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Recommendations on gear for a 5d mark II?! Strobes?

13 June 2010 - 03:21 PM

Ive been reading here for a few weeks now and I almost feel more overwhelmed with options/information than I did before coming here!! A lot of what I have read has helped a ton so thank you ahead of time.

My question is a simple but complicated one. Ive read so many comparisons of housings my heads still spinning. A little back ground to help is that I have a Canon 5d Mark II with a wide variety of L-series lenses. So needless to say I should have started underwater photography awhile ago. With that gear what equipment would most of you recommend?

I have been torn between Ikelite and Sea&Sea. Ikelite was a little helpful when I called to ask some questions but Sea&Sea worries me since its all via email.

I had ordered a 1D mark IV but Ive decided Im going to cancel it and just get underwater equipment for the 5d (since housing is hard to find for the 1d mark iv and I lose full frame).

Money isnt a huge barrier but I dont want to go bananas here, which is why Im asking for input. I had kind of decided on the Ikelite (a little worried about no moisture sensor though) but then got overwhelmed looking at ports, strobes, and what not. Ive gone though a lot of photos on here (which are amazing by the way!) and it seems most use a macro lens? Should I stick to just a port for my 100mm macro? If not what else is generally used or recommended? I guess Ill list the lenses I do have so that I can be told what I "need" to get.

100mm f/2.8
50mm f/1.2
15mm f/2.8 (fisheye)
24mm f/3.5 (tilt shift)
70-200mm f/2.8
28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
24-70mm f/2.8
16-35mm f/2.8

(all L series but the fisheye, if that relevant??)

I think I have one more but I cant recall right now! Sorry if this is a ton of information I just figured its better to include it all at the beginning and not have to scatter information around.

Also, I am still newish to diving, but Im trying to gear up correctly and get a ton of dives in before August because Im heading to the Red Sea, so I dont want to miss out photography wise. I have someone willing to help me learn to dive with my equipment so thats why its sort of a pressing issue that Ive hit a wall about!! I just revamped some of my diving gear, so if thats relevant at all let me know and I can list it out, or if you have any recommendations on some other gear that makes the photography easier please let me know!!

Again, I am sorry to ask!! I know there are threads on this and I promise I have gone through them, I just cant find the right combo of information for my "situation". Thanks again!!

I guess long story short, what gear would best suit my camera/lenses that would be starter enough for a novice but advanced enough to use as I progress? (ie. I dont want to get something cheap just to replace it down the line, etc.). And ANY advice on which strobes and ports to pair with housing would be fabulous and much appreciated since this is the area Im most confused on!!!