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  Photography Forum: Underwater Photography Forum: 
  Q. Recommendation for a good underwater camera but not very expensive?

Asked by Henrique Folhas    (K=133) on 12/11/2003 
Recommendation for a good underwater camera but not very expensive?


    


Jim F
 Jim F  Donor  (K=8814) - Comment Date 12/11/2003
First you have to define what you consider inexpensive, because underwater photography and inexpensive do not seem to go together. If you want a cheep system, that is primarily designed for shallow underwater work, not more that 25 feet, the Ewa plastic bag systems are quite reliable and less than $100 for the without the camers. the next step would be with a Sea&Sea 35mm housed camera, but without a flash (more $) these dont preform too well with the loss of color and light below 40 to 50 feet. Then comes the higher end Sea&Sea and Nikonos systems. You can find fairly good used units with a matching flash on ebay for somewhere in the range of $600 to $800. depending on the lens you select. (35mm is the Nikonos standard, which preforms like a 50mm underwater). The low end Digital cameras with housing start around $900.00 and this doesnt include a flash. I just tried a Ricoh Caplio with a Sea&Sea housing that costs about $900. I used existing underwater video lights, but in general was only semi pleased with the system. And so it goes on up from there.
Good luck on your quest!







Jim F
 Jim F  Donor  (K=8814) - Comment Date 12/11/2003
First you have to define what you consider inexpensive, because underwater photography and inexpensive do not seem to go together. If you want a cheap system, that is primarily designed for shallow underwater work, not more that 25 feet, the Ewa plastic bag systems are quite reliable and less than $100 for the bag/housing without the camera. the next step would be with a Sea&Sea 35mm housed camera, but without a flash (more $) these dont preform too well with the loss of color and light below 40 to 50 feet. Then comes the higher end Sea&Sea and Nikonos systems. You can find fairly good used units with a matching flash on ebay for somewhere in the range of $600 to $800. depending on the lens you select. (35mm is the Nikonos standard, which preforms like a 50mm underwater). The low end Digital cameras with housing start around $900.00 and this doesnt include a flash. I just tried a Ricoh Caplio with a Sea&Sea housing that costs about $900. I used existing underwater video lights, but in general was only semi pleased with the system. And so it goes on up from there.
Good luck on your quest!







Bob Jarman
 Bob Jarman   (K=3145) - Comment Date 12/12/2003
I recommend you rent. A decent underwater camera and strobe is not cheap. Most dive resorts and some shops will rent you one to try.





 A Brito   (K=10699) - Comment Date 12/19/2003
Caro Henrique: Tenho uma caixa estanque Ikelite em optimo estado para venda, caso esteja interessado em equipamento em 2? mão. A caixa é para uma Canon Eos 500n e vendo também a camara. Caso queira ver o equipamento, por favor visite o meu site de fotografia subaquatica, e no link equipamento encontra o material que está à venda.
Qualquer esclarecimento não exite em contactar-me.

http://andrebrito.no.sapo.pt

Abraço
André Brito





 k m   (K=324) - Comment Date 12/31/2003
As stated before, it really depends on what you intend on doing with it. If you don't know much about it, it may be worthwhile to take a course/rent a camera first/buy a book about it.

What type of land camera do you have?

If its an olympus digital, id go with one of their housings. You'll get decent images better than from a disposable for a pretty good price. Of course, it's no housing.

Also look for used cameras. www.digideep.com and www.wetpixel.com both have classified forums with people occassionally selling off old film rigs, esp nikonos.





 Joe Johnson  Donor  (K=8529) - Comment Date 3/30/2005
I'd also suggest the C5050 Oly with housing - it's a nice underwater housing that they make for the camera, still avail. OEM or used. You could probably own both for under $550 even at ebay pricing. A more expensive housing and film or dSLR with two strobes could begin running into the thousands of dollars by comparison, though one would hope with marginally better results than (one would hope). Disadvantage of the Oly might be limited battery life, even with the newer 2400Nicad and keeping the LCD off when not in use. But even that amount of time might be measured in hours.





 Joe Johnson  Donor  (K=8529) - Comment Date 4/16/2005
Just noticed this - of course I meant NiMH. Don't know why I put, NiCad. NiMH is the one to use, not the older NiCad.





 carlos alberto  loff fonseca   (K=12) - Comment Date 6/23/2009
Here is one of my many photos taken in the Red Sea, Hurghada, Giftun Island reefs. My equipment was an EwaMarine for my Nikon D70 with lens Nikkor 18/70 (18), ISO 320, Speed 1/250sec, available light, AF acivated. My best regards.
http://www.photo-b.net/photo/29130
Please see att. also.



No air tanks were used.



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