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Underwater housing or not??? That is the question!!


CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 12:14PM
Am looking for some advice on underwater camera housings......

We are off to the Maldives in Feb and would like to get some good underwater shots when snorkelling. As things stand I have bought a housing for my Canon Ixus 980 (150) thinking that the auto 'underwater ' setting will be the easiest to use whilst trying to swim.

However, I have been chatting to a friend who is also going and he was thinking of taking his Canon 400D and buying a housing for that.......pricey or what...over 1000....eeeek.....but would the better quality be worth it???

Or......can someone recommend a good underwater camera???

Not sure where to start looking....and what to look for.

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
6 Jun 2011 12:24PM
A plastic box from Lakeland with some extra sellotape around the seal.

You then have to have the camera set to live view and fire it via a remote which is sealed to your hand with some clear mastic - Chris will have some of that.
CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 12:30PM
I've got cling film...will that do??Wink
Andy_Cundell 3 1.1k 5 England
6 Jun 2011 12:47PM
Hiya Cathy

Will you be planning to use the underwater housing again after your holiday? Is it something you will be wanting to do again and again? If not, just use what you have! If you like underwater photography so much and decide to do it again, then buy better.

No point in 'splashing out' (sorry lol Grin ) on massivly expensive camera's and housings for them to sit in your cupboard for years to come!

If you go with the clingfilm method, make sure its tight! Tongue

Andy
CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 1:00PM
Hi Andy...lol

I'm not sure really as I haven't done it before.....I have Nikon D200 and thought about a housing for that but thought that swimming and trying to take pics may be a bit trying to start with....thats why I have bought a housing for my compact.

But then again..........does anyone know if the Canon Powershot D10 is any good and how does it compare to say a 400D???
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
6 Jun 2011 1:02PM
Why don't you want to use your Ixus 980 with the housing you already bought?
CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 1:04PM
I do........I'm asking for my friend who has a 400D but isn't sure if a compact and housing would be better...I've just looked on Pennyspikes PF and see they use a G9 with housing....

or an actual underwater camera like the D10???
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
6 Jun 2011 1:07PM
Ah....OK.
I would have thought 400D would be better, but then price for the housing is probably too much if he is only going to use it once a year?
CathyT e2
8 7.3k 18 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2011 1:09PM
True...some of the hard housings are horrendously expensive but I did find this ewa marine ....quite a bit cheaper.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
6 Jun 2011 1:10PM
I'd take the 400D and then buy some postcards of the fish - they all look the same.
Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
6 Jun 2011 1:11PM

Quote:I'd take the 400D and then buy some postcards of the fish - they all look the same.

lol.....
indemnity 6 331
6 Jun 2011 2:10PM
My son is a professional scuba diving instructor/photographer who also snorkels. His advice is to use a compact that's waterproof to say 5mts for snorkelling or if diving 10mts, and purchase an underwater strobe, it gets darker the deeper you go, or in shadows of rock overhangs etc. In addition sharp/quick movements will frighten the fish away, you do have to get quite close for good images. HTH.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
6 Jun 2011 2:45PM

Quote:In addition sharp/quick movements will frighten the fish away


I so want to say something but I am a coward.
Wink
indemnity 6 331
6 Jun 2011 2:55PM
Go for it, I want to hear it Keithh, need cheering up, life can be too serious...Grin
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
6 Jun 2011 2:59PM
I dare not.

Cathy is a big lass with a right arm on her like a docker's mate.


(Cole made me say that)

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