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Everything posted by crawdad

  1. It looks like I see significant vignetting on that UWL-04 on the Ike, you are loosing a good bit of field by having to zoom in with that lens, still useful but the vignetting is a bummer. JR
  2. I covered that here for the most part. http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/forum/vi...?f=22&t=264 Just a few shots, before I broke my leg and had to cancel most of my diving for 2010. James
  3. The S90 shutter lag is .44sec in full auto focus and only .088 in pre-focus mode. A 24mm lens like the LX5 behind a flat port is hardly wide and shows considerable edge distortion and even color fringing. As well, the S90/S95 can utilize a wide variety of accessory lenses depending upon housing chosen, the LX, not so much. JR
  4. I find the Canon S90 quite fast and responsive. If you need faster response then go to manual focus and zone focus with the fisheye lenses. They have so much depth of field perfect focus for a given distance is not required. of course, a dSLR is faster but really, I have not found this to be much of an issue with this particular camera. James
  5. A 24mm through a flat port shows the typical edge distortions and reduced FOV due to refraction. Nice camera but it would be better for wide angle with a mounted accessory lens like the Fisheye UWL-04.
  6. I cannot help you with the movie thing since I am a photographer, not a cinematographer. For photography I like to shoot in Av mode and with your S2000 you would set it to sTTL. Your other useful option is Manual mode on the camera and on the strobe. I like to turn off all "safety' functions, turn off red eye reduction, turn off the focus light, turn off the I contrast, turn of the Safety AE and safety focus features, turn the IS to Shoot Only. Set for RAW files and do your color balance in the Canon photo software delivered with the camera. Good luck with your new camera. James
  7. Neither the Canon nor the Ikelite have the rear control dial, the FIX will if and when there is a housing. Yes, IMO, it is a huge deal, the camera is crippled without the rear control ring direct access and the S button BS is just that, BS. To do the work around, you have to press and hold the S button and manipulate the other buttons and it is all a PITA without the ring control. You say she will add a strobe (400 to 700 dollars) and a wide angle lens (around 400 to 500 dollars) and she will then need a tray and arms and optical cable etc (250 dollars) so are we sure we are really saving any money vs frustration with the Ikelite vs the FIX? James
  8. What is your wide angle set up with that housing? What wide angle lens do you use? Could you post some photos taken with the wide angle lens installed?
  9. Canon S90, Fisheye/FIX90 housing, FIX 52mm lens port adapter, Fisheye UWL-04 fisheye wide angle lens, dual Inon D2000, UCLS tray if you cannot build your own. The S90 when properly configured has a fast shutter, a fast lens, RAW and the FIX90 housing is superb and worth every cent. That is the number one choice, nothing in the class comes close to the capability and versatility of this camera and housing, at least until FIX releases a housing for the new S95 (??????). If it is wide angle you want, this is the ticket: See this thread: http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/forum/vi...?f=22&t=264 My second choice would be the Canon G11 in the FIXG11 housing with the FIX wide port lens and my third choice would be the DX-2G with the Fisheye UWL-04 adapted to the camera per: http://forum.scubatoys.com/gear-informatio...uestions-30896/ James
  10. The long ratio 7X zoom ratio lens will make it difficult if not impossible to use external accessory lenses, bummer. Nice looking camera though, too bad on the long zoom lens.
  11. My Fisheye UWL-04 lens does not vignette with my FIX90/Canon S90 rig when at 28mm. Sometimes, at wide apertures, f2.0 for example, there may be a hint of vignetting in the upper rh corner, easily dealt with in PS or other programs. I have posted many photos showing various Inon lenses and the Fisheye UWL-04 against a target and set distance and at various zoom ratios required to eliminate vignetting. here for example and there is another in the huge, long FIX90 thread on scubaboard: http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/forum/vi...?f=22&t=264 Your camera choice and housing would not have been mine, I find the current Canon S90 and FIX90 housing to be the most capable, responsive (fast shutter), versatile and adaptable (to accessory lenses of all sorts) camera rig currently on the market. James
  12. Actually you want unexposed, but developed, slide film.
  13. If the internal strobe is still putting light on the subject then that explains why you got no improvement with the external strobe. The internal strobe must be blocked or you really are not accomplishing anything.
  14. Seems like the major improvement is the addition of the HD which is of no value to me. As to the drop-in fit, no, I doubt it. The case has been modified to incorporate stereo and I notice on the Canon USA site that they list the new housing as the DC-38 vs the DC-35 for the S90. I will be purchasing a spare S90 as soon as possible now.
  15. As an underwater camera the ergonomics of the S90/FIX90 "blow" the DX-2G out of the water, the housing is rugged, durable aluminum, is much smaller, higher quality build, no comparison at all and at 329 for the S90 and 800 for the FIX housing the differential in price is small for the increased versatility and ability to effectively use most all wet lenses from Inon and Fisheye and others. Wide end? There is no wide end on either camera underwater without the use of an auxiliary wet lens, the S90 is wider with the Fisheye UWL-04 lens, can use the Inon AD, 28AD wide angle and fisheye lenses including the tiny UFL165AD fisheye and Inon macro lenses. A 24mm native lens through a flat port is going to have severe aberration and the DX-2G does display typical flat port aberration at widest zoom ranges, about as useless as t---s on a boar hog as far as I am concerned, put an U/W corrected lens on it like the Nikonos system and get back with me. The S90 is a Canon, the DX-2G is not. The housed FIX90 combination almost smaller than the DX-2G without it's plastic housing. RAW aside, I like the responsiveness of the S90 and IQ, lol, I will go with the Canon. The S90 and FIX90 is clearly the winner. My next choice would be the Oly ELP-1, my next would the the FIXG11 with Fisheye dry port and the next would be the DX-2G with an adapter for the Fisheye UWL-04. By the time we add in the additional expense of external strobes, cables, trays, lights, lenses, the price differential taken as a complete system of the S90/FIX90 vs the DX-2G is small when you consider the improved capabilities and ergonomics of the S90 and FIX90 system.
  16. It is my understanding from people who have owned and used both is that the DX-2 is a much more responsive camera, less LCD blackout etc. I would get the DX-2 if it were me. James
  17. I know you did, did not mean to hammer on you . Did the OP figure out anything? It almost looks like chemical damage like mask defogger/soap/fuel contamination. James
  18. I built my own tray, used commercial UCLS system handles though I have since made my own handles also:
  19. I would not use any Novus plastic polish or even toothpaste on that lens. The elements are coated glass, not plastic. There is an optical coating on both sides of the lens elements. I have been told before and seen a few examples of Epoque and Ikelite lenses doing this. If the damage is on the outside, I am assuming it is, then if you cannot clean it with lens cleaner and lens cloth the glass will need to be re-coated. If the damage is internal, as in mold growth, the lens will need to be taken apart, cleaned and repaired.
  20. It is an Inon product, it is designed to fit around the light sensor, I doubt it is a generic fitting of any sort, thus my calling it proprietary. Sorry. Reef, Backscatter both carry them.
  21. BTW, the camera strobe +/- exposure compensation (Func Set button) when in Auto strobe when in Av/Tv/Auto/P modes can also control strobe output in sTTL above and beyond the power knob on the D/Z/S model strobes. This increases considerably your exposure adjustment range. You also still have the camera, overall, exposure compensation on the exposure compensation button plus or minus two full stops. James
  22. Inon does not have a connector, one end of the cable is raw and slips into a rubber bushing with a compression nut and the other end is proprietary connection to the strobe head that threads into the body.
  23. See my response above, yes the lens will work, yes it will vignette unless zoomed to 35mm EFL with the FIX90 and S90 camera, works great, love it. James
  24. This thread clearly demonstrates the lenses in question on the FIX90 housing, please read it: http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/forum/vi...?f=22&t=264 As does this thread: http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/canon-cor...ye-fix-s90.html James
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