Digital Dive Camera Question

Digital Dive Camera Question

Post by jeste » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:06:42


Of those of you who use digital cameras for underwater photos...  how
many of you use the SAME camera (out of the case) for your land pictures
of the vacation.
We have a Canon S400 and love it...  I also see UW cases for this
camera.  Am I asking for trouble opening and closing the case 3-4X's a
day to take the camera out for land life (we bought it cause it's small)
and then close it up for diving...
This seems like an economical solution...  but is it dangerous...  or
does anyone else do this?
(Note - I would love a 5050, housing, and strobe...  but don't have the
resources)
 
 
 

Digital Dive Camera Question

Post by Dan Bracuk, CTH » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:32:57


resulting in:
:Of those of you who use digital cameras for underwater photos...  how
:many of you use the SAME camera (out of the case) for your land pictures
:of the vacation.

Not me.  I have a better than average film set of gear for land use.

Dan Bracuk
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Digital Dive Camera Question

Post by Jon » Tue, 27 Jan 2004 10:37:44

I use the same Canon Digital Elph for all of my picture taking, above and
below water.  There is no issue whatsoever in opening the case up several
times a day.  All you need to be aware of is making absolutely sure the big
yellow O-ring that seals the case is clean and lightly lubricated every time
you close it up for a dive.

Use a good anti-fog on the inside of the glass lens of the housing,
especially if the water is going to be cold, and if you have some laying
around shove a little silica gel packet in the housing (this tends to help
against condensation).  I always have lots around because I work at an
outdoor store, and The North Face seems to put them in every article of
outerwear they produce.

Jon


Quote:
> Of those of you who use digital cameras for underwater photos...  how
> many of you use the SAME camera (out of the case) for your land pictures
> of the vacation.
> We have a Canon S400 and love it...  I also see UW cases for this
> camera.  Am I asking for trouble opening and closing the case 3-4X's a
> day to take the camera out for land life (we bought it cause it's small)
> and then close it up for diving...
> This seems like an economical solution...  but is it dangerous...  or
> does anyone else do this?
> (Note - I would love a 5050, housing, and strobe...  but don't have the
> resources)


 
 
 

Digital Dive Camera Question

Post by Barett » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 07:23:01

Quote:
> Of those of you who use digital cameras for underwater photos...  how
> many of you use the SAME camera (out of the case) for your land pictures
> of the vacation.

snip -

I've been using my Nikon CoolPix5700 for both dive and general use. I had
initially bought it for general family use but rather than risk my more
expensive D100 for dive use, I ended up buying an Ikelite housing for the
CP5700 along with an external TTL DS125 strobe. The camera usually stays in
the housing for the days that I'm diving. Load it up with a 1G Microdrive
and I'm good to go. The battery gets changed every 2 dives just for
reassurance. No problems with seals, just practice proper maintainance on
the housing - Keep it clean and lubed.

You'll find the on-camera flash pretty inadequate for underwater
photography - being weak and too close to the lense. You'll end up a lot of
scatter in the shots - flash reflecting off suspended debris resulting in
pictures of underwater snowstorms.

For shallow snorkling shots, your camera and housing should be fine. You'll
just need to pick up a strobe for dive use.

 
 
 

Digital Dive Camera Question

Post by Tack » Wed, 28 Jan 2004 07:45:49


Quote:
> > Of those of you who use digital cameras for underwater photos...  how
> > many of you use the SAME camera (out of the case) for your land pictures
> > of the vacation.

> snip -

> You'll find the on-camera flash pretty inadequate for underwater
> photography - being weak and too close to the lense. You'll end up a lot
of
> scatter in the shots - flash reflecting off suspended debris resulting in
> pictures of underwater snowstorms.

> For shallow snorkling shots, your camera and housing should be fine.
You'll
> just need to pick up a strobe for dive use.

I would agree whole heartedly. I use My Canon S45 for land and underwater.
Really need a strobe for U/W. Over all, I think tat digital cameras are
ideal - especially for those of us that aren't true professional
photographers :-)
HTH,
Tack

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