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jrodriguez2
07-10-2008, 16:13
After going through 8 pages on this forum I could not find anything about Underwater cameras. I am looking to buy an underwater camera but there are a lot of choices out there. This will be my first underwater camera. Are there diffrent housing for the same Camera???Any suggestions on how to go about picking out my first underwater camera.??

FishFood
07-10-2008, 16:15
What's your budget?

mchain
07-10-2008, 16:15
Good question, I'm also interested in underwater camera but I'm a bit confused. Any suggestions on important features for newbies and what not would be great.

Charles R
07-10-2008, 16:17
Try reading in this section http://forum.scubatoys.com/underwater-photo/ There are many threads on this topic there.

jrodriguez2
07-10-2008, 16:24
Looking at no more than $1500. I did not see the forum titled underwater- photo.


I just saw that forum.... Sorry

Charles R
07-10-2008, 16:29
No Problem for that price range I would look @ these 2 camera's

Sealife DC800 Underwater Camera Maxx Kit, Underwater Cameras, SeaLife, Sealife DC800 Underwater Camera Maxx Kit (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=SealifeDC800Digitalunderwate rcameraMaxx)

or

SEA&SEA DX-1G camera, Underwater Cameras, Sea & Sea, SEA&SEA DX-1G camera (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=DX1GCamera)

With

Sea & Sea YS-110 Strobe, Underwater Cameras, Sea & Sea, Sea & Sea YS-110 Strobe (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=Sea_and_Sea_YS_110_Strobe)

Here is another good source of info as well Reefmaster Camera Digital Cameras Underwater Photos Sea & Sea Cameras (http://www.scubatoys.com/store/joelarry/jlcameras.asp)

Sansho
07-10-2008, 19:46
I was thinking about a Canon SD870IS, as it has a wide angle lens. Get a Canon case for it. While you can use the built in flash, if you are serious about your pictures you really need an external flash to go along with the camera.

jrodriguez2
07-11-2008, 15:03
Thanks guys for the info. I hope to make a decision real soon. Is it worth taking the underwater photographer class? Not sure if I will take it or not.

FishFood
07-11-2008, 15:13
Depends on the instructor. If he/she is good, then yes. Otherwise, your local book store should have a couple books on underwater photography.


Also, I'd advise against SeaLife. A lot of money for not a lot of camera...

Sansho
07-11-2008, 16:22
Is it worth taking the underwater photographer class? Not sure if I will take it or not.
I took it a few months ago ... if you don't know anything about underwater photography, it's a good introduction.

RikRaeder
07-11-2008, 19:19
If you're like me, and that $1500 represents a good chunk of change to you, I'd advise that you figure out what features you want in the camera and housing, then start checking the specs for cameras in your price range. Don't know what features you want or need? Do some research before you buy. I found a few websites by mucking around on the internet. Scubaboard also has quite a few helpful posts along these lines.
If you aren't happy with your camera, you probably won't want to splash out another $1500 next year, so take your time and do some research!

bversteegh
07-11-2008, 21:40
For 1550, you should be able to get a Canon G9, Ike Housing, and DS 51 Arm kit. This is a VERY capable system - probably the best P&S camera on the market right now for uw photography.

Camera and Ike housing at B&H: $983

Ikelite | 6147.09 TTL Housing w/ Canon PowerShot G9 | B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/530578-REG/Ikelite_6147_09_6147_09_TTL_Housing_w_.html)

Ike DS51, Strobe Arm, and TTL Sync Cord: $569

Ikelite | 3944.51 Substrobe DS-51 w/ TTL Sync Cord and | 3944.51 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/255437-REG/Ikelite_3944_51_3944_51_Substrobe_DS_51_w_.html)

This is everything you need (plus a memory card and some AA NiMH batteries). In the future, you can add a wide angle lens and/or some external macro lens, a second strobe - and you can go a long way with this setup. This includes the outstanding Ikelite TTL capability - so you don't have to worry about proper strobe exposure. The Ikelite ball arms included in the kit work well with the DS51.

And if you really get the bug, this is a relatively small package - makes a great backup to a DSLR rig.

roofless
07-11-2008, 22:46
For 1550, you should be able to get a Canon G9, Ike Housing, and DS 51 Arm kit. This is a VERY capable system - probably the best P&S camera on the market right now for uw photography.

Camera and Ike housing at B&H: $983

Ikelite | 6147.09 TTL Housing w/ Canon PowerShot G9 | B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/530578-REG/Ikelite_6147_09_6147_09_TTL_Housing_w_.html)

Ike DS51, Strobe Arm, and TTL Sync Cord: $569

Ikelite | 3944.51 Substrobe DS-51 w/ TTL Sync Cord and | 3944.51 (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/255437-REG/Ikelite_3944_51_3944_51_Substrobe_DS_51_w_.html)

This is everything you need (plus a memory card and some AA NiMH batteries). In the future, you can add a wide angle lens and/or some external macro lens, a second strobe - and you can go a long way with this setup. This includes the outstanding Ikelite TTL capability - so you don't have to worry about proper strobe exposure. The Ikelite ball arms included in the kit work well with the DS51.

And if you really get the bug, this is a relatively small package - makes a great backup to a DSLR rig.

that's a great suggestion

here are some underwater photos on flickr taken with the G9
Flickr: Search (http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=scubadiving&cm=canon%2Fpowershot_g9)

Image quality looks fantastic!

stekun
07-15-2008, 23:39
The cameras already recommended are good ones. The only comment I have is to make sure that, like the cameras listed above, you have a flash on a strobe arm. Don't rely on a flash that is attached to the camera itself. You need it to be away from the camera so as to reduce backscatter.

Truered1
07-16-2008, 17:55
My suggestion is a Canon product. I personally still have the A620 7.1 megapixel and get some amazing photos from a $300 camera new ($125 on e-bay used) and $200 for the housing, plus $about $600 for a YS-110 strobe. I haven't gotten the strobe yet but do suggest it. If you upgrade to the newer versions of the Canon, you get a bigger screen and some great features. I have used the SeaLife and hated it, too slow for me and EATS batteries. I can go on four 30+ minute dives and get hundreds of photos before I change my four AA batteries. Plus it takes quick photos and the zoom and clarity is great. If you look at some of my photos you can see what it can do. Note: with just a flash you may get some back splatter and get a dark spot on the lower right side of the frame from the housing shadow.

http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/5/0/9/8/eagle_bow_view.jpg
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/5/0/9/8/flaming_scallop_compressed.jpg
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/5/0/9/8/nurse_shark.jpg
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/5/0/9/8/coming_out_of_the_wheel_house.jpg