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  1. Hello Richard,

    I purchased the conversion from Aquatica.  It was about $750 when I purchased it a few years ago.  The kits consists of a new camera plate, and two small gears that were very easily replaced with the supplied Allen wrench.  Total conversion took about 15 min.

    Send an email to Carolina at carolina@aquatica.ca or info@aquatica.ca.  She is great to work with and very responsive.  She will be able to answer all of your questions regarding the kits availability and pricing.

    You may also wish to work through Backscatter.  www.backscatter.com.  They will be able to help you as well.  Great group of folks who can advise you on all manner of gear related issues and questions.

    I hope that helps.

    Best of luck with the conversion.

    Bill


  2. Hello All!

    I've been in and around the wetpixel community for many years, but have not been very active here for some time.  Looks like some things have changed since I was last frequent here...

    So, in order to become current again, and to introduce myself as part of that process, I have lived a great many places in my lifetime, but I seem to have settled, at least for the time being, in the land-locked Bluegrass State, in the mid-west, USA.  I have been a PADI instructor for 35 years and have enjoyed photography, both above and underwater for longer than that.

    The wetpixel community was tremendously helpful and educational to me when I switched from film to digital about 20 years ago. Currently, I am especially enjoying the new wetpixel live series.  As we are all locked down and waiting for the COVID-19 pandemic to release us from its life altering antics, its nice to have a place like wetpixel to stay connected to underwater photography...

    I look forward to being a part of the wetpixel community, and watching it continue to grow, over the next 20 years!

    Cheers!


  3. Although the 5D Mark III and IV are nearly identical, the housing would need to be modified back.  The tray that holds the camera in the housing is different, and there are two control connections that have to be swapped out.  Its essentially unscrewing two allen type screws, exchanging with the old parts, and screwing back in.  Can easily be done in less than 15 minutes.  Or, if you're uncomfortable doing the conversion yourself, and close to any underwater housing repair shop, they can very easily do it for you.

    I am almost positive that I have the old parts and the allen wrench that was provided with the conversion kit, but will need to look for it when I get home to be certain. (On my lunch break at work now).

    Thanks for your interest.  If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.


  4. For those interested in the upgrade kit from Aquatica to upgrade a Mark III housing to accommodate a Mark IV, I have received the following information:

     

    The housing upgrade kit is in its final stage of testing. If testing goes well, it should be available "next week", but certainly soon if next weeks estimated availability slips a bit. Pricing is going to be about $800 US. I don't know yet if the upgrade is something the user can easily do, or if it will be better to allow a service center like Backscatter perform the upgrade. I'll post more as that information becomes available.

     

    Thanks to Rob at Backscatter, and Carolina at Aquatica, for helping me obtain the information gathered so far.

     

    The great news to all of us waiting is that we should have something relatively soon! :-)


  5. Hi Guys,

     

    The good news is that I'm leaving for the Bahamas for a week of diving and UW photography very soon. The bad news is that I won't have the correct combination of camera/lens/port extension/dome for my trip. I have a 5dIII and 16-35 F4L housed in an Aquatica housing with the 8 inch acrylic dome port. The correct port extension isn't yet available. I should mention that there is a manual focus port extension that is available but I don't imagine ever using the manual focus capability and am hesitant to purchase that extension for that reason. I do have the port extension for the 17-40 F4L that I previously shot with. I will use that ICW a +2 diopter on my 16-35 f4 in hopes of getting descent results but have no idea how this will really work.

     

    Has anyone else tried this combination that can tell me if it works and what my results are likely to be?

     

    Thanks


  6. Firefox fixed the menu bar problem. The forum screen is much wider and doesn't fit on screen near as well (left to right) Looking for a way to adjust that now.

     

    Thanks to everyone for helping. At least I have the menu bar problem fixed.

     

    Bill


  7. Here you go Kriptap. I have now entered the world of Star Trek in so much as I am boldly going where I have not gone before.

     

    I see you hail from the Cayman Islands. I was the divemaster/instructor at the Tortuga Club on Grand Cayman more years ago than I care to count. That and the Cayman Diving Lodge were the only two dive operations on that end of the Island at that time. The Tortuga Club was a relatively small operation then. I think it has grown tremendously since I was there. At any rate...didn't mean to bore you with all of that...thanks for helping me.

     

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    <h3 class="date"> Thursday, January 11, 2007 </h3>

     

     

     

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    <div class="summary"><p>Victory! Today, Amazon has pulled all shark fin related products from their offering. No official statement has yet been made by the company; however it appears that they have chosen the ecologically responsible path.

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    Wetpixel brought this issue to the public in <a href="http://wetpixel.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=16891" title="a post dated Jan 1">a post dated Jan 1</a> (followed by a <a href="http://wetpixel.com/i.php/full/amazoncom-sells-shark-fin-soup/" title="front-page post">front-page post</a> on Jan 4). Within hours, members caused this story to spread like wildfire to many major media outlets around the world. Members pressed on, and after only 10 days of protest, a major corporation has pulled an objectionable product line from their offering. This is an impressive feat—a testament to the power of the internet to inform and drive action. In the uphill battle to save shark populations from extinction, there are some wins. Way to go, folks!

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    | 01.11.07 01:01 PM

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    <h3 class="date"> Wednesday, January 10, 2007 </h3>

     

     

     

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    Shawn Heinrichs joins moderating team for conservation

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    <div class="summary"><p>Please join me in welcoming <b>Shawn Heinrichs</b> to the Wetpixel moderating team! Shawn will help to promote and lead discussions related to conservation and environmental issues.

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    <b>About Shawn:</b> <a href="http://www.bluespheremedia.com/">Shawn Heinrichs</a> is an independent videographer and filmmaker who specializes in underwater and adventure travel.  His passion and work have taken him to the corners of the planet in pursuit of wild encounters with some of the oceans’ most impressive creatures. Shawn is dedicated to marine conservation and is active in a number of conservation initiatives. His video offers a perfect medium to capture the majesty of the underwater realm and communicate it to the world, in hopes of creating increased public appreciation, understanding, and action.  Shawn shoots in high-definition with a Sony HDV-FX1 in a Light and Motion housing.

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    Remember, we have other moderators, too!  If you’re interested in seeing the team behind Wetpixel.com, please check out the <a href="/about/" title="About Wetpixel ">About Wetpixel </a>page.

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    | 01.10.07 11:43 PM

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    <h3 class="date"> Monday, January 08, 2007 </h3>

     

     

     

     

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    Sanyo presented the successor for the Xacti VPC-HD1, the <a href="http://www.macworld.com/news/2007/01/08/xacti/index.php">Xacti VPC-HD2</a>. Boasting to be the smallest HD camcorder, the little camcorder shoots 720P Mpeg4 onto SDHC memory cards. And it can shoot 7 megapixel still pictures as well.

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    Stay tuned on the Wetpixel <a href="/forums/index.php?showforum=13">Video Gear and Technique</a> forum as 2007 promises to be the year of HD camcorders. Discussions on the new releases, by manufacturer: [<a href="/forums/index.php?showtopic=16996">Sony</a>] [<a href="/forums/index.php?showtopic=16997">JVC</a>] [<a href="/forums/index.php?showtopic=16998">Sanyo</a>] 

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    | 01.08.07 10:26 PM

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    Hi Eric,

     

    yep, tried that...no change. Using Norton Internet Security. Deactivated the ads appear but still no menu bar. Very strange as I don't experience this with other web sites.

     

    great site by the way. thanks for all you do to keep this up and running.

     

    Bill


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    When I view the wetpixel homepage none of the links across the top are visible ie. forums, contests, etc. In order to get to the forums page I have to add "/forum" to the URL. Wondering if there is a setting that I haven't been able to find that will correct this?

     

    I have tried turning off Norton but no change. The ads on the right margin don't show with it activated and do show when deactivated but no tool bar in either case. I have also added Wetpixel to my trusted sites via the control panel internet security function, but no change.

     

    hoping someone can help.

     

    Bill


  10. On my recent trip to the Bahamas my dome port got scratched I'm guessing from other housings in the rinse bucket on the boat. It is a Subal 6 inch glass port.

     

    Can I polish these out without otherwise making it worse? If so how and with what?

     

    I noticed the scratches (two, small, about the length of your little finger nail side by side) after my last dive of the trip so I think it happened when I handed my housing up to the DM upon surfacing from my last dive...so I don't know if it will show in future pictures. I think I read somewhere that underwater the scratches "disappear" and do not show up in the pictures but they bother my none the less. Wish people would be more careful especially since the dome port cover was in the bucket... and all the DM had to do is slip it on.

     

    Thanks,

     

    Bill

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