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  1. Ok folks...happy ending! I finally was able to bring the flooded float arm to the shop where it was purchased (Dive Supply Bangkok). They told me to leave it with them and they would see what could be done about a replacement under warranty. Later that afternoon I get a call saying they can replace the float arm with a new one and also the unflooded one that was bought together as a pair. The next day I brought the other unflooded arm to the shop and walked away with two new float arms! They said to come back if I had any problems with the new ones. Very big thanks for the great advice received here and a big shout out to the kind folks at Dive Supply Bangkok!
  2. Thanks all for the replies! As it’s been a few years since I purchased the float arm, it didn’t occur to me that they might be under warranty. I’ll stop by the shop where I made the purchase to see if it’s covered. If repair/replacement under warranty isn’t an option, some tinkering I did yesterday revealed the source of the leak. There is no damage so there is really only four spots where it could leak...the seam on each end where the carbon fiber seals at the end cap & the seam on each end where the end cap seals at the aluminum piece. Looking at the ball on each end, I noticed there was an Allen screw holding the ball on the end. I undid each end which removes the ball from the arm. When I give the arm a good shake, the slightest bit of water leaks out of one of the screw holes. At least I know where to start attacking the problem...
  3. Hi, I have a nauticam carbon fiber float arm that is partially flooded. Seems like it is getting a little bit worse with each dive. Has anyone managed to repair a flooded float arm? If so, can the repair process be shared? I was thinking about drilling a tiny hole or two in order to drain the water. I can’t decide on the best place to drill the hole. I’m thinking right where the carbon meets the end cap. Then using epoxy to seal the hole, likely running a bead all the way around the end cap seam. Any thoughts? Thanks!
  4. Hi! I have a Canon 5dii along with an ikelite (4-lock) housing that I would like to sell as a complete u/w photography package. The camera was purchased in late 2013. The housing was purchased in 2014. Also available are two lenses, Canon 24mm f2.8 and Canon 100mm f2.8L macro. Here's a list of what's included: Canon 5dii camera body Ikelite housing model # 6871.03 8" acrylic dome port for wide angle 4.25" extension for dome port model # 5510.24 (Accommodates lenses up to 4.25-inch (10.8 cm) long and 3.3-inch (8.4 cm) in diameter when used with the Modular 8-inch Dome) 3.5" extension for dome port model 5510.16 w/ zoom gear 5509.28 Flat port for macro lens Two DS51 strobes w/ arms Everything above...camera body, housing, ports, strobes: $3,900 USD Optional: Canon 24mm f2.8 - $500 Canon 100mm f2.8L IS USM - $700 (this lens is SHARP!) I will not sell the lenses separate before the camera is sold. Reason for selling? I recently purchased a Sony mirrorless and hope to use the proceeds from this to purchase an underwater housing system for the new camera. The camera and housing is located in Bangkok! I travel frequently within the region. If interested I could possibly arrange to deliver the equipment. Otherwise, any shipping costs are not included! Thanks for looking! CT
  5. Having mostly shot macro in the past, I finally got a chance to shoot with my wide angle setup. The rig: 5dmkiii in an Ikelite housing w/ 8" acrylic dome; 24mm f2.8 lens w/ IS off. We kayaked to some springs that had some exceptionally clear water. With full midday Florida sun, I was shooting only with natural light. I started at ISO 400...according to the light meter, the images were properly exposed but the histogram was a bit more to the left so I switched to ISO 800. Here's an example image unprocessed showing the histogram: After processing the image, I noticed what I considered to be excessive noise in the background. Here's the processed image: And a blow up of the noisy background: Is this amount of noise excessive? It seems like I see a lot of pics of large marine life shot in similar conditions and the images don't have this much noise. Am I wrong? Is this normal? With some residual discontent from the images shot at the spring, I thought a dip in the pool would be a good opportunity for a more controlled test. Here's the test image with only the white balance adjusted: At ISO 400 and a reasonably exposed image I would expect little to no noise. However, when I zoomed in on the ladder (focal point for the image), I was surprised to see quite a bit of noise: What do y'all think...is this too much noise?
  6. Ok...so I feel like I've come a long way over the past year. I finally understand firmly the importance and value in shooting in Manual mode, among other epiphanies. However much the progress has been, there's still a few backwards steps... We took a trip to Roatan in April. Earlier in the year I had purchased new strobe arms, a dome port, and a wide angle lens. I was excited to be shooting wide angle for the first time. In February I had all the dive and photo gear packed up and ready to go, with the lenses set aside so they could be wrapped in clothes and packed in a carry-on. I work overseas and was going to be gone for the 5 weeks before the dive trip. When I returned stateside, we met at the airport and flew directly to Roatan. As we were unpacking I asked my wife "Darlin, in which bag did you pack the lenses?". She didn't even have to reply. I knew by the look on her face that the lenses did not get packed. We still had a wonderful time and some wonderful diving.
  7. Thanks all, I took a second look at the 24mm f2.8...put in the order yesterday along with the 8" dome port!
  8. I've been in the drilling world long enough to believe that modifying pressure control equipment is a sin. I'd have get my hands on the port and check out the wall thickness. Also, removing 0.05" assumes that the lens is perfectly centered in the port. It may be necessary to remove material from the lens and the port body in order to not have interference.
  9. Thanks Bill! I haven't yet purchased a lens...don't have the 24mm USM II in my hands, but it does appear there to be a presumably metal ring at the front of the lens that is not found on the original type I 24 mm lens. I'm one of those idiots that thinks they can do anything with a dremel tool...but dang I sure would be nervous grinding on a $1600 lens. However, it would not rank as the stupidest thing I've ever done. Wonder if anyone has done this successfully???
  10. Ok, first time I've had a complaint about my Ikelite housing...the lens I want won't fit in the housing! We have been shooting with the 100mm macro lens up until now. I have been wanting to get a good wide angle prime for UW, landscape, and astrophotography. Wanting something f2.8 or faster, I was looking at the canon 24mm f1.4L USM II. I was quickly deflated when I realized that this lens is to wide for Ikelite ports. Bummer (I was also deflated by the $1600 pricetag). However, the old original version of this lens is narrow enough to fit. Does anyone shoot with the older version of the 24mm f1.4? Better yet, anyone have one in great condition they want to sell? I saw the Sigma 24mm f1.8 but have been unimpressed with some of the reviews of this lens. Are there any other prime lenses in the 14-24mm range that I should consider? What is the max lens diameter that a Nauticam housing can accommodate? Thanks!
  11. Lots of amazing shots on this thread! I'm constantly in awe of the talent of the contributors to this forum. Not sure if it's the best, but I think it's my favorite image of 2014
  12. Second group of pis from Blue Heron Bridge.
  13. Some pics from Blue Heron Bridge. The missus and I participated in a three day UW photo workshop. It was a great workshop...not sure if it's good etiquette to post details of the workshop here? Equipment: 5D III Ina Ikelite housing w/ DS 51 strobes x2...100mm macro
  14. My best frogfish so far. It's funny, we look all over the place for these damn fish in Bonaire and have a hard time finding one during a week long trip. Come home and see two in one dive... I got this picture the day that I accidentally left the f stop set at 2.8. I was pleasantly surprised to find a halfway decent picture when I got home. 5dIII ikelite housing w/ DS51x2, 100 mm macro lens. Location was off the beach in Pensacola.
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