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  1. Hi,

    I use a 1450 Pelican which is nothing short of perfect for my Mac Book Pro 15". An australian check-in lady would not let me take it on board despite the fact that it fell off the luggage trolly a couple of days earlier & the reason for my flight was to take the computer for repairs from that fall. On the return flight I had no problems.

    I wrote to Qantas & asked what they could suggest I do re carrying the laptop. I received an e-mail

    saying " may we suggest you protect your computer with bubble wrap". Highly scientific a solution in anyone's language. That's what's so annoying these days. They won't let you take it aboard yet when you leave it in their care & it gets damaged it's your problem.

  2. Ronscuba,

    I have accumulated several UW film & video outfits over the years. I'm now at a stage where I want to utilise the housings by fitting the new cameras. Controls are no problems at all & the housings are still excellent.

    I guess what I would like to find an answer to is; do the new HDV single chip cameras require ports/glass with specific HDV properties for technical reasons or is a good dome port for DV a good dome port for HDV as well

    I find the 80 mm angle of the Amphibico Navigator, the L&M Stingray 2 & the Gates Diego just not wide enough for my new project. Fisheye is too distorting on the other hand because of the straight objects I want to film. I thought the 128° Inon or the 145° Sealux would have been an ideal angle. When I saw one of the three top UW housing manufacturers providing ports for Inon lenses I assumed they were HDV compatible/quality. I have just orderd the Raynox 0.30 and an Aquatica dome & hopefully it'll work out.

    thanks for all your input.

  3. I get about 50% zoom with my dome port.



    I want to use a very wide but not a fisheye lens to film a large structure in 10 m (33') visibility. From your experience, would the raynox's softness still be very obvious even with no zooming ? Would the poor visibility help in making this softness somewhat less distracting ?

    In your opinion, would an ikelite dome compliment this lens ?

    thanks again

  4. I have used a INON wet lens with my HC 1 with bad results... heaps of distortion and softening around the edges. So much so I would never use the footage. Unfortunately I think that I come to the conclusion that if you want a good lens it is going to cost!!!


    many thanks Jonny, you confirmed my suspicions.

  5. hi,

    As there are no real wide video UW lenses apart from professional (super expensive) I wondered if anyone could provide some info on the following. Are the "wet lenses" i.e. Inon, Epoque, Sea&Sea 100 mm classified as HDV lenses ? I enquired about the Amphibico 120̊̊̊̊̊° for use on the EVO HC1 and was told it was not compatible. Sealux advertises it's 145° Fisheye but can't deliver till well into next year. My L&M "superwide" is well short of the definition of super. I just want to know if single chip HDV requires special UW Port optics or can wet lenses be of sufficient quality for HDV.


  6. I recently went on a mass diving boat to the great barrier reef out of cairns and observed that 95 % of the people entering the water used sunscreen. The dive master strongly recommended the use of it. If each diver/snorkeller uses 100ml of this sunscreen & if there are 5000 people/day = 500 litres of chemical being poured onto the reef. no wonder the reefs are in a sad state.

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