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  1. All your points are well taken, considering I will buy my UW Photo equipment I will NOT be taking photo's untill I feel that I have control underwater. Which will probably be quite awhile so really it will work out for the better. It will give me lots of time to save for my equipment and learn what I need to for scuba. thanks folks! DJH add: I will still inquire about UW photo equipment so I will be able to make the best purchase I can. So don't be concerned when I do inquire, I will make my learning process for diving my number one priority. thanks again
  2. I didn't get the impression that he thought the shop was unfair, He was just suffering from sticker shock. You should have seen the look on my face when I first found out what a Subal housing would cost for my S2Pro! About 3 times the cost of the camera! And that is without ports or strobes! That's why it took almost a year from the time I decided to house my camera to when I actually bought the housing. BTW, I went with Ikelite not for the low cost but from nearly a years research into service, support and MUCH internet time reading others opinions. So settle in dchillis and save some money, do some dishes and enjoy the ride! Sticker shock does not kill!! I really like the Ikelite also thats the housing Im hoping to get, here's to dishpan hands!
  3. I didn't say it was fair or unfair I said it wasent' for me! A friendly Pm from pmooney to me: dude you need to take a pill or something
  4. Wow BVA thats very kind of you to offer the use of your truly top of the line housing. DJH
  5. Very nice series of shots Jim! Colors are fantastic on #2. DJH
  6. Found a shop here local (So. Cal) that is renting a housing for my Canon 10D. Called the place up to find out how much it would be for about a 8 day rental and YIKES. The housing would cost me 400 doughnuts and a strobe would be 100 more. I was saddened by the price. Nothing against the shop owner he seemed like a really cool dude, and I guess thats what the going price is (well as far as I know) but 65 nuts a day, it aint for me. Rent it 2 times and thats what it would cost me to buy a Ikelite housing. Anyway pretty dissapointed guess I'll have to save my change and bribe my wife to get a housing. Ahhhhhhhhh crap! I'll have dishpan hands for years to come. Oh well what ever it takes! :wink: DJH
  7. I have a great time taking shots with the 10D here's two from a heli over Kauai.
  8. I'm glad to read that nobody used the heart stroke ! Have fun, truly enjoy your first OW course, you can do this only once. I'll tell ya I felt like I was going to have a stroke
  9. Another nice series of shots Mariano! Great job. DJH
  10. Excellent shots Mariano! Great expression on #1. DJH
  11. Beautifull shots Stu! Don't you just love that camera. Shot #3 is fantastic. great job! I can't wait to try mine out. What is the best filter for UW shooting? I will probably be starting out using my 17-40mmL wide. DJH
  12. Hey yeah really come on now! The instructor allready told us how we will die if we hold our breath will using a regulator. No really so far having a great time and look forward to the next steps, It really funny how you can imange how your classmates will perform and then when it actually comes time you discover everyone is pretty much in the same boat. Take for instance the swim test Im thinking to myself man im not that great of a swimmer above water (lot better with a snorkel and being under) and then everyone does the test and well all looked like it was the first time in the water, it tends to make the learning experiance better when were all on the same level. Just a thought. DJH
  13. Now on the outside those two exercises don't seem to be that hard, what makes that a difficult task?
  14. Can anyone share with me some UW photo's taken with the Canon 10D? thanks DJH
  15. Excellent gallery Matti! Manta Reys and the clown fish are very cool. DJH
  16. Very nice shots Frank! Love them all great job. DJH
  17. Well finally had my first scuba lesson tonight (Wed.) mostly it was about paper work and releasing the insturctor of all liabilities. And then the swim tests, first test was 200yrd any stroke swim. But the funny thing was that we had to go 10 times out and back or 20 laps of the pool, now the pool was not regulation size but it had to at least 20yrds long so it seems to me we did 400yrds instead of 200yrds, and man o man was that a challenge, now Im 6'3 about 255lbs, 44 years onld and smoke so the old lungs were on overtime but made it and was glad, out to the 9 folks in the class only 1 poor girl couldn't do it. Next was a 10 min water treading exercise that wasen't to bad at all we mostly tossed the nerf football around for something to do. Everyone in the class made it. Bottom line is, over all it was a great experiance! Im sure gald that is over and can't wait to learn to dive. Add: When I mentioned any stroke can be used to make the 200yrd..........er 400yrd swim test I mean any and all. There was side strokes, back strokes, freestyle, breast strokes and there was also some dog paddling going on, hey what ever it takes I guess DJH
  18. How do you like that monster James? Serious MEGAPIX on that baby and best of all it uses Canon lenses (in which I have a few). I would have to say that if I felt inclined to upgrade from my 10D the Pro would be a front runner.
  19. Thanks Don, It sounds as great as it looks! DJH
  20. Has anyone done any diving in Tahiti, if so how was your experiance there. I've never been there but planning to do so in end of January. I will be a beginner im getting my Padi this month. Please share your story or stories of your dives there. thanks DJH
  21. What would you all say Is the hardest part in learning to dive?
  22. Oh no not discouraged at all. Im a really safe person and I will not do anything at all till I feel Im comfortable and safe. Thanks for the advice. Any and all welcome. DJH
  23. Wednesday is my first scuba lesson, after being a snorkel fanatic for a few years I've decieded to take the plunge. Taking my lessons at Sports Chalet (brand new facility with pool) its about 12 lessons 2 nights a week 3 hours a lesson with 2 ocean dives. Wow I didn't know it was so involved. Anyway I've been a avid photographer for years and just could get that many good shots while snorkeling and decieded to learn how to dive. I hope all goes well and I can be able to as many great shots as I've seen here on this forum.
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