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About kcf955

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    Northern California
  • Interests
    Underwater Photography, but since I can't dive every day I do other types of photography.

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II & 1D Mark II
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    Canon Lenses: EF 15mm FE, 16-35mm, 100mm Macro

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  1. Great, thank you for the additional information. Its good to hear your experience with the EVF and Sony's system. I have a R5 on order and I guess at this point will have to see if I want to wait for housings to come out or stick with my 5DIV and get a housing sooner.
  2. Thanks Gudge! This helps to clarify the viewfinder issues. I don’t use the Seacam 45 viewfinder but want to add that to my next housing for macro. I love the S180 viewfinder I have used for the last 15 years except when wanting to get low for a shot. Have you noticed any issues with the EVF in bright sunlight like shooting upwards with the sun in the frame?
  3. Thanks Chris! The viewfinder is Seacam S180 viewfinder and may very well have same issue as the Nauticam, but I am not sure. I have heard from another professional UW photographer, that he personally won’t switch to mirrorless now because he feels the DSLR optical viewfinder is superior to the EVF in a mirrorless camera. This is one reason I was thinking of housing a Canon 5D Mark IV. I currently use Inon strobes with Nikonos connectors.
  4. I’m a long time UW shooter from Nikonos II, V to Aquatica w/ Canon F1n Film to finally Seacam w/ Canon 1Ds Mark II (2005) which still works to this day but is long in the tooth. I currently shoot a Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon 1Dx Mark II above water and am thinking of: 1. House the 5D Mark IV in a Seacam and get immediate use with current lenses and ports. 2. Wait for the R5 Seacam housing to come out (but would have to use an adapter for my fisheye and macro lenses until Canon makes RF versions) 3. Jump ship to Sony A7R IV w/ Seacam housing and use my existing ports and viewfinder. For underwater use, is the optical viewfinder still better more desirable over the EVF on mirrorless cameras? I would love to hear from someone who has made the switch between a DSLR and Mirrorless in the UW environment on the pros/cons. Thanks, Keith
  5. Is the housing available still and what exactly are you including accessory wise? Thanks!
  6. Looking for a Seacam 5D Mark IV housing. I have ports and viewfinder but would entertain an S45 viewfinder as well.
  7. Ive gone through Nikonos V to housed film SLR to housed DSLR that is 15 years old now. I am finally going to move to a new system. Important to me is bulk/size and an excellent viewfinder with 100% view. I am on the fence sticking with a DSLR or going mirrorless. From what I have learned, at least in the Canon ecosystem the mirrorless lenses need more time to mature and catch up to the quality of L series EF lenses. So I may go with a 5DIV housed since I have the lenses and camera already vs buy into a whole new ecosystem like the Sony A7R III. Would love to here what others think?
  8. Time has finally come....Just curious if anyone would be interested in a Seacam Housing for a Canon 1Ds Mark II. Housing and camera. Both are in very good to excellent condition and everything works. This was a $20k system when I bought from Stephen Frink new and I have been the only owner. I'm out of town and can post pics if there is interest tomorrow when I get back. Included: Housing with standard viewfinder, nikonos sync ports. Canon 1Ds Mark II body w/ two batteries 2 - Inon Z220 strobes and cords NO ports are included. Thanks, Keith
  9. Very nice! Enjoy the clearish water while you can.... Keith
  10. This worked out pretty well, here is the result, just need video lights now: https://vimeo.com/88027550
  11. Great set of images showing a crime in progress! Seriously, very cool series!
  12. It has been far too long since I last visited Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel CA. I had heard from other divers that the Cabazon males could be found guarding eggs this time of year but that this yearly event was nearly over. On Monday 2/24 condition were incredible with 50' visibility and very little surge. I lucked out and found this rather large Cabazon (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus) near the "Hole in the Wall" just outside Whalers Cove. This was shot at f10 @ 125th second, Manual mode housed DSLR, 100mm Macro Lens and two strobes 1/2 power and -4 power. Processing this image was very straight forward with minor adjustments to increase contrast, sharpen and very little backscatter removal, thanks to relatively clear water. I wish I had spent some time bracketing my depth of field to see a little more sharpness in the pectoral fins. Next time... Keith
  13. Here is what I came up with - 1 - 1.5"x2"x1/2" polycarbonate block 1 - 5" hose clamp 1 - piece of road bike inner tube for hose clamp 1- piece of mountain bike inner tube for anti-slip mount under polycarbonate block 1- GoPro flat adhesive mount Used a 3/16" drill bit and drill press to drill 3 holes through polycarbonate block for hose clamp. Then used a Dremmel tool with a spiral sheet rock cut out bit to finish the slot. Note the slot was off set just a tad to accommodate the next step. Using a drum sander on drill press sanded a contour into the block to match my macro port. Then eased the edges of the block with the drum sander. Then disassembled the hose clamp to feed it through the block and added the piece of bicycle tubing and reconnected the clamp. Mounted a GoPro flat adhesive mount to the top of the block and attached assembly to the macro port, just tight enough to keep it from slipping. The road bike tubbing not only prevents slipping of the mount on the Delrin port but also give the tag end of the hose clamp a place to go and be out of the way to prevent snagging. Keith
  14. Thanks Chris, yes my port is Delrin. I like you idea with a hose clamp or two. I will give it a try. My focus light is taking the spot in the middle of the housing otherwise that would be a good spot with a short arm as you have done. Keith
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