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Anastacia V. Thorsson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/9/2005
 

Waterproof case bag for my Canon SLRs


I am going on a cruise in a few weeks, and I will be doing trip during one of our port calls that will take us around a lot of water, so I want to get something to protect my cameras. I have a Canon Digital Rebel and a Canon 30d.

That being said, I don't have the money to drop 1500 on a water proof case. Beside that, I am not going to be diving, just snorkling.

Does anyone know anything about the Aquapac Waterproof SLR Camera Case? Or have other good suggestions?


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12/29/2007 8:36:14 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  Anastacia, I have a cheap and easy solution for you. Try this Fuji Film underwater disposable for under $10 at B&H Photo
Fujifilm Quicksnap 800 Waterproof 35mm Disposable Camera - 27 Exposures
Mfr# 7025227 B&H# FUQS800WP
Price: $ 8.99

Why don't you buy a couple to practice so you're ready on the big day.


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12/31/2007 5:17:47 PM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  The cheapest Ewa-Marine underwater housing costs about $300. I would personally get this instead:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/484968-REG/Pentax_19271_Optio_W30_Digital_Camera.html

Just a thought.


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1/1/2008 6:52:37 AM

 
Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  the Pentax W30 ($200) is fine if you're in a swimming pool but it only is good for 10 feet of water. I've used it for a swimwear company wanting to shoot some test shots underwater in a pool. the Fujifilm cost less than $10 and goes to 35ft. The thing is cheap enough to give one to a couple people and even buy one to test out in your own pool before the cruise.


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1/1/2008 10:30:54 AM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Oliver's suggestion using the disposable underwater film cameras is good. In fact, I used it numerous times over the years (with 400 speed film), until I got a digital P&S with the dedicated underwater housing.

Besides the cheapest housing for the DSLR, I suggest the Pentax W30 because it's not film. You need to bring more than one of those Fuji cameras if you want to shoot more than 27 frames. You also don't need to have the film developed (costed me close to $100 for 3 underwater cameras with development on the cruise). The major advantages are it is with you everywhere you go - beaches, swimming pools, raining days, showy days, normal days, etc. You don't need to go buy the disposable cameras again. The lens quality is much better than those plastic lens on the disposable camera, I am sure. Underwater white balancing is much, much better controlled than the greenish and grainy prints I got back from the lab. However I am not sure if the image quality of your DSLR shooting through a waterhousing case will be better than the Pentax W30 or the Fuji disposable camera. Just my two cents.


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1/3/2008 7:26:14 AM

 
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