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Mike L

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  1. Great pics, sorry to hear about the sea sickness. But at least you came home with some pics and not just fish stories! hahaha
  2. I had the chance to play with the Red Rock set ups today and WOW!! They are NICE. Ergonomic for sure, the version allowing follow focus is real nice...but the price tag was not!!! The version I think is best for topside use is the Captain Stubling ($975) I was shocked that the base hand held version (UltraPort) was over $400! One of my employees has the Zacuto viewfinder. VERY nice piece of equipment! On my list for one of these days, sure makes shooting easier on land.
  3. Tell the wife/girlfriend the camera system is necessary protection from big sharks! hahaha You asked about the differences in housings. There are many things to consider when looking at a housing: 1. Material (machined aluminum is better than polycarbonate) 2. Size (aluminum will definitely be smaller) 3. Ergonomics. Some housings have better ergonomics and control wheels than others. 4. Availability. Some housings are readily available, as are parts and spares. Others consistently have lead times or backordered parts. 5. Service. You want a manufacturer that has great support if it is needed. 6. Reliability. This is a get what you pay for industry. When you are on a tropical island, you want to know your gear is going to work the whole time trouble free. Service and support doesnt mean anything when you are in the middle of nowhere. Enjoy your hunt, let me know if I can be of any assistance or if you have any further questions.
  4. Here is a Video shot by myself and a handful of volunteers spread out over Avalon for the day of the event last year. The 2010 Catalina Underwater Clean Up is coming February 20th, so if you can make it out, come join us! Its an awesome event, tons of fun, and is VERY successful in cleaning the waters in and around Avalon. Hope you enjoy! Catalina Cleanup 2009
  5. Excellent videos. What camera system are you using?
  6. Id definitely go with the D90. Have you taken a look at the new Nauticam D90 housing?
  7. I love the 105 VR! I always shoot in AutoFocus. MF would be nice on rare occasion, but I find it really to be unnecessary. The cost alone on the MF gears are generally outrageous, and I believe putting that $$ towards a quality focus light is a much better way to go.
  8. Bo I definitely recommend going with the hard wired system to take full advantage of the speeds of the 7d. That being said it really does depend on what you shoot. If you are a macro shooter the majority of the time, speed is not really an issue. For myself who likes big animals, I want the fast recycle time of strobes like the Sea & Sea YS 250 paired with the 8fps of the 7d camera.
  9. Ill keep my eyes out for one. I just sold the one we had last week. I have two HVX 200 customers looking to upgrade, so if they do, I will have one (or two)
  10. Steve, I know they have been testing the units in the field and making changes off the feedback which is why the housings were delayed a few weeks from initial launch. There are supposed to be two housings going out for intense field testing anyday now. Once that is done, they will make any final changes based off the recommendations and tests before starting shipping of the production models. I believe the latest estimate for delivery is now first week of February.
  11. Sounds great. I should hopefully have my Nanoflash within a week and will be hooking it up to both my Ex1 and my 7d to see how it works. Lets see...Nauticam 7D housing with HDMI out...now we just need the waterproof housing for the Nanoflash....
  12. Ron hit it pretty dead on. Ive worked with a number of production companies using the 5d2 and 7d for topside work. For underwater, the ergonomics and focusing are definitely more difficult than a rig such as the Gates FX7 or even an HF S10/S11. The new controls and features of the Nauticam will definitely close that gap a bit on the video end. With regards to Berkely's video and article, he does state in there the difficulty of hand holding it and that a tripod would definitely be needed for macro video. He did not shoot macro as Wakatobi frowns upon tripods. I will be testing the new Nauticam 7D set up as soon as we get them the beginning of February and will get out and shoot some macro in the channel islands with it and a tripod.
  13. Hi Peter: We have two Gates Deep Red housings available and ship worldwide We have port and extension ring support for the Red 18-50, Ultra Prime 8, 10 and 12. Also the 24 and 32 primes. Items you will need with the Deep Red: Red 5.6" LCD housing Red Batteries Red Drive We have those available for rental if you need any of them.
  14. Bo, as soon as the 7d housings arrive in our store next month I will let you know, you can come hold one, and even go diving with one with me to Catalina!
  15. As of now, I have not heard of any release dates or even if it is firm they are doing a Fathom 80. The Light and Motion 135 degree Wide Angle port is now shipping and available.
  16. We have received a few of the Nauticam housings in through our store so far. They are top notch! The quality of design and engineering is amazing. Ergonomics are outstanding, and they are small and compact (well as much as possible anyway). I am very excited to receive my 7d housing in a couple weeks and get it in the water! So many engineering firsts on the coming Nauticam 7d!
  17. I held and played with the dummy model a couple of months ago. Nice, but I doubt we will even see a production Scarlett this year. I wont hold my breath.
  18. I am happy to announce that as of today H2O Photo Pros is a dealer for the Nano Flash and all Convergent Designs products. We are ordering units for our rental/demo production units as well. Looking forward to the Gates bracket and accessories for both Ex1 and EX1R housings.
  19. I am waiting for a response from L&M on that, but I imagine it will. If not right away, i have no doubt L&M will make it happen.
  20. Jon: The Gates housing has the option to purchase and HD-SDI out. We use it quite often on our EX1 and Red systems for productions in pools and tanks...even sometimes open ocean shoots where the Producer or Director are sitting on the boat. The standard configuration when ordered from Gates is a 100 foot cable and the HD SDI output installed on the housing. Dean, definitely right. Did you end up getting a housing for your camera?
  21. I just realized one very important feature for production shoots. With the EX1R having both HD SDI and an HDMI out, productions will be able to use the Nano Flash in the housing via HDMI and still run a Surface feed for the Producer/Director to watch via the HD SDI output. Huge plus for the new EX1R in these situations!
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