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  1. Hi all, I found a buoyancy setup that works very well on my Nauticam EMWL, as well as some accessories making my life easier shooting it, this post is to share my setup, answer questions if you have. The problem to solve The EMWL is very negative (and tends to all on its - expensive - front lens, at least on the 100 degrees one). For buoyancy, several photographers have been using very large carbon float-arms, and pushing them closer to the subject to help balance the front of the EMWL assembly. I wasn’t too keen to go that route, for 2 reasons: Cost of buying additional large float arms (my finances took a hit with the EMWL itself!) In-flexibility to change my setup underwater: I wanted to be able to take on/off the EMWL (and clip it away), which would have suddenly made the whole rig very floaty. Also, I wanted to be able to move my arms around for different lighting techniques. With big floats up-front, that would have imbalanced the rig. To my great pleasure, I found a company called E-Ocean (https://eocean.eu), had designed a bunch of photographer-friendly accessories, including a few EMWL-specific bits. The purpose of this post is to share my (very positive) thoughts on these accessories. To be clear, I am not paid to write this, but I find the E-Ocean solutions solutions made my life easier and are reasonably priced, so keen to spread the word. They are based in France, but shipping worldwide. 1/ Buoyancy solutions E-Ocean offer two floats for the EMWL: A +750 grams buoyancy collar, which mounts around the relay unit. The version I bought is meant to be assembled on-land (it’s a set of 6 half-cylinders), but E-Ocean are going to release an upgraded version that will make it easier to fiddle with floats underwater. The rationale being: you might find yourself limited in subject approach, due to the diameter of the whole thing. So far, I haven’t been too constrained, although for muck-dives where you crawl on sand, it can happen. A +200 grams collar for the focusing unit. E-Ocean’s owner Lionel recommended to use the 200g piece only with the heavier 130 degrees lens (with just the 750g float, the whole assembly would be slightly negative when using the 100 degrees lens). I chose to use it the 100 degrees lens (the only one I have), which does make the EMWL positively buoyant (now the 100 degree piece points upwards), but once connected to my D810 housing and arms, it stands much neutral. Pros: much easier to handle the EMWL underwater, less chances to let the front lens “drop” onto the bottom, a rock, etc. Cons: it increases the volume of the EMWL significantly (see below photo to get a sense of how it compares with the housing size), would restrict getting into some tight spaces (hasn’t happened to me yet) and possibly makes the EMWL a bit more intrusive/intimidating for skittish critters. In practice, I haven’t noticed a difference (mind me: I dive a rebreather, so some critters just don't care about me getting close). 2/ Lanyard/transport solution In addition, I was after a solution to easily un-mount and clip away the EMWL. Here in Sydney, we often shore dive walking among rocks (crawling sometimes…) and one one particular site, we have quite a hairy giant stride: no way I would jump that high or crawl onto rocks with the EMWL attached to my flat port. Lionel (E-Ocean’s owner) was nice enough to listen to my needs and came up with a system of 2 collars, which would attach onto the relay lens, and through which I could run a cord. They are made of a flexible but sturdy sort of plastic, and so far worked like a charm. I have no concern walking long distances (shore diving…) with the EMWL clipped to one of my D-rings on the rebreather harness. Underwater, it takes me 2-3minutes (I guess) to mount the EMWL to my DSLR (taking the time to clear off bubbles, to store the caps safely, etc). It is easy enough that I would alternate between traditional macro and WAM by clipping it back as needed. This lanyard will be in E-Ocean catalogue soon. 3/ Caps and hood I was nervous to loose the small rubber cap which came with the 100 degrees lens, and I needed a hood. 2 accessories there: A lens cap, which comes with a bungee look (have it on your wrist, clipped on harness…), has holes to let water drain, and is actually big enough to protect the front lens without touching it: extra safety against bumps. A lens hood, which can also serve as cap (though I prefer the dedicated cap when transporting the rig clipped-on): I have found the 100 degrees lens on the EMWL is very prone to flare, so I find myself attaching that hood often. Also on night dives where I need a bit more confidence against bumps, I have it on most of the time. A video is worth a thousand words so here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgR7sS-Ts9Y Not great visibility that day, but you’ll see me going through my routine of picking up the clipped-on EMWL, and attaching it to my housing. If you want to see more photos of that equipment underwater, or just some photos I took with the EMWL, follow our Instagram account or Facebook account: https://www.instagram.com/nicolaslenaremy/ https://www.facebook.com/nicolaslenaremy Safe diving! Nicolas
  2. Nauticam 8" arms 2x $45.00 each , Nauticam 5" arms 2x $40.00 each, Nauticam standard clamps 7x $30 each, Nauticam cold shoe YS mount $30, Nauticam cold shoe ball mount $30.00 Sticks FUL-3 Jumbo floats $30.00 Nauticam Bayonet mount lens holder for arms ( compatible with WWL-1 $ CMC-1) $50.00 Would like to sell all as set with discounted price (of course) for $450.00 (that's $130 off comparing to store price $580 when purchased separately !) I can modify the package for you . Please,don't ask me to sell you one clamp,one arm..... and etc, as I don't really like to waste my time to package one item at the time. I will ship internationally (buyer's expense) however only if more Items are purchased. Thanks for understanding! Free Cont US shipping!
  3. Selling my Aquatica AF macro port, sync cables for traditional Nikonos bulkheads to Inon or Sea and Sea strobes and two 8 inch arm floats (1/2 pound of float lift each) and one 11 inch arm float (1 lb of float lift). The macro port has some minor scratches, but nothing that shows up in photos, I have photos I took with it a few days ago that I can provide for proof of quality. Asking $100 for the macro port, $60 for all 3 floats and $50 for the sync cables. Buyer pays for shipping and PayPal fees. Please message or email bthomasphillips@gmail.com for photos/info.
  4. Beneath the Surface 7-piece float set for 0.75 inch loc line arms, BEBFFLEX757. In the original box from B&H Photo; I only used it once. Asking $45 plus shipping from Virginia. I'm also selling the loc line arm, listed separately.
  5. My wife needs these, and we are having trouble finding any.....Anyone with a solution, or a pair for sale ?
  6. I have some gently used equipment as follows: Beneath the Sea (BTS) 8" double ball arms (2) BTS 5" ball with YS mount (2) BTS round floats (10) BTS large clamps (2) BTS small clamps (2) Will sell all for $275 and buyer pays shipping. I only accept PayPal.... **** I tried to upload a pic but Wetpixel says the .jpeg file is too large (?); PM if interested and I can email you a pic . Can't believe an iPhone pic would be too large for Wetpoixel.....****
  7. I have 10 jumbo floats for ULCS arms - 6 with the middle portion intact and 4 without. I also have 4 half size floats (a full size cut in half) also without the middle portions. Will sell the whole lot (14 total) for $40. I only accept PayPal and buyer pays shipping or can pick up locally in Naples, Florida. PS...I tried to upload a pic of them from my iPhone, but the Wetpixel uploaded kept giving me an error message stating the "file was too large to upload." REALLY?? A .jpeg pic from an iPhone?? Go figure... Will email photo on request.
  8. Hi all, Now that I have changed to a more compact gear (Nauticam housing for OM-D EM-5), I find my Stix large&jumbo floats unsufficient: I am still far from neutral, and I don't have much remaining room on my ULCS basic arms. Several brands now offer buoyancy arms that are empty on the inside (ULCS, Inon, Nauticam...), and I'd need your advice to pick the right one. What I've read on the Nauticams sounded good: made of carbon fibre for even smaller density, very robust etc. etc. Your advice on quality & cost effectiveness would be very welcome cheers Nicolas
  9. Hey all you underwater photographers out there I could use your help. I have a new Aquatica housing for my 5D Mark II that I will be taking to Grand Cayman this weekend. I am having problems with the ports on the front of the housing (both Macro and Wide Angle) causing the housing to rotate upwards. In addition, I have a new viewfinder that I have installed on the back of the housing that is a bit heavy. This further exacerbates the problem by tending to rotate the back of the housing downwards. I can see that this will cause undo strain on my wrists while fighting this rotation and was wondering if anyone has had a way to correct this problem. I am using STIX floats on UCLS arms with two 110 alpha Sea and Sea strobes on the ends. If I draw the strobes back far enough towards me then this tends to offset the rotation problem. However, it becomes a problem again if I want to move the strobes closer to my subject in that the ports rotate the camera upwards. Any help would be appreciated. Stephen
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