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In Topic: Problems: new Nauticam housing w/ Canon 7DII

08 March 2015 - 04:39 PM

Well you probably know this but you have to separate the problem: the strobe, fiber optic cables, housing or the camera.


If you are with other divers or near a dive shop see if you can test your strobes on another system someone has.  The same goes with the camera.  With all the divers and cameras out there someone should be able to help you troubleshoot using their system.


Did you try swapping the batteries from the good working strobe to the one that wasn't?  It may be that your charger for the batteries is not charging correctly and everything is else is okay. 


Check the pop up flash and see if it is being interfered with inside the housing.


Also, if the flash on your camera is set at the lowest setting to save on the camera battery, try boosting it to maximum to see if it works while still in the housing.  It's a simple quick check that will at least eliminate that potential problem.


The Meltdownman

In Topic: Canon 7dMk II U/W

18 December 2014 - 01:56 PM

Besides costs,


If you are going to use the TTL function of a Canon camera for a 5D MII (which I have) you need to purchase a converter ($$$) whereas a 7D you can use the pop up flash on the camera inside the housing and use fiber optics. There is less chance of flooding the additional electronics of the converter and cable and the optics seem pretty reliable from everyone that I have seen using them on various cameras out there.


If you use a 7D with its pop up flash your battery life will not be as long - just set the output to minimum however and your battery life will be fine. 


I have used by 5D MII with an Aquatica Housing and have been able to shoot for several days without removing the camera from the housing because I don't have a flash going and I shoot mostly manual now that I have more experience.  The TTL comes in handy when you need to get off a quick shot. 


The housings for a 7D are smaller, lighter and with no TTL converter there is more room in your bag with less chance of exceeding weight limits on airlines.  The 5D is a bit better for low light conditions over the 7D but I still find that I need focusing lights to help with the focus with the 5D MII. This includes those days that are overcast vice bright sunny days.


This is from my personal experience with my 5D MII.  I have not taken my 7D underwater but have discussed this and read up on the 7D before my purchase of the 5D MII for underwater use.  


Both the 7D and the 5D MII use the same lenses so the quality is there for both.



Hope that helps.


The Meltdownman



In Topic: Help! Nauticam lubricant for blue S&S o-ring?

03 August 2014 - 11:54 AM



Check this thread out and see if it help:






Have you looked at your dive destination to see if there are any dealers there in Indo?  You might get them to mail a tube to your dive location before you get there.



In Topic: Shutter replacement - shutter count not reset?

09 June 2014 - 02:55 PM

In my Canon 5D MII I have an internal battery that many people don't realize exists.  If you remove that and reinstall the battery it may reset your shutter count.  I don't know if Nikon frowns on it from the standpoint you won't have an accurate count for the purposes of reaching the shutter lifetime limit.  If they replaced the shutter mechanisim I don't see a problem with it but if you are selling it to another person they might not be happy with the fact that you reset the count.  I would personally like to know the count. If the camera was overhauled you should include the maintenance that was done on it to both give an accurate history and show that you really are caring for your camera.


  Just a thought.

In Topic: Aquatica Housing & frozen set screw

07 June 2014 - 10:57 AM

You might try PB 2000.  However, the key is not to get the oil in the o-rings if you can avoid it so you might apply it via a q-tip and let it soak and let it do its job.  However, if you plan on replacing all the o-rings and you get some oil on them just make sure there is no remaining residue anywhere since it will cause the ruber to deteriorate over time. 


This stuff works good.




The Meltdownman