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About ReefRoamer

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  1. This setup includes a flat port for the Canon 100mm macro lens. No extension ring is necessary. A domeport for the 10-22mm Canon zoom is also included. A domeport is necessary for the 10-22mm.
  2. I've used the Canon 10-22 on a 20D in my Subal housing on trips to Cocos and Galapagos. I got plenty of good stuff and had no cpmplaints. However, I was shooting a lot at the 22mm end of the zoom range, and I think a 16-35mm would likely be a sligtly better choice in many of the shooting situations. You're still going to need to be in fairly close range to light up big animals like hammerheads. Thus, I think anything longer than 35mm (on a crop sensor camera) would be problematic for me.
  3. I just returned from flying SQ from LAX to Bali, via SIN. I checked two bags, each under 50lbs. I carried aboard a backpack (with camera bodies and lenses) and a briefcase (with computer), without difficulty. This combination also worked from Austin to LAX on American Airlines. I checked the bags in Austin through to Denpasar, but AA weighed them at the counter in Austin. I was in first class on a frequent flyer ticket, so there was no penalty for a second checked bag. In the past, I had always checked two 70-pound bags on Asia trips and the US carriers permitted this without penalty since I was connecting to the international carrier that permitted two 70-pound items. Most international carriers now permit two 50-pound bags, rather than the 70lbs. SIN is consistent with the rest. This time, I had to ditch my 30-pound Storm case (for photo gear). Instead, I checked the unbreakable UW photo gear in smaller, semi-rigid bag, and carried on cameras and lenses. Also had to ditch a lot of redundant photo and dive gear I had previously carried for backup. This was how I got rid of 40 pounds. Remember that you may always catch a break from an airline counter employee, but you can't count on it ... especially if you are dealing with multiple airlines. Otherwise, just be prepared to pay the extra charges for extra pieces or weight, and hope for some good luck!
  4. I have both lenses and usually go for the 100mm macro. It's much preferred, by me, to get the really small stuff ... especially skittish creatures. I just returned from Bali (Tulamben and Menjangan) and used the 100mm for all macro stuff. No complaints.
  5. I can sell everything piecemeal here in Austin, and actually get a much better price in total. Thanks, though, for having a look.
  6. Complete setup, ready to go, includes: Canon EOS 20D (8.2 megapixels) Canon 10-22mm EF-S wide angle zoom lens Canon 60mm EF-S macro lens Subal C-20 underwater housing with grand viewfinder Subal flat port for macro lens Subal FE2 dome port for wide-angle zoom lens Lens gears, body and port covers, dovetails, wet lens diopter Two Inon Z220 strobes with TLC arms & clamps Dual synch cables Storm case with padded dividers All in excellent working condition. Strobes and housing show some external wear. Offered at $4,500 including shipping in USA.
  7. I have and use both lenses, but I use the 100 a lot more, primarily because of the working distance it provides for skittish little creatures. Also, the extra working distance usually gives me more options in positioning myself for a shot. I love the size/weight of the 60, but for the kind of macro I shoot most often, the 100 is a better bet.
  8. These are consistent with my own results. StuartL is right. Learn to use the "distortion" as a creative tool. You'll get some incredible views that go beyond what the eye can normally see. A long telephoto lens produces flattening and its own kind of distortation that makes for some incredible shots. Same for the ultra wides. If all you want is normal, get a "normal" range lens that produces something equivalent to about 50mm on a 35mm camera.
  9. The camera rooms are more of a convenience than a requirement. They have power so you can recharge batteries there, and keep spare ports, arms, strobes, etc., under lock. However, the dive center is spacious and most shooters just work on their gear on the tables there. I always left my cameras and housings locked in the camera room and never had a problem in seven trips. Saved me having to carry the stuff to and from the room each day (which is sometimes a long walk!).
  10. These routes are heavily traveled by time-sensitive business people and their companies pick up the tab for Business Class on such long flights. Until the aircraft conversations to all-Business Class are completed later this year, you can still get economy and Executive Economy seats by traveling on days when the unconverted aircraft are in use on these routes. My understanding is that the switch to all Business Class seating is for only the non-stop flights between EWR & LAX and Singapore. In other words, there will still be regular multi-cabin service on other routings between the US and Singapore that involve at least one stopover. My group had to reschedule our LAX-SIN flights in September to a day later in order to keep the EE service.
  11. Typically, you will find that the insurance companies will issue a policy, at a higher rate. The same usually applies to private pilots. The lowest rates seem to be reserved for couch potatoes. Companies always advertise their lowest rates. The extra rating for divers and many others is crazy, but it's been around for years. If you are a non-diver, you can get the best rate and it can't be changed if you decide later to take up diving. Life policies are typically uncontestable and unchangeable after one or two years. So the best time to buy insurance is when you are young, healthy and not doing much of anything.
  12. I have a 30D and use primarily the Canon 10-22mm for wide angle work and the Canon 105mm f2.8 macro for very close macro work. I also have a Canon EF-S 60mm macro for fish portraits and some macro. For my walk-around topside lens, I've become partial to the Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS zoom lens. It's not the fastest or the sharpest lens in the bag, but the image stabilization -- and ability to bump up ISO on the fly -- have made it very versatile for me. And it is adequately sharp, IMHO, reasonably priced and of modest size and weight for everyday use ... much better than the 18-55 Canon kit lens. I have pushed the 30D to ISO 800 and higher in low light situations and never had any major complaints about noise. I've often used ISO 400 underwater for wide-angle scenics. The 40D should be even better noise-wise. The 30D is housed in a Subal case with the appropriate Subal port; Inon Z220 strobes. Good luck!
  13. This one surprised me, too. Looks like Canon is trying to reset the top-line for prosumer point-and-shoot cameras. It seems to offer great promise for underwater use, especially if its wide-angle capability can be expanded through add-ons. Noise could be an issue at higher ISOs, but my guess is that Canon's new Digic III processor will substantially address this potential problem. I was quite suprised to see Canon reinstate the RAW capability, which is great for us UW types.
  14. Great! Fistfights in the cockpit over who's in charge! I can hardly wait! What if the less-experienced co-pilot is wrong and overrides the captain? Hmmm. So much for "pilot in command."
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