>Boldly returning from another exciting undersea adventure, Dillon Pyron was
>heard to say...
> DP> I like my MX10, it does what I want, it didn't bankrupt me, and I
> DP> still have my Minolta for land pictures. Best of all, we have two
> DP> cameras if we need two!
>I've been looking at the MX10 for some time now, but hadn't been able to find
>anyone who owned one and had experience with it. A couple of questions if you
>Do you use the water correcting lens, and if so, how much trouble is it to
>change lenses? I understand they also now have a lense for macro, yes?
What w/c lens? They just announced a wide angle (20mm) with framer. $250
list, Performance doesn't have a price yet. S&S told me last week that a macro
lens will be out by late summer, but the answer droid didn't have any details
(and probably shouldn't have told me what he did :-)
>Do you have the external strobe? How's it perform?
Yes, we have it. I would not get wet without it! The built in flash is good
for about 2-3 feet, the external gave me reasonable light into a cavern at 85
ft (I'll try to post the picture next week if I can get to the scanner). Our
only complaint is that it has a diffuser attachment. There is no place to
store it, so we leave it on the camera, sometimes with said results (it cuts
the distance in half and increases the field of view).
>Have you ever had any problems flooding?
No, but we are scrupulus about o-ring maintenance. The camera has one ring,
the flash two.
>The best price I've seen on it is in the Performance Diver catalog, a little
>over $400 for the body and strobe (about $265 for just the camera). Does that
We paid $399 from PD. As a side note on their service, we ordered it Thursday
morning and requested Airborne delivery. It arrived Friday, we left for Hawaii
on Saturday, read the instructions on the plane and shot our first role
snorkling off the hotel that afterafternoon.
A few notes on the camera. It is slightly positive when loaded, the flash is a
little more negative, so it hangs off the lanyard flash down. The body is
nicely shaped for one-handed shooting, or you can hold the body and flash for
two-handed shots. The view finder does a very good job of presenting the
camera view, at least with the normal lens. It is a bit small. The winder is
satisfyingly noisy, although there is no way to truly verify that film is
advancing (as we discovered). We were able to shoot six rolls with a pair of
AA nicads, but could only get 2 full rolls out of four AA alkalines in the
flash. Nicads would not do two rolls. By the end of the second dive, the
strobe takes 10-30 seconds to recharge. The camera is rated to 100 ft. we only
took it down to 99 :-). The camera came with a spare o-ring and a tube of
silicone, ditto the flash. It comes with a funky little lanyard that we had
little confidence it, at first. But it works nicely!
If you are into more advanced shooting than the point-n-shoots or disposables,
but can see popping for a Nikonos V (although we all want the RS, right?), the
MX-10 may work out for you. I like it.
If there is anyone from SEA&SEA on the net, contact me on where to send the
>Thanks for any info you can provide...
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