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    cheap waterproof casing

    by Sydney Portraits » Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:17 pm

    Cheap waterproof casing

    I have a job that requires some underwater video. It will be very shallow (3 feet max) clear water, over coral reefs, so no need for lights. I’ll be using my Canon 5diii and probably 24-70L lens.
    As this is a bit of a one-off, I’m reluctant to fork out for a professional casing. I’ve noticed this DiCAPac casing (http://bhpho.to/1pD3oxf) for less than $100. Has anyone used this? Would you recommend?
    Thanks!
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    Re: cheap waterproof casing

    by beeb » Thu Aug 07, 2014 8:10 pm

    Never used one myself, but I've heard they can leak a little if used in choppy seas (ie: where waves are breaking). I'm in a similar situation, would love to do some underwater photography, but the cost certainly is prohibitive with the professional bodies...
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    Re: cheap waterproof casing

    by Wasasaw » Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:52 pm

    Have you looked at the customer reviews on the B&H link you provided......

    Variety of thoughts proffered there.

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    Re: cheap waterproof casing

    by Doug » Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:37 pm

    My only experimenting with this was to get some glass cut and silicon glued together what looked like a tall fish tank with a small base.
    At the bottom of it I placed a wooden false floor with legs to create a space underneath that I could put rocks in to act as ballast.

    The camera was screwed to the floor with a 1/4 Whitworth cap screw.
    The top of this glass container was open, so the camera was submerged but not the container.
    Shutter was via cable release.
    It was a manual focus camera so that was all done with a predetermined focus distance.
    It was also a medium format film camera so I just used the waist level view finder (except at knee height) for framing.

    The design worked fine to get some pictures of salmon in their spawning grounds.
    Focus was the hard part.
    I used it once maybe twice and that was it.

    Sounds a bit crazy, but then so does putting your camera underwater in a fancy zip lock bag. :)
    If you are entertaining this idea, you could work something out with an assistant and a tethered laptop to have some control over what the camera is filming.
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    Re: cheap waterproof casing

    by Plays with Light » Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:12 am

    Doug wrote:My only experimenting with this was to get some glass cut and silicon glued together what looked like a tall fish tank with a small base.


    VERY COOL! 8)
    Feedback and honest, constructive criticism is greatly appreciated.
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    Re: cheap waterproof casing

    by Eden » Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:53 am

    try the Nikon 1 AW1, mirorless dslr

    http://cdn-4.nikon-cdn.com/en_INC/o/_Wr ... W1info.pdf

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