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  1. Thanks alot Peter. That's a big help. I need to come down and do some dives with you.... Who do you like to dive with regularly down there locally ? PS- What would you say the absolute largest print I could ever get out of these 5050/5060's would be...considering doing everything that can be done to enhance it, and a solid shot to start with. Have a great night, Rob.
  2. I am assuming the Wet-mate Wide Angel, and Wide angle with Dome cannot be used on land, unless it's setup with the housing... Is this correct... If so what are you using for a solid wide angle solution... what filters are you using with good results... Thankks in Advance Cave Diver, Rob.
  3. Could someone recommend a good entry and maybe a mid-upper level Wide Angle Option with Filter for the Sony Hi8 Digitals. I Have a 0.5X on my DCR-TRV315 but the threads are damaged (still works fine ) and I need a lens that I can put a matching filter on. Looks like .42x is a little wider. How wide can we go with these Sony Hi 8's? Anyone ? This is in an AUL Acrylic housing so the lens is mounted right on the Sony TRV315. The Kenko KGW-05 0.5X is about 1 and 3/4 inches in width, and I have room for up to 2 and 1/4 inches width, but no more. Also for wide angle combo shots that are out in bright open water, and then into wrecks, and from springs into caves, what type of filter would be best. I can adjust the exposure so it won't bright out on my like it's doing now, but am I better off using the filter first, then adjusting ? Is there a white balance adjustment on these ? I only see exposure. I have started using a white page at the beginning of the dive, mabe I should use it during the dive as well. I am getting good video, (over 60-70 hours taken ) but need to tweek the color, and I'm setting up some smaller halogen ikelite Super-C lights with plastic diffusers, so I'll let you know when I get it right. Just video'd a new cave found 59.2 miles off west florida in 150-270' of water and the housing is doing great.... Filters Anybody ? Signed...Having Fun trying to find that Happy Medium Light Zone !
  4. Could someone recommend a good entry and maybe a mid-upper level Wide Angle Option with Filter for the Sony Hi8 Digitals. I Have a 0.5X on my DCR-TRV315 but the threads are damaged (still works fine ) and I need a lens that I can put a matching filter on. Looks like .42x is a little wider. How wide can we go with these Sony Hi 8's? Anyone ? This is in an AUL Acrylic housing so the lens is mounted right on the Sony TRV315. The Kenko KGW-05 0.5X is about 1 and 3/4 inches in width, and I have room for up to 2 and 1/4 inches width, but no more. Also for wide angle combo shots that are out in bright open water, and then into wrecks, and from springs into caves, what type of filter would be best. I can adjust the exposure so it won't bright out on my like it's doing now, but am I better off using the filter first, then adjusting ? Is there a white balance adjustment on these ? I only see exposure. I have started using a white page at the beginning of the dive, mabe I should use it during the dive as well. I am getting good video, (over 60-70 hours taken ) but need to tweek the color, and I'm setting up some smaller halogen ikelite Super-C lights with plastic diffusers, so I'll let you know when I get it right. Just video'd a new cave found 59.2 miles off west florida in 150-270' of water and the housing is doing great.... Filters Anybody ? Signed...Having Fun trying to find that Happy Medium Light Zone !
  5. Thanks Herb, It is something to think about (vs the Rebel 300D ) And i plan on having at least one strobe for flexibility eventually. When mounting the system to the scooter, i can pull the ultralight arms and light head down so they are no higher than the housing, and run the HID's all or part of the way depending on which battery pack and the dive length, but the height of a 300D housing is always going to be more than a Tetra right ? If I did go with the Canon 300D, what maximum print size could you forsee? which strobe's do you like for wide angle's
  6. Thanks Tom. And thank Ryan for the Wetmate explanation & photo. Herb, could you expound on the higher usable ISO setting's some units have, and how that may reduce the overall lighting for a scene...
  7. Good Info Ryan. I have heard only good things about the Light & Motion Tetra, but thought they only had a flat port. Who makes the dome port for the Tetra ? Since you get 100 Degree coverage with thier wetmate lens, is the dome port still needed (or much better ) If it's a Tetra I get, any thoughts on the 5060 vs the 5050? I kknow the 5050 support is now, while the 5060 is still coming, but that might be OK. Any thoughts on Lighting for the wide Angle shots ? (IE. Dual HID Video's vs Large Strobe's ) Rob.
  8. thanks for the info.... Any thoughts on whose prosumer 6 or 8 mpixel camera would have the largest wide angle selection ( Canon Pro1 or Olympus 5050 & 5060 ) I would also like to look at Nikon but it seems there will be more housings for the 5060 and Pro1, since the 8700/5700 have not been as popular for divers. I'm thinking 15 to 20mm to start with. Also, am i going to miss anything by using large video lights instead of Strobe's. Any thoughts on what area's the strobes would be better for. Will the Dual 50 watt HID's do the job for my wide angle need's. (It's 5000k or more ). I'm also wondering if any mfc's are serious about making a housing for the Canon Pro 1, it may be an answer for large print, and a good wide angle selection, while being smaller than a 300D Rebel and the C-8080. The C-8080 looks to be bigger than some of the DSLR's, doesn't it ? Is the C-5050 really a better wide angle system than the new C-5060 ? So far my choice of digital will be one of the three: Oly C-5060, C-5050, Canon Pro 1.
  9. This is my first post, so bare with me. I hope I don't slam too many questions at once, but I NEED YOUR HELP! I need a topside digital system very soon, and while I don't mind getting two systems eventually, I need to make sure I get as many things right for the job on the first go around. A little background: I have been diving for twenty years. Cave diving for over ten years now, and I do a good bit of Deep Trimix Caving, and will be doing a lot of Deep Wreck in the future. I live in Clearwater, Florida, so access to dives is pretty easy. I would like to do some more free diving as well as spearfishing, but there's usually little time for those. I have been doing video for years with a Sony Digital 8 System, using American Underwater 150 Watt Dual Halogen Video Lighting, Ultralight Arms and a custom AUL housing that's good to 400ft +. (manual w/ little controls) I have many hours of tapes and have been very happy with the Sony, with 0 still camera experience under water, but -Back to the Job. I need a system for wide angle, cave and wreck photo work. Need a housing that can make it to 200-300+ over and over. I plan on doing 90% wide-angle shots, with some buddy/ models sometimes helping with lighting. I am ready to acquire a Halcyon Dual 50 Watt HID System, and was hoping to give it double duty as my main video and photo light. (Issues vs. dual strobes ?? + and -) It's between $2000-2500. I still have the halogen video lights I can put on model(s). I also use a Long Tube Gavin DPV and plan on mounting the camera on it with quick disconnect mount kit for some dives. I am Large Format specialist and Reseller and have access to several 13x19 High End Xerox Tektronix Color Lasers and HP/ Epson plotters and Agfa print systems at several clients. Once edited, I would like some of my work to be printed up to even 20"x30" or in that range, mostly for personal use, but also for some scientific documentation. I know I should be in the DSLR realm, but I plan on getting the smallest system possible to do the job. If needed, I was going to start with a C-5060 or even C-5050 or Nikon 5000, and moving into a more capable system as an upgrade later. Question- Is the light and motion Tetra wide-angle system solid or is a dome port system the only way to go? At some point, I will be attempting some ultra wide (weitwinkel)-angle wreck, as well as cave shots, your knowledge on the better low light systems is much appreciated. I don’t mind getting a popular mfc's new system that does not have housings yet, as I can use a good dry "ramping up" period. But I will contact the housing mfc's to make sure the choice will be supported. The Canon Pro18mp looks like a size possibility with quiet a bit of capability, and a solid lens, but I need some hints on lenses/lights available, as I don’t mind the costs of the lenses, lights, Accessories I will need, but must still require the system to be smaller and more streamlined than the big DSLR housings out there for use on the scooter, as well as small enough to take on most open water dives with and without lighting ( I know I’m in a bit of the catch -22 ) I really like the size of the Tetra Housings, and I’m not sure if I can go much bigger. I have even thought of a standard 35mm system with wide-angle, but need topside Digital as I have no camera now at all. Any info on the Canon, Olympus, Nikon's will help. Anyone care to venture which mfc. will have the best wide-angle options with and without dome port. Again this is for documentation and personal work to begin with, so the only true need for high-end capability is being driven by the need for LARGE PRINT CAPABILTIY. ( Geniune Fractals will be on my shopping list -FYI ). I have been enjoying Wetpixel for many, many hours now, and have learned so much. I would like to take a minute and say THANK YOU SO MUCH for those of you that take the time to input your experiences and your thoughts for those of us interested in pursuing our passions. Robert "Rob" Maiker Clearwater Florida
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