View Full Version : sea and sea dx860 G kit

11-10-2007, 21:37
is this a good starter set up

11-11-2007, 10:14

11-11-2007, 10:50
i haven't used the 860g. i've got the 8000g and i like it very much. sea and sea makes a good product. i think the main difference b/t them is that the 8000g has many more manual options that don't come on the 860. i've also got the 27dx strobe which i like. not sure if you were looking at strobes but they are a must to get some color in your shots. sorry i couldn't be more helpful on the 860.

11-11-2007, 11:37
im looking at the 860 kit which comes with the ys27 strobe and a macro lens. i think it cost 899 at my LDS and thats what im planning on asking for christmas. Im just woundering if for that price i can get a betetr set up?

11-11-2007, 12:05
Personally I don't see it. A 12.1 MP Canon A-650 P/S with Canon WP-DC18 U/W housing doubles the image resolution for $20 more. (based on ST prices)

The A650 also has at least one u/w auto-exposure mode. I found it interesting that the 860G doesn't - at least it wasn't mentioned in the ST description.

6X optical Zoom vs 3X. Double's the zoom (on the surface) to 210MM vs. 135MM for the 860G. And a 4X Digital zoom. (but turn it off)

Macro on the Canon is .39 in. compared to 2 in. on the 860G. At 1/3 of an inch why do you need a Macro Lens? - except maybe for wider angle shots - I'm a little fuzzy on that aspect since I don't shoot macro much.

And the A650 has Optical Image Stabilization.

Neither camera has a hotshoe so both will use the YS27's fiber optic external flash trigger. The Sea/Sea housing has an "accessory" shoe, but it's not a flash trigger point afaik. Not really sure what it's for. And you really don't want the flash over the lens since that causes backscatter.

If you get more serioius about a housing later on, Ikelite builds a housing (http://www.ikelite.com/web_two/can_a650.html) for the A650 so you've got an upgrade path without having to buy a new camera. With Sea/Sea I believe you're limited to their housing.

In all fairness, the Sea/Sea housing does have a 19' deeper depth rating than the Canon's 131'. But that's the only advantage I saw.

Links to the Canon camera and housing:
2089B001 Canon Powershot A650 Digital Camera Kit, 12.1 MP, 6x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, 2.5" LCD Screen (http://www.adorama.com/ICAA650.html)
2315B001 Canon WP-DC18 Waterproof Housing for PowerShot A650 IS, Waterproof down to 131'. (http://www.adorama.com/ICAWPDC18.html)


11-11-2007, 12:50
so is that the rout i should go? i shoud ljsut get a canon camera and housing and get the 27 strobe?

11-11-2007, 14:33
I have no idea what your situation is so all I was doing is offering a (imho) better alternative. There's about 50 other possible combinations of housings and cameras on Adorama's website, all are cheaper than the 860G and most will have better or comparable specs.

11-11-2007, 14:42
well im wanting to spen about 1000-1200 dollars on a housing camera and strobe what are my options?

11-11-2007, 14:58
Hey, you're in SoCal.

So is my dealer, H2OPhotopros (http://www.H2Ophotopros.com).

They're just opening a new store in Newport Beach. Ask for Mike.

Tell him Steve from Phoenix sent you, I'm building brownie points for a discount on an HD u/w monitor for my video housing.

11-11-2007, 15:11
thats right next to my school awsome thanks!