View Full Version : Time to upgrade! Oly 1030SW to Canon S90

01-27-2010, 21:11
well, finally bit the bullet...

going to upgrade from my 1030SW (I've taken some amazingly good pictures with it) to a Canon S90... the S90 has a larger sensor, seems to be way more sensitive, coupled with the F2.0 lens, should make for a great starting point...

just going to do the Canon housing - I've never had a problem with the other Canon housing I used to have, the Oly housing I have now, nor my co-workers Canon G9 housing...

what this is really leading up to is me upgrading my DSLR from the Oly E500 to an E520 and putting it all in a housing... I just can't justify those prices yet though... :)

01-28-2010, 07:55

Can't wait to see some photos, let us know what you think when you get it put together.

01-28-2010, 10:13
As long as you're not planning to use add-on lenses (wide angle or macro), and are ok with the work-around needed to use the back control dial, the Canon housing is probably good fit for your lifestyle.

01-28-2010, 10:43
its my understanding the ike doesn't give access to the rear dial...

thought about doing the ike housing after all, but that kinda sucks, and I'm not sure how often I would want to use a different lens... decisions decisions...

01-28-2010, 11:26
its my understanding the ike doesn't give access to the rear dial...

thought about doing the ike housing after all, but that kinda sucks, and I'm not sure how often I would want to use a different lens... decisions decisions...

Neither Ike nor the Canon give direct access to the rear dial, but there is a work-around that works with each.

Hold the S button, and then the buttons to the left and right on the dial function as up/down buttons, to simulate turning the dial.

From speaking to users that do this, it works, although it's not as elegant as it could have been and it makes adjustments a two-handed operation.

The Ike it better housing if you're going to be exceeding rec limits. (rated to 200' vs. 130') The Ike is the better housing if you're going to be adding on external lenses: It has a 67mm threaded port. You're stuck with 67mm, though, which is more of a pain than bayonet (AD mount) connections. And wide angle options are limited. Also, the Ike housing is really designed to be used with an external strobe... if you're wanting to use the internal flash, the lens tube is too big and blocks too much of the flash, casting a big shadow and rendering the internal flash fairly useless.

So Ike is a great choice if you're adding strobes and add-on lenses, and plan to take it deep.

If you want small and inexpensive, and want to use the internal strobe rather than an external one, the Canon housing is the way to go (of the two).

The Fix housing is the best by far, but it's HUGELY more expensive (more than 4x the Canon price). But it gives access to internal strobe, deeper depth rating, many more add-on lens options AND you can actually use the rear control dial as a dial.

01-29-2010, 15:33
I may just get the Canon housing for now and just upgrade later if deemed needed... or, by that time, I will have decided to splurge and get the housing for my Oly SLR...

01-29-2010, 18:54
bit the bullet... went ahead and ordered everything tonight... went overboard a little and got a decent strobe kit as well... total cost for everything was about $950... for anyone wanting to spend under $1000, I think this is the best setup I could imagine for the money...

Canon S90
Canon WP-DC35 housing
Ocean Optical base / lightweight arm set
Fantasea Remora Strobe / sync cable

and, I also found that Fantasea makes a wide angle lens that attaches to the front of the G7-G11 housings... since this housing is very similar (as far as lens shape goes), I wonder if one of those would work, or it Fantasea might end up making one specifically for it...

02-08-2010, 18:45
night dive friday, two dives today, and here are a couple results shots...

man, the external strobe makes it more difficult to get exposure perfect, but it makes it real easy to get lighting and reduce backscatter...


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02-08-2010, 18:51
So very nice Mitsu.....How's the wounded girl????

02-08-2010, 18:56
So very nice Mitsu.....How's the wounded girl????

she is doing good... has been on one short dive - put a bunch of stress on her ankle, so she is waiting a little while before the next one... maybe next week...

she is walking without crutches or a cane 99% of the time and range of motion is getting much much better...

02-08-2010, 19:07
Realy cool, thanks for posting.

What mode were you shooting in?

How do you like the Remora? How is the battery life?

02-08-2010, 19:21
Realy cool, thanks for posting.

What mode were you shooting in?

How do you like the Remora? How is the battery life?

at night, I had it in Program, I hadn't completely figured out the different pre-flash settings for the manual modes, or realized they were all different, so, I was a little confused and the strobe wasn't firing in Manual mode, turns out a simple setting was all it took...

once I spent a full evening in the living room shooting pictures trying settings, I got manual mode figured out, it is all I will probably ever use... it is really easy to look at the exposure meter on the back and with a little more experience, I'll probably be able to get closer to the correct exposure easier...

love the strobe - easy to use, even has a focus light attachment.... as far as battery life is concerned, well, I am using Duracell Lithium's (it takes 4 AA's) and I've shot at least 300 pictures underwater with it... it is still going strong, but it says 240 pictures approximately... quite a few of mine have been on less than full power for the strobe though, so that is probably why it is still working well... will most likely change before the next dive...

02-11-2010, 19:21
Great pictures Mistsu, I especially like the crab. Have you taken any topside pics with your new set up? Do they come out well?

02-11-2010, 19:25
no real top side pictures worth posting, just friends out and about... got some of a bonfire, but haven't pulled them off the camera yet...

my dry camera will probably remain my Oly E500 SLR... in love with that camera, and to me, its easier (from experience mostly) than the Canon is, for now at least...