ArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3836 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1874 times:
I've looked into this as well for my D70 and unless you plan on doing some serious underwater photography its not worth it. The cases I've looked at have cost a lot of money- in the hundreds. If you are going to take pictures of your family on a casual vacation I'd suggest using those waterproof disposible cameras.
When you have an underwater setup its not easy to take snapshots. The depth of field, shutter speed, and light conditions are extremely difficult to adjust. It takes a lot of planing.
Dazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2962 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
Have a look at www.camerasunderwater.co.uk They have a selection of options from basic 'bag' type housings to very expensive marine housings. I would stay clear of the cheapo bag type housings. I use a similar thing for my phone and the seals fail after a short while, the plastic tends to stretch and fail and you don't want to flood your D70!. Like ArmitageShanks says, unless you are going to do some serious underwater photography, I wouldn't bother with a housing for your SLR. Underwater photography is a whole different ball game than topside stuff. I shoot video underwater in the production of scuba videos. This is what I use:
The problem with water is it causes light to refract and it absorbs colours. You therefore need a wide lens to compensate and a powerful strobe on an arm to avoid backscatter unless you stick to shallow, very clear water. You'll be looking at thousands of $$$$ for a proper 'system'. There are cheaper camera and housing combinations if you just want to take a camera snorkeling which give you half descent results. Look at Sony and Fuji packages. This is what I use (old technology for me, still using film!!):
CalgaryBill From Canada, joined May 2006, 686 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1838 times:
Like Darren said, you're looking at thousands of dollars for a decent underwater housing. The plastic bag types will only last a few dives, and a single grain of sand in the seal will be the end of your camera.
More food for thought: housings are camera-specific. If you buy one for your D70 it is unlikely you can use it for a future camera, so make sure the D70 is going to be your underwater camera for a long time before laying out tons of cash.
A friend of mine is a divemaster and underwater photographer. We're talking about getting a housing for my D2x and he warned me to get a D200 housing (which would also mean buying a D200!) because he says: "there are two kinds of underwater photographers - ones who have drowned their camera, and one who are going to drown their camera."
In the interim, I bought a P-n-S camera with an underwater housing that is good to 100 feet. It can't take external strobes (which really are necessary if you go down more than 10 or 15 feet, or if it's cloudy up above) but it's great for just goofing around and getting vacation pic's. Price of the camera and housing together were 1/6 the cost of a "cheap" housing for my D2x. All the underwater pictures on this site were taken with the point-n-shoot: http://www.bulek.com/cozumel.htm