Avilitigator From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 214 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 995 times:
Hey, anybody on this forum have experience with underwater photography? I just moved to Micronesia (a lifelong dream) and am interested in taking photos while SCUBA diving but don't know where to start.
Looks like I can order stuff on-line. Cameras start from $15 for the disposable kind good to 30', up to $7000 for the professional gear. I'm interested in paying $500-800. I already have an excellent digital camera (Canon 3000 zoom series) but the underwater housing for it costs $1050, which is more than I paid for the camera. Should I go digital or is film better for underwater photos? I'm looking to enlarge some of the better shots for hanging on the wall. Or should I just hunker down and save money for the digital camera housing?
ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 937 times:
Here's what I suggest. Find a used Nikonos 3 ("Nikonos III" to purists), 35mm underwater camera. Like this one:
You can usually find them on ebay. They are great "starter" camera for those interested in underwater photography but don't want to break the bank on a high-end camera or housing. No electronics, good glass, only two o-rings and as durable as a rock. You can pick one up for under $250 USD.
Once you get the hang of using it, you'll be ready to purchase with confidence.
I own one and I love it. It even takes great photos above water too.