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Hey guys! Got destroyed a couple weeks ago onto a shallow reef and my camera lens decided to break my fall. Needless to say the scratches were too heavy and noticeable for water to fill them in completely. I contacted Sean at SPL and it was going to be a $400 bill to get a new port. At that price I was seriously considering upgrading my in water surf setup to my 5d MKII instead of investing money in an outdated rig (canon 40d)... Until I found Micro Mesh!!!! It's just a sanding and buffing kit made for acrylics and it saved me $400 in exchange for just a couple hours of elbow grease. I buffed the entire port to make sure there wouldn't be any distortion and it worked like a charm. The kit number I got was NC-78-1. I ordered mine from www.micro-surface.com and it arrived in Hawaii within a week. I know I sound like one of those bad commercials on tv for oxyclean but hey, the product works, it saved me $400 bucks and extended the life of my 40d for in water photography (whether that's good or bad is a whole different story). Just thought I would share my experiences with a scratched port and hopefully we can continue this thread with other peoples experiences on fixes. Stay safe in the water!

 

-Kyle

 

www.exposurefish.com

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The kit number I got was NC-78-1. I ordered mine from www.micro-surface.com and it arrived in Hawaii within a week.

 

Hi,

 

I can't find that product on their website. Is there any chance you can send me a link to it? I think I could do with some of that stuff!

 

Cheers!

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I found the Novus is great for light scratches but from what I understand the Micro Mesh is the go for deeper ones.

 

There's a Pinned Thread about dome scratch repairs it includes some photos and video from members showing the process.

 

Cheers,

Jim.

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I've never thought of this before, but now I'm wondering if those headlight kits for cars might work for light scratches too? I have a simple one on the shelf in the garage... time to experiment on the headlights first. I hadn't heard of Micro Mesh before... thanks for the info.

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Its been a while since you might not have solved this, but I am selling my SPL housing (for 5DMKII) and ports (fisheye port, 16-35mm with zoom), pistol grip and any other accessories that came with it.

 

The housing is in perfect condition and has only been used in a fresh water pool (expected to be able to use it in the surf but turned out there was no surf).

 

If you are interested let me know. I have not decided on the price yet but even though all items are as new I will be giving a good discount.

 

SPL housings are extremely strong and very light. I like it so it is a shame to sell it, but have decided to sell now, so this is good opportunity for someone wanting to upgrade.

 

Cheers

Matt

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