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Mike L

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  1. Olly,


    You are on the right track. As for lenses, a perfect set up for the 7d would be the Tokina 10-17 (cant get any better than this for wide angle), 60mm macro and 100mm macro. That covers all your basis. The 18-55 is versatile, but just isnt a real quality lens overall.


    You should take a close look at the new Nauticam 7D housings. They have many engineering firsts, very ergonomic, compact, versatile and all at a great price as well. It has fiber optics, and for $100 you can have Nikonos style sync cords. The Nauticam 180 Viewfinder is the first of its kind with a user adjustable diopter..and adapter rings to fit nearly all manufacturers housings!


    For ports, Id suggest going with either the 8.5" dome, or the Zen 100mm dome. If you want to use the 18-55, then you definitely need the 8.5" port. The Zen 100mm only works with the 10-17.


    Sea and Sea also has their 7d housing coming out in March. Its a very nice set up as well, a bit more pricey though at $3799.

  2. I have designed several creative ways to pack SLR systems into a variety of think tank bags. We recently packed a full Nauticam D90 set up with 8.5 inch port into the new Airport Take off.


    If the system utilizes larger strobes such as the YS 250 or Ike DS160/161 strobes, then I like to go with an Airport Takeoff or International V2...and then use the Urban Disguise 60 as a secondary bag. In the UD 60 I can put the large dome upright, as well as both strobes...then have room for housing, all accessories, camera bodies, lenses, etc in the roller...and fit my mask and dive computer.

  3. Definitely some pros and cons..however as a shooter who rarely shoots anything other than a 10-17 for wide angle, I love the compact nature and ease of traveling. That in my opinion far outweighs the difficulty in shooting over/unders.


    Really, it just comes down to two things. 1. Are you just shooting a 10-17, or do you want a versatile port. 2. What are you primarily shooting.


    Traveling with 8 and 9 inch domes really can be a PIA. The small 4inch makes it very easy to carry on the entire SLR system.

  4. Im never a big fan of changing lenses while still have it mounted in the housing. All it takes is that one drip of water still lingering in a housing control or crevice, and it falling into the camera body during those few seconds the lens is off. Is it really worth the risk at all for the extra few seconds it takes just to remove the camera body from the housing? To me its not, and I always teach our customers to take the extra step and remove the camera.

  5. Bo, to really take advantage of the 7d's fast continuous shooting, hard wired strobes are the way to go. A little over a a year ago, Eric did a test with the Canon 1d MKIII and Sea and Sea YS250 strobes. His test is a video (posted here on WP somewhere) showing the YS 250 strobes firing for approximately 6 of the 10 frames...VERY nice for shooting fast action, but would definitely be slowed if using fiber optic ttl.


    Although TTL itself is not always extremely accurate for wide angle shots...being hard wired will allow your strobes to fire off more times then not when shooting in continuous mode for big animals. Sharks, whales and dolphins are my thing too...so in that case its hard wired only for me. For macro, the camera's internal flash recycling is much less of an issue.

  6. The Gates GP32 port is also 85 degrees.


    As for the Light and Motion Bluefin C housing with optional 135 degree wide angle lens, the wide angle lens does offer a 35-40% zoom through capability. The lens does of course come with a price tag of $1500. Although it has zoom through capability, it will not give you macro like capability as you seem to be looking for.

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