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As deeply as it pains me to do this. I’m putting my complete, barely-used and mint-condition Sony A6500/Fantasea underwater kit up for sale.

12 months ago I foolishly tried to buy my way into a better work/life balance, with more time spent underwater. But I have failed resoundingly. So the kit has been used on a grand total of a single one-week dive trip in the Maldives in January last year, and hasn't got wet since, so it's in as mint a condition as used kit can be really.

The image quality this compact little kit puts out is really quite exceptional. Comparing the results to what my dive buddy was getting with his Nauticam/D800e setup, it really wasn’t giving up a lot (with added bonus of terrific 4k video as well). The phase-detect autofocus is Sony’s latest tech, and performs terrifically (even in dim, and murky water). The image quality is fantastic, and the housing is compact, comfortable in the hands, and as easy to operate underwater as the pricier aluminium options (Fantasea really have done an excellent job with the ergonomics).

It's a complete kit sans strobes. I wanted the feature-set of a fully-laden Nauticam setup, with all the mod-cons, but without all of the weight, so I went with the A6500 paired with the excellent Fantasea Housing and Ports, and Sealife Flexconnect Handles and Arms (which are great for rapidly adjusting the position of your strobes underwater).

It's setup for wide-angle (Sony 10-14mm f/4), Macro (Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro), Fisheye (Sony 20mm f/2.8 + VCL-ECF2 Fisheye Converter), and general shooting (Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6), with all of the necessary ports and extensions.

And to make life easier (and reduce the stress of taking so much expensive kit beneath the waves) there’s also the terrific Leak Sentinel v5 Vacuum System (with LED indicators), a moisture detector in the housing itself, and an LED strobe trigger for fast and consistent strobe control via fibre optics. Fully assembled (sans strobes) the rig only weighs 4kg (that's under 9lbs!) so it's a terrific improvement size/weight wise compared to a conventional DSLR rig, and one that can travel with you safely in your carry-on luggage.

The only thing that needs to be added are strobes or video lights, and you’ll be off shooting.

The full list of components is as follows:

CAMERA:

Sony A6500

Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro

Sony E 10-18mm f/4

Sony E 20mm f/2.8

Sony E 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

Sony VCL-ECF2 Fisheye Converter

3x Sony NP-FW50 Batteries

HOUSING:

Fantasea FA6500 Housing for Sony a6500 and a6300

Fantasea FML Dome Port A6
Fantasea FA­2 LED Strobe Trigger
Fantasea FML Flat Port 34

Fantasea FML Lens Gears SEL1018

2x Fantasea FML Port Extension 25

Fantasea Light Shielding Pad SEL16F28

Leak Sentinel V5

SeaLife Flex­connect Dual Tray

2x SeaLife Flex­connect Ball Joint Adapter SL999 ­(male)

2x SeaLife Flex­connect Grip

4x SeaLife Flex­connect Flex Arm

2X Sea & Sea Fibre Optic Cables

Spare O-Rings, grease, vacuum pump etc. etc.

The kit cost $8,960 AUD, and I'm looking for $6,300 AUD for it (that's about $4500 USD at the moment). So get yourself some cheap happiness at the mere cost of my misery/failure!

Pickup available from Melbourne, Australia. And I'm happy to ship worldwide.

Cheers,

Mark

Here’s the kit:

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If you decide to break it up I would be interested in the following:

  • Fantasea FA6500 Housing for Sony a6500 and a6300 including SELP1650 zoom gear
  • Fantasea FML Flat Port 34
  • Fantasea Light Shielding Pad SEL16F28
  • Spare O-Rings, grease, etc. etc.

I might also consider the following:

  • Leak Sentinel V5 and vacuum pump
  • SeaLife Flex­connect Dual Tray
  • 2x SeaLife Flex­connect Grip
  • 4x SeaLife Flex­connect Flex Arm
  • 2X Sea & Sea Fibre Optic Cables if they can be made to fit Inon strobes

Is the housing with flat port and SeaLife arms negative buoyancy? If so, about how much? Do you have an estimate of shipping costs to US (area code 32137)?

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Hi rwe, I'm open to breaking the kit up into Camera Components & Housing Components (if someone already has an A6500 or A6300 kit that they'd like to use the housing with). But I won't be breaking it down further than that at this stage.

With all of the port combinations and the Flexconnect arms, the housing is negatively buoyant. But not very. If you wanted neutral buoyancy, it'd take very little in the way of foam to counteract the displacement of the rig.

Shipping the all of Fantasea/Sealife kit (without the camera/lenses) to the US (fully insured) would be approximately $200 USD.

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