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  1. Hi Fred, Thanks for that info. I'm doing ok, looking forward to some deep water training. I'm heading to Deans for the two weeks of the competition so I'll see you there! Have fun with the bities, there have been a few around our coast this year but haven't run into any, thankfully...
  2. Wagsy, that video from Ningaloo reef is farkin fantastic!
  3. Most definitely metres, Cliff. The Stingray does look like a sensible option, just a little on the bulky side. Would be good if you could let me know how you get on with the bluefin housing. Darren, that's not such a bad idea. However I would probably avoid messing about with pony bottles and lift bags and just connect it to a float at the surface so I could haul it back up after each dive. Would have to be a bit careful about scraping it across the bottom though. I think any footage I take at depth (and there won't be all that much, the bulk of it would be in shallower water) is inevitably going to be quite dark as lights would add too much water resistance and my budget doesn't extend to them anyway. It has been mentioned a couple of times that the HC5 is better in low light, is this definitely the case or just a theory some people have?
  4. Cheers Wagsy, Yeah I suppose I am being a bit optimistic on the price front. The Amphibico Evo looks decent, I could probably run to that. But being able to drive it one-handed would also be a big advantage, especially as I can't equalise hands-free... and it looks like a two-handed affair? Streamlining and physical volume are important, as most of the time is spent in transit when deep freediving rather than actually wielding the thing. But interesting to note the big differences in balance. Nope, can't freedive to 130m but I do want a few metres in reserve; I don't want to be taking it right to its stated limit as the manufacturer probably wouldn't be impressed if I then flooded it and asked them to honor their warranty. I'm sure they build big safety margins into their 'max' depth but still... To clarify - I wouldn't be carrying the thing down past 100m, I would only dive with it to about 60m or maybe 70m at most. But it also needs to act as a fixed bottom camera to record deep dives past 110m. Perhaps I could get a little Seatool and start saving for a second bigger, deeper rated case. But if possible I'd like the same case to do both, especially as I'll be travelling with it
  5. Hi, I am hoping to get some ideas for a housing/camera combination to use for freediving videography. I've had a good look around on the forum and found heaps of useful info. It seems the Sony HC7 is pretty much accepted as the best option for cheap HD so this is probably the camera I'm looking at using. Specifically, I'm after a housing for the HC7 that's: - cheap i.e. 1k - 2k - rated to 100m or more, 130m would be ideal. The Amphibico and L&M housings are rated this deep, but they look quite bulky. Those that have used them, how are they to swim with? - as small and streamlined as possible as it's for freediving only. The Seatool HC7 looks great in this regard, but is only rated to 60m. Also costs a bit more than I was intending to spend. Are there any others out there of this ilk? I would probably be willing to put up with the inevitable obsolescence of a design like this in exchange for excellent streamlining. Also I really want to avoid vignetting... being new to underwater videography I don't have a very good grasp of what causes it, but videos with cut-off corners look hopeless. Is it likely to be a problem with any of the above mentioned housings if I'm using their own wide-angle lenses - or in the case of Seatool, an Ikelite one? How do these lenses generally compare to Sony's standard ones? Thanks in advance, Dave
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