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About elmelodico

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    Santiago, Chile

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    Sony A7RIII
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    Nauticam
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    Sea & Sea YS-D2

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  1. Thanks for looking, I’m selling my Nauticam NA-A7RIII housing and accessories. The housing comes with an M16 Vacuum Valve II and a Fantasea Optical Flash Trigger installed, includes its original case, spare O-Rings, manuals and Allen keys set. Would prefer to sell it as a package with its N100 to N120 Port Adapter, but can sell that item separately. The housing has less than 100 dives, has never been flooded, and has been extremely well taken care of; excellent condition, all of its buttons are perfectly functional, but it has some cosmetic wear on a few erased markings, photos below. The housing is currently at a friend’s house near San Francisco, CA and he will handle the shipping. Currently, each item retails for: NA-A7RIII (SKU # 17420): $4,127 M16 Vacuum Valve II (SKU # 25624): $334 Fantasea Sony Flash Trigger (SKU # FA-6552): $199.95 Total: $4,660.95 N100 to N120 Port Adapter (SKU # 37301): $657. Housing+N100 adapter retails $5,318 Asking price for package: $3,000 Asking $575 for N100 to N120 adapter if sold separately. Buyer pays all fees and shipping.
  2. Thanks @Freelio. I wasn't expecting such a detailed (and rambling) document; it even talks about sandwich ingredients (I'm not kidding). Here are the highlights: According to the following bit, any cases, housings and other container that is specifically designed and sold with a camera, musical instrument, etc, will be tax free. It also states that any of these containers should be esencial for the items' proper and prolonged functioning, which is exactly what housings are for when you want to take them underwater, but hey, I don't make the rules. So basically, that is the criteria they are using: since Nauticam sells the housings separately (although they are specifically designed for each model), they can apply tax to it because it wasn't sold by the manufacturer with the camera itself. I was also surprised to see the both the random price they agreed upon and its corresponding tax. I still think this is absurd, but I also reckon we can all agree $57 bucks is not a lot. The problem, I guess, is actually making the customs officer agree with such a "suggested retail price". The other problem I noticed is that it doesn't say absolutely anywhere about not having to pay that duty again. Good to know, thanks again for posting it.
  3. Any chance you can post a pic of the form so I can translate it for you guys? Thanks
  4. You were both right, that was exactly the issue, thanks again.
  5. Very good points, thanks to both of you. I'm not entirely sure if I extended it, but will check again later, thanks again.
  6. Hello all, Thanks to @Phil Rudin's, review I finally got myself a new WWL1-B and the Sony 28-60mm which I will put to good use next December. I assembled everything during the weekend and noticed I couldn't change the lens to autofocus using the A7RIII's menu or custom buttons. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you solve it? I haven't used the housing for the last 18-19 months so I might be forgetting something. Maybe this lens just doesn't work with "older" models? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Thanks, I actually bought them yesterday, alongside the Air module which allows you to use them topside as well. Looking forward to using them!
  8. @rgilkes Any input on those Solas? I'm thinking of taking the plunge and as of yet, there aren't any comparisons or detailed info available online. Thanks!
  9. @Whipauee Have you had any chance to try out the IBIS on the S3/A1 U/W lately? If so, could you please share some of your findings? thanks
  10. Similar as Mel pointed out, here in Chile we also have closed borders up until the end of this month and a-recently-extended-midnight curfew. I'm going diving up north in a couple of weeks after almost 19 months without dipping in and I really can't wait, even in this barren and cold coastline. I have been eyeing a lot of options for the end of the year (Caribbean, Mexico, and even Egypt) because I've got credit with Aggressor valid through 2021, which I wouldn't want to lose, but I'm not holding my hopes too high; air travel for sure has changed. And it seems it will be even more of a hassle than it used to be, thanks to PCRs, vaccination passports and whatnot. (I'm double jabbed with Chinese Sinovac, which, for political reasons, probably won't ever be accepted in the US or Europe. Gee, great, thanks). On the same note, I had a liveaboard booked for July 2020 before this nightmare started and when the company finally offered a solution, back in mid-June 2020, I hopefully foresaw this whole thing might be over around early 2022. So, I used the credit towards a Maldives LoB in March 2022. I'm definitely going, but as I said, it has gotten way tougher to get there. So much so, that I haven't bought the ticket yet. And according to a recent Undercurrent article in which a fellow diver had to quarantine in Male for two weeks in pretty precarious conditions after a LoB, it might be even harder to get out. TBH, I truly think this particular coronavirus won't disappear, and we will have to get used to it. PS: Anyone here going to the Maldives in March/April and would want to collaborate on a short documentary? PM me.
  11. Most likely, as far as I know, the A1 is the only Sony than can sync faster than 1/250th
  12. Marcus, When I went to Guadalupe I also made it through Mexico City and Tijuana, and I should tell you they did try to shake me down in the former, but not on the latter. Bear in mind this was before it was actively enforced (Sept 2019) and that I speak native Spanish, so I managed to get away with not paying anything. Best of luck with it and with the great whites
  13. Great video, I love the field of view the WWL-1 provides, especially that shot of the turtle with the diver inside the cave, well done. It's true that sometimes the colour seems a bit off. Did you white balance before every shot? If not, that may be the problem, and if you did, did you find it a cumbersome procedure? I've got an A7rIII and always thought the way to custom balance on Sony mirrorless to be a PITA. Also, how did you track the subjects? I've read and watched online that right now you can only use tracking with the touchscreen, which is impossible when using it inside a housing. Thanks!
  14. That is why I thought a retractable translucent slate would be a better solution, not only in terms of ergonomics but also because the camera would measure both the exposure and the color cast better than using only a certain distance to the subject. Maybe I'm just nitpicking...
  15. Davide, your pal is truly a human dolly, kudos to him and thanks for sharing. However, if I may, I'd like to bring this thread back to life towards technology and GAS, since most of us haven't been able to hone our underwater skills for a while now and could certainly use a digital hand to make the most out of upcoming trips, wherever and whenever that may be. I've been looking at Sony's Catalyst Browse post-stabilization software, which seems impressive from the topside footage I've watched, and I've been wondering if its gyroscope/software combo could be able to make IBIS "obsolete" whilst filming underwater. Maybe "obsolete" is a harsh term, but at least, provide a reasonable alternative. As in, "could it really be able to grasp those micro shakes underwater without proper/topside gravity/grounding?" Let me share some background to this reasoning. Sony says there is no way to put IBIS (or Active SteadyShot, as they call it) at the same time with a variable ND. So, effectively, one must choose, amongst many differences that don't fall into this particular conversation, between two cameras that share the same sensor and lens mount, but have a different form factor and thus, are marketed towards vastly different users that are already invested in the E mount ecosystem. Regardless of price, on the one side, you have a very capable low light mirrorless photo/video camera with IBIS but no VAR-ND and poor WB and AF tracking controls (such as the AS7III whilst underwater). On the other, you have a cinema camera with better WB control, proper audio inputs (when using the handle), a top notch variable ND and most "bells and whistles" to film a "Netflix Approved" doc, that -alas- has no IBIS and a poorer topside AF tracking system, no zebras or peaking to an external monitor, such as the FX-6. (Nor a housing...as of now). Note: I'm already heavily invested in Sony FF and Nauticam (glass, batteries (that would only work on the A7S3, not the FX-6), extension ports, etc), so at least for me, changing ecosystems again is not an option. I'm sticking with both. I haven't tested any of these cameras, but have researched them as thoroughly as I can, so please take my opinions/adjectives with a pinch of salt. YMMV. Short(ish)-term-wise, I will be shooting both topside and underwater in the Maldives and would like to invest in only one body, so I'm leaning towards the VAR-ND/no-IBIS front, but I am open to be proven wrong.....or right. So.....getting back to the IBIS/CB issue, I was wondering if someone could chime in using a different (older) Sony camera that had a gyroscope and tested its capabilities whilst underwater with the current version of the software? Maybe even share a Before/After comparison to have some sort of benchmark? Am I looking for the goose with the golden eggs? Hope not. I know for a fact Massimo is not into Sony, for all the reasons he's listed before on this thread and on others. However, I do believe IBIS is a welcome spec that can make underwater filmmakers lives easier and agree with him on that front. So, in the end, my question remains, could Catalyst Browse become a solution to Sony's VAR-ND/no-IBIS - IBIS/no-VAR-ND "crippling" whilst filming underwater? Thanks
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