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  1. I purchased a 20D 17 months ago, and Ikelite housing for it this feb. I have used it 25 times in the maldives since I purchased it.


    Last week I dropped my 20D and smashed the screen, and damaged the main board. Canon said it is beyond repair. (i.e. cheaper to replace)


    I am looking to replace it with a 5D, but wanted to know if it was worth selling the Iketlite housing. And also where is the best place to sell it?


    Any help would be much appreciated.



  2. I am trying to decide if it is worth buying the 10-22MM lense for my dives in the maldives.


    I just got off the phone to BH, and they said you could not get better than the 10-22


    I am trying to figure out, if I use use the 10-22MM at 17MM, is the quality any better than the 17-85MM at 17MM?


    I know the 17MM is a good all purpose lense. But apart from the width, is the clarity any better on the 17MM






  3. I though I would create a new post for this one.


    I spoke to the Ikelite Re-seller in the UK and told them I was diving in the maldives with 20D. And they advised me 1 DS-125 strobe. When I asked if one was enough his thoughs were I would see very little difference putting extra power in the strobe.


    mtbottle, very kindly posted a standard entry level setup for the 20D. In the list he said 2xDS125 strobes.


    Now i'm confused. I would appreciate everyone opinion on how much difference the 2 strobes will make?


    Many Thanks



  4. Thanks for your assistance.


    Maybe you can help me with lenses. I have a Canon 17-85MM IS USM and Canon 60MM Macro.


    I notice you use the 18-55 mm on the 350. How do you find it, do you find it shoots wide enough? I was going to buy the 10-22. But am not sure if it is really worth buying it, or just using the 17-85MM





  5. I have got a 20D and Going over to new york next week to pick up my Ikelite housing from BH PhotoVideo


    I was also going to buy the DS-125 strobe, but wanted to get advice to which strobe would be best for diving in tropical waters?


    Some guy in the UK said the DS-125 would be best. Can anyone advise?


    I am also trying to find out how others set the exposure on their camera's?


    Is it best to set the camera on automatic? Or set the Aperture and shutter speed manually.


    Many thanks



  6. While on land, I can slow down my shutter speed, increase my Apature or Bump up my ISO to increase light.


    OK, Bumping up my ISO decreased quality, and Shutter speed and apature are object specific.


    How does this effect my picturs underwater?


    Does light mean colour?

  7. Do you have any other lenses?  Have you used the 17-85 under water yet? 


    I am going to assume the answer to both is NO from the tone of your question.


    Thanks for you response James, my dilemma is this. I have a new 20D Camera with a 17-85MM and a 60MM Macro Lens. I am going to the New York in December to buy the UW housing. When I get back I will be I WONT be doing any diving in Ireland until next summer. But I do have a trip to the maldives booked in Feb for 2 Weeks. Which will be the first time I get to use my new toy.


    I wont be going to the maldives again for a long time, so I want to come back to the best pics possible.


    If it was local diving, that I can revisit, I would be happy the have a play the 17-85MM lens. I am trying to find out will I find much different between the 17-85MM to the 10-22MM in Tropical Waters.


    Any Ideas?

  8. Hello,


    I am using the 17085MM lense with my Canon 20D. I know with the 1.6x factor that is 27MM.


    Is this a wide enought lense? Or would I be better of spending on the 10MM lense?


    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.


    If the thought is 17MM is wide enought, how would it work with this magic filter?



  9. I am looking for some real Magic Filter Reviews. I have a Canon 20D and am going to the maldives in Feb to start taking my first underwater pictures with my new camera. I am heading over to BH in new york in december to buy some housing and lighting.


    I am questioning what lighting system I should be buying now? If any with the Magic Filters. I have no objection for trying them at such a low price. But can not image how something so cheap can be so good.


    How do they work at macro stuff, under rocks where there is no direct sunlight. And are the examples on the web site real. Or was the shutter speed also slower? Was there any other not mentioned considerations?


    How exactly do they work?

  10. Here are some points from the D70, D2X and Canon 20D

    I was asking the same questions a few weeks ago, D70, D2x or Canon ID Mark II. after intensive looking, the overall best value was the Canon 20D.


    I have the 20D, and not had the chance to take it UW yet, but it is very good above the see.


    D2X is a 12MP

    5 FPS

    11 Point Auto Focus

    37ms Shutter Lag

    Underwater Housing €3000

    100-800 (Could be better is dark lit situations)


    D70 Body Only

    6.1 MP


    5 Point Autofocus

    Shutter speeds up to 8000/sec (To quick for water)

    ISO 200 – 1600

    Underwater Housing is about €1000 I think


    Caon 20D


    5 FPS

    9 Point Autofocus

    Shutter speeds up to 8000/sec (To quick for water)

    ISO 100-1600 plus boost to 3200

    €1200 for UW housing

  11. I have just purchased the 20D, along with a 60MM macro lense. 1 went with the 60MM macro because it allowed me to get closer to the subject than the 100MM.


    Although I would not class my self and qualified to answer which is best. a lot of comments I received were to go for the 60MM macro.

    Plus I did not get housing for the camera yet either, so did not get the chance to try it out.

    I have the 10-22MM wide-angle on my shopping list, but did not buy it yet. If you buy it let me know how you get on with it.


    Alex, given your experience, is there a reason you would go for the 100MM.

  12. I am really not sure I understand this. I looked at the speeds on that website, and found the highest right speed was 5-6MB per second.


    How could i shoot 5FPS if the card will not even wright that fast? or does it store it in a cache?


    The reason i ask is, i am going to shoot a Mondello Park to photography bike racing for a freind, And I want to get as many shots as possible as he is on that bend.

  13. I am really trying to get into photography, I have done a lot of point and shoot, but now have my first DSLR. A canon D20


    I have been looking at online courses, and www.photoworkshop.com seem to have a nice subscription setup.


    Does anyone have any experience with these?



  14. I have gone a head and ordered my Canon 20D and a few lenses today, all to be here of Friday. Although i can't see me getting it in the water for a few months. Cant Wait.



    This few months will give me time to brush up on my photography, and how to use a SLR camera


    I got a great deal, only paid £650 for the body. Lenses were not all that cheap.


    I need to buy some CF cards for the camera, anyone have any idea's as to what speed and make of CF card i should purchase, for the Canon 20D


    Many Thanks



  15. Hello everyone


    After spending hours reading reviews, on how good the Nikon D70 is, or should I go for a higher end DSLR like Canon ID Mark II. I decided to widen my search.


    I am now considering buying the Canon 20D. Why?? because it is between the D70 and ID Mark II in performance.


    And, a least if i decide to upgrade in the future I will have canon lenses. Where as if I go to a D70, I will have to stay with Nikon.


    Plus, I buy a lot of Printing equipment from Canon and they will give me a good deal.


    I still have a lot of questions. Has anyone any food for thoughts that I should consider before sending in the PO for the canon.


    Any recommendations for lenses in Tropical Waters.

    What housing to go for, the Ikelite seems cheap, does Housing have effects on the image quality?


    Also, external flashes? Any recommendations?


    Many thanks everyone

  16. I am still trying to make the descision whether to go for the higher end camera or the Nikon D70.


    I am a little nervus about going for the lower end, as I feel. It may not meet my needs. Especially in terms of AF speeds.


    I have toyed with the canon 300D, and found it only marginally better at AF speeds, that the Point and shoot DSC-p93. I was hoping if anyone could tell me how the D70 and 300D compare. That way I can draw line of expectations, rather than just looking at opinions.

  17. God help me decide.


    My skill level in underwater photography is not the best. Although, I have taken 3000 pictures this year. Using my Sony DSC p93 or C50Zoom. Although most of them have no colour, a lot of the shallow and close up ones are as good any one could expect.


    The C50Zoom Leaked, just for everyones info.


    I do have a lot of experience with digital technology in general. I help lots of digital photographers to lots of different things with images. From Juniors using Microsoft Digital Imaging, to changing DOF in Photoshop.


    I also have commited myself to at least attemp to make money out of UW photo, and I want to be the best.


    Also, everyone keeps saying d2x v d70. Is its a general opinion to stay away from the canon ID MkII?



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