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Equipment options for underwater shots (Very shallow depth)

 
Ledrak
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Jan 02, 2012 17:40 |  #1

Anyone have any suggestions on options to use for very shallow depth underwater shots? I'm talking about just having the camera submerged in a couple feet of water for a few seconds at a time. I really don't want to have to buy a full waterproof housing that I'll probably never use more than once.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 17:44 |  #2

What camera are you wanting to use?


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Jan 02, 2012 18:08 |  #3

there are plastic bag like "housings" that aren't expensive that should work for the shallow depths you're talking about. Like this...they come in different sizes.

http://www.amazon.com …/B001C0QUW4/ref​=pd_cp_p_4 (external link)




  
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Jan 02, 2012 18:17 |  #4

rick_reno wrote in post #13635974 (external link)
there are plastic bag like "housings" that aren't expensive that should work for the shallow depths you're talking about. Like this...they come in different sizes.

http://www.amazon.com …/B001C0QUW4/ref​=pd_cp_p_4 (external link)

Ah, yes... this looks exactly like the type of thing I had in mind. I'd either be shooting with a 60D or 5Dmkii, so I just hope I can find a case big enough for either of those.




  
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Jan 02, 2012 18:23 as a reply to  @ Ledrak's post |  #5

This one looks like it should do the job... in case anyone else is comes looking in the future. http://www.amazon.com …dp/B00169HXW2/r​ef=lh_ni_t (external link)




  
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Jan 02, 2012 18:41 |  #6

I have the DiCAPac WP-S5 (or is the S10, I think it's the S5) and have used it with reasonable success with my 60D and XTi. When I first got it, the O-ring in the lens tube cover was twisted so it leaked a couple drops - fortunately, this was with my "dry run" (ha ha) with nothing but paper towels inside. After reseating the O-ring, it hasn't leaked at all.

It's a little clumsy. The lens tube keeps wanting to stretch out to its full length, which means the cover isn't right against the front element of the lens, which means vignette city! Unless you constantly hold the tube so the glass is against the lens - which means you're pushing your zoom lens in to its widest focal length. Image quality suffers a bit too, the glass in the front cover seems to attract and retain grime and smears (sunscreen, etc). Okay, it's not a little clumsy, it's a LOT clumsy. Still, I think with more practice I'll get better with it.

For an amateur and for "just playing" it works as expected.

Radio triggers don't seem to work underwater, but optical slave triggering seems to do fine.

Practicing with off-camera flash, with my YN560 in optical slave mode, in a tupperware container to camera right.

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Missed the focus here, but I think the content makes up for it. Focus is tough when both subject and photographer are underwater and moving. I didn't have any weights on so I was trying to swim and take the picture, hah.
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Again, playing with off-camera flash. Missed the focus again, because without the flash it was practically pitch-black out there. Still, all the family loves the content, and nobody except a photographer is going to notice the focus miss.
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Jan 02, 2012 19:02 |  #7

I just bought a crummy little waterproof P+S for that sort of thing... $60 all in and my super expensive camera isn't in any danger.




  
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