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  1. Tokina 10-17mm with no hood is available for Canon and Nikons. Keep in mind that depending on your artistic intent, you may need to also remove the hood/shade from your dome port. http://reefphoto.com/shop/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=0&keyword=tokina+%22no+hood%22
  2. This may be a very important factor for you. You should consider the cost of 'accessory lens options' before you choose a housing. Some housings will be ready for 67m wet mate lenses. Other housings will require some type of adapter; that adapter could be expensive, might not exist, might not be satisfactory. And this may vary among camera models from the same housing manufacturer. For the majority of housings, cameras get ruined by humans, very rarely due to a fault of the housing. (Human error, lack of maintenance, you loan it to a friend....) So it is ergonomics and total camera system cost that are most important to me. Cost is system cost. If a diver purchases a less expensive housing but has to spend a lot more money for an adapter for a wet-mate lens, the diver may have spent more on the camera system than if he had purchased the more expensive housing. (Plus may have reduced ergonomics simultaneously with spending more money.) For example, most of the Canon housings (WP-DC##), and Sony housings, will not directly take a wet-mate lens. They are compact and reliable housings, attractively priced, but if you know you are going to be adding wide angle or close-up lenses, you should expect to pay more for for the system, than an Ikelite. Many Ikelite have 67mm threads on the ports. Many of the housings for point-n-shoot cameras are too small for 67mm thread, but Ikelite 67mm adaptors are very modestly priced. Olympus housings for their compact cameras very often have 67mm threaded mounts. Ergonomics can be very negatively affected by adaptors. For too many of the clear plastic camera-branded housings, the only mounts available have to mount to the tripod mount on the bottom of the housing. Attaching the adpator there can cause great complications when you desire to add a camera tray. An example is here. Strobe connections If you will ever be using strobes, consider how the fiber optic cables will attach. Many housings have built-in receptacles for "Sea and Sea" style fiber optic cables. If the housing does not provide for direct attachment of fiber optic cables, there are inexpensive fiber optic mounts, but these can be aesthetic disasters and might not meet your standards for reliability.
  3. Service? Parts? Is there a dealer near you? Ikelite housings for RX100, RX100M2, RX100M3 are in the same price range. Ikelite o-rings are readily available. Ikelite housing service is admirably priced. I have not held a meikon for RX100 in my hands, but from the pictures, the ergonomics of the Meikon do not appear to be substatially different from Ikelite.
  4. Are you using an Ikelite housing with built in TTL circuitry? Or another brand of housing?
  5. I just edited and reposted the photos, I brought the shadows way up in Lightroom. In my second and third picture you can now see that there is a curved slot in the lever that you move with your finger. This lever pivots on the screw toward the front (to the left in my first picture.) The second lever, the one that presses the shutter lever on the housing, does not pivot down from this assembly; it rotates around the second screw (the one closest to the housing).
  6. I like it also. I do not think these triggers are available separately, but I will ask. Front view from middle of housing View from rear of housing Front of housing, view from right side. View from underneath, front of housing
  7. I agree 100% in your case. You seem to be interested in UW photography long-term, so look at what you would be spending over the next 10 or 20 years. The "ínitial expense" of lenses and ports might seem like a lot, but the lens and port you buy today will work with the camera you buy in 10 years. There is no one camera does it all" underwater. So you might be looking at a compact, but then you'll be buying wetmate lenses for wide and macro; and they might not work with your next compact camera. Going with an interchangeable lens camera will mean you can use your stuff in the future. Getting an older camera will be fine for a beginner / intermediate. You are going to do a lot of diving before you are a better photographer than the equipment you have. Buying an older camera / housing will leave you more for the lens & port, and lighting. Where in the world are you ? Is there an UW photo club nearby? If there is, you can find lots of used gear and advice.
  8. Keep in mind that when 'deep' that water pressure is doing much more to hold your port in place than the port locks. Replacements are very inexpensive. Ikelite part # 9072.24 You should be able to find these 'local' to you now that you have the part number. Details on page 9 in this Ikelite document for their 8 inch dome.
  9. The bottom item (with Roman numeral 2) is to attach a Nauticam right handle to the second (newest) version of Flexitray or Easitray. All right handles now come with the part to mate with the original or a part to mate with the newer one. So in your case, you probably have no need for that part.
  10. I have not found that lens on the Olympus housing port charts, which leads me to believe that there is none from Olympus. Olympus makes a nice dome port for 8mm and 7-14mm. Zen Underwater makes glass port for the 9-18mm, and the 7-14mm, and even the 8mm Panasonic. The 20mm "pancake" lens does not stick out very far, so I expect it will be useless with the Olympus port or any of the Zen ports (you will be taking pictures of the insides of the port body.) The PT-EP03 housing with standard port is compatible with (according to Olympus website) M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6. I suggest you look into the cost of getting the 9-18 lens plus zoom gear and compare that to the cost of finding a port to work with your 20mm pancake lens (if a compatible port exists). The 9-18mm lens will not be as wide when used with the standard flat port, compared to one of the dome ports, but it would be less expensive way to get into wide angles. The Olympus 9-18mm lens is very nice and this week there is an Olympus "Instant Rebate" on it, so it's only $600, then add the zoom gear for $90. So for $690 you would have a nice lens and zoom gear. You could then go to one of the dome ports sometime in the future when you want to get the widest angle performance out of the lens.
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  12. Would a simple mirror do? Then you would not even need to get your camera wet. Another possibility is to build a periscope (using two mirrors). Then you could operate your camera 'topside' and still see underwater. Someone made a periscope to shoot video underwater without getting the extremely high-speed video camera wet.
  13. Get a program called "Exiftool.exe" Use it to confirm that the copyright info is not really there before you pull your hair out over this. You can also use Exiftoole.exe and similar programs to find out what lens, exposure, and shutter speed your hero photographers use :-) In the future, try to set up lightroom to add your copyright information during import. And for those that might not be aware, check your camera; some models allow you to enter copyright information and it is automatically added to exif.
  14. A couple spots have opened up in the next 3 day macro photography workshop at Blue Heron Bridge (Palm Beach, Florida). We will have a very special instructor for this workshop. One 90 to 120 minute dive each day with abundance of small creatures. The remainder of each day is classrooom techniques and critiques of your work. Water temperature has been 83 F lately. And air temperature is typically "fantabulous" this time of year here in southeast Florida.
  15. You think you have reflections? I have you all beat ! Extra points if you can guess what lens I was using :-)
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