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  1. Has anyone taken any of their classes? If so, what were your impressions? Thanks. http://www.liquidlense.co.uk/ I hope that this is the correct place to have posted this ; )
  2. Thanks for the tips. I just got back. For anyone planning a similar trip, wide angle and without strobes is the way to go. The skipper of the boat uses a 5D2 or 7D (can't remember which) and a 15mm fisheye.
  3. I am going to False Bay, South Africa in a couple weeks and I will be cage diving one of the days while I am there. I was wondering what type of equipment I should bring to get some decent photos. I will not be doing any other diving and I want to take only what is absolutely necessary. What I have is a Canon G10 in an Ikelite house, a wide-angle conversion dome, and 2 strobes. Do I need the wide angle conversion dome or the strobes? Thanks for any help.
  4. No, but that isn't the point. It is is just very frustrating to ruin a $400 camera, which has been used to take a maximum of 50 photos. I did speak quite a bit with Ikelite and the online dealer to get their input prior to my purchase; however, I unfortunately don't live near a dive shop or camera shop that sells underwater housings beyond the most basic ones available, so I didn't have the opportunity to physically go through it with anyone. I feel that formal instruction could have help me to take better photos, but simply following the instructions provided should be sufficient for not ruining the item or its contents. On a slightly positive note, Ikelite was kind enough to offer to check out the TTL electronics for me if I send the house in.
  5. To answer a few questions: I did test the housing in the water first without the camera in it. I didn't however, try to put the conversion dome on the port while the house was empty. I assumed that the port on the housing was fixed, and therefore, I didn't imagine that would or could have caused a problem. The conversion dome manual mentions rotating it into place as did the woman at Ikelite whom I spoke to. Neither mentioned rotating in a specific direction. Again, because there is no mention of it not being fixed anywhere, I assumed that the port on the housing was fixed. I feel that this is poor service from Ikelite because when I follow the exact instructions given along with basic common sense, the result is a ruined camera. Should not trying the conversion dome, something which should have no impact on whether the housing is watertight or not, in an empty housing a mistake that will cost me $400. Should I also have to try the aiming light, which attaches only to the arm, in an empty house for fear of that flooding the house as well.
  6. Ok, so here is the situation. I have recently purchased my first underwater camera set-up; a G10 with an Ikelite housing, wide angle conversion dome and strobes. At home, out of the water, I tried putting the wide angle dome on; however it was nearly impossible. I phoned Ikelite, and their suggestion was to apply a small amount of their special lube to the o-ring and then twist it on - that worked. After playing around with it at home, I decided to take it to the pool to become familiar with it prior to using it on vacation in a few weeks. Per all of the instructions, I thoroughly checked everything out prior to getting into the water. I took a couple of shots with out the wide angle dome and then decided to put the dome on - here is where everything went bad. As soon as I put it on, which requires some twisting (per Ikelite's instructions over the phone and the written instructions), the housing flooded. The problem is that in twisting the wide angle conversion dome on, I loosened the port on the housing. The housing instructions list all possible areas to check prior to use and maintain, except the port. Being new to this, I assumed that it was fixed and didn't even think about the possiblity of screwing it loose. I have talked to a guy at Ikelite, Jim, who is quite nice, but they say I am out of luck. When I follow their instructions to the letter, and ruin a brand new camera, I think that is extremely poor customer service. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
  7. Ok, so here is the situation. I have recently purchased my first underwater camera set-up; a G10 with an Ikelite housing, wide angle conversion dome and strobes. At home, out of the water, I tried putting the wide angle dome on; however it was nearly impossible. I phoned Ikelite, and their suggestion was to apply a small amount of their special lube to the o-ring and then twist it on - that worked. After playing around with it at home, I decided to take it to the pool to become familiar with it prior to using it on vacation in a few weeks. Per all of the instructions, I thoroughly checked everything out prior to getting into the water. I took a couple of shots with out the wide angle dome and then decided to put the dome on - here is where everything went bad. As soon as I put it on, which requires some twisting (per Ikelite's instructions over the phone and the written instructions), the housing flooded. The problem is that in twisting the wide angle conversion dome on, I loosened the port on the housing. The housing instructions list all possible areas to check and maintain, except the port. Being new to this, I assumed that it was fixed and didn't even think about the possiblity of screwing it loose. I have talked to a guy at Ikelite, Jim, who is quite nice, but they say I am out of luck. When I follow their instructions to the letter, and ruin a brand new camera, I think that is extremely poor customer service. Has anyone else had a similar problem?
  8. I have a Canon G10 with a non-Canon housing. The first time I used it (in a pool), it flooded. I know what caused the flooding, and I am 99.9% sure that it is not my fault. How do manufacturers generally handle a ruined camera when it is the result of their mistake? I would prefer to not say what type of housing it is until I have heard from the manufacturer.
  9. Canon G10 with an Ikelite housing and strobe.
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