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  1. CA glue is not 100% waterproof. It will dissolve over time.
  2. I can't tell from your narative -- have you shot this camera, housing, and lens combo underwater without the hotshoe connected? Does it work consistently without the hotshoe and fails only with the hotshoe connected? Have you done it again recently as a control? My money is on a mechanical problem with the buttons hitting early. Depth can make this more probable. I would probably try a paper shim inside the housing between the camera and the backplate to provide slightly more clearance and try it again. I shoot exactly the same setup with either one or two DS-125 strobes. I have never seen a 99 underwater. I did have one shooting dry without the housing. It was a lens seating problem. What firmware version is in your 20D?
  3. sounds like a problem all right. Mine has never had that problem. Clean the contacts and try it again, then try a different lens.
  4. The 100USM works nicely underwater behind a flat port. For macro, the TTL in the Ikelite housing and DS-125 works well. You should get some good shots right away. Try going manual on the camera at f8.0 or higher f stop and 1/100 or so and let TTL light the scene. If you are very close to the subject a higher F stop will give you a little more depth of field. I don't know what the 18-55 will do underwater, but it could work out ok for fish portrait type shots.
  5. I would say that you failed to lock one of the port clips. When locked, I can't see any way they can pop loose short of breaking. That 'dinky' Ikelite system has been working for 1000's of photographers on 1000's of housings for many years.
  6. Olympus has a questionable track record in this respect. The old Olympus OM SLR was a fine camera, but alas, Olympus orphanned it and the lens mount. When they did. all third party support died too.
  7. Also, Ikelite clamps work fine with the ULCS oring arms, so no need to trash the clamps IMHO
  8. Cutting circles from plastic milk cartons is a time honored method for making diffusers.
  9. From Ike's website "The Smart Charger is configured to charge both Ni-cad and NiMH battery packs." Ryan (reefphoto) is definitely shipping the new charger and battery packs as i got one from him last week.
  10. The new charger works for both battery packs i'm pretty sure. Ryan has the new chargers.
  11. They really meant it in a good way when they said to send it all to them and they would figure it out for you. Ike's customer service is second to none. It was apparently a communication problem. Try as we might, sometimes we (and I mean either side) just don't get our point across well, especially if we are already frustrated.
  12. Hijack warning-------- I take it the D80 can turn off the pre-flash, hence the ability to use SB-105 strobes? And Canon cameras can't disable pre-flash, hence the unpopularity of SB strobes on Canons?
  13. Ok, the OP didn't say anything about a DS-50 in the mix, so Richard's original post was confusing. With (2) DS-125 there is no reason to change the switch as I suspected.
  14. Where did you get the information that (2) DS-125 strobes means you should change the TTL switch to DS-50 setting?
  15. I would suggest the Ike DS-125 with the Ike housing. The DS strobes give you the best of both worlds in the most convenient way. You get true eTTL-II and you get manual with flash compensation right under your thumb on the back of the housing. There is no need for fumbling with strobe head at all.
  16. Absolutely send it back to Ike. Include a detailed letter about the failure. Include the receipt from the previous repair. If they can be repaired, Ike can do it, but they need to know in detail how and when they are failing. It maybe that you also have a bad sync cord or a housing problem as well. It would be wise to send in the whole system.
  17. I thought you meant macro with a macro lens. A dome takes away the magnification factor of the water. That's why they are so nice for wide angle. At the 55 end I think you will get approximately the same field of view you would get on land without the port. I have no idea how close it will focus.
  18. You don't want a dome for macro. Use a flat port. The 8" dome is great for wide angle.
  19. I didn't see any indication that it fired when you shorted it. If it didn't, I imagine that it will have to go to Ike for repair. Ike's repairs are very resonable and he may cut you some slack on the warantee to boot.
  20. You can get somewhat more "hunting" with the autofocus at times with the longer port.
  21. I have and use both. I get far more use out of the 60 on my 20D. It allows me to shoot macro, fish portraits, and medium sized fist, turtles, etc, on the same dive. With the 100, I have to back way off to shoot anything other than macro. They both work well, but the 60 is easier to use.
  22. You can use TTL (on the housing and the strobe) with pretty much any of the camera settings. The other settings on the housing (always keep the strobe on TTL) give you complete MANUAL control of the strobe no matter how the camera is set. So TTL/Av is aperature priority with TTL lighting just like above water, TTL/manual is manual camera settings with TTL lighting, etc. TTL works really well on macro in my experience and reasonably well on most fish protraits. Some shots with lots of blue water do better with manual. Many people forego TTL all together in favor of their favorite camera/strobe settings for various situations. And of course there is the shoot-review-adjust-shoot cycle when you have time. I'm sure some of our more expert shooters will be along with more information soon.
  23. Another candidate that deserves consideration is the 20D. It is every bit the camera that the 30D is, for a significant savings. Housings are still available.
  24. I shoot the 20D/Ike with 10-22, 60 macro, and 100 macro with 1 DS-125. The 60 stays on the camera far more than any other lens. It allows me to shoot macro and fish portraits on the same dive. The 100 feels a little too long for many fish portraits. I don't use the 10-22 enough to really justify it. I have it in the 6" dome.
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