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About cdascher

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 5DII
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    Aquatica 5D
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    2 x Inon Z220s
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  1. Has anyone tried out the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 DG HSM art lens underwater. Have not seen much on this lens in the forums. Thinking of renting it to take to Egypt in a few weeks. Thanks.
  2. Schooling fish around Brothers in Red Sea. Maybe a snapper? Just can't seem to find it in the books.
  3. Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. I went with the plastic "spudger". Will let you know how it goes. CCD
  4. Thanks for all the very good ideas. The "spudger" seems like a good one. Something for opening iPhones it seems. I will give that a try and let you all know. CCD
  5. I have found the Aquatica 5D MarkII housing O-ring to be a bear to get out. Much more so than my old Aquatica 20D housing. I have normally used a stiff plastic card to pry these out but I just can't seem to find something with enough strength to get this sucker out without resorting to a very careful tiny screwdriver. Has anyone had similar issues and can anyone recommend a good tool as I do not like my current approach. Chris
  6. I like Bruce Boker's operation. Just up the street.
  7. Are there optimal times for diving Lembeh Staights area. Thinking of gong this Fall sometime do not know the area that well. Thanks for your insights. Chris
  8. Hi All-I have a bit of time in early August and was wondering if anyone had gone out with JASA for the Bahamas shark/dolphin trip in August. Just curious as to the conditions/critter activity that time of year. Thanks. CCD
  9. Hi Rick-You might try calling directly. I have always found the Aquatica folks to be quite friendly and knowledgeable. C.
  10. Hi Rick-You are correct, this is the 2.8L series II. The 15mm FE is the new Sigma unit (EX DG). Unfortunately I have not made it into the water yet with this setup so my advice is limited here. This Summer has been busy. The 16-35mm is really quite sharp corner to corner on land however as is the Sigma. I talked to Jean at Aquatica and he recommended a +3 diopter for the 16-35 lens. I have not picked one up yet and the only folks that make one with 82mm threads is Heliopan. I think the primes you mention would be outstanding, I just like having the zoom capability/flexibility as I am not a real pro like some of these lads here. It just seems to me that unless you are doing multiple dives on a site and/or you know ahead of time the shot you want to get, a zoom is going to be the way to go in most cases. Perhaps some others here have experience with the primes you mentioned. I think I made the correct picks based mostly on flexibility (for land and UW work) and also advice from people here (although this is a fairly new camera and only a few folks have taken it UW). You might discuss this with folks at Backscatter as they have some first hand experience with the camera and housing. Once I get some photos I will update the post. Perhaps start a new thread and see if anyone responds that has recent experience with this setup. Chris
  11. Thanks for that update Aengus. Let me know how that 150mm lens works out. I can see how a sandwich of all those parts might give the autofocus a headache. For now I will have to stay with my 100mm macro as I am tapped out and need to save an actual little for a trip now. On the WA front, I sold the 10-22mm on ebay (still have a focus gear for that if anyone is interested) and got the Canon 16-35mm which is a great lens so far on dry land testing (have not gone in the water with it yet). I did well enough with the ebay sale that I splurged for the Sigma 15mm FE and have been trying to get the feel for it on land as well. Still trying to get a trip together for late summer or fall if the economy does not decide to tank again. Chris
  12. Hi Debbie-Yes it is. You can email me at daschc01@verizon.net Chris
  13. I wanted to get some suggestions for the best liveaboards and routes for diving Raja Ampat. I also wanted to see what people thought were the best places to stay in Lembeh as far as dive operations go. I am thinking about October as a possible time for this trip. Is that a good time of year for that area? Thanks. Chris
  14. I have a used Aquatica dome shade (#18482) for the 8 inch dome. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like... http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller...1&Go=submit The item a few scratches from normal wear and tear. Asking $25 plus shipping. Chris D.
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