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mmakay
04-21-2009, 01:00
I've been shooting a Coolpix 5000 since it was the hot rig many years ago. With the fantastic combo of WC-E68 wide-angle adapter and dome port, you had respectable wide angle (19mm or 100deg fov!) and could still get good macro shots, without ever changing a wet lens or port.

I hadn't found anything that made me consider upgrading it ... until I saw the P6000. Deep down I knew this camera had what I wanted, but nobody made the housing that would give it the same capabilities I love about the CP5K. So, I came up with my own port for Ikelite's housing.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3622/3420485578_fce2934dc5.jpg

I need to test it more. Our next trip is to Curacao in about a week, so I hope to get lots of great shots with it. You can see a little more if you go to my Flickr page:

Flickr: mmakay's Photostream (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/)

DevilDiver
04-21-2009, 06:26
Looks great!
Nice work, where did you get the port glass? Did this come from the old set-up?

mmakay
04-21-2009, 09:57
Yeah, the port glass (acrylic in this case) is from an old Ikelite port.

mmakay
04-30-2009, 17:59
First photos! Not bad for not knowing the camera well, and 40ft vis.

Curacao '09 - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157617530789898/)

DevilDiver
04-30-2009, 20:00
Looks great! Very crisp and clear.........

gee
04-30-2009, 20:29
Nice job mmakay. Thanks for sharing. What strobe are you using?
First photos! Not bad for not knowing the camera well, and 40ft vis.

Curacao '09 - a set on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157617530789898/)

scubadiver888
04-30-2009, 21:02
mmakay,

I have a P6000 and D300. I'm considering getting into underwater photography. The cost of a D300 housing, etc. is WAY out of my price range right now. Talking to people I'm feeling like getting a housing for my P6000 is pointless.

You REALLY have my attention. Knowing that I know very little about underwater photography, is this viable for anyone to do? Your pictures look GREAT. What depth were they taken at? I'm also interested in what strobe you were using.

Is it just a matter of buying the Ikelite housing for the P6000, the WC-E76 wide-angle converter and mounting the WC-E76 in the Ikelite housing? Did you have to machine any of the parts?

mmakay
05-01-2009, 05:45
I use an Ikelite DS125. Most photos were at around 45-60 feet.

scubadiver888,
No, it's not quite that easy. I wish Ikelite made the port I use ... but I had to custom design it and have it machined. Without it, the P6000 is still a capable camera, but you will be limited to more "mocro" shots. I'd be willing to share the design with Ikelite if you can spark some interest with them to manufacture it for production.

scubadiver888
05-01-2009, 15:53
I use an Ikelite DS125. Most photos were at around 45-60 feet.

scubadiver888,
No, it's not quite that easy. I wish Ikelite made the port I use ... but I had to custom design it and have it machined. Without it, the P6000 is still a capable camera, but you will be limited to more "mocro" shots. I'd be willing to share the design with Ikelite if you can spark some interest with them to manufacture it for production.

Cool. I see you are on ScubaBoard and posting to the Ikelite forum. I'll follow up there and see if we can get the rep talking to you. :smiley20: