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Chris Kippax

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  1. Not sure if anyone is interested but I just tapped a 3/8 Unf thread in the top of the housing and mounted an Ikelite 3/8 vacuum valve, seemed to be the most robust way to do it with adding minimal failure points. Tested it today, held 5 in/hg for 24 hours and survived a swim in the pool.
  2. Yep aquatech surf housing Might be best to get a M16 and enlarge the hole if required.
  3. Thanks Chris Appreciate the considerations. I think I could make most brands of valves work with a trip to Pirtek, but I was hoping something may be available off the shelf. This unit from Mangrove looks like a possibility. Not sure of the quality though https://www.aditech-uw.com/en/shop/4396-mangrove-m14-vacuum-valve-pld-m14.html
  4. What would the best vacuum valve be for a 16mm unthreaded hole. It will need A seal on the outside that is clamped on between the valve and outer housing Needs about 15mm of thread to protrude through the housing Needs a jam nut Preferably would have a gauge on the hand pump Thanks for the help
  5. I recently took this shot on a trip to the Souther Great Barrier Reef. It is my best example of balancing flash & ambient so far. I put my lower strobe on a very low power setting tucked in close to the left handle and had the upper strobe on a high power at full rabbit ear position. Hope you enjoy looking as much as I did making it Thanks,
  6. Fair points mate and I greatly appreciate the info. If I had of looked a bit harder to begin with I could have saved some time. https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4379406
  7. Hi All Has anyone tried the Canon 1.4 III EXTENDER on 8-15mm fish eye lens with a 12mm EXT Tube on a FF camera? (the extension tube is required due to the Canon extender protrudes quite a way out on the front element and the 8-15mm's rear element is almost flush) Quite a mouthful but I was hoping it would yield better results than the KENKO 1.4 TC on the same setup. I am looking to pick up a Canon 12mm tube and I will give it a go and see what happens. Concerns will be maximum focus distance but hopefully IQ is improved over the KENKO. My goal is a portable rig so I can travel with both a CFWA option and a dedicated macro port option for places like Lembeh or Anilao (travelling with a 230mm dome and macro gear seems a bridge too far). WAM in lower viz conditions so black or negative space backgrounds will be what I am looking for when possible. Thanks,
  8. A few images I shot on a short break at Heron Island Qld Australia It was great to see this anemone all balled up, it was a shame I couldn't hang around for the peak of action when both fish were out but it was a led dive and they left me behind as it was. Canon 5dmkiv with 8-15mm fisheye If I had my time again I would of dropped the power down a touch on the lower strobe. Blacktip reef shark, this was shot from above the water whilst standing on a jetty Canon 5dmkiv with 135mm f2 Green sea turtle from the Heron Bommie, If I had my time again I would of put my strobe in full rabbit ears position to get some flash on the turtle. This was shot freediving so a tad tricky to make too many adjustments Canon 5dmkiv with 8-15mm fisheye
  9. Fair call Massimo, I will give it a test sans TC when I get a chance.
  10. Thanks Chris appreciate your input, Bill appears to have put a considerable effort into matching the dome port lengths. I concur about the 180 degree dome similarity but the unknown would be where the camera is situated in the housing? I presume some are further forward/back depending on manufacturer? I am away from my gear but from memory the port length was quite a bit more than 50mm I am not too concerned about corner sharpness as I only intend to use it for CFWA and would always try and frame most things against a dark or blue BG.
  11. Closest I have found yet is Anthothoe albocincta The critter I found may be a different color morph
  12. Yes I tend to spend more time in the wildlife & people sub forum as they get a bit more traffic than the underwater photography sub forum
  14. Thanks for the feedback, its good to hear the opinions of other members. Check out the images at original size in this DPR thread. I used the port configuration specified at underwater camera stuff who makes the dome but I am no expert by any means. http://uwcamerastuff.com/precision_5_dome.htm I will keep going and see if I can get some decent results.
  15. https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4534175#forum-post-64575727
  16. Hi All I hope you are well and getting some diving in! I Had a test out in the pool with the Canon 8-15mm and kenko 1.4 TC on a full frame camera. I was a bit concerned the image quality would be rubbish. For my level of photography the image quality seems ok and I am looking forward to getting it in the ocean. I have some Nudibranch shots in mind at my local site , so hopefully I can bring those ideas to fruition. Finding any info on this exact setup is not easy, if anyone else has some pertinent info to share please do. I hope to update this thread with some shots when the water clarity allows.
  17. Not really, Every additional day I am on-site I get a day in lieu, I will take about 3 months off after this stint. I have the offer to go to Perth when ever I want but have no family there so not overly interested. Some guys have been on-site since March. Yes quite a steam to Scott, I imagine it would be 24 hours at least.
  18. My current location is a bit sad in the diving department Tim's looks a little bit more inviting
  19. I would love to but dive gear and camera are in Qld. Google Scott reef WA. Would love to put a charter together for a trip there.
  20. You are doing better than me mate, I am in the Western Australian desert thousands of kilometers from home. Will hopefully get to go home after Christmas, could be worse though at least I have a job.
  21. Nice work Tim Its good to hear a positive story, diving looks pretty good too
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