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    Canon R5
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    Aquatica AR5
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    2 x Inon Z330s
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  1. No worries Lisa. Best of luck to you. Regards, Chris
  2. Hi Lisa--Thanks for you questions. Shutter Count (according to EOSinfo utility) is 26318. See attached image. For ports, I believe the answer is yes. As far as I know, ports work across the Canon housings. I have upgraded twice and the ports and rings are always compatible. Postage would be about $100 from what I can estimate. Its about 20lbs total. If it is more than that, I'll eat any cost above that. I'll look into the options. Can you provide the postal code for your location in Australia? That may help narrow the price down. Feel free to reach out to my email. cdascher (at) gmail.com.
  3. Upgraded some gear recently and looking to sell some equipment. This would make the core of a nice starter for someone looking to get into the hobby. You would need a port and possibly an extension ring plus strobe arms for whatever lenses you wanted to use. Never had a flood or any problems with this gear. Housing serviced last year by Backscatter. Asking $1200 for everything. Included here are: Canon 5D Mark II (camera body only with 16gb CF card, battery, card reader, and strap) 5DII Aquatica housing (with Nikonos bulkheads) with extra o-ring and grease (serviced last year by Backscatter) 2 x Ikelite DS125 strobes with synch cords and universal chargers with international plug adapters Canon 10-22 mm and 16-35mm zoom gears Instruction manuals I might be willing to split up the kit. Not shown but also available are 2 Nikonos synch cords that I am looking to sell ($95 for the pair). Contact me with any questions. Regards, Chris
  4. 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.
  5. Schooling fish around Brothers in Red Sea. Maybe a snapper? Just can't seem to find it in the books.
  6. Thanks everyone for all the great ideas. I went with the plastic "spudger". Will let you know how it goes. CCD
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. I like Bruce Boker's operation. Just up the street.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Hi Rick-You might try calling directly. I have always found the Aquatica folks to be quite friendly and knowledgeable. C.
  13. 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
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