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G7x Mark II housing and strobes

Discussion in 'The Canon Corner' started by Chris_D, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. Chris_D

    Chris_D Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hong Kong
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    Does anyone have experience with Canon's WP-DC55 housing for the G7x Mark II?

    I dive mainly in warm water, shoot macro and am also looking at the more expensive housings by Fantasea and Nauticam.

    Also, which strobes and arms are you using with the G7x Mark II?

    All input appreciated!

    Thanks
    Chris
     
  2. Chris Ross

    Chris Ross Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    Welcome to Underwater Housing Servicing - Home of INON, Isotta, Subal, Fantasea, Nauticam, Pelican Products and many more great products read the bit about factory supplied housings. and also this.

    Canon Underwater Camera Housing Leak Fix

    You can't go wrong with Nauticam, having a vacuum valve gives great peace of mind. The Fantasea housings also have a good name. If you are doing macro having a standard m67 thread for attaching supplementary lenses will be useful.

    Look at S2000 Inon strobes, nice and compact and a good strobe for a compact.
     
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  3. Chris_D

    Chris_D Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hong Kong
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    Thanks, Chris.

    That's very helpful!
     
  4. snowdog61

    snowdog61 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I'm still learning my system but using 2X Inon S2000 on a full Nauticam rig. The one thing I will tell you is don't bother with the CMC-1 or SMC macro lens - they are way too much for this camera unless you are really really wanting to do super macro. Getting a focus lock is nearly impossible for me underwater. I picked up a CMC-2 but haven't given it a try. Thinking more than likely I will go back to my Inon UCL-165 & 330 lens though - these are a carry over from my previous S95 rig (along with the strobes) that I knew how to use. The Gx7II can do good macro work natively and with the larger sensor, cropping in to get the small details works much better than what I was getting with the old S95. I was using a RecSea previously but the Nauticam housing is really sweet. Expensive yes, but sweet. Having the shutter trigger makes it a joy along with the peace of mind you get with the vacuum system.
     
  5. Chris_D

    Chris_D Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hong Kong
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    That's helpful, snowdog61. Thanks!
     
  6. SpeckledGrouper

    SpeckledGrouper HSA Instructor

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    I have been using the G7x Mk II since the end of 2016. Started out with a Fantasea housing, a Sea & Sea YS-01 strobe and a Venom 50 Video light. The strobe flooded on the second dive in French Polynesia, not happy......
    I did get a warranty replacement.
    Since then I purchased a Big Eye wide angle lens and a +8 Sharp Eye Macro Lens.
    I liked the Big Eye. Until I got some scratches in it, and they now show up on the pictures. I tried to buff them out but was not succesfull. Now I want the UWL‑09F, but I am not ready to spend $ 700.00.....
    I only tried the macro lens once during a shore dive. So I can't really say anything about it yet.
    I did buy 2 used Inon S-2000 strobes on Ebay, got a super deal and they work GREAT!
    I am happy with the Fantasea housing. It's got a moisture alert that works.

    After almost 2 years with the camera, I'm still learning.......:)
     
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  7. hsinhai

    hsinhai Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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    G7Xm2 with Recsea CM housing, S2000 inon strobes.

    For macro I use the subsee +10, trick I was taught as far as focusing is when looking at a subject move camera and zoom to first frame your picture roughly, no touching of shot button, only then once you have achieved rough focus of the object naturally by the camera should you half press the button to focus, then take shot, this will ensure what you are trying to take a photo of is achievable with the lens.

    Basically as the DOF is only a few mm, physically move camera fwd/backwards and you will see the focus move through the scene, when it is generally right and you can see your subject in focus, camera focus/full press to take shot and the camera will achieve the fine and correct focus

    Trying to take a photo arbitrarily with a macro lens can be an exercise in futility.. ohh and surgy conditions don't bother :)
     
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  8. VsubT

    VsubT Solo Diver

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    I shoot a G7X in a Nauticam housing as well. No problems with the CMC-1 as an external lens, I get some great shots with it. It does take a little bit of patience though.

    Totally agree on the Nauticam housing, it’s worth the investment. Especially with the vacuum system.

    Lance
     
  9. Chris_D

    Chris_D Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Hong Kong
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    Did you consider buying a DSL with a Nauticam housing versus the G7X/Nauticam?

    One thing that stopped me from buying a Nauticam for my G7X Mark II was that the housing is about 2.5X the price of G7X Mark II here in Hong Kong.

    A Nauticam housing for pro-sumer DSL (like a Nikon 7200) is about 1.5X – 1.75X

    Cheers

    Chris
     
  10. VsubT

    VsubT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Eastern Europe
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    Yes, especially since I already own a couple of Canon DSLR bodies and a bunch of Canon lenses. I end up traveling to the places where I can get decent underwater photographs, so that was the bigger consideration. The DSLR’s would take up a ton more space/weight in luggage.

    Make a list of the housing parts you actually have to buy in order to get your DSLR underwater. It’s a pretty extensive list, and it gets even worse if you want to do multiple types of photography – macro, normal, and/or wide angle. I would love to dive with my other cameras, but I can’t justify the travel hassles. With the G7X, I can take the basic housing, a short port, a wet macro lens, and a wet wide lens to do everything on a trip. Lighting and arm options are basically the same with a small or DSLR camera.

    Another thing to consider is complexity. There’s a lot to be said for keeping it simple while you are learning a new discipline in photography. These point and shoots provide pretty nice results while doing just that. Hope this is helpful, and best of luck finding a system that works for you and your style of diving.

    Lance
     
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