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Daniel Agustin

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Canon 7D, 5D Mk II, 7D Mk II
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    Aquatica A7D MkII, Sea & Sea MDX Pro 1Ds Mark III
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Sea & Sea YS 110a

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  1. got it. makes absolute sense. thank you. daniel
  2. Hi, I've looked at a lot of threads that discuss how much, and when to apply silicon to the o-ring. Everyone seems to agree on not opening the housing after each dive, or every day after diving, unless strictly necessary (replace the battery, memory card, sandy environment). I've followed that advice since day one. However, it seems like, at this rate, the amount of silicon I have stocked will last longer than my lifetime. I have six sealed S&S o-ring-silicon kits, and so far in three years, I haven't gone through the first one. Does silicon turn bad? Is there a shelve-life? It's stored in my Pelican case with the rest of my gear, in my basement, so humidity and temperature shouldn't be a problem. Any advice? Thank y'all. Daniel
  3. Hi Adam, I just joined Wetpixel a week ago, but I've read many, many tips and advice from it for quite some time now. Thank you for a great space where to learn from, and to share experiences with others around the globe. You mention that as part of this policy, new members must have three posts before being able to reply in the forum. I've posted one new topic so far and got a reply, to which I commented back. As a result of this rule, did my response get to the other member? Or before I post two new topics, to complete three, my replies won't get to their intended recipients? I'm not an English native speaker, so I want to make sure I understand this well, for I don't want to break any rule. Thank you, Daniel
  4. Thank you Chris, your feedback is very helpful. I've thought about it, but by selling my S&S parts I'm afraid I'm going to lose lots of money. By the time I'd already purchased my Aquatica housing, my siblings came up with a birthday surprise, and got me brand new S&S dome port, extension ring, macro port, gears, and all the fixtures. Even though I did not pay for them, and I have never used them (!) I have the feeling I would have to put some extra money on top of whatever I get for the S&S parts in order to buy Aquatica. I think I should also consider that the S&S focus and zoom gears will not work with the Aquatica housing... I need to think it through. Thank you! Un abrazo, Daniel
  5. Hi, I've looked around to see if there was a topic open already on this subject, but I wasn't able to find anything. As a result of serendipity I was able to beging practicing UW photography using the same camera model I had been using on land for a long time: Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III. By chance I run into an impeccable Sea & Sea housing for it. So I've been playing and experimenting with the 1Ds. However, I decided to stick to crop sensor and I sold my two bodies. Now I'm enjoying a 7D Mk II. I have the camera, a Tokina wild angle, and a 60mm macro, and an Aquatica housing. All my equipment is Sea & Sea. I am trying to sell the MDX-PRO MK III housing, but I don't know if I should get rid of everything (rings, ports, extension, gears, etc.) and look into replacing it with Aquatica. I know there are adapters that allow to use S&S ports in an Aquatica housing, but I've no idea if it's recommended. Also, selling equipment is usually a bad business for the seller, so if I don't have to sell these parts, even better. Can anyone give me some advice on this? Keep the S&S stuff with the Aquatica housing? Or replace it with Aquatica parts? Thank you all for your help.
  6. Hello everyone, I'm Ecuadorean, right from the Andean highlands. Nonetheless, diving is a passion of mine since the first time I deflated my BCU and got surrounded by an ethereal blue, eight years ago already. I moved to the U.S. a few years ago to enroll in grad. school, which has kept me from going to the water. However, whenever work takes me back to Ecuador, I try to dive as much as possible. Photography has been present in my life since I was very little, for my father was a photographer. My brother and I washed trays, tongs, tanks, film developing boxes, over the weekends. We'd spend hours at a time inside the darkroom watching the magic happen. As of my first dives, I thought about UW photography. I've tried it out a couple of times, but I have to admit that the learning curve is quite long. Anyway, here I am, after years of reading Wetpixel, joining you all to enjoy your posts and learn from the experts. I hope to be able to contribute with my grain of salt. I look forward to being a part of your community. Un abrazo, Daniel
  7. Hello there. I'm Daniel, from Quito-Ecuador. I have been living in Virginia-USA for the past four years. I have been fortunate enough to travel a lot because of my profession (university professor-researcher). I work on most things related to Evolution. I am an amateur wildlife photographer, on land, but I lived and worked at the Galapagos for a while and I fell in love with diving. As you all know, once you are underwater you want to take those memories with you back to land. I am totally new to underwater photography. I just put together my rig as a Xmas present and I have a trip to the Galapagos coming in January for the first try out. Any advice, tip, hint, and comment will be welcome. I am really excited about being part of this forum. Cheers, Daniel
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