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About paradicio

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    Sea Nettle
  • Birthday 04/29/1974

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon G9
  • Camera Housing
    Ikelite #6147.09
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite DS-51 x2
  • Accessories
    Ikelite W-20 Wide Angle Lens
  1. Hi everyone, I just got my flat port and W-20 wide angle lens for my Canon G9. I was testing it out up on the surface (trying to see how much zoom I'd need to eliminate the vignetting), and consistently got an out of focus ring around my pictures. Does anyone have any experience with this setup? Am I just getting the out of focus ring because I put the lens on at the surface? Would putting the lens on underwater fix this? I'll get a chance to shoot underwater this weekend, but was wondering if anyone had any experience with this that they could share...
  2. I use the D80 as my "surface" camera. (I haven't made the plunge to using a DSLR underwater yet, sticking with my G9 for now:) ). It really is a nice camera. It is my first DSLR and honestly I'm glad I let the wife convince me to get it over some of the other cameras I was looking at.
  3. Loving this thread, here are a couple of shots that I took with a PowerShot S50 as well. And these were taken in cold murky So. Cal waters.
  4. I believe Ikelite TTL only works with Ikelite strobes, at least that's what they claim. I'm sure some creative folks could hack together a fix.
  5. Not sure about other brands, but I dive an Oceanic Atom2 with transmitter and I've had no problems.
  6. It's actually not very distracting at all the HUD display is just below eye level so a quick glance down is all you need. I don't have one myself, but I got to check it out at the Scuba Show last year and I know one videographer who swears by it. Given the price is it worth the cost vs. just strapping your DC to your rig? That's going to be up to the individual.
  7. I've just started using Lightroom on RAW files (was using Elements on jpgs before), and am very impressed with the program. The learning curve is a little bit steeper than Elements, but once you get the hang of it you will really enjoy it. The more I use and learn it, the more I like it. You will most likely need to upgrade your RAM, Adobe recommends 1G for Lightroom. I am running it on my MacBook with (newly upgraded yay!) 2G of RAM and my desktop PC with 1G of RAM and it runs great on both. To help with the learning curve I also picked up: http://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Ligh...7923&sr=8-4 which has been a tremendous help for me as a beginner... Enjoy!
  8. jonny where are you located? I'm very curious to see how your experiment turns out as well. I just got a G9 with the Ikelite housing and a DS-51 strobe (will have to save a bit more before I can get the other strobe), and am looking to start playing with some of the manual settings. I'm in So Cal, so low light, poor vis is pretty standard even at shallow depths. Just wondering what my starting point should be...
  9. Sick. I've sent messages to the hotel as well as a few marine conservation agencies.
  10. I've also got an Inon fisheye and am wondering about the anti-ghost sticker... Do I need to use it with an external strobe? The directions that came with it seem to say "maybe". I've taken some surface photos to test for ghosting and they looked ok...
  11. Hi everyone, This is my first post here on Wetpixel… My wife and I are new divers; we got certified on April 28th and have done 40 dives since. I have become very interested in underwater photography (to the point where I feel naked underwater without my camera). While, I’m not very good, I’m learning and having an absolute blast with it. My wife has taken a shine to underwater videography, and that is where my question comes in… She’s been using her point and shoot camera just taking stills, but I can tell her heart is really not into it - she wants to do video. So, for Christmas this year I was planning on getting her a Digital Camcorder (unfortunately I don’t have the funds for both a u/w cam and the housing, so she’ll have to get the housing on her own later). Unfortunately I’m on a pretty tight budget, so I can’t spend more than $1k. I was looking at the Sony HDR-SR5, but I read here that it doesn’t perform very well in low light conditions. As all but 4 of our 40 dives have been here in So Cal waters, I’d really like to get her something that does well with the murky viz we’ve got round here. Given those constraints, is there anything out there that will fit under our tree this year? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Sean
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