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For me the proof is in the pudding. you get what you pay for. I have owned two Aquatica housings and looking at a 3rd very soon. i have freinds that shoot Ikelite and their comlpete assemblies weigh far more than mine especially with the ikelite strobes and battery packs - an issue if you travel, not to mention the overall size of the assembly. i am not fond of the way the gears attach to the lenses it seems flimsy. there is a few other things that i am not fond of. But in short i believe that an aluminium housing in the long run offers value for money. The aqautica system in general is very easy to use and understand which bits you need for each lens configuration.

 

I looked long and hard when i bought my first Aqautica housing and i have never had any issues and i have never regretted the money i spent on my AD70 and my AD90.

 

my lenses of choice would be:

 

10-17mm tokina + 1.4 TC

105mm Nikon VR + wet diopter

60mm nikon

 

that is pretty much all i travel with now. And for aqautica i need two spacer rings ( one if decideto use only the 10-17mm with the TC) and two zoom rings. and it all fits in a subtle back pack with two inon Z240's and a light and motion 800. :)

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For me the proof is in the pudding. you get what you pay for. I have owned two Aquatica housings and looking at a 3rd very soon. i have freinds that shoot Ikelite and their comlpete assemblies weigh far more than mine especially with the ikelite strobes and battery packs - an issue if you travel, not to mention the overall size of the assembly. i am not fond of the way the gears attach to the lenses it seems flimsy. there is a few other things that i am not fond of. But in short i believe that an aluminium housing in the long run offers value for money. The aqautica system in general is very easy to use and understand which bits you need for each lens configuration.

 

I looked long and hard when i bought my first Aqautica housing and i have never had any issues and i have never regretted the money i spent on my AD70 and my AD90.

 

my lenses of choice would be:

 

10-17mm tokina + 1.4 TC

105mm Nikon VR + wet diopter

60mm nikon

 

that is pretty much all i travel with now. And for aqautica i need two spacer rings ( one if decideto use only the 10-17mm with the TC) and two zoom rings. and it all fits in a subtle back pack with two inon Z240's and a light and motion 800. smile.png

 

Thanks. As usual my thoughts are changing on a daily basis. I still am not convinced the Aquatica is worth it, but I am think about different lenses:

 

Tokina 10-17 F3.5-4.5 DX

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor

 

Darryl

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Paul, the 45 degree finder out there all have a pot belly hanging out, it is the nature of the optical design, here is a picture to give you an idea. on the plus side, it can be rotated to present its thinner side (as you would for shooting vertical) when shooting video. then it should no more obstruct the LCD than any straight view finder would.

 

Thanks Jean. I hope to get one of these before the next dive trip.

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I had Ikelite housings in the past (D80, D90) and the major reason why I moved away from Ikelite was due to a few reasons. The ergonomics of the ikelites are very basic when compared to the metal housings like the Aquatica. The quality and feel of the metal housings are far more precise and give better control. I went to Aquatica because it also offered other features like a mini dome and external viewfinder which I purchased at a later date where Ikelites didnt offer such additions. I wanted a more robust and better handling housing for my regular diving and the Ikelites were not handling my amountof diving at the time. After a year which is about 300 dives the Ikelite housing controls became noticably sloppy (especially the shutter release trigger). The modular setup on the Ikelite is plastic compared to the metal ones of aquatica and honestly the focus or zoom rings on the Ikelites is very ordinary.

 

The Ikelites are a very affordable housing which gets you underwater with a good camera at a budget cost. It also has TTL built in (with Ikelite strobes) which is a bonus if you like using TTL. But as Alastair said also, "you get what you pay for".

 

You have to weight it up at the end of the day and work out how much money you want to spend and what is the best bang for the buck. If you get the chance compare the two housings side by side. Get the dealer to put in a D7000 body and a lens and get the feel of the controls on each. Have a good look inside both housings and see what your actually getting. Look at the other options for both housings like other domes and viewfinders as you might not be able to afford them now but later down the track you might. Think about what you shooting most of the time and concentrate on getting a good setup for that instead of trying to buy everything at once but not buying quality.

 

Check in the classififed section as there have been a few recent sales of used Nikon D7000 housings since the D800 came out. Think about the resale value when you want to upgrade to the next body. Yes you might have paid more for the metal housing but you also go more for it when you sold it, which is what happened with my D90 Aquatica body when I sold it.

 

You might look at a complete setup change and sell your Ikelite strobe and replace with a Inon z240 or two as they are cheaper and practical option over the ikelite DS160 especially for travelling where size and weight are an issue.

 

You have alot of options to think about but I havnt regretted the change from Ikelite to Aquatica as I know I have much better quality setup now and for years to come.

 

I think you cant go wrong with the Tokina 10-17mm and the 60mm Macro. I use the Kenko 1.4x TC on both.

 

Regards Mark

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I had Ikelite housings in the past (D80, D90) and the major reason why I moved away from Ikelite was due to a few reasons. The ergonomics of the ikelites are very basic when compared to the metal housings like the Aquatica. The quality and feel of the metal housings are far more precise and give better control. I went to Aquatica because it also offered other features like a mini dome and external viewfinder which I purchased at a later date where Ikelites didnt offer such additions. I wanted a more robust and better handling housing for my regular diving and the Ikelites were not handling my amountof diving at the time. After a year which is about 300 dives the Ikelite housing controls became noticably sloppy (especially the shutter release trigger). The modular setup on the Ikelite is plastic compared to the metal ones of aquatica and honestly the focus or zoom rings on the Ikelites is very ordinary.

 

The Ikelites are a very affordable housing which gets you underwater with a good camera at a budget cost. It also has TTL built in (with Ikelite strobes) which is a bonus if you like using TTL. But as Alastair said also, "you get what you pay for".

 

You have to weight it up at the end of the day and work out how much money you want to spend and what is the best bang for the buck. If you get the chance compare the two housings side by side. Get the dealer to put in a D7000 body and a lens and get the feel of the controls on each. Have a good look inside both housings and see what your actually getting. Look at the other options for both housings like other domes and viewfinders as you might not be able to afford them now but later down the track you might. Think about what you shooting most of the time and concentrate on getting a good setup for that instead of trying to buy everything at once but not buying quality.

 

Check in the classififed section as there have been a few recent sales of used Nikon D7000 housings since the D800 came out. Think about the resale value when you want to upgrade to the next body. Yes you might have paid more for the metal housing but you also go more for it when you sold it, which is what happened with my D90 Aquatica body when I sold it.

 

You might look at a complete setup change and sell your Ikelite strobe and replace with a Inon z240 or two as they are cheaper and practical option over the ikelite DS160 especially for travelling where size and weight are an issue.

 

You have alot of options to think about but I havnt regretted the change from Ikelite to Aquatica as I know I have much better quality setup now and for years to come.

 

I think you cant go wrong with the Tokina 10-17mm and the 60mm Macro. I use the Kenko 1.4x TC on both.

 

Regards Mark

 

Thanks. Some good thoughts. Part of my challenge is that I don't live anywhere where there is diving. So I only dive on trips - so about 3 weeks a year.

 

Why do you use the Kenko 1.4x TC?

 

Darryl

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Thanks. As usual my thoughts are changing on a daily basis. I still am not convinced the Aquatica is worth it, but I am think about different lenses:

 

Tokina 10-17 F3.5-4.5 DX

Nikon AF Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor

 

Darryl

 

 

If you are looking strickly at cost, go with Ikelite, I shoot an Aquatica Housing and love it. There are a lot of shooters here who have the Ikelite housings and love them. Sounds like you have your mind made up already, so take the plunge and get your new system.

 

As far as lenses go, get the Tokina 10-17FE and the Nikon 60mm Macro. Forget the others for underwater. Also, check to see if there other lenses will work with Ikelite. Here's a link: http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/2port_nikon.html

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Darryl I use the Kenko 1.4x Tc with the Tokina 10-17mm for CFWA with the Aquatica 4inch mini dome and I also like using the TC with the 60mm Macro. It turns the 60mm into a 84mm focal length but with 1.4x image size. I am enjoying the results of this combo and now my 105mm is gathering dust.

 

Regards Mark

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