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scubamommie
12-23-2008, 23:29
I already have a Nikon D40 and saw in another post that they do have housing for it. Where would be the cheapest place to get the housing for my camera? In that post they were talking about it being thousands to house everything... I don't want to spend that much but I love my camera and would like to use it underwater if possible... TIA

thesmoothdome
12-24-2008, 00:16
Unfortunately, when you're talking about taking a DSLR underwater, you're looking at a substantial investment. About the cheapest set up would involve an Ikelite housing and that sells for about $1300.00 new. Ports will run from $125.00 to $450.00 depending on what kind of lens you wish to use. If you are patient and search ebay for a while I'm sure you can do a lot better.

Before you buy, I'd recommend really soul searching what kind of photos you want. You may decide that a PAS in a small housing will suit your needs and that'll be substantially cheaper than going the DSLR route.

We've got a great community here who will gladly answer any question, so please feel free to pick our brains.

diversteve
12-24-2008, 01:20
Links to several reputable underwater photo dealers who sell one or more options:

Nikon D40 Housings - Backscatter (http://www.backscatter.com/hostedstore/products/NikonD40Housing.html)
Nikon D40 Photo Housings, Marine Visions, Inc. (http://www.marinevisions.com/Nikon-D40-p-1-c-340.html)
Search Results : Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=e9f7fe3814bd08d28d43e2e85e69341f&keyword=Nikon+D40)
Nikon Housings | B&H Photo Video (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=search&A=search&Q=&sb=bs%2Cupper%28ds%29&sq=asc&sortDrop=Brand%3A+A+to+Z&ac=&bsi=&bhs=t&ci=5237&shs=&at=To+Fit_Nikon&basicSubmit=Submit+Query)

JCAT
12-24-2008, 05:33
Before you buy, I'd recommend really soul searching what kind of photos you want. You may decide that a PAS in a small housing will suit your needs and that'll be substantially cheaper than going the DSLR route.

Good advice from thesmoothdome.

cheers

BSea
12-24-2008, 10:03
Let's see . . . . Cheap Housing???

How about Chernobyl in Russia.:smiley36:

Seriously though, when you get to cameras & housings, the rule of thumb is not IF it will flood, but WHEN it will flood. So unless you are OK with the possibility of losing this camera, then you might think about an alternative.

And I'd go with Smoothdome's advice. In fact, you can get a PAS camera with housing & strobe for less than most good housings for your D40.

RoyN
12-24-2008, 13:43
Have to agree, the dSLR is going to be a heavy investment. For less then $400, you can get a decent Canon with either their housing or Ikelites housing. Another possible way is asking around for a used housing, but that is still gonna cost quite a bit. I think you should evaluate why you want to take an dSLR underwater such as for professional use or recreational use.

Italianprincess
12-24-2008, 13:55
I have a little Cannon PowerShot that takes great pictures. My housing was actually more than the camera, but worth it! Got it all on ebay AFTER significant research on the best combo to buy for underwater and regualr pictures! Now it may not be the BEST camera, but to me it's the best value for my needs! Even my BF uses my camera instead of his SLR on many occasions!