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david yamamoto

Member Since 31 Mar 2011
Offline Last Active Apr 10 2013 05:20 PM
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In Topic: L&M Bluefin / Sony CX550 experience

15 May 2011 - 10:39 AM

HI Rob, have upgraded to the Stingray G2+ housing with the Sony CX550v camera. Am very pleased with the results. If you can get the Sola lights, they are nice and compact. When I get around to it I will try to post videos from Fiji-shark dive, and Vanuatu-President Calvin Cooledge.
Will be back to Puerto Galera for new year.
David

Thank you for the information Peter. I had in fact already emailed Scubacam 24 hours ago but, at this point, have not yet received any reply. I might have to call them.

I have been a Gates user for the last 14 years and, until recently, would never have considered changing brand as I have found it to be a next to zero maintenance workhorse (my Gates housing is 12 years old, has done close to 5000 dives - as deep as 120m in spite of being rated for 76 meters - and, due to my working conditions hardly ever gets in a freshwater rinse tank! The last time I took the main o ring out of its groove was 8 years ago...) However, given the speed cameras are getting obsolete these days, I'm considering switching to a housing that could accommodate camera upgrades, hence my interest in Light And Motion. I have some questions some of you may have answers to.

The housing I'm looking at is the Bluefin for Sony XR550, I initially was looking at the XR520 but it seems it's already discontinued.

Now, to my questions:

1. Does Light and Motion sell a lens similar to the Gates GP25 - wide angle (80-90'), suitable for shooting both above and underwater. If yes, at what price? Alternatively, would the Gates lens fit the Light and Motion housing?

2. I'm using Alpha lights mounted on flexi arms (http://www.alphadivi...nt=lighting.htm). Would these fit on the Bluefin handles?

3. In your experience how reliable is the electronics in a less than ideal environment - tropical heat and moisture, fresh rinse water sometimes not available for several hours after a dive, no dry air con camera room available? I must say reliability has been the main reason I have stuck with Gates for so long. My partner use to have Amphibico housing and had nothing but troubles with the electronics (that is after a couple of years of use).

In advance, thank you all for any answers,

Rob