aquatica Housing and Ports

31 March 2010 - 01:18 PM

Extension has sold. Still have everything else. I'm supposing no one would want the housing. And it would be a bear to ship.

So...Everything else - 8" dome port, a flat port (see photo), Ikelite 100A flash w/sync cord and bracket arm. $250 shipped in the US. Paypal only.

If you want the housing too, let me know and I'll check on the shipping; I'll only charge whatever the post office charges me ($250 + shipping).



In Topic: Big Wave Action @ Sunset

19 February 2010 - 03:26 PM

Niiiiiiice! ;)

In Topic: Canon vs big waves at Mavericks

19 February 2010 - 03:23 PM

AUWE!!! (hawaiian for Oh That SUCKS!) ;)