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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.
  15. I have an Aquatica zoom gear for the Canon EF-S 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 USM Lens. Don't have this lens anymore. They go for about $90 new but without any moving parts and nothing to wear out, this is literally as good as new. Asking $45 and you pay USPS shipping (US and Canada only). I have a Paypal account or we can arrange something else. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller...1&Go=submit Chris Dascher
  16. Thought this might be of interest historically... http://www.criterion.com/films/1286 "The mesmerizing, utterly unclassifiable science films of Jean Painlevé (1902-89) have to be seen to be believed: delightful, surrealist-influenced dream works that are also serious science. The French filmmaker-scientist-inventor had a decades-spanning career in which he created hundreds of short films on subjects ranging from astronomy to pigeons to, most famously, such marine-life marvels as the sea horse and the sea urchin. This definitive three-disc collection brings together the best of these, and also includes the French television series Jean Painlevé Through His Films, rock band Yo La Tengo’s eight-film score The Sounds of Science, and an essay by film scholar Scott MacDonald."
  17. If I can extract the bottom line from this discussion, it sounds like a good combo would be Canon 16-35mm II and the Canon 15mm FE (if I have left over $). Currently have 100mm macro (whick I like) and I also have a 1.4x TC which should come in handy as well. Diopter may be needed for the wide angle lens but could have a problem finding 82mm at this time.
  18. Correct me if I am wrong, but the Tokina 10-17mm FE will not work with a full-frame sensor. The Canon or Sigma 15mm FE should be OK if I understand correctly.
  19. James-I am going to try out my 2x Canon TC on my 100mm macro and see how it shoots. I should have an extra ring that will bump it out. Good idea.
  20. Thanks for all the comments. I currently shoot the 100mm macro so that will not change (never tried a TC with it but sounds like something to try). My real problem is the wide angle as I have no lens at the moment (except the now defunct 10-22 which I will sell). I think the 16-35mm II seems like the front runner. I had heard the problem was actual focus point and not speed but that is chatter so I don't put a lot of faith in it. In any case, the 17-40L that James mentions is an alternative but I worry it is a bit slower at f4 vs the 16-35 which is an f2.8. Has anyone shot with either or both of these lenses?
  21. Hello All-I am in the process of switching over to the new 5DII (from 20D) and will get the new Aquatica housing when it is released. I have been shooting exclusively with the 10-22mm for wide angle with the 8 inch dome which I will continue to use. The 10-22mm is no longer on option with the 5D and I would like to get a good multipurpose wide angle lens to use with the new camera. I have read several threads here around this topic and would like to get some specific advise on the issue. I was thinking to get the Sigma 15mm FE as one lens and another for general WA shooting. I am thinking the 16-35 or the 17-40mm zooms would be best. Primes are also a possibility but I like the zoom flexibility (although I have heard some chatter about the 16-35mm having autofocus problems). Diopters are also an issue that I have no familiarity with. Obviously no one is shooting with this exact unit yet but any advise or experience from 5D or Canon full-frame shooters with wide lenses is appreciated. Sincerely, Chris D.
  22. Hi Dustin-The housing has two standard Nikonos bulkhead connectors. You would need a synch cord with a Nikonos style connectors to attach to the housing but the strobe attachment end would depend on the brand of strobe. All these variations are readily available at most UW photoshops or B&H photo (my favorite). I can give you a direct link if I know the strobe make and model. What is included: Canon 20D body camera strap original 20D manual 2 batteries and charger Aquatica A20 housing with handles O-ring and special lubicant Note that ports are not included on this housing and the camera is body only. Chris Dascher www.cdascher.com
  23. Hi Wilksoner-I am located in New York City. Here are some photos of the Canon 20D for sale. Note that the lens is NOT included (camera body only). I will include 2 batteries and a charger and the original manual. I snapped these photos with a web cam camera since the 20D (shown) is my only camera so pardon the quality. The camera is in good share and works well. If you need more photos or any other information, don't hesitate to ask. You can email me at daschc01@verizon.net Chris Dascher www.cdascher.com
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