Canon 5D Mark II w/ Ikelite

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Postby gmdgeek » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:53 pm

I have recently switched from Nikon to Canon (I like both and still prefer my Nikon for a lot of stuff) but I decided to go with Canon 5D Mark II for my underwater setup.

I have done some research and am looking for some helpful feed back. I am going with Ikelite primarily because of pricing I can get on it.

I have chosen the following camera gear.
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L USM
Sigma Fisheye 15mm F/2.8 Canon EOS Lens
*** I will be getting a macro lens later this year

This is what I understand I will need housing/strobe wise ... please let me know if I am wrong or if there is a better suggestion. I'm making a hefty investment and don't want to make a mistake.

Camera Body (Canon 5D Mark II):
Ikelite Housing #6871.02

Lens:
Modular System:
Canon Lens 17-40mm USM Modular - 8" Dome
Requires:
— 5510.45 8" dome assembly
— 5510.24 port body (17-40 canon)
— 5510.11 port body (Sigma Fisheye 15 / Canon 35mm F2.8 Prime)

Strobes:
#3945.01 DS161 Movie Substrobe
Package includes:
- #4061 DS161 Substrobe w/diffuser
- #4066.1 Smart Charger
- #4086.61 Ball Socket Arm
- #4103.51 Ikelite Digital TTL Sync Cord

After getting the gear it will be a matter of playing with lighting underwater. SO much different that using lights and bounce lighting above the surface.

Thanks,
Gerry
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Postby bvanant » Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:17 pm

Don't forget the focus gears for your zoom lenses and a good focusing light. If you are planning on doing much video, you might take a strong look at some better lights. The 161 are good strobes but for video they will not make you happy.
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Postby Zig » Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:57 am

Hello Gerry,

I believe the Ikelite housings come with the focus gears, at least mine did for my Nikon D90. I know the guys at Bluewater Photo ((310) 633-5052) have some Ikelite dSLR packages that include strobes and ports. They know their stuff.

Best of luck,
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