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singkwan

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  1. Wondering, how would a correction lens like the Sea & Sea correction lens (that effectively flattens the image caused by the dome before it gets to the lens) compare with the WACP? Anyone lucky enough to have tried this?
  2. I have issues with my 90mm macro and my a6300 with Saga trio lens which provides +5, +10 and +15 options. With +5 it focuses okay, slightly slower than without, but with +10 its almost impossible with AF. Because im using an ikelite housing, I dont have the manual focus option so thats an issue for sure.
  3. Also keen to know if this works for sharks and fishes etc haha
  4. Thanks for you input! Yes size also seems to be another thing I will be giving up, and also weight as its heavier than other housings. Didn't think about the problem of alignment which you brought up! Yes if the screen is far from the glass could make it very hard to see underwater. Guess the only way I will know is trying it, but thats like 4000 EUR for a full set to try it out haha
  5. Wow thanks for the input Davide. Yes totally agree, at the moment the only people I can find using it are Italian's on Instagram but they all seem to be sponsored so it hard to get a sense on how good they are. Are you sure it uses wifi to communicate to the camera? I think it uses USB interface to directly communicate with the camera, but the buttons communicate to the brains of the housing with wifi? I found a few videos on their FB that shows minimal to no lag in the usage. I think primary issue is clearly I am a sucker for new photography gear, and sony has been crazy in releasing new camera's all the time which I am inclined to spend money i shouldn't be spending on new cameras, and that would be nice not having to sell my entire kit to buy another housing every time this happens haha
  6. Do you know which version of the housing he used Chris? The Leo3 is somewhat new - maybe 2 - 3 years old, so not sure it was the same version .Yes slow shooting is one of my fears, after looking at the video, i can't really tell if there is a noticeable lag or not? It does seem however all the functionality works well, and since in all cameras including the Sony you can customize the menu, so most of the key functionality should be available. They also seem to have their own fibre optic trigger system that can trigger my YS-D2s. hmmmm
  7. I did a quick search and honestly only came up with 1 tread talking about this housing. For those unfamiliar, its a unique type of housing where it fits multiple cameras because the controls are actually electronically synced to the camera through a USB port, instead of being mechanically connected. Here is a link to the housing of interest: https://www.easydive.it/en/underwater-housing/mirrorless/leo3-wi.224.html#It has a few strong appeals for me: 1. Multiple camera compatibility over time - Clearly this is the main factor. I currently have an a6300 with Ikelite housing, but bought a new a7iii and was looking for housings. Cost of supporting a new camera is around 300 EUR for a new software update that you do from home; Cost savings will be substantial over time especially when changing cameras 2. Full electronic and not mechanic - less likely for leaks and misalignments happening; I had some issues with button alignments on my previous ikelite housings after it getting knocked a bit So here comes the question, anyone have experience with it? Really looking to have some feedback from the community to see if there are any issues / recommendations. The only person I know from the forum is Eitan (who has an amazing IG feed too), but not much else
  8. Hi Eitan, I am considering getting the LEO 3 housing for a7iii. Wondering if you have any updated experiences? Great photos on instagram btw! Also do you get any issues on soft edges for the 10-18mm on the 6inch dome? Thanks SK
  9. Wow sounds like a really bad experience. In no way am I refuting your experience, but I did actually do a trip on that very boat in Raja Ampat during New years last year. Maybe I have low standards, but I actually had a good experience. Boat is small (max maybe 10 divers?) but diving was good, food was pretty tasty and crew were professional and attentive. Didn't have (maybe fortunately?) any issues with rats or rodents during the trip, and seemed to be recently spruced up a bit on the interiors. Had an issue with a leaky air conditioner one night, but that was about it. Just to make it clear I am in no way funded/affiliated with the company, just wanted to share at least my personal experience. Can see some of the photos on my IG: https://www.instagram.com/singkwan_photography/(got to scroll back quite a bit)
  10. I use my A6300 with Ikelite housing that has a hotshoe connector with sync cords to my YS-D2 strobes. WIth this setup you can get something like 1/240 shutter speeds and it will work okay. Beyond that you will have half of the image lighted by the strobe only. Watched a video on youtube explaining that this has something to do with front curtain shutter opening speed, and smaller cameras have a smaller shutter (like the Rx100 series) and have much higher shutter speeds with flash. Could be wrong, don't quote me on this
  11. I own the the a6300 and use the Zeiss 12mm (but with Ikelite housing instead). Pictures look good overall but as described above am facing issues with getting sharp corners with my 6 inch dome now, but advice from another tread and divervince is showing is I should try a smaller aperture (my shots were at f8, and potentially should stop down to > f11 and beyond) or check alignment of lens with dome center before I go out and try a bigger dome. If you see this article: http://reefphoto.com/kb.php?id=63there are some incredibly good photos using the zeiss 12mm and a6300 in nauticam housing, with a Zen 170mm (6.8 inch) dome, so maybe you can try that? My 2 cents
  12. Thanks Paul for you input. So if I get this right you're saying maybe in my case, my point of focus should have been maybe something nearer, so that everything "near" would have been more in focus? Yeah I think the concept makes sense. But for this particular picture, it seems that the central object is kind of in the same focal plane as everything else. Will keep this in mind though
  13. Haha no need to credit me for it. Maybe one day when I have a great photo that you want to use for a show then i'll be keen
  14. Thank you Alex, will try this on a dive/in a pool and test with different apertures as suggested, and see how corner sharpness varies. Good to also know that f8.0 is probably not stopped down enough! I guess with the APSC camera, if I stop down to f12 and beyond, I will probably end up having to bump up the ISO to above the ISO 400 that I am shooting now. On dome positioning, it is one of the recommended domes in ikelite's port chart, but maybe I can email them to see if they can give some input on this. Also good to know that buying a bigger dome is probably not the first thing I should do. Money saved for now I guess! And of course, please feel free to use the photo as an example in any of your presentations - I can even send you the high resolution JPG, just let me know if you want it. And can I say, its a very pleasant surprise to get a reply from you, I am a big fan and was just reading your "underwater photography masterclass" book at home yesterday! Its been a big inspiration to go out and try to take better photos!
  15. Thanks Bill for the input. I don't think I am pixel peeping, but its quite clear that the corners are substantially less sharp. Just trying to improve the photos I get No, on land the corners are less sharp but very marginal, that is why I got this lens as it has pretty decent corner sharpness. What aperture do you usually shoot at for your wide angle shots, and what size dome is it?
  16. Hi, I am having issues getting sharp corners using the combination: Camera: Sony A6300 Housing: Ikelite Dome: 6 inch dome (5516.12) that is recommended by Ikelite (there is another 8 inch dome recommended too) If you see samples attached, they are shot at f8.0 and still show quite soft corners. I have been reading forums and tutorials, and I found 3 potential solutions but want advice before I invest in more gear required to test them 1. Get a bigger dome - there is an 8 inch dome from ikelite that fits this lens too. Not ideal as I have to purchase ANOTHER dome and its bigger and makes CFWA a bit harder which I like to do 2. Decrease aperture size more, like down to f12 or something - didn't actually test this during my trip because I didn't process the pictures until after, but f8.0 seems to be small enough based on what I've read from forums? 3. Get a close up lens - does not seem to have trouble focusing, but could be the edges are too close? Ikelite also does not say it needs a close up lens Any one with similar experience? Anyone with some ideas? Any input would be appreciated guys!
  17. Interested in the Sync Cord - how much is shipping to Asia? Malaysia specifically.
  18. Hi All! I'm Sing Kwan from Malaysia (now living in Thailand). Interested in learning more about underwater photography here and maybe to buy some second hand gear in the classified sections.
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