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Arthur Adams
 

Waterproof


Does anyone know of a good waterproof DSLR other then a Pentax K10D? I've been looking around but it seems this one to be the most prominent with a waterproof body.
Are there any Dslr's that are completly waterproof, as in you drop in the water and it comes out like nothing happened?


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2/3/2007 5:19:13 PM

 
Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  There are no waterproof DSLRs. There is one waterproof film SLR, the Nikon Nikonos-V. The Pentax K10D is sealed to protect against dust and "weather" (ie. light rain). It cannot survive even a shallow dunking. Similar are the Nikon D200 and D2-, and the Canon 1D and 1Ds. Many of the Canon "L" lenses are also dust/weather sealed.

For underwater use, you need an underwater housing specific to your make/model SLR/DSLR. These are fairly expensive for SLRs.


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2/4/2007 7:15:08 AM

 
Arthur Adams   Do you know if any DSLR's are being planned to be at least semi-waterproof (Shallow water)?

Thanks for the response.


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2/13/2007 2:18:37 PM

 
W.    Arthur,

dSLRs are NOT waterproof. NONE are. And, afaik, none are planned. Because serious underwater photographers stick their non-waterproof dSLR in a waterproof scuba-housing and - ESSENTIAL - they get 2 articulated light 'arms' including waterproof flashguns.

That stuff is SCREAMINGLY expensive! For instance:the scuba kit for a Nikon D200 is about 3 times as expensive as the camera itself!

Check for yourself: http://www.backscatter.com/.

'Waterproof' Point & Shoot cameras are of course only 100 or 200 bucks, and they indeed are waterproof upto 30 feet depth. But without the extended light arms their photos are not worth that moniker. TERRIBLE. So save yourself the trouble. (And those 200 bucks!).

If you go scuba diving and want photos, you better rent a complete underwater set at your destination. Google is your friend.

Have fun!


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2/17/2007 1:34:42 PM

 
Arthur Adams   Nah, I wanted them for the woods. Last year I spent a lot of time outdoors and some time in marshes, I was just thinking that although I was careful what if the camera did slip into the water in that area. If there was any camera that would maybe hold-out for a bit there.
Thanks for the help though mate.


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2/17/2007 11:26:35 PM

 
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