Currently having the Tokina 10-17mm which has conked out this will be our next purchase.
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Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary new camera that finally addresses the needs of left-handed photographers worldwide: the Canon EOS 7D L Digital SLR camera. Based on the highly successful EOS 7D, the EOS 7D L features a reversed ergonomic design which left-handed photographers will fall in love with. Whether it’s shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D L DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, customizable controls and impressive image quality. To support production of the EOS 7D L, state-of-the-art manufacturing lines developed for the classic EOS 7D were reproduced in mirrored orientation.
“Canon has been a world leader in innovation for over 65 years – and the EOS 7D L is another innovative product that we are proud to have associated with that heritage,” says Yuchira Izukio, executive vice president, CMOS Imaging Development, Canon U.S.A.
Canon EOS 7D L Features:
* Reversed ergonomics tailored to left-handed photographers
* 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors
* Advanced 19-point customizable Autofocus system
* iFCL Metering System
* 8 frames per second (fps) burst rate
* Full HD video recording (24p/25p/30p)
* Manual adjustment of audio levels
* ISO levels 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800)
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 7D L Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of May, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,499.00*. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,769.00*.
* Pricing subject to change at any time. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.
* 21MP APS C
* ISO 100-25600 (L: 50, H1 51200, H2 102400)
* Video ‘stills burst’ mode 30/60 fps
* Full HD video with manual control
* Single CF Card Slot
* 19 AF Points all Cross
* On chip phase detect pixels for liveview and AF tracking
* 100% Viewfinder
* Viewfinder LCD Higher Resolution Than 7D
* 3.2″ LCD
* GPS, WiFi
* Alloy body with better weather sealing over 7D
Photographer Jeff Flindt from Mission Viejo now living in Sweden (his wife is from there) came up with the idea of placing a handle not on the bottom of a flash water housing, but to place one directly on the back where it would be centered.
Here is your standard flash housing made by Liquid Eye with the pistol grip placed on the bottom
So Jeff pitched this idea to his housing maker Dale Kobetich and asked that Dale only made these exclusively for Jeff, based on it was Jeff’s idea and he did not want any other photographers using this set up. We are not sure if Dale promised him or not, but Dale took Jeff’s idea and has made these housings for other photographers.
So why is Jeff’s idea so great? When shooting with a housing that has a camera, lens and a flash it’s so top heavy. Now by having the back handle this way it makes shooting so much easier with the weight much more centered.
Most surf photographers never use pole cam water housings. The pole cam was mastered by surfing photographers Aaron Loyd and Tony Roberts. Aaron used a pole cam around 3-4ft in length and Tony used some poles up to 8ft. A pole cam housing works pretty similar to a pistol grip. The pole cam pictured below was made by Dale Kobetich where the trigger is near the bottom of the pole. The average pistol grip is around 6inches in length and the average pole cam varies from 2ft and longer.
We have had many focusing problems resulting into soft images due to our Canon 7D. Our 7D works fine for the most part when using a fisheye lens in and out of the water (manual focus/preset), but with our Canon 70-200mm and Canon 600mm more images are turning out soft then sharp. If you don’t believe us you can read more about customers complaining here.
We received an email from our friend Michael Kew who is selling his SPL Splash Housing for a Canon 60D. If you are interested in buying this or have any questions for Michael you can try contacting him through Facebook or feel free to send us an email and we will forward it to him. Michael wrote:
“I’m selling my unused, mint-condition, brand-spankin’-new SPL Splash housing that was made for a Canon 60D. The housing has never touched water and is fully assembled and ready to go. Once again, it’s never been used for anything. It comes with a Tokina 10-17mm dome port and a GoPro mount. I’m asking $1300 OBO and can ship it to anywhere. If you or anybody you know are interested, please email me. Here are some photos of it.
We did our own research to see what is the difference from a SPL “Splash Housing” and their SPL “Housing”. On their FAQ page it reads:
What are the differences between SPL and SPLASH housings?
SPLASH housings can go deeper 40-50ft. SPLASH housings are more molded shaped so they cut thru the water easier. All attachments work on both housings. SPLASH housings will require you to send the housing back to install our flash waterproof connector for the flash attachment.