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  1. I will crop just about every shot. But this is by design because when I take my photos I will get the composition that I want then back up a tiny bit to include a little bit more in the frame. This way I can ensure that in post I can clip to get what I want and that I have everything in the final image. I think you will find the same if you speak with most painters; there's always paint under the frame. Just MHO.
  2. I buy everything from the US as the US prices haven't kept up with the drop in the value of the US dollar. Therefore, most things are significantly cheaper (20% or more) even after shipping costs, duty, etc. Most of the time when I have a problem I send it back to the manufacturer (Ikelite) anyway which is back in the US. So far, no troubles, except when I brought a car back from the US, but that's another story.
  3. I currently have the Ikelite strobe arm with a single 6" section. It has a 1" ball on both ends. I would like to eventually upgrade to ULCS arms, but for now I would like to add an 8" section and 1 clamp to my strobe arm. Will an ULCS 8" section and clamp work with my existing arms section and clamps or do I need to replace it all now. I am wondering because the Ikelite balls do not have o-rings on them like the ULCS balls. Thanks for all the help.
  4. I would assume that the sheathing of the CAT5 is waterproof, so the only problem that you would have would be the ends of the system. One end is out of the water, so shouldn't be a huge problem, however, the end that is connected to the camera has to go through the bulkhead of your housing. You will need to seal this hole extremely well as there will be about 30 psi of pressure on this seal. If it leaks, your cameras are toast. I would do a fair bit of testing with various caulking, sealing materials before putting your cameras in the housing.
  5. Another issue is that you won't be able to add a wet lens like a Woody's diopter to the front of a dome.
  6. I don't understand how Mike ever survived in Vancouver I use a dry suit for any diving around Vancouver Island all year round with various levels of undies depending on water temp. Always wear hood and gloves.
  7. Make sure that you have downloaded and installed all of the updates for PS. These can be found under "help -> updates" (I think, I don't have it in front of me). I had the same problem before, but it worked after the updates.
  8. I ended up buying a 220V surge protecting power bar that has universal outlets on it. It can be found here: http://www.voltageconverters.com/itemdesc....D}&ic=BB136 I haven't tested it with dirty power, but have tried it with 110V and it works fine, although I doubt that it actually surge protects on 110V.
  9. I'm going to be boat diving, with my in-laws live aboard sailboat Dec. 25th to Jan. 6th in and around Sidney BC. I'm looking for some suggestions for great sites in that area. I will not be going with a diving company, as we have our own boat and gear. Thanks for all the help.
  10. I plan on doing a similar trip next May/June. The plan is for 5 weeks to get our DMs in Redang. Then do 3 days each at Koh Phi Phi and Koh Tao. I have never been to any of these locals, so we'll see.
  11. I have pretty much decided to go with the 60mm. However, as brought up, would anyone recommend buying a longer port so that an extension tube can be used? If so, what are the possible drawbacks when using the port without the extension tube? Thanks for all the help so far.
  12. I am currently looking at buying either the 60mm EF-S or the 100mm EF. I have a 350D and the stock 18-55mm lens. This is housed in an Ikelite housing. I would think that the 100mm might be better due to the possibility of using it on full frame cameras in the future. As well, the 60mm is about $150 cheaper. Not sure what to buy. If anyone could help, it would be much appreciated. Thanks, Mark
  13. I use an Ikelite housing for the Rebel XT, with DS-125 and the stock 18-55 lens. I'll be picking up a 100mm macro at Christmas to add to the mix. I am quite happy with the setup and how easily the eTTL works. The modelling light on the strobe is quite bright as well. I have never felt the need to add additional focusing lighting. However, I'll probably add another DS-125 at some point.
  14. If you guys want to have some real fun with a BMW K1200RS engine you should try out one of the cars shown below. I'm the engineer on a Formula BMW team that runs one of these in the US and they are a blast. Lots of fun and tons of speed. Not bad for $60k. Unfortunately, there's an age limit of 23.
  15. Justin, Can you send me an email? I have some further questions regarding things to do in Singapore. Thanks. ibn_sa_ud@hotmail.com Mark
  16. There have been prior discussions on these bags before. I would do a search and see what comes up, but the general consensus seems to be that they don't work and aren't work the money. Although, I've never tried one.
  17. I'm currently debating on whether to take a dive master course in the Perhentians or in Redang (both in peninsular Malyasia). I have heard that Redang is a better dive location, but I can't seem to get any info on reputable dive shops on the island. It seems as though there are only small dive shops at the hotels with no advanced courses available. Does anyone have some experience with diving in Redang? If so, is there a local dive shop that you would recommend along with perhaps a website or contact info? Thanks.
  18. IMO the second batch looks significantly better. I guess it just goes to show what a little practice and sound advice can do. Keep shooting.
  19. I live in Canada as well and currently have a DS-125 strobe in with Ikelite. I called them this morning. They said that they are currently swamped. But it does seem odd for them to take 3 months to fix something. Just MHO.
  20. Has anyone looked into rapid prototyping? I would think that these could be made rather cheaply even one off, assuming you were willing to do the design work.
  21. I just bought a similar, though smaller kit from Reef Photo & Video and found them quite pleasant to order through. I would give them a call as they gave me a pretty good deal.
  22. I was looking into rigging up a better system for a pole-cam than using a long cord or bike cable. Keep in mind that this is all for an Ike housing and a Canon 350D. I think that I'll try to rig up something similar to the USB connectivity shown on http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/adding-usb-...ur-u-w-housing/, but instead of connecting the USB cord, I would splice in the Canon Remote Switch RS-60E3. You would then need to splice onto an Ike synch cord to plug into the housing bulkhead. But the nice part is that Ike sells 15 ft. synch cord extensions, so you just add in an extension or two to get the length you need. I've attached a drawing of what it would look like.
  23. Any issues with wrist mounted computers and dry suit seals?
  24. Are there any problems installing an alarm in an Ikelite housing?
  25. Thanks for all the help. I'll have to make sure that I purchase some extra parts when I pick up the housing.
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