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Cary Dean

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  1. Cary:

    thanks for the link, but they say: "Made from flexible PVC" what - at least i want - is something hard to avoid that anything

    touches the dome (and flat port as well).



    You're welcome.

    I saw a neoprene cover once that had an extra thick section that actually

    touched the glass but gave the cover very good padding and bump protection. Unfortunately

    I don't remember who made it.

    Maybe a Rubbermaid round storage bowl can be modified to fit....?

    I have the same dome BTW so I understand the concern.

  2. Hi Stoo,


    I've owned the 180 finder and appreciate the magnified image it provides.

    I haven't owned a 45 but will eventually and from my research it takes some

    adjustment to how you point the camera (tend to point high) so not as easy

    for action shooting.


    Both make for a bit of a PITA when packing as you have to accommodate

    the protruding finder which makes for awkward housing placement in the

    bag sometimes.

  3. Hi All,

    My name is Tom and I am a recovering underwater photographer. I have recently switched to digital and am trying to improve my splits (over under) images. I captured this image recently and am hoping for tips on how to improve it. I used a Nauticam 7d housing with a Zen dome port and a Tokina 10-17. I am considering getting a Nauticam viewfinder, and have seen some claims that the 45 degree viewfinder is better than the 180 for splits, but am not sure about this.


    The image was captured at Wakulla Springs State Park. I have had good luck there as the water is very clear and manatees will sometimes initiate contact with divers coming very close (like as in 2 feet close). Any hints on how to improve image quality of splits is welcome.


    Hi Tom,


    The first step is admitting you have a problem :)


    I see this is an old post....


    Viewfinders - The 45 is great for splits if you can stand (shallow water)

    or lean out of a boat (also good for keeping you off the reef if shooting macro).

    The 180 is great for general shooting as it gives you a magnified image.

  4. The FE domes are designed for fisheye. You'll need to move to the bigger domes like that of a Zen or Subal/Seacam with adapters.


    Not sure which post you were responding to Drew

    but this is Subals description.

    "Subal's FE3/4 Dome Port is one of the best optics in the business. This 8" cross section is ideal for fisheye lenses,

    ultra-wide (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) (weitwinkel) zooms, and wide angle primes used with both full frame & cropped sensor cameras."


    I found out about needing the bigger dome after being told by a well known retailer that Subal

    recommended the FE DP but that was before they built their big port/Had already switched to

    Zen by then.

  5. Everyones made some great remarks and very valid points on all accounts.

    I guess I might add that I've been on trips with my DSLR system (Aluminum) :)

    and I've been easily shown up on occasion by friends with compact systems

    (even a compact in an Ike housing) because they've been less obtrusive than

    I have been with my larger system, strobes, arms etc.

    I think a higher end P&S system is a great way to get your feet wet at an

    affordable price and see if it's something worth pursuing. You can use strobes

    with them too.

    Then get into a housing for your 7D if you catch the bug.

    A full DSLR system is a complete PITA to travel with and adds additional

    weight, bulk, things to think about while diving etc. They do allow much

    greater creative freedom with the variety of lenses and lack of shutter lag.

    I think most of us do it because we love it not because we're getting rich

    from it (quite the opposite if I chose to not live in denial).

  6. I did a bit of searching online a few days ago but waited

    until today to reply to your post since nobody else had.

    I found very little info unfortunately.

    AB Sea Photo in LA used to be a good source for esoteric MF

    housings/info. http://www.absea.net/ Alan Broder is a wealth of

    info. My personal info on this shop is far from current.

    Of course Ernie Brooks http://erniebrooksea.com/ used just a few

    settings and one type of film shooting his beautiful B&W Hassy UW


    I tend to think going this route is akin to cloning dinosaurs at this

    point but it took me a bit to switch to digital and once I did I have not

    looked back.

    Good luck!

  7. I have a DUI suit that I've used for years and never really did like the one piece

    undergarments so I have been relatively happy with a variety (depending on

    conditions) of Patagonia polypro undergarments and some of their new light

    but surprisingly warm synthetic fill jackets. I wait till they're on sale BTW...

    Probably why I haven't tried the 4th Element stuff yet - Though it does look

    like a really nice system.!

  8. I have my insurance through Thomas Pickard in America which includes

    my UW gear (even flooding) my computers, rentals, theft etc.

    It's a bit under 1k US a year. Tax deductible as a business expense too.


    I've stayed in hostels, hotels (now my own apt) used a variety of transport

    and have found that you can't foresee all things but use common sense.

  9. Most of the semi dry's that I've seen require more lead as they generally have

    a higher buoyancy due to thicker rubber and air retention.

    Why not a dry suit?

    You choose the undergarment depending on water temp and I've seen a variety

    of prices depending on the manufacturer. I've had my DUI for over a decade

    now and I doubt I'll ever have to replace - save seals....

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