Underwater Cameras?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Vincerama2, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. Vincerama2

    Vincerama2 Evil Overlord

    When I went to Belize many many years ago, I bought an underwater camera (fricken thing costs $400!) it's basically an enclosure with a pretty darn cheap fixed focus camera in it. The camera itself is remarkably low tech. I wish I could retro-fit the casing to take my digital!

    Anyway, anyone here use an underwater camera? Which one? film/digital?

  2. Thales

    Thales Past President

    I do underwater video and pics with a sony HDR-HC3 and a seatool ultra housing.

    FWIU any of the olympus/cannon/nikon consumer digital cameras and housing will do great. I bought a rig for Eddie before the first Tonga trip - a powershot and housing. Not bat at all for around 600 bucks total.
  3. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    $400 - $2000 for most SLR enclosures. One of the downsides is sometimes they only allow for specific lenses on the camera body =( The super expensive ones you need a lens port specific to the lens you want to use to attach to the case. These are usually $2000+lensport.

    There are more generic ones, but then the functions on your lens are basically unreachable.

    I haven't done much more research than that.

    I know there are underwater enclosures for your digital point and shoots as well that work perfectly for that model.

    bhphotovideo would be a good place to start browsing.

    Here's their undewater photography page:
  4. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    I would try NOT to think of "underwater cameras" rather just get a good housing for your preferred land camera.

    I LOVE my Gates Housing : http://www.gateshousings.com/, but they are a little pricy!

    The main consideration for underwater photography IMO is light - It vanished very quickly, at depth.
  5. capescuba

    capescuba Supporting Member

    As for film vs digital? I would never use film underwater. If you get a 5% hit rate of "keepable" picture then you did wel ;-) So digital is the only option IMO
  6. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    some people are just so good they can shoot film underwater, and can get 50% keepable photos ;)

    me? I'll maybe get 1 ever 30th dive, haha, so digital is a must for me. I think it differs for different people.
  7. GreshamH

    GreshamH Guest

    50% keepable, unheard of Art. Having talked to many major hitters, even they rarely hit 30%.
  8. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    hey, some people have low standards ;) haha.

    I know what you mean, 50% was more of an exaggeration =P

    but I think I agree that shooting underwater is even harder than on land, thus digital would be the way to go =)

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