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In Topic: Canon 7d Mk II Lenses

22 September 2014 - 07:56 AM

95% of my topside shots are with the 24-105mm f4L.  It has image stabilization and is the sharpest zoom I hav ever used.  I rarely use my 17-40mm, and am looing to sell it.



In Topic: New Canon 16-35 f/4 IS

25 August 2014 - 10:27 AM

And your conclusions are???  I was just about to order the 16-35mm f2.8 for my upcoming Galapagos trip when I heard about this lens.  Greatly interested in any comparison.



In Topic: How did you flood?

09 February 2014 - 09:13 AM

Interesting to note that one housing manufacturer seems to be  over represented here, especially where there was no blatant user error involved.  This agrees with my observations, as well.  It always baffles me that people who happily pay $6000+ for a trip will try to save $1500 on a housing which malfunctions or floods, spoiling their trip, and costing them a great deal to replace the ruined camera and lens.


I have also seen a few floods from gross user error when the housing was worked on in the evening, after consuming alcohol.  I will never work on my camera after drinking.


I have flooded 2 cameras due to the main housing o-ring popping out of it's groove, one in a test dunk, both due to user error.  Now, I remove this o-ring as infrequently as possible during a trip, and have gone 7 years without any more camera floods.


I had a vacuum system installed on my Nauticam housing.  It is simple to use, and gave me much confidence during a recent trip to Mexico, where the camera facilities on the liveaboard were decidedly suboptimal.  Time will tell if this confidence is misplaced, but I am certain it will detect any large breaches of housing integrity.


I have had continual and ongoing problems with the battery compartment o-ring binding in my Inon 240-Zs while screwing the cap on, resulting in a danger of flooding.  Usually this is obvious, but not always.  More grease, and new o-rings have not improved this situation.

In Topic: Canon 70D

08 February 2014 - 08:12 AM

I have done about 70 dives with my 70D in a Nauticam housing.   I am very impressed by the camera.  It shoots excellent stills, and video that is vastly better then previous DSLRs, mostly due to the dual pixel autofocus.  I just returned from the Revillagigedos, which is pretty much all pelagics.  The still and video autofocus worked flawlessly, even on Mantas in fairly murky water.  I used the Tokina 10-17mm, which works very well with this camera.  For stills, I shoot RAW in manual mode.  For video, I shoot "all i" format, and custom white balance.  The housing has had some issues which required a return to the dealer for repair.  Images from my first trip with this rig are at: 



In Topic: Your Favourite/Best Image of 2013

13 January 2014 - 05:51 PM

My favorite image of 2013: a Decorated War Bonnet on red soft coral.  It was taken at my favorite dive site in the world:  Browning Pass, Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada.