1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Underwater camera SLR or not - maldives

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by oneilldo, 13 Apr 2010.

  1. oneilldo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,845

    I'm off to the maldives soon for my honeymoon and will be doing lots of snorkelling and scuba. I'm after an underwater camera. I currently have a canon 400D SLR, flash and lens - has anyone used an SLR cover
    The Ewa-marine U-AX is ~£225 on http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk/ and is rated to a depth of 20m.

    I'm a bit concerned though as it looks like a thick plastic bag and the pressure at 20m is a fair wack. If it fails then it will be costly (lens,camera and flash would add up to the best part of £1000)

    Not interested in the cheap underwater ones and ideally I want a seperate flash/torch as i've found previous underwater shots fairly dark.

    Would I be better off getting a dedicated underwater camera or a compact and case?
    Anyone got any recommendations/experience?

  2. oneilldo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 16 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,845

    Well I needed a new smaller camera so got the canon s90. I got an ikelite case, external flash/strobe and couldn't fault it. It cost a fair bit all in but I got some great pics. I'll put them up later this week if anyones interested.
  3. Shimmy

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 30 May 2007

    Posts: 5,661

    Location: St A

    Yer that would be great thanks, I'm going on holiday in a little under 2 months to Australia and Malaysia and have been pondering about underwater camera options. Looking forward to the results.
  4. The_Abyss


    Joined: 15 May 2007

    Posts: 12,805

    Location: Ipswich / Bodham

    I think for underwater shots you're going to have to spend a fair bit on lighting before the quality of the camera comes into play.
  5. Fel


    Joined: 6 Apr 2010

    Posts: 73

    Location: UK

    6-7 years ago I dived with a pro motorsport photographer in Sharm who took a similar plastic bag housing down with him and 10 minutes later came up with a very soggy DSLR. Given the cost of DSLRs at the time he seemed to take it quite well :S

    Maybe the technology has improved since, but I think you need to be very meticulous when sealing them - no sand or rogue hairs.

    My temptation would be to go for compact with housing and external light source - that way it will be less of a chore to take it on every dive and you will be less worried about ruining the camera, lens and flash.

    But speak to CamerasUnderwater - I think they are pretty much the experts and can tell you the pro's and cons.

    I used to like taking my sony cybershot and housing (bought when returning from the Maldives) - i could fit it in my BCD pocket but this was at the expense of no external lighting. Camera died after lending to a mate - but I have kept the case because it did not feel right to throw it away.

    Hope you enjoy the Maldives - we never saw the Mantas we went to see but we did manage to snorkel with a whale shark. Also had our best ever dive - just me and my wife being swept along a reef at night just us a the fish - brilliant.
  6. Fel


    Joined: 6 Apr 2010

    Posts: 73

    Location: UK

    ... oh and i think i would need some very strong persuading to take my D90 down in one of those bags, but forking out £1,500 for a housing is just scary.
  7. Youstolemyname


    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 5,231

    Location: The Voice Of Football

    You wont be able to get any decent shots at 20m without a strobe. I would spend the money on one of these 'adventure' cameras that are rated to a similar depth and shoot in the shallows.

    I got some decent results with a rented fuji compact while in Dahab down to about 10m but after that it was just too blue. I also got some great results with a 30 quid compact from a supermarket while snorkelling.

    I really wouldn't risk your SLR without serious protection.
  8. The_blue


    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,186

    Location: Derbyshire

    Manual white balalance!

    I use an old fuji f31 with external strobe. I can get good colours upto 25+ meters. Then the camera won't pickup the manual white.

    Examples from last years trip.


    On the plactic bag housing... Nah! 20 meters isn't massivly deep and i'd not risk mine at 3 bar pressure. A camera is a big air space inside.