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  1. Curious if anyone has had any experience with the Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG ART Macro Lens. It has been recommended for black water shooting and seems like a reasonable middle ground between the 50mm and 100mm. Would love to hear how if compares as far as sharpness goes. Mahalo.
  2. I put a buoyancy cylinder (PVC from the hardware store) on a ball joint centered on a bar that runs above the housing from my two handles. The nice thing about the ball joint is you can adjust the tilt of the housing to match where you are shooting. Buoyancy arms are nice for making the rig neutral in a certain position, but when you go to shoot down or up you are fighting the buoyancy to do so. Photo of the rig below.
  3. I've narrowed down a similar shot to either Thysanostoma loriferum or T. flagellatum. It seems an expert would need to have one to determine the difference. I'm going with Thysanostoma loriferum.
  4. You can contact David Fleetham through my website www.davidfleetham.com , email dfleetham@gmail.com or call 808-283-1154.
  5. I am a professional photographer (see www.davidfleetham.com) and I had this Dyron hemispherical glass dome sealed on Ikelite's bayonet mount to shoot a Canon or Sigma 15mm fisheye in my older Ikelite housings. It works great, I have had it down to 160 feet. I have upgraded my housings to the new dry-lock housings, so this no longer works for me. Blue Water Photo sells a Dyron glass dome for Nauticam Housings for US$1100.00. Backscatter has another Dyron glass dome for another housing that sells for US$1500.00. I will let this one go for US$500.00. It is in perfect condition with no scratches or nicks. This will only work on the older Ikelite four lock housings, so if you have one and want to upgrade to shooting through glass please contact me. I will cover shipping to USA with Priority Mail. PayPal is best, although I will entertain other forms of payment.
  6. I have been using this housing with a Canon 5D Mark IV. The Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, 5DS R DSLR Cameras will all fit in this same housing. I am selling the housing for half the price of a new one. $850.00. This housing is in perfect working condition and has Ikelite’s TTL circuitry installed along with the port for the vacuum pump (you will have to purchase the pump separately) and Ikelites bulkhead strobe connection. The handles and tray are brand new and have never seen the ocean. I have many ports (domes and macro) and extensions for this housing and can include any or all for the same half price offer (Ikelites prices are listed on their website ikelite.com). I am in Hawaii and will charge actual USPS insured shipping rates.
  7. Aloha All, I have a Macromate close-up lens that I will be putting on ebay unless anyone here wants it. I originally used it on the older Ikelite housing with the clear port for a Canon 100mm macro. It worked great. When I moved up to the new black ports I had to grind the “U” shape out of the extension to fit the part where the two pieces come together. You can see this in the photos. So this will work on the old clear port for the 100mm or the black glass port. The following is from Backscatters website about this product……. “Extreme Macro Get incredibly sharp 2:1 (twice life-size) macro images with the underwater removable MacroMate lens for underwater SLR housings. The MacroMate doubles your 100mm or 105mm image size by allowing you to get closer to the subject. Sealed Achromatic Glass Optics Custom achromatic lenses are sealed in a glass optical housing and provide extreme magnification with incredibly sharp edges. This unique design produces much tighter and sharper images than simple close-up lenses that are exposed to water. The air sealed chamber maximizes the optical properties of the close-up lens without distortion or soft edges. The MacroMate is designed for a snug fit on the lens and when not in use, the photographer can quickly flip the lens up and out of the way. This is just the Macromate close-up lens. The port is NOT included. Specifications Optics: Multi-coated acromatic lenses sealed in an optical glass housing Magnification: 2:1 (2x lifesize) Hardware: Custom machined delrin adapter with stainless fasteners Weight in Air: 1.55 lb / 24.8 oz (most designs) Weight in Fresh Water: 0.56 lb / 9 oz (most designs)” You can see more about this on the Backscatter website. They sell them for $599.00. The first person with $300.00 plus $15.00 shipping will get this one. Let me know if you have any questions. David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com
  8. Aloha, I have had several inquires for the number of times the shutter has been used. After four youtube videos I downloaded EOS Inspector from the App Store and got 23,429 for a shutter count. Contact me if you would like a screen shot of the readout. David Fleetham
  9. Aloha.....the handles are made of some sort of rubber material that wears like that. It seems to rub off in layers. There is still plenty of rubber there. My Ikelite housings have been very "solid". The reason I went with Ikelite over the Nauticam is Ikelite's TTL electronics built into the housing. They are perfect.
  10. Aloha Gang, I have a Canon 5D mark3 camera body and Ikelite housing that I will be putting on eBay sometime in January if no one here wants it. $3000.00 including shipping to the USA. It is one housing with no ports (although we can talk about ports and I may be able to help you there). The camera is body only, with body cap, one battery and charger. There are a few images here and you can see many more at the following link..... http://fleetham.photoshelter.com/gallery/CANON5Dmk3-IKE/G00003V7Sxf2nX1M Both are in perfect working order. They will be replaced with a 5D markIV. David Fleetham dfleetham@gmail.com
  11. The following is likely only of interest to us old divers who once shot film. This auction is currently on Ebay and ends this Sunday.......Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED Film Scanner with SA-21 single slide mount and SF-210 Multiple Slide Feeder, and a “same era” G4 Macbook with Nikon software loaded. I am the original owner. I have scanned hundreds of slides with this unit. It is in perfect working condition. When I was not using it, the scanner was sealed in plastic and stored in a dehumidified office where I have my computers and original transparencies. The scanner is in perfect working order and comes with the following (as pictured)….: Nikon Super CoolScan 5000 ED scanner Original Manuals (still available as a PDF download too) SF-210 Slide Feeder MA-21 single slide feed SA-21 Film Strip feeder AC cord G4 Macbook with charger. Note: the computer needs to be plugged in. The battery is well beyond its life expectancy (although replacements are still available). Once you get this system, do NOT upgrade the software. This is the last Mac/Apple operating system that the Nikon software will work on. The only thing not included is a hard drive to store the scans on. That USB or firewire hard drive needs to be a self powered desktop model. Not a portable USB powered hard drive. This Nikon scanner will also work with current versions of the latest Mac or PC computers, but you will need to purchase new non-Nikon software such as VueScan or SilverFast scanning software The buyer pays insurance and shipping ($90.00 airmail from Hawaii) and I will accept Paypal. Payment due within 2 days of close of auction. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
  12. The following is currently on Ebay, item #111824331338. The auction ends on this Sunday. I also have a Canon 5D mark 2 on at the same time. If you mention Wetpixel and win both auctions I will deduct the shipping on the camera. I am a professional photographer (see davidfleetham dot com) and I’m selling this Canon 5D mark 2 Ikelite housing because I have upgraded to the 5D mark 3 model. This auction is only for the housing. The housing will be shipped in the original Ikelite box that it came in. The housing includes everything you get with a new housing (some of the parts you will be getting came with my new housing and have never been used). You get the tray and dual handle setup (never been in the water) as pictured and two Special Zoom Clamp/Sleeve and Zoom Sleeve (Ikelite part number 5509.27 and 5509.28), extra screws and control fittings along with Ikelite’s SLR-DC Housing instruction manual and Quick Start Guide. The housing is USED and there are a few scratches and points of wear, but nothing that would have any affect on it working properly, as it has for me. I have never had a single drop of water in the housing. If you have not used an Ikelite housing before, it is worth mentioning that this housing works with Canon’s TTL system with Ikelite’s strobes. Two buttons on the back of the housing that allow you to switch from manual to TTL where you can also adjust to under expose or over expose with the TTL. This is an impressive piece of technology that no other housing manufacturer has been able to duplicate and it is one of the main reasons I use Ikelites housings. Again…this auction is only for the housing itself. No strobes. No cords. No ports. No camera. No lenses. I do have the camera up on a separate auction if you wish to get both from me. The buyer pays insurance and shipping ($50.00 airmail from Hawaii) and I will accept Paypal payment, due within 2 days of close of auction or this item will be listed again. Thanks for looking and good luck bidding. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
  13. Aloha All,I have switched over to Ikelite's new batteries and chargers for the 161 substrobes. I have ended up with one Ikelite Smart Charger NiMH / NiCad 6-Cell Product #4066.1 US Market Suggested Retail Price $100 If anyone would like an extra charger for the NiMH packs.....$50.00 will get it, including shipping, to your door. If not, you will find it on eBay in a week or two. -- David Fleetham david@davidfleetham.com david@davidfleetham.com
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