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DiveMasterDewey

Member Since 18 May 2011
Offline Last Active May 03 2015 07:39 AM
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In Topic: Ikelite vs Fantasea vs RecSea housings

03 May 2015 - 06:36 AM

 

 

 and accessory lens options would be greatly appreciated.

 

This may be a very important factor for you.

 

You should consider the cost of 'accessory lens options' before you choose a housing.  Some housings will be ready for 67m wet mate lenses.  Other housings will require some type of adapter; that adapter could be expensive, might not exist, might not be satisfactory.   And this may vary among camera models from the same housing manufacturer.

 

For the majority of housings, cameras get ruined by humans, very rarely due to a fault of the housing.   (Human error, lack of maintenance, you loan it to a friend....)

So it is ergonomics and total camera system cost that are most important to me.

Cost is system cost.  If a diver purchases a less expensive housing but has to spend a lot more money for an adapter for a wet-mate lens, the diver may have spent more on the camera system than if he had purchased the more expensive housing.  (Plus may have reduced ergonomics simultaneously with spending more money.)

 

For example, most of the Canon housings (WP-DC##), and Sony housings, will not directly take a wet-mate lens.  They are compact and reliable housings, attractively priced, but if you know you are going to be adding wide angle or close-up lenses, you should expect to pay more for for the system, than an Ikelite.   Many Ikelite have 67mm threads on the ports.  Many of the housings for point-n-shoot cameras are too small for 67mm thread, but Ikelite 67mm adaptors are very modestly priced.   Olympus housings for their compact cameras very often have 67mm threaded mounts.

 

Ergonomics can be very negatively affected by adaptors.  For too many of the clear plastic camera-branded housings, the only mounts available have to mount to the tripod mount on the bottom of the housing.  Attaching the adpator there can cause great complications when you desire to add a camera tray.  An example is here

 

Strobe connections

 

If you will ever be using strobes, consider how the fiber optic cables will attach.  Many housings have built-in receptacles for "Sea and Sea" style fiber optic cables.   If the housing does not provide for direct attachment of fiber optic cables, there are inexpensive fiber optic mounts, but these can be aesthetic disasters and might not meet your standards for reliability.


In Topic: Anyone have experience with Meikon Aluminum housing?

01 May 2015 - 09:51 AM

  1. Service?
  2. Parts?
  3. Is there a dealer near you?

Ikelite housings for RX100, RX100M2, RX100M3 are in the same price range.

Ikelite o-rings are readily available.  Ikelite housing service is admirably priced.

 

I have not held a meikon for RX100 in my hands, but from the pictures, the ergonomics of the Meikon do not appear to be substatially different from Ikelite.  


In Topic: Do I need AV Controllers

15 January 2015 - 06:08 AM

Are you using an Ikelite housing with built in TTL circuitry?   Or another brand of housing?


In Topic: FlexiTray Trigger - Need someone who has a NA-BMPCC!

10 December 2014 - 01:50 PM

I just edited and reposted the photos, I brought the shadows way up in Lightroom.

 

In my second and third picture you can now see that there is a curved slot in the lever that you move with your finger.

This lever pivots on the screw toward the front (to the left in my first picture.)

 

The second lever, the one that presses the shutter lever on the housing, does not pivot down from this assembly; it rotates around the second screw (the one closest to the housing).  


In Topic: FlexiTray Trigger - Need someone who has a NA-BMPCC!

10 December 2014 - 09:55 AM

I like it also.

 

I do not think these triggers are available separately, but I will ask.

 

Front view from middle of housing

 

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View from rear of housing

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Front of housing, view from right side.

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View from underneath, front of housing

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