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    Stu Hastie
    Stu Hastie
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    That’s pushing my buttons Mike! I think that’s the path that I want to travel too. I’ve just bought myself a 7D, with the ultimate goal of getting inside one of those housings.
    How do you find it for ease of operation? Can you access everything you need to? One thing I really want to do is also squeeze a remote inside there as well. Is that an option at all? I know it looks fairly tight inside there, but you can fit the camrea strap inside? Just wondering if you could use that space to modify a cheap aftermarket remote to fit in there.
    Id love to see some of your work!
    Bummer you had to go through the chemo! Hope the prognosis is good for you. Makes me think that this (housing) is the right option for me. Seize the day!

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    That’s pushing my buttons Mike! I think that’s the path that I want to travel too. I’ve just bought myself a 7D, with the ultimate goal of getting inside one of those housings.
    How do you find it for ease of operation? Can you access everything you need to? One thing I really want to do is also squeeze a remote inside there as well. Is that an option at all? I know it looks fairly tight inside there, but you can fit the camrea strap inside? Just wondering if you could use that space to modify a cheap aftermarket remote to fit in there.
    Id love to see some of your work!
    Bummer you had to go through the chemo! Hope the prognosis is good for you. Makes me think that this (housing) is the right option for me. Seize the day!

    Hi Stu

    I only managed to test it out in my neighbour’s pool this weekend. So far so good with no leaks.

    Despite what many reviews online state, you CAN change shutter speed, aperture, ISO, metering, etc through the Q-button (back of camera on top left).

    You however cannot flick the on/off switch or change the mode dial when the camera is in the housing (I turn it on and set it to manual before sticking it in).

    Right from the start I took the camera strap off as well as the viewfinder eye piece (it was recommended in one review online)

    The 2 remotes that I have do not fit inside the housing (as is). I couldn’t get these to fit inside:

    http://photoglobeonline.com/shopping/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=38_46&products_id=175

    http://photoglobeonline.com/shopping/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=38_46&products_id=130

    Aquatech has a pocket wizard housing which you can hook up to the camera housing. I’m not too familiar with PocketWizard products but I think that may be an option for remote shooting. I will be looking into them in the coming months (hopefully before the salmon start running my local streams)

    Mike 🙂

    #74050
    Stu Hastie
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    Awesome. Thanks Mike. I’ll have to look into that Pocket Wizzard option. Might be the most reliable option anyhow.
    Have fun shooting that thing! Keep us posted 🙂

    #75789
    Steve K.
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    Good article that I came across on Moldy Chum:

    http://www.diyphotography.net/natural-light-underwater-photography-tips

    #87543
    Stu Hastie
    Stu Hastie
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    Very exciting times down here. My Aquatech housing finally arrived on my doorstep the other day, so wasted no time in getting it wet, despite the water carrying a bit of colour. Very steep learning curve.

    Not sure why these have cropped square?

    #87568

    Cool shots Stu! Have fun with the new tool!

    #87608
    Stu Hastie
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    Thanks Corey! I haven’t had a proper play with it yet. It’ll be interesting to see what other lenses I can get in there.

    #87609

    Great pics Stu, really like the last one!

    #88029
    Steve K.
    Steve K.
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    Stu,

    If you subscribe to Instagram…….you might be interested in “clarklittle”.
    http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/gallery/
    He shoots with Aquatech equipment and may be on their pro staff. He lives in Hawaii and shoots some amazing stuff.

    I also found this on Moldy Chum:

    Also a new GoPro accessory:

    http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-gear/gear-shed/covet/SPLs-GoPro-Water-Housing.html

    ….and finally…..a couple from my recent MT trip:

    #88062
    Stu Hastie
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    Thanks Steve. I really love that reflective quality of shooting up at the water surface. Very cool, and needs to be explored 🙂

    I haven’t been using my housing much lately, as we’re just coming out of winter here, so Trout season starts in Oct. I did get out with it once or twice toward the end of last season, so theres a couple of shots here from that.

    My housing came with an 8″ dome and a 50mm extension tube, which was set up to house an EFS 10-22mm, and since then I’ve added (I think it’s like a ) 50mm flat lens port, and combining the extension and flat port together, I can use my EFs 17-55 (with very slight vignette @17mm) and 100mm macro, and with just the flat port attached, 50mm 1.2. It’s great having such versility with lens and port selection for both U/W stuff as well as in hideous weather.
    I’ve tinkered around a bit with a cheap shutter remote, and I’ve managed to squeeze one into the housing, sitting high in the housing above the hotshoe. I haven’t tried it out yet, but allegedly I should be able to still fire it with a couple of inches water cover, but time will tell. I had it firing out to about 20 meters the other day, line of sight. I’m quite excited about the creative opportunity all that opens.

    Interesting times ahead. I’m off with a few friends swinging flies in Sept, so hopefully have the opportunity to shot some more then. I’ll keep you posted.

    #88067
    Stu Hastie
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    And a couple of shots of that remote mod. I’m a struggling artist, so I can’t afford the spec goods 😉

    #88072
    Stu Hastie
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    And another couple. I carried that housing all day long. It’s a big commitment, and you certainly don’t want to be carrying a rod as well.
    Bright sun is good. Toward the end of the day we were in a tight valley with little sun and I found I was hunting down little patches of sunshine to shoot in. We had to carry that fish of Sven’s about 20 meters upstream to a tiny slither of sunlight. You might notice too the fish is facing downstream.

    #88123
    Daryl Human
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    Stu those are cool shots mate!

    #88163
    Stu Hastie
    Stu Hastie
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    Thanks Daryl! I had my housing out last weekend for the first time in a long time. Learnt plenty.
    Here’s a shot of our Tim Angeli swinging flies in the Red Hut pool on the Tongariro river.

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    Matt Jones
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    Stu –

    I love the mod that you did to the housing. Did you work this idea up on your own or follow a tutorial? I’d love to try this for my rig!!

    There is also the option of hardwiring to the housing with the cables that Aquatech has which I’m considering.

    www.mattjonesphotography.com

    #88284
    Stu Hastie
    Stu Hastie
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    Hi Matt. I just made that up as I went along. I’ve had a few runs with it and have found I can shoot with up to about 4 inches of water over the housing, which isn’t too limiting. That’s firing from fairly close range though. I’ve had it set up on a tripod and you start having issues with buoyancy if you go too deep anyhow, without adding any weight. I’ve had an aluminium frame made up which bolts to the bottom of the housing, and then attaches to the tripod with the head inverted. Shot below is taking using this set up. Lots of set up to get the shot. First find the fish, think up a shot and set up the camera, go catch the fish, and hopefully get the shot. With all the gear necessary, one of the luxuries that is forgone is a net, so there has been one or two fails along the way.

    I’ve got a cool shot I’m slowly working through using macro, and playing around with bokeh which I’m quite excited about, but I haven’t quite nailed that one yet.

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