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  1. If you want some opinion on the Aquatica, talk to Fred Buyle about it. He used the 5DII in that housing for freediving photography using natural light. He's taken his down to ~60m and suggested to me that size is not actually a big concern. I personally went with a D90, Tokina 10-17 and a Sealux housing, but that's just me. I would suggest though that good high ISO performance is pretty key, especially if you're putting a TC in front of the already slowish 10-17. I'd see if you like what Fred does and if you do, ask him how he does it. He's a nice guy and quite helpful.
  2. Try a trip to Africa some time. In SA, I'd give it about a 25% chance of getting your check-in rummaged just for having international stickers on it. You'd consider yourself unlucky to lose your gear to theft on the way to Hawaii, but travelling like that to poorer nations, especially the more corrupt ones, is an invitation to get rumbled. It's all about where your're going.
  3. Panasonic make a 7-14 F/4 (14-28 equiv.) for MFT. That's not a bad start for wide angle...
  4. Yes, the EVF is problematic. I've had a bit of a play, just simulating low light by stopping down and using the DOV preview and you're very much aware of it's limitations. Framerate drops significantly and it suffers from tearing. Unfortunately, it may not be something that they can fix any time soon...
  5. Yes, Fred is a pretty handy diver and in reality has a static breath-hold of likely over seven minutes. Mine is six and I'm not at his level. Regardless of your freediving abilities, macro is probably going to be disappointing and won't compare favourably with work done by SCUBA divers with external lighting. Wide-angle, natural light photography down to ~20m is going to yield the best results. Bouyancy control and freediving ability can be learnt, but I really think wide angle would be the way to go. If that style of shooting isn't what you're after, than that could be a problem
  6. There are a few people that do freediving photography, such as Fred Buyle, with tremendous success. Fred uses a DSLR (which recently went through a boat's prop) and gets great results in available light, even down to 55m. Although a P&S might be smaller and cheaper, you may find yourself disappointed with the results compared with what you can do top-side. Just a thought.
  7. Thanks, but my quick glance at their website indicated they're only for shallow depths unfortunately. photovan: Thanks for the link. Looks like there's a Nexus dome, but the one Ryan is talking about is still a POC. That sort of thing would suit me down to the ground though. aussie: How was it drag and bouyancy-wise? Did you find yourself fighting it much while diving or shooting? Full-frame is a consideration, but price goes up, housing size increases, lenses get more expensive and so on. I don't think I'm ready to blow that much just yet. As for the SeaTool, the two things putting me off are the huge frontal area because they allow the internal flash to be used and the fact that they mention that the housing is negative in the water (200g for the D300). It doesn't specify what gear this is with though.
  8. I'm a freediver that's starting to get into photograpy in the water. I have little interest in getting out the SCUBA gear again, so I plan to do wide and wideish-angle photography in natural light on breath-hold. I won't be going any more than 30m in my home waters of New Zealand and nothing deeper than 50m in blue water of Dahab & Bahamas. What I'm hoping for is some advice on compact yet neutrally-bouyant (with dome + 10-17 FE for a start) enclosures for DSLRs. Drag is a real concern when freediving, but equally additional bouyancy is not really an option. I'm shooting a D70 topside, but don't have a significant investment in glass and would consider going Canon if there was a significant advantage. So far I've been looking at a D90 for weight reasons, plus a Nexus, Hugyfot or Sealux housing. Obviously price is a concern and second-hand gear would be great, but suitablity takes precidence. What would people recommend?
  9. DeeperBlue.com had a lot to say about this campaign too. Things like this give conservationists a bad name and REALLY don't help.
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