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09-12-2007, 23:39
What would be the average cost of a decent UW photo setup? JUst curious

Charlotte Smith
09-12-2007, 23:41
Depends on how good you want the pics to be and Scuba Toys....I am SURE ...has the answer! Just give them a call...

09-13-2007, 00:25
I'd look at the mid-range Canon A-series cameras and a Canon housing. $200 or less for the camera, $130 or so for the housing, IIRC. That combo will take you quite a ways before you need to upgrade, if ever.

09-13-2007, 10:35
You can typically get started with a pretty decent camera plus underwater housing for less than $400. If you go with one of the more popular Canon, Nikon, or Olympus cameras, then you have something pretty nice for everyday use as well.

09-13-2007, 17:38
Depends on what you call decent? How long is a piece of string?


09-13-2007, 17:47
$250-500 for fun.
$500-1500 for like to take picture that look pretty dang good.
$1500-3000 I think I am a pro......
$3000+ If I don't figure out how to make money at this my wife is going to leave me.............
Give or take a couple of $$$

09-13-2007, 18:59
decent camera for you maybe overkill or piece of crap for someone else. you can get 200 camera + 200 housing for it (olympus, as an example) - that would be cheapest way. on the other hand you can get a camera for 30,000. ok, that's a bit unreasonable, but let's say good dSLR is $1000-2000, the housing is about the same. if you decide to go on the expensive road, you might as well get a strobe (few hundreds) and a set of lenses (hundreds). so you do the math.

edit: there are prosumer cameras that range for ~400, houseing is ~the same + strobe = around 1000. you don't need to buy any lenses as it comes with a non-detachable one.

09-13-2007, 21:42
How much for a good UW camera outfit is always hard to answer. There are really some nice quality cameras out there for not a whole lot of money (under $300).

Many of these are matched with housings in the $200 range. However, if you really want to protect your camera, and have access to all of its' features underwater, than an Ikelite housing is worth the extra investment.

The thing that a lot of people fail to factor in at first is the price of a decent strobe. In my opinion, a good strobe is a must. Even the best cameras aren't going to give you great shots if the image is underexposed. Strobes are often as much or more than the camera.

The bottom line is tat you need to figure out what kind of shots you'd like to take. Then tailor your camera system what you want to shoot and how much you want to spend.

09-13-2007, 21:56
Wow, a lot to ponder there - thanks! =]

09-14-2007, 20:23
Setout your budget and I bet a few people will give you great ideas on how to spend it.


09-14-2007, 20:38
i have a canon sd630 they no longer amke it but they do make the sd700 which is a great camera, the ikelite housing is 300 bucks. That will let you go pretty far, than another 3-5 hundred for a strobe, and another 2-3 for a wideangle and your good to go.

09-15-2007, 23:54
ST is a great scuba forum, but if you are really interesting in uw photography, recommend you try these sites:


Lots of really knowledgeable uw photographers there.

As stated in one of the earler posts, you really need a strobe to get quality pictures - the built in strobes don't have the power, and will generate incredible back scatter if you shoot anything over 18" away from the camera.

For a great starter camera that can take you a long way, the Fuji e900 (around 200), an Ikelite housing (around 250) and an Inon D2000s strobe (around 450) or Ikelite DS51 around 450 kit with strobe, controller, and strobe arm). I shot the predecessor to this camera Fuji 810 before I bought my DSLR setup - and had great luck - also a very nice small topside camera. Also, lots of people shoot Canon and Olympus P&S if you don't like Fuji.

09-18-2007, 03:28
if you already have a digital camera, finding the UW case for it could be a more economical way of having an UW camera.