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  1. I just got an awesome new Sea and Sea Housing for my Sony a7iii. great build quality, buttons seem even more intuitive than the native buttons on the a7iii itself. But I ordered it with TTL sync and the Optical YS Converter/S1 arrives in a package of several loose mini circuit boards, bushings etc. with no instructions for assembly. And I can't find anything on line. Does anyone have a link to instructions for assembly of the S1 and installation in the housing? Thanks in advance.
  2. Sel057fec converts the 28mm to 16 fisheye. I know several divers who have gotten years of service from Ikelites. The polycarbonate housings hold up very well with moderate care. Also you will likely shoot with strobes so fast lenses aren’t so important.
  3. Pichi Can you update your experiences with the Nimar? Thanks
  4. Sea frogs support is still saying Inon strobes will work with their synch cable. Is it your understanding that they will not?
  5. Compact size, light weight, yet throws plenty of light energy with guide number 20. I rarely shot on full power. Gently used, never flooded. Comes with optic cable, flex connect arm and single arm tray, packed in attractive black case. Price: US $250 retail $399 I have 2. If you buy them both, I will throw in a dual tray, value $49.
  6. New price for just Camera and Housing: SONY RX 100V and Fantasea Housing $900 US
  7. Camera Housing Let’s assume a compact camera. If you are going for mirrorless or DSLR, you will need an assortment of lenses, with a different port for each. The better compact cameras have decent “kit” lenses so that will give you a good start. One thing about mirrorless and DSLR cameras is you have to choose a macro or wide angle lens before the dive and you can’t change it. The irony is you always see some large pelagic when you have a macro lens, and some great macro subject when u have your wide angle Lens mounted . With the compact camera the kit lens is pretty good for both shots.But you can mount a wet lens on the housing. This lens is attached while under water, and can be removed. Two types: wide angle and macro. You can also get a flip holder into which you can screw the lens to hold it if you decide to remove it underwater. The holder can be used to hold filters you might want to use also. Two keys to better photos are 1) get closer to your subject. And if you think you are close, get closer. And 2)you need lights. Two kinds of lights: a video or focus light which is always on; and strobe lights (sometimes called flash). One strobe is good, two are better. To hold the lights you need a tray and arms. Then you need extra batteries, chargers, SD cards. The better cameras allow you to shoot in RAW format as well as JPEG. You need a software program to process RAW files. Most people use LightRoom and PhotoShop, but SONY has a free competitor called CaptureOne. The basic functions are pretty easy, but there are more things you can do in postproduction.
  8. Yes, still available. As for shipping cost, I went to UPS online site, typed in a London postal code and got back cost estimates of $115-135.
  9. I have Fantasea macro wet lens UCF 09F +12.5 And Fantasea wide angle Big-Eye Mark II wet lens Both are 67mm mounts Condition 9+ PM if interested
  10. Sony RX 100 V/ Fantasea/SeaLife Complete package $3700++ retail cost $2200 for sale I bought this awesome SONY compact new from a U.S. retailer in 2018. (The rest of the gear was bought around the same time.) Great camera, but I’m planning to move up to the Sony a7iii if I can sell this underwater package. Everything is in like new condition, but I’ll say its 9+. Check Google/youtube and you will see that the reviewers think this is the best compact camera. 20 megapixels, large sensor. 315 autofocus points, great kit lens;24-70 f 1.8, fast autofocus, amazing super slow motion video, etc. (Please search online for technical details.) Pluses for underwater shooting: kit lens allows for flexible macro and wide angle shooting on same dive. I also have Fantasea 12+ macro and a wide angle wet lens which can be added or removed underwater. No ports to deal with. Light weight compact size means its easy to handle underwater and you can carry on the camera, housing, lenses, strobes, filters, and more in a backpack. Shoots JPEG or RAW or both. You can set camera to Auto mode, full manual, Aperture priority or Shutter speed priority, and change underwater. Capture One software is a free, reasonable competitor to LR/PS for processing RAW files. I don’t shoot hardly any video, so I won’t comment on it, except to say that others who do shoot video rave about it. Things that could be better: battery life. With the Sony battery, I get 2 dives of about 50 minutes each. (I did one 90 min dive at the Blue Heron Bridge on one battery and still had more juice.) 3rd party batteries give slightly less time. The camera also reportedly heats up, especially with prolonged video. I shoot only stills underwater, so this is not an issue for me. White balance in video mode not the easiest to set. Lastly, the Sony menus offer great flexibility, but it takes time to learn everything. Most shooters find a group of settings that work for them and don’t worry about all the zillion other options. Sea Life tray and arms, one flexible. I custom made a retainer which is bolted (removable) to the bottom of the tray. This can be used underwater to store the lens cap or any 67 mm threaded lens, filter, or diopter. Very handy. 2 SeaLife Sea Dragon strobes with fiber optic cords, diffusers. 20 Guide factor. Compact size, light weight (do you see a pattern here?). I shoot these on manual, They have been workhorses. I don’t think I’ve ever had a situation where I thought I needed more expensive strobes. SeaLife video/focus light. Part of a flouresence package, it has 4 settings; bright white, dimmer white, bright UV 455 nm, dimmer UV. Mounts to cold shoe. I mostly just use it as a white focus light, but have found that squid seem very curious about the blue light. Fluorescence package: 67 mm yellow filter, yellow visor, blue filter hood for 3in strobe Waterproof LED Ring Light: imported imitation of Kraken. White, Blue or Red leds. Fixed and strobe functions. 67mm thread. Puts light right on macro subject. Fish/shrimp seem less bothered by red light. You can get right up to their noses. (I’ll throw this in with lights for no extra charge.) Fantasea housing: controls all buttons/ menus etc. I shoot manual, so I adjust aperture/ shutter speed constantly. Also full access to menu settings. Customizable buttons. However, I believe it is not possible to set back button focus. At least I haven’t found it. Housing never flooded. Dual o rings. Moisture alert. Fantasea macro wet lens UCL 09F +12.5 Fantasea Wide angle wet lens M67 big eye Mark II Fantasea LCD view finder 2.3x magnifier 67mm screw in flip-aside diopter holder 2 x extra 3rd party camera batteries and chargers
  11. I travel quite frequently and have never had a problem with the value of my equipment. Last trip from Grand Cayman to JFK, I did have my camera bag taken apart and thoroughly searched, three times! But never questioned about its value. Last few trips there have been minimal customs inspections flying into the NYC airports.
  12. Anyone have experience, good or bad with these strobes Sea & Sea YS-D2j? There have been reports of bad products but they still seem to be popular strobes. So were the bad products the previous versions not made in Japan, and/or was it a case of just those with bad experiences were reporting them and that most users are satisfied?
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