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Diopter required for Canon 17-85zoom

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I recently purchased an Ikelite housing for a Canon 20D DSLR and a port for the Canon 17-85mm Zoom. Ikelite reccomends using a +4 Dopter for this lens port combination. I still don't understand why and if it is absolutely necessary. Can any one explain or does anyone have experience with the lens and port combo.

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Simple answer is that the system will focus with far less accuracy without the +4-

dome point alters " virtual image". ie where the target appears to sensor as to where it really is.......it will work sometimes but less often........I know cause I have forgotten to put it on several times :)

Then you can't get a focus lock ie red flash in viewfinder, won't shoot exposures without focus and that is when you remember the diopter............

GREAT combo though..........examples here with diopter

 

http://splash.smugmug.com/gallery/1204003

 

it just works better with it get the B + H version it allows good macro topsite as well.............

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Additional explanation is the +4 isn't "nice to have" with the Canon 17-85mm lens behind the special Ikelite dome port.... IT'S REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE full range focus UNDERWATER.

 

Underwater a dome port creates an "apparent image" the lens thinks is maybe 10" - 12" in front of the lens. Since the Canon 17-85mm lens can only focus to 1.2 feet you NEED a diopter to increase close focus capability.

 

Above water where any port simply acts as a window (IN AIR) forgetting to put your +4 on will not become noticeable. UNDERWATER as many state without the Ikelite recommended +4 diopter you will not be able to get a focus lock except maybe 8-10 feet away (!!!)

 

When you install your +4 and want to take a test shot ABOVE WATER you need to get VERY CLOSE to get a focus lock. Underwater you'll then have full range focus capbility behind a DOME port.

 

Hope this explanation helps!

 

dhaas

 

P.S. - I have always used B&W diopters in the last couple years. They are very good quality for the money. Available at B&H in NYC with no hassles...

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To all who replied to my inquiry many thanks. I am relieved to know I made a good purchase and now understand the +4 Diopter requirement. I will have an opportunity to try it out in Bonaire next month.

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