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  1. For Sale - FUJI E900 and housing for sale Sorry Jack, don't mean to step on your toes!! Gotta sell my backup set to buy a dome port.. FUJI E900 Ikelite housing... Boxed as new with all factory bits and pieces, diffuser, orings and grease Use for in total three weeks ... I bought it from another Digi diver as a backup for a trip to Malaysia last week... Selling for US$400 plus postage....
  2. Thanks for that Rai, Where did you buy it ? How much ?
  3. Hi all, Well, I got to test the Patima 400D housing and I love it. I love it so much, I’m hoping that if I plug the shop who lent it to me enough (www.divervision.com), then they will give it to me. Divervision is incredible, great deals on Japanese prod…… no, seriously. First of all of course I have a disclaimer, and quite a significant one at that. This is the first time I’ve used a DSLR housing underwater so I can only realistically compare it to my previous experience with compact housings (Olympus Mju, Canon IXUS, Fuji E900). I’m also not very technically minded so bear with me. OK, so my impressions. The first time I saw Patima’s 350D housing, it was on a shelf alongside a Sea and Sea housing and an Anthis Nexus housing. I have to admit, it looked a bit like legobrick car parked next to a BMW and a Mercedes. The styling, in my opinion, is a little boxy and the macro port is particularly unattractive (sorry Patima). Even worse, for an English Language teacher like me, the dubious English grammar in the logo (which reads ‘Patima, Addiction of Underwater’) made me feel decidedly uncomfortable. The instruction manual is equally in need of a good proofreader. I have to say, at the time, if I’d been looking to buy a DSLR housing, all these things would have made me consider the next manufacturer on the shelf. However, my superficial dismissal of this product magically evaporated when my local shop offered me one to take to Malaysia to test. ‘Yes please’ I said greedily…., ‘we want it back, you know’…. Doh!! For this trip I decided not to take the dome port as I was seriously over the luggage allowance already. I packed the housing into my divebag (adding 2200grams to my 29 kilo bag) and put the Anthis macro flatport into my handluggage. The Patima housing is compatible with Nexus ports so there is a slightly cheaper acrylic option to the high priced glass dome port offered by Patima. Also, the styling on the Nexus macro ports are much less like ‘something out of a Buck Rogers’ than Patima’s own, making the whole setup much more appealing to the eye. This picture shows the housing with the Anthis macro port. I have to say that my first impression of the ‘feel’ of the housing was immediately much more positive. It felt solid enough to fight of even a frenzied Humboldt squid, while at the same time all the buttons had a nice soft feeling to them. I’ve been used to using the E900 ‘rough and ready’ Ikelite housing which after a few days use invariably leads to blisters and calluses on my ‘officeworker’ fingertips. Installing the camera is no problem except that you have to remove the rubbery bit around the viewfinder which I have since lost somewhere. Annoying. Just a small side issue while I think of it, the 400D has a sensor just below the viewfinder which detects the user’s face approaching and automatically turns of the LCD screen for better viewing. I assumed I would have to turn this function off when the camera was in the housing but this was unnecessary. The glass section of the back plate did not cause the LCD to automatically switch off. I used the camera with the Canon 60mm macro lens. Everything was shot with twin INON strobes in manual mode as the Patima housing requires customization for TTL. I’m told Patima have some strobe housings, one giant, sinfully ugly one for the Canon 580EX flash (http://www.patimahousing.com/htm/e_strobes4.php), the other resembling a cyberman’s private parts (for those of you who don’t know Dr Who, sorry) for the SUNPAK PZ40X (which only uses 2 AA batteries and, according to the manual, takes 8 seconds to charge after a full dump). Both of these, I’m again told will allow the use of Canon ETTL (whatever that may be). Underwater I was in heaven with this new toy. After having used compact cameras only, I was probably not the first person to be delighted with the fast response time of the SLR. Writing RAW in microseconds. No more having to sit and watch the fish come up with some incredible behaviour while waiting for the camera’s internal flash to recharge. Many shots which I previously wouldn’t have bothered with (anything moving basically) were suddenly firing off with the greatest of ease. It took a little while to get used to framing with the viewfinder and I wasn’t too keen on the new body position required to take shots as I kept scraping my chin on the coral, but after a while I got used to this. It would be nice to have the viewfinder attachment thing which allows you to look down into the viewfinder. I’m not sure if these are available for this housing. I just noticed a bit of a debate going on relating to the spring on the shutter release lever where this contacts with the camera. This is indeed the case. However, until I read this debate I hadn’t realized there was a spring at all. It was easy to operate, easy to hold at half press, and compared to the length of travel on my Ikelite e900 case, a pleasure to operate. Having said this, I did revert back to the trusty FUJI e900 as I needed more macro capabilities and the fisheye option (and I was trying to avoid falling too far in love with the SLR). However, for taking one-time opportunity photos the SLR was far better than the E900 (in my hands that is). We were lucky enough to spot a blue ring octopus in Kapalai last week and I raced over before the other 5 divers with cameras noticed the guide pointing frantically. In my excitement at finding such a macro prize, I didn’t change any settings on the camera… got in close and fired… watching the dazzled ock disappear into a hole, I glanced down at the e900 LCD screen and noticed I’d completely overcooked the shot. If I’d had the dSLR with raw I could have saved it, I’m sure. Here’s a few shots taken with the setup, I love the image quality (bear in mind I only used it on 2 dives). So, in summary, I want one but it’ll have to wait until someone decides to give one to me (or start paying me for my photosïŠ). Here’s my overall evaluation of the positives and the negatives… Negatives TTL requires customization. At present, the ports that allow zooming are for the kit lens (strange choice) and the 10-22mm Canon WA. At present, no possibility for manual focus apart from half click and moving in and out. Dome port is costly (although previously it was apparently considerably cheaper). Styling is a bit legolike. Dubious English grammar. Positives Build Quality (Solid Aluminum). Quality/Price. Compatible with Nexus ports. Fairly compact. AV button on the 400D requires 2 hand to operate on the surface. This housing has a built in locking switch to enable easy use of AV. Ease of use Here's a link to Patima's website (how's your Korean?) http://www.manpo.co.kr/bbs/view.php?id=digital&no=7 Any questions ladies and gentlemen ?
  4. Oops.. post disappeared last time !! Hi Seriola, As I think you know Divervision is my local UW shop in Taiwan. Although rest assured that I have no financial gain through saying this (although I should do now I think about it... time to hit them for some heavy discounts I feel:) I popped into the shop and asked them about this issue. They said that of the hundreds of INON strobes they have sold, they have only had one small problem with one unit (focus light bulb going). I shouldn't worry unduly... INON strobes are extremely stable... it's very unlikely you'll have a problem during the warranty period... I definitely should be getting paid for this See ya Alex
  5. Hiya, Or, if you want to use the synch cord.. you can have a look at the testing report above which prevents you from having to modify your housing yet lets you use the hot shoe....
  6. Hi guys, A couple of weeks ago I went into my local Taiwan based UW camera shop to buy some more necessaries : and watched them testing a hotshoe TTL converter for Olympus to INON/Sea and Sea strobeswhich I thought might be interesting to some of you. As English is not their first language, I thought I’d help them write a test report. Further details are available at http://www.divervision.com/catalog/product...products_id=296. I’m no expert so I’m just reporting what they have told me, my Chinese is not perfect so if something is lost in translation…I've also never written a testing report before and I'm about as techincally minded as Mother Teresa... well that’s my disclaimer ;D. If you’ve got any technical questions I would recommend you contact them directly. The camera they were using in this test was the Olympus SP350 and an INON D2000W strobe although apparently this has also been tested with similar results with the Olympus C-4040Z, C-5050Z, C-5060WZ, C-7070WZ, C-770UZ, C-8080WZ, SP-350 cameras and all TTL compatible INON and Sea and Sea Strobes (not YS-20 and YS-60). It seems the benefits of this setup are that it is very easy to install and does not require any customisation to the housing. Flash can be activated in supermacro made and unlike with optical cable there is no need to wait for the camera’s internal flash to recharge before firing (thus catching those critical manta moments). Strobe to housing cable is a customised 5 pin synch cord http://www.divervision.com/catalog/product...products_id=297. These two shots show the installation method: These are the results of testing… I haven’t personally seen many testing reports but these look pretty good to me. Hope this helps some of you… See y’all.. Alex
  7. Nice shots though.. some cuties there
  8. Congratulations Leander !! I very much enjoyed your shots too !!!
  9. These are very impressive shots !!! I'm also a e900 fan... nice one
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