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  1. I am thinking of replacing my sony HC3 video camera with an Ikelite housing with the new Sony HDRFX1000. I will also be using this above water probably more than underwater. Are there UW housings for this camera yet, and if someone is using one, what is the quality and ease of use? Any other video camera suggestions that are comparable ? Feedback is appreciated.

  2. I know very little about printing, I had some prints done while I was in the US and was very impressed at how come they out. I'm not thinking of doing some more...


    I know that my Sony only does prints up to about 14inches. What is the biggest I can take photo's from Nikon D300 to, and what about other good digital camera's.


    I know the Hasselblad is probably the best for size, for what about a camera not so expensive???



    Printed several underwater images on 24x30 on Metalic Paper and they looked great. Images were shot on D80. Exposure and focus have to be bang on to print to that size.

  3. On my screen your shots look over saturated but that is just personal preference. Question, what are your RAW settings?




    It is basically set to normal with no added sharpening and color enhancement. I didn't like the color balance so I changed them a well as added saturation for printing.

  4. Hi,

    I'll just speak about the color of the 2 firsts.

    What is not good to me in the first one is the highlights on the fish are grey.

    maybe did you have burned veins, but I think you killed the higlights too much on it.

    I also think, looking at shadows, that your left strobe was closer then the right strobe. this can be good for some kind of photo, but here it probably explain why did you burn the white veins of the fish.


    about the nurse, the only thing I can notice is the blue and green. noisy separation of the different kind of blue (maybe don't you use the right way to change it in post production, mail me if you want some advice). the sunrays looks also green/teal to me, maybe can you give it back white?


    anyway these are great, I hope to see more :)


    Thanks for the comments. I never noticed the incorrect highlights of the fish. It was at night and he seemed to come out of nowhere. Not much time to adjust the flashes. The only post production was to enhance the saturation and contrast. Will compare the image posted to the original and see if post processing was incorrect. You are correct with the blue transitions in the shark image and I am getting that uneven transition of the blue in a lot of photographs when I convert to jpeg from raw. Fixing that would solve a lot of problems in other images as well. Again thanks for the response. I would like to post more and although I look at the work of other more exp. divers and try to incorporate their advice, it is very helpfull to have your own work looked at.

  5. Just returned from a dive trip to Belize. Although 2 storms came through when we were there and the water was pretty churned up, diving was good below 30 feet. Boat rides out to the dive sites were almost as much fun as diving itself. As this is my second photo dive trip, and after reading hundreds of posts by the photogs on this site and looking at their great pictures, it has been a great help for me and would like to hear some comments on mine as well. Finding out how extremely difficult it can be to get that great shot and the patience required.

    Practice and reading other posts are invaluable.post-8249-1201483720_thumb.jpg post-8249-1201483752_thumb.jpg

  6. I was diving with a Sony HC3 video camera inside a Ikelite housing and after about 30 min underwater condensation formed on lens surface making it impossible to continue shooting. I made sure to submerge the camera in water well before the dive to equalize water and air temp but that did not work. Found out after removing the camera from the housing that the heat generated from the camera increased the temp inside the housing causing it to condense inside. Does anyone have a solution for this problem. I was diving in 78 deg water. Did not seem to have the problem a year earlier with slightly colder water. Anybody have any similar problems and or solutions?

  7. You are using the bayonet clips, right? You have to install a different clip for the 10.5 extension than the one that came on the housing.


    That sounds kinda confusing..............the bayonet clips work with the other ports, but you can't use the 10.5 extension without them.


    There is no mention of a different type of clip, only a lower profile clip that allready comes with the latest housing. I am assuming you mean that you need the lower profile clip as opposed to a totaly different style.

  8. I have a question regarding the 8" dome housing and the port for the 10.5mm nikon lens. I have another larger port for the dome and the installation of it just requires you to place it in place and release the clips. However the port for the 10.5mm lens has a much shorter port body and it seems that you first have to release the clips and kind of screw the port on. It seems to fit but just want to be sure that this is the way it should be mounted. I have tried all the other ports with the ikelite D80 housing and so far they all work fine in pool conditions but wanted to mount the port for the 10.5 (as I wont have time to try it in the pool before our trip) and wanted to make sure I mounted it right. Any help or suggestions would be helpful and appreciated with regards to the port and also suggestions on using the 10.5mm nikon lens. I will also be using the ds125 with this setup.

  9. Are you talking about topside without a housing? If you mean underwater then it partly depends which housing and port you're using.


    Different people have different preferences in this matter. For example I am running with auto focus most of the time and just going manual:

    a) When I'm shooting macro and the autofocus is picking up the wrong thing, or

    B) When I'm shooting a pelagic "in the blue" and I'm worried about focus "hunting/popping".


    But others are using manual all the time with same rig as me.


    An easy way to go manual and start with the right setting is to hit "momentary auto focus" if you have that feature.


    Thanks for the quick reply.

    I will be using it for underwater video in an ikelite housing. Right now I am not to concerned with macro and just start with broad "scenic" type shots until I am more comfortable with it.

  10. I need help in selecting UW gear. I have a Nikon D2X, Nikon D100 and want to get a Nikon D80 for UW use. The D2X Housing is to costly and the D100 is not iTTL so that's the reason for the D80. After visiting the ikelite website I want to get the dome ports as I have a nkon 17-35mm lens and a nikon 18-70DX lens but am not sure which one is better. I also want to get one possible two ikelite 125 strobes so I can shoot ittl. Should I build on the nikon D100 and get better equipt and a good macro lens and shoot manual or get the d80 with the lenses I have and only 1 125 strobe? Any help in setting up a system with the proper parts would be appreciated.

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