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  1. Hi Joel You should also heck the zoom control on the housing as it is usually a spring setting lever, If the spring gets stuck or jumps its mount(usually outside the housing) it will cause the camera to be either always zoomed out or zoomed in, depending on the housing, and you can't override this unlise you reseat the spring (usually easily enough as its mounted on the underside of some zoom levers on compacts housings. I've had it before were it works fine on land and the first 1 or times underwater then the spring jumps and you can't do much with the camera until you realise and reset the spring, then it is back to normal, but those few minutes while you swear at the camera through your reg are wasted.
  2. I've not had experience of the Nauticam set up, but the Fantasea set up seems lighter, the actual buisiness end of the marco and for me wild angle ports are Sea and Sea running on the Fantasea FNX55G Connector port. Using a standard Sea and Sea port also lets me switch between the Sony 90 and a Canon 60mm macro I have (I could also fit the 100mm Canon macro if I had one). Its been pretty fine so far the 90mm was supposed to be out in Lembeh the other month but Covid stopped that. I would say Fantasea could do a better job with the pin wheel to drive the focus cog in the FNX-55G, but then all housings have their issues. But this is my 3rd Fantasea housing for various cameras and their customer service is very good, their products do what they say and at a resonable price and weight (espeically important when travelling or lugging it from the car to the boat). As an aside if you fancy using the Canon macro lenses you don't seem to need a high end Sony to Canon adaptor, the cheaper ones work well as there is no zoom to change the settings. Howeevr for my Tonika 10-17 I use a Sigma MC-11
  3. Sorry for bringing this up very late, but my Fantasea LED trigger does fire my Sea and Sea YS-D2J's however wouldn't work with any of the shop bought standard fibre optic cables for UWP. I ended up using flexible 3.5mm side glow fibre cable, encased in a black hose and wrap it close to my strobe arms, there is more than enough light produced to light the sensors in the YS-D2j's... If you don't wrap the FO cables in black hosing then bright sunlight can trigger the strobes by hitting the FO cables. My problem is I have made one pair of these cables but when I reordered the cable to create spare cables I get a different ones, either non-flexible or with an external skin making it too wide. To make they cost around £10 ($13) to make 2 including connectors at each end, no skills needed other than to be able to measure and use a sharp knife. As said the LED's put out enough light the problem is the amount transmitted by the commercial FO cables.
  4. Hi I've been using the 6500 in a Fantasea housing for around 6mths and like you went from a Canon compact. Its a great rig, although takes some getting used to. I started out with the kit 16-50mm, with wet lenses, worked ok, then I got myself a Tonika 10-17mm(canon fit).. and its much better, even though I had a UWL-09f wet lens on the 16-50. Also I picked up a 60mm Canon 2.8 macro which I've just started trying to play with, and that too works great. I also have the 90mm but yet to pay with it underwater. I guess the issue is you are going to a camera which needs a choice of lens to excel at either macro or wide angle, its a mind set I had to adapt to. Also note regardless of housing, the lens costs can be 'ok' but you will need ports and rings which in some cases will cost more than the lens (for just a metal ring with no moving parts!). The 6500 also is limited to a max 1/125 flash and 1/250 with an led flash trigger. Still not a massive issue, but very different to a compacts sync speed. Also there is a massive difference in weight both dry and wet so you've been warned... I now need to transport it on holiday in two bags, mainly due to the ports.
  5. Hi Everyone Been diving with a camera for a while (from 35mm days), but its become the reason for diving, even here on the South Coast of England.. Cheers
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