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SCUBAin' & Takin' Photos Of The Fishies

Mon Nov 11, 2002 12:55 pm

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?

Thanks in advance.

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RE: SCUBAin' & Takin' Photos Of The Fishies

Mon Nov 11, 2002 1:18 pm

Sorry, no advice from me!

But, I saw some really good cameras for 1000-1100$ at the local shop.

Anyone knows how much a dry suit will cost me? Nothing fancy.


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mas a330
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RE: SCUBAin' & Takin' Photos Of The Fishies

Tue Nov 12, 2002 12:20 am

I would like to take it up myself.

I saw Canon has some underwater casings for their digital cameras....
i think they are somewhere between 300-500USD for the casing.
 
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RE: SCUBAin' & Takin' Photos Of The Fishies

Tue Nov 12, 2002 5:24 am

You can get a EWA Marine bags for about a $100 for your digicam, once again limited to about 30ft.

Goto photo.net and check out Phil's expirences with underwater photography.
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RE: SCUBAin' & Takin' Photos Of The Fishies

Tue Nov 12, 2002 7:04 am

Avilitigator,

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.

William

P.S. Fish love frozen peas.

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