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#332578 Sea & Sea vs Ikelite

Posted by gina on 09 June 2013 - 09:57 AM

Is there a clear advantage of the SEA & SEA housings? Why are they so expensive compared to the Ikelite ones?


Haring, I think the real question here is why are Ikelite housings so cheap compared to every other brand?  They are made of acrylic (as opposed to aluminum), and may not have all the features of a more expensive housing.  Don't get me wrong; Ikelite isn't bad (I've have a couple different Ike housings), but they're also not as good nor as high-quality as others.


For the last several years I've had an Aquatica housing which I absolutely love.  The body/port connection is much more secure than Ikelite's, and the controls fit me quite well.  I can also do a lot more with it than I could with an Ikelite. 



#320420 Just got back from Komodo

Posted by gina on 12 November 2012 - 07:44 PM

They're all wonderful photos but I especially like the little bobtail squid!


#318145 Costa Rica Bans Exportation of Shark Fins

Posted by gina on 10 October 2012 - 01:23 PM

"At 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, President Laura Chinchilla, flanked by Environment Minister René Castro and noted conservationist and owner of Virgin Records Richard Branson, signed a decree that bans the practice of shark finning, as well as the importation and exportation of shark fins."

From: http://www.ticotimes...October-10-2012

This is fabulous news! Fishermen, particularly Taiwanese fishermen, have long been exploiting loopholes in Costa Rican laws by using ports such as Puntarenas to land their fin cargoes, some of which included sharks caught in and near protected marine reserves such as Cocos Island. Assuming CR enforces this ban I'm sure the fishermen will move to other countries to export their catches but the more difficult it becomes for them, the fewer sharks will die--I hope.


#315607 Underwater photography - The professionals

Posted by gina on 31 August 2012 - 07:10 AM

So what's the definition of an amateur photographer? Someone who spends all their money on UW photography? Posted Image


#313050 Aquatica Housing Review - Good, Bad and Ugly

Posted by gina on 18 July 2012 - 05:29 PM

- O-Ring & Housing Flood: On the o-ring…. I think the design of the main seal in the back isn't tight enough for my liking and I'd rather the housing overlapped the o-ring rather than just pressed against it. We did a shore dive towards the end of the vacation at a spot called Windsock – it's an easy walk in entry with a little bit of sand at the very edge of the water where the waves have kicked it up. Despite walking through this fairly quickly and making sure the camera wasn't subjected to any unnecessary roughness from the oncoming waves, enough sand was able to get into the o-ring to cause a major flood. We had a short surface swim and during that time, unknown to me, the camera was slowly filling with water from the sand in the o-ring.

I recently returned from a trip to Bonaire and when I found sand around my o-ring I recalled reading this post, so I wanted to comment.

I, too, have an Aquatica housing. A lot of my diving in Bonaire was shore diving with surf entries. My camera and I spent time swimming, standing, and sometimes tumbling in shallow water with a lot of fine sand suspended in it. When I would open up my camera I found quite a lot of sand that had worked its way into the area next to the o-ring, but on the ocean side of the o-ring (not the inside half). Some of that sand appeared to wedge itself in the groove with the o-ring. And when I removed the housing back that physical act caused some of the sand to move onto the surface of the o-ring. I have to admit it certainly looked like the sand had been covering the o-ring, and it was a bit scary! However, the inside of the housing was bone-dry. I carefully cleaned the sand off and reassembled everything only to find more sand there the next time.

But the point I wanted to make is that while it sure can look like the sand was the cause of the flood, my camera stayed dry the whole trip, so I believe the original poster made an incorrect, but completely understandable, assumption.


#311400 Canon 16-35mm lens

Posted by gina on 19 June 2012 - 02:17 PM

Hi. Just thought I'd report back. I sent the lens in to Canon for repair. They confirmed "Adjustment of the lens assembly was incorrect causing the focus to operate improperly." It's now fixed and (hopefully) happy. This just goes to show that when you think something may not be quite right, trust your gut and get it checked out.

Looking forward to using it on Bonaire reefs in a couple of weeks.