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Recsea RX-100 III Housing Review

Scott Gietler
Detailed review and specs for the Recsea RX-100 III housing with sample underwater photos.

 

Recsea RX-100 III Housing Review


Detailed Review and Specs for the Recsea RX-100 III Housing

By Scott Gietler

 

 

 
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Recsea housings are made of high quality machined aluminum with excellent controls and full camera functionality. The Recsea housings fit the camera like a glove, offering the smallest housing on the market without losing any functionality. Easy to use, adaptable with many different wet wide-angle and macro lenses, and including strobe connections, the Recsea housing is the perfect tool for taking your Sony RX-100 III underwater.

 

Recsea RX-100 III Housing Key Features

  • Compact and durable, CNC precision machined corrosion-resistant aluminum housing
  • Lightweight, ergonomically designed
  • Maximum Operating Depth (MOD) of 100 meters (328ft)
  • Half-Press Shutter Trigger for precise camera shutter control
  • Fixed lens port
  • Original Secure-Latch locking mechanism for easy opening and closing
  • Front Port Control Ring
  • Read Control Dial with push button function
  • Quality silicone O-ring with wider back cover contact surface for added protection at greater depths
  • Complete camera function control
  • Supports a variety of wet lens accessories
  • Includes 67mm adapter

 

Wet Lens Options

Wet lenses are used on compact camera housings to exand creative options by for macro and wide-angle shooting. If you're new to underwater photography with the Sony RX-100 III, check out our comprehensive article 'Wet Lenses for Underwater Photography'.

Below are our recommended wet lenses for the Recsea RX100 III housing:

 

 

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Nauticam RX-100 III Housing Specs & Review

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Nauticam Accounces RX-100 III Housing - 1st with Vacuum Valve & other Big Upgrades

 

Nauticam Housing for Sony RX100 III


Nauticam Announces RX100III Housing - 1st with Vacuum Value & other Big Upgrades

By UWPG News, July 17, 2014

 

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Nauticam has announced their housing for the Sony RX100 III. This housing inherits much from Nauticam's compact camera housing line, but with a few important additions. The Sony RX100III is sure to be a hit with underwater photographers, building on the great success of the RX100 andRX100 II. If you haven't yet, check out Scott Gietler's Initial Thoughts on the RX100 III for underwater photography.

 

New for the NA-Rx100 III

  • Updated fiber optic block
  • Built-in vacuum check system
  • 2 accesory bulkhead ports
  • Support for routing HDMI cables for an external monitor

 

Ship Date:  August 1, 2014

MSRP:  $995 USD

 

Order your Nauticam NA-RX100III on Bluewater Photo

 

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

Announcing NA-RX100III

The New Housing for the Sony RX100 III

Nauticam is pleased to announce the release of it's newest aluminum underwater camera housing for the Sony RX100 III. The NA-RX100III inherits much from its hugely popular predecessors, but manages to add the innovative touch with new features not previously seen in a compact camera housing. 

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

 

The Sony RX100 III

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III, as it is officially known, is the third in the series of advanced, large sensor compact cameras from Sony. The RX100 line is hugely popular with underwater enthusiasts, and has proven itself as an excellent performer in terms of both image quality and usability. RX100III is a more professional model with a much improved lens, popup electronic viewfinder, a built-in neutral density filter, and more. 

The RX100III is built around a 20 megapixel 1” CMOS imaging sensor, and gets an updated image processor called Bionz X. Image quality is exceptional. 

The big news is the lens. It is a 24-70mm equivalent with aperture ranging from f/1.8 to f/2.8, considerably faster than the RX100II. Not only will this enable more shallow depth of field shots, but it will make focusing easier. The lens also focuses more closely than its predecessors, meaning shooting small subjects is more achievable without a close-up lens.

The display panel is a 3” TFT-LCD, with something Sony calls “WhiteMagic”, which is a technology that adds a white sub-pixel to the normal RGB array, allowing for a brighter screen in bright daylight with reduced energy consumption. The display panel is articulated, and can tilt a full 180 degrees, allowing for the inevitable “selfie” shot. 

The electronic viewfinder is a small popup on the left side of camera. The resolution is 1.4Mdot, though the screen itself is quite small. While useful topside, especially in bright sunlight, the small size and low magnification (0.59x) would make it less beneficial underwater.  A better choice is the large 3" LCD screen, combined with a Nauticam LCD Magnifier (p/n 25106) and rails (p/n 25131).  This combo provides a shaded, magnified image allowing easy confirmation of fine focus.

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

 

Nauticam NA-RX100III

The NA-RX100III sets a new standard for compact camera housings. While it builds on the success of the NA-RX100 and NA-RX100II, it is clear that Nauticam did not just copy and paste this housing into existence. The features you'd expect are certainly present, like ergonomic design, the clearly labelled controls, sculpted shutter release and more. A closer look reveals features like an updated fiber optic connection block, built-in vacuum check system, 2 accessory bulkhead ports and support for routing HDMI cables for an external monitor. 

 

Whale Shark

Shot with Sony RX100II in the NA-RX000III housing, with Inon UWL-H100



The NA-RX1000III is milled from a block of solid aluminum, then hard anodized. The result is a rugged and reliable piece of gear that will stand up to saltwater and the daily rigors of diving. Since the housing accesses all of the camera controls, including the front control ring, the user can take advantage of the enhanced programmability in the RX00III. 

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

 

NA-RX100III Feature Checklist

  • Secure, easy to use locking latch
  • Ergonomic controls with size, shape and color differentiation
  • All camera controls accessible
  • All controls clearly labeled
  • Popup/push down flash lever
  • Fiber optic bulkhead
  • Integrated leak detector and optional vacuum check
  • M10 mounting ball
  • Cold shoe mount
  • 67mm threaded port mount
  • 1/4-20 tripod or tray mounting holes
  • Sculpted, sensitive shutter release
  • M16 bulkhead port for HDMI output
  • M14 bulkhead port for vacuum valve
 

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

 

Going Wide or Going Small

The RX100 housings feature an industry standard 67mm threaded port mount, meaning it is easy to attach a number of different wet mount lenses. 

While the new 24-70mm lens Sony installed in this camera is terrific, and reasonably wide, going wider allows the underwater photographer to get closer to their subject. Getting close means less water, and less particulate, between subject and camera, and results in more colorful images.

 

Whale Shark

Shot with Sony RX100II in the NA-RX000III housing, with Inon UWL-H100

 

Testing indicates that the Inon UWL-H100 (either in the m67 mount or the LD mount) is an ideal wide angle lens for the RX100III. This combination will result in a diagonal FOV of approximately one hundred and ten degrees (110º). 

On the macro end, the Nauticam Super Macro Converter 1 (SMC) is the ideal choice and enables about a 1" vertical subject to fill the frame.  This is over 4x magnification provided by the stock lens (stock lens images 160mm wide, SMC 38mm wide).

Whale Shark

 

Nauticam Vacuum Check System

In a feat worthy of Houdini, the engineers at Nauticam managed to squeeze in the Nauticam vacuum monitoring and leak detection electronics. By default, it serves as an audible and visual leak detector, but add a Nauticam M14 Vacuum Valve, (p/n 25611) and it becomes a vacuum check system.  The vacuum monitoring system provides early warning for any problem with watertight integrity - which means peace of mind when shooting underwater. 

Nauticam RX100III Underwater Housing

 

The 2 bulkheads and the indicator light for the vacuum/leak system

 

 

Nauticam RX100III Underwater Housing

 

 

 

M14 vacuum valve installed, and green light indicating solid vacuum

 

 

Video

Video gets an update in the “III” as well. The camera now supports XAVC S, at up to 50Mbps, shooting HD at 60p. More importantly, the RX100III eschews “line skipping”, sampling the entire sensor before downsizing to the recorded resolution. The results are very impressive. In the comparisons posted on DPReview.com, the video frame grab from the RX100III clearly out resolves and displays less moiré than cameras like the Nikon D610 and even the Sony A7.

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

The standard NA-RX100III housing supports HDMI out, via an optional HDMI bulkhead connected to the M16 accessory hole in the front of the housing. This means that the underwater videographer can use either excellent SmallHD DP4 Monitor (in the NA-DP4 housing, p/n 17901) or the Atomos Ninja 2 Recorder (NA-NINJA2 housing, p/n 17902). The Ninja can record high quality ProRes HD video at around 220 Mbps, which is made possible by the "clean" HDMI output option in the camera. 

 

Recommended Accessories


Nauticam 




p/n

Item

Description

25611 M14 Vacuum Valve Enables vacuum check system, allowing for check of watertight integrity
81201 SMC Super Macro Converter; add on lens that provides close focus macro with minimal distortion
25101 M67 Flip Diopter Holder Enables quick installation and removal of the SMC underwater by flipping lens in place or out of the way
71201 Easitray Simple tray with comfortable rubberized hand grips
71207 Flexitray Adjustable tray with comfortable rubberized hand grips
71209 Flexitray W Wider Flexitray, also allows for tripod use
71208 Right Handle Right handle for Easitray or Flexitray
71311 Ball for Easi/Flexitray 1" Mounting ball for either tray, allows mounting strobes/lights using Nauticam arms/clamps
36316 Compact Handstrap Comfortable handstrap for right side of housing
36323 Long Handstrap Longer version of handstrap for larger hands
25106 LCD Magnifier Enlarge the view of the LCD; easy to see in bright sun, and can adjust diopter
25131 LCD Magnifier Rails Allows installation of LCD Magnifier
25221 M10 ball Mount point for lighting hardware
25514 Ball adapter (Inon) Allows mounting of Inon strobe
various Arms/Clamps Nauticam mounting hardware
various Carbon fiber buoyancy arms Arm that provides extra buoyancy to offset heavy lights or strobes
26214 Fiber optic cable for Inon Strobe Allows fast, accurate automatic flash exposure (TTL) over fiber, with no sync cables to flood or corrode
26215 Fiber optic cable for Sea&Sea strobe Allows fast, accurate automatic flash exposure (TTL) over fiber, with no sync cables to flood or corrode

 

Recommended Third Party Accessories from Inon, Keldan, FIX NEO



Item

Description

Inon UWL-H100 28m67 type 2 Recommended wide angle wet mount lens
Inon Z-240 Powerful, reliable strobe with excellent coverage
Inon S-2000 Smallest strobe, ideal for travel
FIX NEO 2000 SWR Focus light with Wide, Spot and Red light options
Keldan LUNA 4 Compact 5000 lumen video light
 

 

Nauticam RX-100 III Housing

 

Details and Specifications

  • Depth Rating:  100m
  • Weight: 0.83kg
  • Dimensions: 150mm (w) x 101mm (h) x 107mm (d)

 

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Olympus E-M1 Housing Guide

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Overview of 4 Underwater Housing Choices for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera

 

Olympus E-M1 Housing Guide

Overview of 4 Underwater Housing Choices for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 has quickly become one of the best Micro 4/3 cameras for underwater photography. Compact in size, the E-M1 contains a 16MP MOS 4/3 format sensor and an advanced autofocus that uses both contrast and phase detection across 81 points. The fast autofocus, HD video recording, improved low light capabilities, wifi and burst mode capturing up to 12 fps are strong selling points.

The OM-D E-M1 has a strong selection of lenses to help underwater photographers capture incredible macro and wide-angle shots. These include the:

Panasonic 8mm Fisheye:  Sharp, wide fisheye lens that is a favorite for wide-angle and close-focus wide-angle underwater photography.

Olympus 9-18mm:  Great rectilinear wide-angle lens for shooting wide-angle subjects you can't get very close to, including sharks, whales, sea lions, etc.

Olympus 12-50mm:  The ultimate lens in terms of ultimate flexibility underwater. This is for those who only want to purchase one lens and port.

Olympus 60mm Macro:  Our top pick for macro photography. Fast focus and great magnification make this a must-have lens for macro and super-macro.

The housing manufacturers match these lenses with a variety of great port options. Macro ports will be flat while ports for the 8mm fisheye and some of the wider Olympus lenses will be domes of various sizes, both acrylic and glass.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Resources

The team at Bluewater Photo has put together some great resources for those interested in purchasing the E-M1 and those already shooting the E-M1. Check out the camera review for detailed specs on the camera, pros and cons vs compacts and DSLRs and a wealth of other info to help you decide if this is the camera for you.

Detailed Olympus E-M1 Camera Review

Check out the shooting guide for best recommended settings for macro and wide-angle, lens choices and other great info.

Underwater Shooting Guide for Olympus E-M1

Learn the best underwater settings for Olympus PEN and OM-D cameras - updated for the E-M1.

Olympus PEN and OM-D Underwater Settings

 

This article will compare the four housings available for the E-M1, listed in alphabetical order:

  • Aquatica
  • Nauticam
  • Olympus
  • Recsea

 

 

Aquatica AE-M1 Housing

Aquatica has re-entered the mirrorless game with the AE-M1 housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Years of experience manufacturing housings has led Aquatica to create yet another simple, reliable and ergonomic housing. A variety of ports and extensions allows use of the popular micro 4/3 lenses while an optional vacuum leak detect system provides divers confidence when submerging their housing.

 

 

Weight:  Approx. 2.09kg (no handles, vacuum valve installed)

Size:  Approx. Width: 233mm (without handles), Height: 163mm, Depth: 114mm

Opening Housing:  Plastic twist latch - secure and easy to use. Housing back is hinged on one side.

Adding/Removing Camera:  Tripod mount attaches to camera (coin or screwdriver required) then slides into housing. LCD screen must be lifted slightly. This means that the screen sits at an upward angle in the housing, creating a better viewing angle when the camera is low to the ground (i.e. for macro). Must lift on/off switch lever before inserting camera.

Control Access:  Access to all primary camera controls except LCD touchscreen.

Ergonomics:  Buttons are spaced out and well labeled for easy use with fingers or gloves. Solid, fluid feel when pushing. Horizontal shutter lever is very ergonomic. Dials easy to twist with one finger and oversized zoom knob allows for very smooth zooming during video. Video record button moved into thumb lever position right behind trigger for ergonomic on/off with hand on handle. Focus lock (AEL/AFL) lever ergonomically placed at right thumb.

Build:  Annodized aluminum with military grade powder coat with stainless steel buttons and easy-to-grip powder coated knobs. Screw mount for ball (instead of cold shoe mount).

Depth Rating:  90 meters (300 feet). Upgradeable to 130m (425ft).

Ease of Port Change:  Twist bayonet mount for adding/removing the port. Most ports feature a built-in port lock to eliminate any possibility of unintentional twisting. The external lens release button allows ports and lenses to be changed from the front of the housing, meaning your main housing o-ring remains safely sealed between dives.

Port Selection:  Excellent, providing options for the popular Panasonic 8mm fisheye and Olympus lenses for wide-angle and macro shooting. Aquatica offers the 8" acryllic SW8 dome port, which has been specifically designed for micro 4/3 camera lenses. The SW8 is the only 8" dome available for mirrorless cameras, making over-under split shots a breeze.

O-Ring Maintenance:  Easy to see and remove o-ring on housing back and port. Port o-ring should be greased at every close to ensure smooth twisting of the bayonet mount.

Price:  $1,699

In the Box:  Housing, handles, leak detect alarm installed, o-rings & grease

Extras:  Vaccum leak detect system (requires preorder of vacuum electronics, bulkhead and vaccum valve/pump). Bulkhead available for shooting with sync cords.

Purchase:  Aquatica AE-M1 Housing on Bluewater Photo

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Nauticam NA-EM1 Housing

Nauticam has made waves in recent years with aluminum housings engineered for maximum ergonomics. Their housings are a top choice for mirrorless shooters and the NA-EM1 is no different. A variety of ports and extensions allow use of the popular micro 4/3 lenses while an optional vacuum leak detect system provides divers confidence when submerging their housing.

 

 

Weight:  Approx. 1.39kg (no handles)

Size:  Approx. Width: 201mm (without handles), Height: 163mm, Depth: 115mm

Opening Housing:  Plastic twist latch- secure and easy to use. Housing back is hinged on one side.

Adding/Removing Camera:  Tripod mount attaches to camera (finger screw) then easily slides into housing. LCD screen must be lifted slightly. This means that the screen sits at an upward angle in the housing, creating a better viewing angle when the camera is low to the ground (i.e. for macro). Must lift on/off switch lever before inserting camera.

Control Access:  Access to all primary camera controls except LCD touchscreen.

Ergonomics:  Buttons are easy to press (minimal action), positioned closely together and well-marked. Horizontal shutter lever is very ergonomic. Plastic dials have big ridges, making them easy to twist with one finger. Video record button moved to thumb button position on back right of housing for more ergonomic on/off with hand on handle. Focus lock (AEL/AFL) lever ergonomically placed at right thumb.

Build:  Anodized aluminum, plastic buttons, rubber zoom knob, galvanized steel rods. Cold shoe mount.

Depth Rating:  100m (328 feet)

Ease of Port Change:  Nauticam's signature Port Locking Lever allows quick and easy changes without having to twist or turn the port on the housing. The external lens release button allows ports and lenses to be changed from the front of the housing, meaning your main housing o-ring remains safely sealed between dives.

Port Selection:   Excellent, providing options for the popular Panasonic 8mm fisheye and Olympus lenses for wide-angle and macro shooting. Lenses from previous Olympus four-thirds DSLR cameras are now supported with the optional extension ring. In addition to the wide-range of Nauticam ports, Zen makes a 7" glass dome for this housing - perfect for those interested in improved optics and over-under split shots.

O-Ring Maintenance:  Easy to see and remove o-ring on housing back and port.

Price:  $1,850

In the Box:  Housing, handles, port cover, leak detect sensor installed, o-rings & grease

Extras:  Vaccum leak detect system (electronics come in housing, need to purchase vacuum valve/pump. Easy installation). Compatible with Nauticam 180 and 45 degree external viewfinders. Bulkhead available for shooting with sync cord.

Product Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmSaSQ1URoo

Purchase:  Nauticam NA-EM1 Housing on Bluewater Photo

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Olympus PT-EP11 Housing

Olympus developed the PT-EP11 housing to complement its flagship OM-D E-M1 camera. The polycarbonate housing is lightweight with well-labeled buttons and a great port release system. It is depth rated to well below the recreational limit and has ports that accomodate all popular underwater lenses for the E-M1. 
 
Their housings for the E-PL3, E-PM1 and E-PL5 are very popular due to their great price point, although photographers tend to go with the aluminum housings for higher end cameras like the OM-D E-M5 and E-M1 since the price increase is small.

Weight:  Approx. 1.28kg (no handles)

Size:  Approx. Width: 208mm, Height: 163mm, Depth: 129mm

Opening Housing:  Plastic twist latch that's secure and easy to use. Housing back is hinged on one side.

Adding/Removing Camera:  Camera slides directly into housing without tripod mount. Fits snugly and housing controls meet up nicely with camera controls. Must lift on/off switch lever before inserting camera.

Control Access:  Access to all primary camera controls except LCD touchscreen.

Ergonomics:  Large, well-labeled plastic buttons have a small amount of play. Vertical shutter lever activation. Great rear and zoom knobs. Front dial may requires two fingers to twist. Video record button on top right of housing, matching camera body placement. Focus lock (AEL/AFL) button matches camera body placement and can't be reached while finger is on shutter release lever (if using a handle). Many photographers program that button to focus, which is very useful in certain macro & wide-angle situations.

Build:  Polycarbonate with plastic buttons and steel rods. Cold shoe mount.

Depth Rating:  45 meters (147 feet)

Ease of Port Change:  Olympus port system featuring small plastic port lock allows quick and easy changes without having to twist or turn the port on the housing. The external lens release button allows ports and lenses to be changed from the front of the housing, meaning your main housing o-ring remains safely sealed between dives.

Port Selection:   Dome and flat ports are available to support a wide range of Olympus lenses, as well as the popular Panasonic 8mm Fisheye. Adapter available to use Zen 4" acryllic dome with the Olympus 9-18mm lens.

O-Ring Maintenance:  Easy to see and remove o-ring on housing back and port.

Price:  $1,434 (including $175 for handles)

In the Box:  Housing, port cover, o-rings & grease

Extras:  Detachable eye magnifier allows 100% visibility of the extra large E-M1 electronic viewfinder while wearing a diving mask.

Purchase:  Olympus PT-EP11 Housing on Bluewater Photo

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Recsea RDH-OMEM1 Housing

Recsea housings, made in Japan, are very popular on compact cameras. This experience building quality housings for small cameras is apparent in the RDH-OMEM1 housing - it's the smallest available. The machined aluminum body is stylish and compatible with Recsea ports that accomodate all popular underwater lenses for the E-M1. 
 

 

Weight:  Approx. 1.45kg (no handles)

Size:  Approx. Width: 185mm, Height: 154mm, Depth: 99mm

Opening Housing:  Two plastic housing latches are easy to open, allowing housing back to be completely removed. 

Adding/Removing Camera:  Camera is screwed directly into housing via tripod mount finger screw. Left camera strap ring and eyepiece must be removed for proper fit. Must lift on/off switch lever before inserting camera and ensure it is aligned properly.

Control Access:  Access to all primary camera controls except LCD touchscreen.

Ergonomics:  Smallest housing available for E-M1. Buttons easy to press. While not individually labled, there is a button diagram on back right of housing. On/off switch, AF mode button and shooting mode buttons on top left of housing are not labeled. Small dial knobs complement compact size. Video record button on top right of housing, matching camera body placement. Focus lock (AEL/AFL) button matches camera body placement and can't be reached while finger is on shutter release lever (if using a handle). Many photographers program that button to focus, which is very useful in certain macro & wide-angle situations.

Build:  Anodized aluminum alloy, plastic buttons and knobs with galvanized stainless steel shafts. Cold shoe mount.

Depth Rating:  100 meters (328 feet)

Ease of Port Change:  Twist bayonet mount for adding/removing the port. Recsea's port lock button doubles as a lens release, allowing ports and lenses to be changed from the front of the housing, meaning your main housing o-ring remains safely sealed between dives. 

Port Selection:  Dome and flat ports are available to accomodate Olympus lenses and the popular Panasonic 8mm Fisheye.

O-Ring Maintenance:  Easy to see and remove o-ring on housing back. Port o-ring is more difficult to access.

Price:  $1,935 (including $175 for handles)

In the Box:  Housing, o-rings & grease

Purchase:  Recsea OM-D E-M1 Housing on Bluewater Photo

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Comparison Chart

 
 
 

Summary - Which Housing for You?

 
Aquatica
 
The Aquatica AE-M1 housing feels solid and tough, with fluid action of all controls placed in ergonomic positions. The control dials are the largest of all the housings and easy to use. Build quality is outstanding. The price is on the lower side however the weight is more than other housing options. The vacuum leak detector system is highly recommended as an add-on, not because there are any concerns with the housing, but because you will feel more relaxed knowing the housing is secure when entering the water. The option of an 8-inch dome port for the 9-18mm lens make this an excellent choice for over-under shots.
 
 
Nauticam
 
The Nauticam NA-EM1 housing is a pleasure to use, both with ergonomics and in the ease of changing ports. Nauticam's unique port lock eliminates the need for any twisting. We dived with this housing extensively in Anilao, Philippines and the performace underwater was flawless with excellent shutter control. The price is higher compared to the competition but the quality is high. Divers who have tried the vacuum leak detector system now swear by it, and we recommend it as an add-on.
 
Olympus
 
The Olympus PT-EP11 housing is the most economical housing available, however it doesn't have the same craftsmanship as its competitors. The polycarbonate body makes it a lightweight choice and easy to use for newer divers and underwater photographers.
 
Recsea
 
The Recsea RDH-OMEM1 is the most compact and also the most expensive housing option for the E-M1. Small button configuration and compact dials make the housing most suitable for glove-free diving. Advanced shooters will appreciate the discrete nature of the controls while newer shooters may not know where to find certain camera controls. Recsea's glass 4-inch fisheye dome port will be appreciated by divers who have scratched their softer acrylic ports.
 
 
 

Olympus E-M1 Sample Photos

 
Underwater macro photo with Olympus E-M1
 
Sawblade shrimp shot with the 60mm macro lens in Anilao, Philippines.
Photo: Scott Gietler
 

Underwater shark photo with Olympus E-M1

Blue shark shot with Panasonic 8mm Fisheye lens during a Bluewater Photo dive trip.
Photo: Scott Gietler

 

Underwater wide-angle photo with Olympus E-M1

Reefscape shot with Panasonic 8mm Fisheye lens during the Bluewater Photo Anilao workshop. Photo: Scott Gietler

 

 

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Fantasea Line FG16 Housing Review

Brent Durand
Specs, Features, Accessories and Underwater Photos

 

Fantasea Line FG16 Housing Review


Specs, Features, Accessories and Underwater Photos

By Brent Durand with Settings & U/W Photos from Scott Gietler

 

 

 
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The Fantasea Line FG16 is a versatile housing for Canon’s popular G16 camera, manufactured for function, style and durability. The G16 is the latest in a line of advanced compact cameras packed full of features. With full manual control, smart DSLR-like ergonomics, close minimum focus distance, RAW image capture, hotshoe mount and many other functions, the G16 has a reputation among underwater photographers for excellent macro performance.

Fantasea’s FG16 housing complements the G16, offering full functionality, ease-of-use, light and compact design, affordability and a wide range of accessories for underwater photography and video.

 

Specs

  • Depth rated to 60m/200 feet
  • Ergonomic design
  • Made from durable injection molded Polycarbonate
  • Full access to all camera controls & functions with clearly marked controls
  • Shock resistant
  • Double O-ring seal
  • Special mount for lighting accessories
  • Removable double fiber optic cable connection
  • Removable flash diffuser
  • Easy and secure installation of camera
  • Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen
  • Moisture Detector & Alarm
  • Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
  • Compatible with a wide range of underwater photo accessories
  • Weight (with camera on land): 1.1 kg
  • Weight (with camera in 3.6% salt water): -0.3 kg
  • Dimensions (without accessories): 17 x 13 x 13.5 cm \ 6.7 x 5.11 x 5.4 inch (W x D x H)
  • Manufacturer's warranty included

 

 

In the Box

The Fantasea FG16 comes with all the accessories needed for a great kit, as well as the building blocks for a full rig with strobes, wet lenses and more.

-       Snap-on flash diffuser

-       Snap-on double fiber optic cable connector

-       LCD Hood

-       Neoprene hand strap/grip

-       Padded neoprene lens port cover

-       Extra o-ring, grease and removal tool

 

 

In the Lab

The FG16 housing looks stylish and functional right out of the box. The buttons/knobs are clearly labeled and placed in the same layout as on the G16 body. The front dial and exposure compensation dial each have a control knob on the housing. The zoom lever, camera mode dial (auto, manual, video, TV, AV, video, etc), and flash-up/down are easy to use. The video record button stands out for quick access when switching between photo & video modes.

 

 

The top of the housing has a cold shoe mount for attaching a ball mount and focus light, GoPro or other accessory. The built-in moisture detector and alarm provides confidence in the system when underwater. Opening and closing the housing is easy.

New underwater photographers will enjoy using the built-in flash diffuser for close-ups and snap-on RedEye filter for wide shots (which brings color and contrast back into u/w scenes), along with the neoprene handgrip.

More advanced shooters can pop on the dual fiber optic cable connector and mount the housing to Fantasea’s Blue Ray Tray and Flex Arm for use with video light and/or strobe. The snap-on EyeDaptor allows use of macro and wet lenses from Fantasea or other manufacturers.

 

 

 

In the Water

The Fantasea Line FG16 housing performs as advertised in the water. The clear labeling on the controls makes it easy to find and change settings. UWPG Publisher & Bluewater Photo owner Scott Gietler, took the Fantasea FG16 into the water for some testing with a variety of wet lenses, and as you can see, the results are great!

 

Canon G16 in Fantsea FG16 housing, dual Sea & Sea YS-D1 strobes, manual strobe power. F6.3, 1/125, ISO 100.

 

Canon G16 in Fantasea FG16 housing with Bluewater +7 macro lens. F8, 1/1000, ISO 100.

 

 

Best Camera Settings

Scott Gietler’s recommendations are below:

For macro and super macro, I like to start at F8, 1/1000th, ISO 100. This does a good job of blocking out ambient light. For wide-angle, I’ll shoot at F6.3, 1/125th, ISO 100 – but these settings can change considerably depending on the ambient light available or if the sun is in the frame. We do recommend shooting at F6.3 – F8 when using a wide-angle lens for sharper corners.

AF-point zoom is a really nice feature when shooting macro. Turn it on in the shooting menu (3rd menu). It shows you a magnified zoom of the center when focusing.

I like shooting in RAW, auto white balance, spot focus mode, center weighted average metering, AF-assist beam off.

Further infomation can be found in the Bluewater Photo Canon G16 shooting guide.

 

Canon G16 in Fantasea FG16 housing with Bluewater G-series wide-angle lens F4, 1/125, ISO 100.

 

Conclusion

The Fantasea Line FG16 is a great underwater housing for the Canon G16. There is a lot of value for the price, making it a must-upgrade over Canon’s simple housing. There is room to grow as a photographer and add accessories as they’re needed.

 

For more information and to purchase an FG16 housing, visit Bluewater Photo Fantasea FG16 Housing.

 

 

About the Authors

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, photographer and writer dedicated to capturing unique underwater, ocean lifestyle and adventure images. Brent is editor of the Underwater Photography Guide. Make sure to follow UWPG on Facebook for updates on everything underwater-photography.

 

Scott Gietler is publisher of the Underwater Photography Guide and owner of Bluewater Photo and Bluewater Travel. He enjoys helping others learn underwater photography online, in the store, and during international photo trips that he attends with his customers.

 

 

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Housing Review: Nauticam NA-D7100

Brent Durand
Complete Review, Key Features & Benefits, Underwater Tests & More

 

Housing Review: Nauticam NA-D7100


Complete Review, Key Features & Benefits, Underwater Tests & More

By Brent Durand

 

Presented by:  LensProToGo.com

 

 

 
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We’re continuing our series of in-depth housing reviews on the Underwater Photography Guide – this time diving with the Nauticam NA-D7100. The Nikon D7100 is one of the top choices for underwater photography and has proved very popular since its release in early 2013.  With 24.1 megapixels paired with Nikon’s DX-format CMOS sensor, the camera is fast and has great image quality. Check out our Nikon D7100 Review for detailed info on the camera.

 

 

NA-D7100 Housing Overview

Nauticam released the NA-D7100 on the heels of housings for the D600 and D800, incorporating their trademark engineering and ergonomic design into the build. The housing contains many of the features that separate new Nauticam housings from the competition, including a very simple and secure port locking latch system (*note that all housings in this category have differentiators).

The D7100 housing is supported by a wide range of ports, allowing flexibility in use of lenses for underwater still photography and video. Other Nauticam accessories are easy to add, including 45 and 180 degree viewfinders.

 

 

Key Features  

 

  • Sensitive Two-Stage Shutter Release
    • Easy to gauge half press. Gives fine control over shutter release
  • AE-L / AF-L Lever
    • Easy thumb focusing or thumb focus lock
  • Front Command Dial
    • Directly under shutter lever for easy aperture changes
  • Rear Command Dial
    • Change shutter speed with thumb
  • Multi Controller Pad
    • Instantly change focus points, even diagonal movement
  • Manual Zoom / Focus Knob
    • Zoom or focus with left hand on handle
  • ISO Paddle at Left Thumb
    • Access ISO control easily with thumb as well as zoom out during image review
  • Flash Pop Up & Push Down
  • Playback Button lever at Left Thumb
    • Effortlessly review images
  • Release Mode Dial
    • Quick access to shooting modes (ie continuous)
  • Info Button
    • Use right thumb to turn settings info on/off on LCD screen
  • Mode Dial
    • Switch between P, M and A modes easily
  • Trash, Menu, WB/?, Qual/+ Info Push Buttons
    • These buttons easy to reach with left thumb
  • Movie/Still Mode Lever
    • Easily preview 16:9 aspect ratio for movies
  • Live View
    • Easily push red live view button with right thumb
  • Start / Stop Video on Thumb Paddle
    • Paddle reduces camera shake when starting/stoping recording
  • AF-M Lever
    • Switch to manual focus mid-dive
  • Exposure Compensation on Right Thumb Lever
  • Metering Mode
    • Easily change meterting modes depending on conditions
  • Leak Detector
    • Dive confidently knowing the housing is water tight

 

 

Inside the NA-D7100.

 

In the Lab

  • The NA-D7100 feels great in the hands. The non-slip rubber handles are nice to hold without gloves. The first thing you notice is the full complement of thumb paddles, which provide easy access to frequently used camera functions like ISO and Playback on the left side and video record and AE-L / AF-L on the right. There is also a lower lever for toggling through info menus.

 

  • The front and rear control dials are low profile and spin easily to change aperture and shutter speed. The rear control dial requires slight repositioning of the right hand for the thumb to reach, but it’s not major.
  • A great feature is the multi-controller pad, which is used the same way as on the camera, allowing you to quickly change the autofocus point being used (if manually selecting AF points).
  • The Live View button is red, which is helpful since you need to activate it before shooting video with the D7100. From there you can start / stop video with the upper right thumb paddle.

 

 

  • The Nauticam D7100 does not have a TTL converter. The downsides are that you cannot shoot TTL and that rapid-fire shooting is limited by the recycle time of the D7100’s on-board flash. The positive is that there is no hotshoe adapter to plug in and remove when inserting / removing the camera body from the housing.
  • Lastly, the port lock system is excellent. Simply push in the grey button and pivot the red lever and then pop off the port. No twisting (or worrying about twisted o-rings) needed.

 

 

For additional insight, check out the video review of the NA-D7100 by Scott Gietler:

 

 

 

In the Water

I had a chance to take the Nauticam NA-D7100 out on two beach dives in Malibu this past weekend. 15ft visibility, sunshine and minimal surge provided some great macro shooting conditions. I shot the D7100 with 60mm macro lens inside the Macro Port 87. The port is designed for the Nikor 105mm, however the only downside to using it with the 60mm is the extra air between the front of the lens and front of the port (meaning you can’t get the lens as close to the subject).

The housing performed as expected underwater, and I was able to take advantage of the design features listed above while adjusting shutter speed, aperture, focal points, ISO, info menues, etc. Switching between still and video modes was intuitive. changing settings with 5.4 milimeter gloves also proved no problem.

The NA-D7100 was light in the water and I ended up using 4x of the large Stix floats to balance the rig (normally I use 6x for macro).

The only negative was opening the rear of the housing after each dive. The red buttons securing the housing back levers tend to get stuck and needed some extra work to get moving smoothly.

 

The NA-D7100 in the water. Back view.

 

The NA-D7100 in the water. Front view.

 

 

Yawning rockfish. Nikon D7100, Nikkor 60mm, NA-D7100 Housing with Port 87, Dual Strobes.

 

Fringehead. Nikon D7100, Nikkor 60mm, NA-D7100 Housing with Port 87, Dual Strobes.

 

 

Overall Performance

 

Pros

  • Lightweight, ergonomic design

  • Excellent port latch system

 

Cons

  • No TTL option

  • Red buttons used to open housing back should be maintained after every dive

 

 

The Bottom Line

The NA-D7100 is another great addition to Nauticam’s underwater housing lineup and a solid option for housing the Nikon D7100. The housing is easy to set up and to operate underwater for both photo and video, offering many accessories for custom configurations. For more information or to ask personal questions, visit Bluewater Photo’s Nauticam NA-D7100 housing page.

 

Blenny. Nikon D7100, Nikkor 60mm, NA-D7100 Housing with Port 87, Dual Strobes.

 

 

The Nikon D7100 & 60mm lens in this review were provided by LensProToGo.com.

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, photographer and writer dedicated to capturing unique underwater, ocean lifestyle and adventure images. Brent is editor-in-chief of the Underwater Photography Guide. Make sure to follow UWPG on Facebook for updates on everything underwater-photography.

 

 

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Sea & Sea MDX-D7100 Housing Review

Mike Bartick
MDX-D7100 Housing and D7100 Camera Review for Underwater Photography

 

Sea & Sea MDX-D7100 Housing Review

 

First in Industry: Built-in Optical TTL Converter

 

MDX-D7100 Housing & Nikon D7100 Camera Review
for Underwater Photography

Text and Photos By Mike Bartick
with additions by Brent Durand

 

 

 
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After 5 years of solid and reliable use of my Nikon D300 and D300s camera & housing systems, I finally decided it was time for an upgrade. The new addition to the family would need to be a step up in capabilities and not just an increase in pixels. The choice wasn’t an easy one, as I have been holding out for the “New D400” or the next generation in the Prosumer Nikon camera lineup that isn’t full frame. My decision to purchase the D7100 over the other Nikon options was based purely on my needs as an underwater photographer, my shooting style and what would serve me the best.

Disclaimer: I purchased both camera and housing and am not being paid by either Nikon or Sea and Sea for this review and for those reasons I will be very candid in my findings. The topside capabilities of the D7100 have already been discussed in UWPG’s Nikon D7100 camera review, so I’ve focused on specific features used in underwater photography followed by the Sea & Sea housing review.

 

Part I:  Nikon D7100 Review for Underwater Photography

Part II:  Sea & Sea MDX-D7100 Review (click to jump to housing review)

 

Part I

D7100 Camera Specs at a Glance: 

  • Pixels: 24.1 Million megapixels
  • Image Sensor Size / Type: DX Format, CMOS Sensor @ 23.5mm x 15.6mm
  • ISO 100-6400 expandable to (ISO-25,600)
  • Media: 2 SD-Card slots for memory
  • Video capabilities: HD 1080 with live focus capabilities
  • Long battery life

More detailed camera specs are available in the D7100 camera review.

 

Field Testing the D7100

This review is conducted as a series of challenges based on the way I used my camera system during a 2-week period.

 

Challenge 1: Macro

My primary style of photography leans heavily on macro photography. I enjoy capturing smaller critters with vibrant backgrounds in a natural setting. Often times this means the background is drab, so I rely heavily on my lighting and f-stops to make the subjects jump out. I also don’t like to crop, which is the main motivation in selecting a smaller sensor.

Finding: The images shot with my 60mm macro lens and my Sigma 28-80 macro lens are all very color rich with a color depth increase from 22.5 (with D300) to 24.2 (D7100). Color depth (aka bit depth) describes the distinct colors represented by each pixel (bits per pixel). The quality of the images captured and the detail are very great overall. Noise begins to creep in when the images are greatly expanded but for media purposes or even large prints this is negligible.

 

Rich color and detail of two mating nudibranchs.

 

Challenge 2: Super Macro

These shots use a 105mm lens with +5 or +10 diopters, providing a magnification ratio greater than 1:1 with no cropping. The super macro challenge needs to be subjected to 2 separate factors:

  1. Ease of use, the mechanics of how I/others will use this system to capture super macro.
  2. Image quality

Ease of Use:  To capture images of the very small critters like Hairy shrimp, Popcorn shrimp, Skeleton shrimp etc., I use AE-Lock lever to “Focus Lock” and fire. Oftentimes I will also slip the camera into manual focus, rack out the lens and moving the camera back and forth to find sharp focus. All of these functions are accessible through levers on the Sea & Sea housing and I can access them without having to remove my hands from the system.

Image Quality: The vibrant colors, detail and contrast are the first things that I noticed once the images were on a large monitor. There has been some chatter on the Internet about diffraction at higher F-stops, but based on my findings the diffraction is a non-issue for underwater photo contests or publications.

 

Super Macro detail of a Caprellid.

 

Challenge 3:  Wide-Angle

Shooting wide angle is always a challenge for me. Backscatter is a constant, proper lighting is difficult to achieve and the list goes on. I have concentrated on landscape wide-angle images to see how this pixel packed sensor handles the colors and the noise from edge to edge.

Finding: The D7100’s CMOS sensor handles noise well in the strobe lit foreground but begins to show more noise as it transitions into the dark areas of the images. Sun balls are tight and easily controlled with very slight contrast banding seen in the jpeg images (RAW shooters can ignore this). Sharpness from the front of the image to the back remains fairly detailed with very little loss of information. For testing purposes, when shooting in low light without strobe flash at ISO 320, the photos became a little grainy when magnified at 100%.

Looking closely at the corals (100%) in the foreground will give the viewer some indication of the noise levels.

 

100% crop of foreground soft coral.

 

100% crop detail.

 

Beatiful reefscape color.

 

Challenge 4: Close Focus Wide-Angle

Oftentimes I shoot light-colored subjects in the foreground that often get blown out, lose contrast and lose detail. As a result, this requires close attention to the highlights in the foreground while capturing a wider angle of view and appropriate ambient light in the open water background. Naturally, photographers will use of higher F-stops and the D7100 steps up to the challenge.

Finding: CFWA was a breeze when shooting with the Tokina 10-17 lens. Using spot focus helped me to gain an edge as the bright background can distract the focus on other settings. The subtle details all come through well without losing any significant highlights. I was particularly pleased with the way the sunlight came through in the reefscape below. My guide recognized the photo opportunity, moved quickly into the sun and over me, allowing this shot to happen very quickly. The ergonomics of the D7100 and Sea & Sea housing allowed for quick settings adjustments during the fleeting moment.

 

CFWA with a light subject.

 

Challenge 5: Afternoon Light and Autofocus

Afternoon light underwater will put any camera’s autofocus to a real test. For this challenge I chose to photograph fast-moving flasher wrasse, which live over shallow broken rubble. Photographing one of these lovely creatures while flashing demanded 100% of my concentration and quick work with the camera and lens (the 105mm for shooting long). The dipping sun and long shadows of the afternoon suck the color away from the reefs, and these fussy fish shy away from modeling lights, creating challenging shooting conditions.

Finding: The D7100 performed well without a modeling light and lack of contrast. The autofocus on the 7100 is fast, (measurably faster than the D300) so I have been enjoying the challenge of shooting fast-moving subjects. One of the housing features of all Sea & Sea MDX housings is the AE-Lock lever controlled with the thumb. I use this to lock focus and to quick focus on fast moving subjects. There is also a 3D auto track feature on the D7100 that assists in tracking your subjects. I highly recommend using these features for fish photography, especially in low light.

 

Sharp focus on a fast-moving flasher wrasse.

 

Challenge 6: Night Dives

Focus light power (lumens) can play a significant role in how a camera functions at night, and I noticed a big improvement from the D300 to the D7100.  In the past I used my 60mm lens nearly exclusively on night dives primary for its fast focusing capability.

Finding: With the D7100, I decided to use the 105 to see how the camera / lens combo would focus at night. The D7100 rose to the occasion. Fast, sharp focus on small subjects is obtained when lit with a variety of focus lights (varying power in lumens). This is particularly important to me as it means no further investments in costly focus lights.

 

Fast focusing with the Nikkor 105mm at night.

 

Challenge 7: Fluoro Photography

Underwater fluoro (blue light) photography demands shooting at higher than normal ISO ranges (1600 and up) with an intense blue modeling light and filters. Digital noise control would be apparent right away, and shooting the photos through a range of settings would reveal how the D7100 functions in this challenge.

Finding: Pleasantly surprised at both the digital noise and as an extra bonus, the ability to use my 105mm lens with fluoro light. The noise control exceeds that of the D300 and 300s without any question, and the 105mm was easy to use at the higher ISOs.

 

Blue light detail of a mantis shrimp.

 

An anemone lit with blue light.

 

 

Video with the D7100 & MDX-D7100

(Video test contributed by UWPG editor Brent Durand)

The Nikon D7100 shoots HD video with full manual control. The camera must be set to Live View before video can be recorded. As with all DSLR video, using autofocus is not ideal since the contrast detect autofocus systems used in Live View are nowhere near as sophisticated as the phase detection systems used when shooting through the viewfinder. This is why serious videographers rely on manual focus.

The video below was shot handheld (no tripod for stabilization) using autofocus in order to test the autofocus system with the Nikkor 60mm lens.  

The D7100 performed well, and the Sea & Sea MDX-D7100 housing made it easy to focus by half depressing the shutter lever (to activate autofocus) before pressing the red video record lever.

 

MDX-D7100 Video Test - Handheld with Autofocus

 

D7100 Field test results

 

Pros:

I think that the Nikon D7100 is a definite upgrade from the D300 and the D300s. It outperformed my D300’s in several categories as listed above and even surprised me a bit. The most significant find for me is the D7100’s ability to quickly focus in low contrast situations and the overall performance in low light capabilities. The dynamic range for bright sunlight and ambient shooting along with the ease of handling large files are also a bonus.

 

Cons:

Digital Noise is my biggest concern with the D7100 and the images that it’s producing. I tend to look deep into the photos (pixel peeping) to find these flaws so that I can continually improve image composition and lighting on a frame-to-frame basis. With the megapixel-packed high performance D7100 the images tend to be a bit noisy, however the detail is also stunning. It’s a fair trade off in the long run and I have to say the image quality is at least 15-20% superior to that of the D300/s.

The overall images produced by the D7100 are inline with any high performance consumer grade camera. It will fill the need for any publication, print size or internet posts. The system is a value at the market price and leans heavily towards a professional grade system.

 

 

 

 

Part II

Housing Review:

Sea and Sea MDX-D7100

 

Sea & Sea housings have endured my special blend of abuse over the years. As an example, one of my D300 housings has bounced off of the hull of a moving boat without a catastrophic flood. This dependability and reliability made my choice to match the D7100 with a Sea & Sea MDX-D7100 housing a no brainer.

Sea & Sea housings are known for solid engineering, reliable manufacturing, excellent design and being well built. Sea & Sea has been a pioneer and leader in the industry for many years and has lived up to their great reputation once again in the MDX-D7100 housing. The design allows the user full control over the camera system without being over-engineered. The housing remains light and ergonomic even with the addition of some new features. Machined from aluminum, the housings are field-tested and tough with a low fail rate (barring human error).

 

MDX-D7100 Housing Specs

  • Fiber optic plugs-TTL compatible with YS-D1 strobes and YS 250 pros
  • Camera strobe pop-up and close button/lever
  • External Port lock/unlock for quick changing lenses-New feature
  • Info illumination button
  • Large LCD viewing window
  • F-stop knob
  • Shutter speed/command dial
  • Review lever
  • Video lever
  • Quick auto ISO
  • Visual leak detector
  • Audible Leak Detector

 

These main features are easily and naturally accessible for active shooting, and there are more passive functions also available at your fingertips.

 

  • CONSTRUCTION:  Body – corrosion-resistant aluminum alloy (machined)
  • DEPTH RATING:  100m / 330ft
  • DIMENSIONS (WxHxD): 341 x 192 x 136mm / 13.4 x 7.6 x 5.4 inches
  • WEIGHT: Approx 2,700g / 94.5oz (housing only)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Colorful reefscape.  Right: Vivid detail of a cuttlefish.

 

MDX-D7100 In the Lab

(In the Lab section contributed by UWPG editor Brent Durand)

 

New MDX-D7100 Features & Benefits

 

  • New Lens Lock release button and port lock allows you to change lenses/ports without removing camera from the housing.

 

  • Optional built-in Optical YS Converter/N converts camera’s TTL signal into a light signal. Easily switch between manual and TTL modes from outside the housing, with easy power level adjustments. Blue and green lights let the diver know which mode they are currently using.

 

  • Compatible with both VF180 1.2x and VF45 1.2x viewfinders.  Both viewfinders provide a 1.2x magnification ratio with full field of view.

 

  • New handle design is more travel-friendly, with threadless fixings to facilitate easy transportation, mounting and removal.

 

  • Built in leak sensor.

 

  • Multi selector designed and operated in the same way as the camera control.

 

  • Recording video is easy with the MDX-D7100. The Live View button is easy to access (if not already in Live View mode) and the red video lever is easy to press. For those shooting with autofocus - the shutter lever is a bit close to the video record lever, making it a little challenging to focus with the shutter lever while starting/stoping recording.

 

 

MDX-D7100 Impressions from the Water

Setting up the housing for use is a simple plug-and-play, and once the camera mount is in place at the base of the camera body, all that is left is port selection based on lens. The three most important controls for any underwater photographer are ISO, Shutter Speed and F-stop, and each of these three command dials are at your fingertips. I particularly like this fact, as I don’t need to go into the camera’s menus or make double use of any button/knobs for quick adaptive changes. This allows me to keep my hands on the camera and an eye in viewfinder. 

An unexpected bonus worth mentioning is the ability to use the camera’s on-board TTL instead of a TTL converter. When using sync cords in the past, a TTL converter was needed to fully control the strobe power (when shooting TTL), however this is no longer the case with fiber optic cables. I opted not to purchase Sea & Sea’s new TTL converter and am pleasantly surprised that I still have the option to shoot TTL if needed. Those that frequently shoot TTL would want to purchase the built-in converter, however.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion

In summary I am very pleased with the overall function and performance of the camera and housing. I feel the camera is a definite upgrade from the D300/s cameras and the match of these two products (D7100 + MDX D7100 housing) form one perfect system that will surely endure my abuse for years to come.  Now get out there and have an adventure!

Special thanks to: Crystal Blue Resort and El Galleon Resort for their support during the diving portions of this review, and for Bluewater Photo for selling me this housing.

 

Selfie of the author / reviewer in the Philippines.

 

Where to Buy

Please consider buying the Sea & Sea D7100 housing from our sister company Bluewater Photo & Video, also owned by Scott Gietler. Click, or call them at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 

About the Author

Mike BartikMike Bartick is an avid and experienced scuba diver and Marine Wildlife Photographer. He has an insatiable love for nudibranchs, frogfish and other underwater critters, a photo pro for Bluewater Photo and is the official critter expert for the Underwater Photography Guide. Mike is also one of the UWPG trip leaders. See more of his work at www.saltwaterphoto.com.

 

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Aquatica A5D MkIII Housing Review

Brent Durand
Ergonomics, Proven Technology & Full Functionality in a Fantastic Housing

Aquatica A5D MkIII Housing Review


Ergonomics, Proven Technology & Full Functionality in a Fantastic Housing

Text and Photos By Brent Durand

 

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The Aquatica A5D Mk III is an excellent housing option for Canon’s 5D Mark III camera. I’ve been using the housing for the past three months on Southern California beach, kayak and boat dives as well as trips to Northern California and La Paz.

The 5D Mark III is Canon’s flagship prosumer DSLR; boasting a full frame sensor, sophisticated AF system and high ISO performance among many other features. It’s also the best DSLR for shooting video, with a higher bit rate than competitors (note: keep an eye on Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology introduced with the 70D). If you’re not familiar with the 5D Mark III, check out Todd Winner’s in-depth camera review.

 

Aquatica

 

Aquatica Housing Overview

The A5D Mk III is constructed with aircraft grade aluminum and premium stainless steel. It is anodized with Aquatica’s trademark military-grade powder coating, which serves to protect the housing against corrosion (along with included zinc anodes). Aquatica has a long history of making housings and blends this experience with industry-leading design that takes full advantage of the 5D Mark III’s features.

The A5D Mk III is supported by Aquatica’s wide range of ports and accessories, making it a great investment for divers who use a variety of lenses. This is particularly important for divers who want manual focus capability when shooting video on popular lenses.

The housing features 3 bulkheads for extreme versatility with accessories, including strobes, external monitor, triggering device and/or sound recording devices. The ergonomics have been optimized for both photo and video shooters. Examples include shifting the AF-ON and/or FE-lock buttons to a lever accessed by the right thumb (used for back button focus), angled menu buttons, oversized Set and Record buttons, and a new gear system to allow smooth zooming while shooting video.

 

Aquatica

 

Aquatica

 

SPECS

  • Machined from aircraft grade aluminum and premium stainless steel
  • Simple internal mechanics are proven and reliable
  • Excellent ergonomics optimized for photo and video shooting
  • 3 Bulkheads for versatility with accessories
  • Depth rated to 300ft/90m with optional upgrade to 425ft/130m
  • Wide range of lens and port options
  • Secure port lock system

 

Comparisons

The Aquatica A5D Mk III housing is designed with the “hard working professional in mind, who truly understands reliability in the field.” This is very apparent with the three bulkheads. No matter what direction your photography/videography takes you, the A5D Mk III is ready. The oversized zoom gear is extremely helpful for smooth zoom while shooting video, and all the oversized knobs feel excellent with 5mil gloves or bare fingers.

The A5D Mk III also allows you to change lenses and ports without taking the camera out of the housing, which is critical for fast lens changes out in the field (rocking dive boats, etc). The back plate latches are also very tough and do not get stuck.

Aquatica has tried to keep camera buttons in similar positions as on the camera body, however with ergonomic shifts for easy reach (like the AF-ON lever). As someone who shoots my camera on land as much as underwater, it makes for an easy transition between the camera and housing, even when shooting at night and operating the housing by touch alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Lab

Handling the A5D Mk III feels great. The camera is easy to insert and remove from the housing and the guide pins for mounting the back plate are very helpful. All buttons are easy to reach, yet not located where they’ll get bumped by accident (I have a habit of turning off my strobes every time I reposition them). Adjusting the control knobs is fast, easy and precise.

The zoom actuating pinion gear and lens release lever pull out to allow the camera/lens to easily be removed from the housing with zoom gear attached.

Aquatica’s port system feels extremely secure, especially with the port-lock system. As the manual indicates, it’s much easier to install the port when the housing back is open (due to air pressure). If the housing back is closed, it can be difficult to maintain the pressure needed to pivot the bayonet mount while also pushing the button to disengage the port-lock system. Port extensions feel nice and secure.

I use a diopter for supermacro, and the diopter adapter locks onto the macro port with ease.

The accessory mount on top of the housing (ball mount for focus light or GoPro) is a little close to the bulkhead when the sync cord is attached, but it's not an issue if you position the clamp a little bit sideways.

 

Aquatica

 

 

In the Water

My first dives with the A5D Mk III were in Mendocino, California. The housing ergonomics felt great with 5mil gloves and it was easy to change settings while shooting in manual. The housing is the slightest bit negative with the macro port and extension for the 100mm 2.8 L (with 6x Stix floats on my strobe arms). The 9.25” megadome had some float at the front, but that’s standard on any housing with large dome. Car wheel balancing weights could be a quick fix.

One of the first things I noticed was the need for the optional ISO lever (moving access to the ISO button to your right forefinger or thumb (yes, you can choose either)). Once added, I had fingertip access to all frequently used controls.

Aquatica

 

Best of all, the housing took abuse during a week of camping, diving and kayaking with minimal maintenance (not recommended) and has performed like new for the past three months with several dives a week. During the UWPG La Paz workshop I used the housing without gloves and it felt just as nice.

 

 

 

Pros

  • Tough & still in same weight class as others
  • Ability to change lenses and ports with camera inside housing
  • Oversized knobs for easy settings adjustments
  • Hassle-free back plate clamps
  • Aquatica ports support a huge range of lenses (including manual focus)
  • Great ergonomics for photo and video shooting

 

Cons

  • Can only fire strobes with sync cords (5D Mk3 has no pop-up flash)

 

Conclusion

Any 5D Mark 3 shooter in the market for an underwater housing needs to consider the Aquatica housing. All housings have some pros and cons depending on the photographer's style of shooting and needs and the Aquatica 5D Mk3 stands out in the ways described above. It’s an excellent housing that will keep even the most demanding photographers and videographers in the water.

 

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, photographer and writer dedicated to capturing unique underwater, ocean lifestyle and adventure images. Brent is editor of the Underwater Photography Guide. Make sure to follow UWPG on Facebook for updates on everything underwater-photography.

 

 

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Fantasea's FG15 in the Lab & the Water

Brent Durand
Housing Review for Canon's G15: Ergonomics, Ease of Use & Excellent Photos!

Fantasea's FG15 in the Lab & the Water


Housing Review for Canon's G15: Ergonomics, Ease of Use & Excellent Photos!

By Brent Durand

 

Fantasea FG15

 

 
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Canon’s G15 has been a top choice for compact shooters since its release, offering more manual functionality than other cameras in its class. As a Canon shooter, I can switch between the G15 and my DSLRs with minimal adaptation. The Canon G series has a reputation for excellent underwater macro images and isn’t too shabby for wide-angle either.

 

Fantasea FG15 Housing Overview

Fantasea’s FG15 housing sits between Canon’s G15 housing and housings twice the price. In other words, for a budget slightly above the Canon housing, G15 shooters can have access to full camera functionality and excellent housing ergonomics that the more expensive options provide.

The FG15 is a polycarbonate housing depth rated to 60m/200 feet. It has an elegant and functional design that provides access to full camera functionality with clearly labeled (individual) buttons and makes it simple to add and remove the camera from the housing. The housing also accommodates the most popular macro wet lenses as well as the Fantasea BigEye wide-angle wet lens.

 

Fantasea FG15

Top view of the FG15 housing. Note how the controls are labeled and the cold shoe mount for accessories like a focus light.

 

SPECS

  • Depth rated to 60m/200 feet
  • Ergonomic design
  • Made from durable injection molded Polycarbonate
  • Full access to all camera controls & functions with clearly marked controls
  • Shock resistant
  • Double O-ring seal
  • Special mount for lighting accessories
  • Removable double fiber optic cable connection
  • Removable flash diffuser
  • Easy and secure installation of camera
  • Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen
  • BONUS - Moisture Detector comes installed in every FG15 housing at no additional cost!
  • Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
  • Compatible with a wide range of underwater photo accessories
  • Weight (with camera on land): 1.1 kg
  • Weight (with camera in 3.6% salt water): -0.3 kg
  • Dimensions (without accessories): 17 x 13 x 13.5 cm \ 6.7 x 5.11 x 5.4 inch (W x D x H)
  • Manufacturer's warranty included

 

Fantasea FG15

The leak detector is a great feature on the FG15. Notice the LED light just above the red wire, visible through the clear polycarbonate housing.

 

Comparison to Other Housings

The FG15’s polycarbonate body means that it is lighter than metal housing options. One of the big benefits to a compact camera rig is the small size, and the lightweight housing makes traveling a breeze. On the negative side, the FG15 is more buoyant in the water if used without a tray/arms and strobe.

The FG15 uses the same macro wet lenses as its competitors (through an adapter made by Fantasea) and has a great wide-angle solution with the BigEye lens. The BigEye isn’t as wide as some others underwater but delivers excellent value for the price.

Lastly, the FG15 has clearly labeled buttons that make it easy to change settings underwater. This is a great feature for those who don’t have every button memorized.

 

Fantasea FG15

Labels on each button make it easy to see use the camera controls.

 

In the Lab

My first impressions holding the FG15 were great. After playing with the camera for a few minutes it was easy to put in the housing and close it up. The clear polycarbonate makes it easy to check for possible contaminants (hair, sand, etc) on the o-ring prior to closing the housing back. The button placement on the housing was the same as on the camera, taking full advantage of the G15’s ergonomics and quick setting changes in manual mode. This includes the front command dial, which can be programmed for many functions, including manual white balance.

The latch is simple to use and very secure. The FG15 can be set up for the beginner with a flash diffuser that pops into place. For more advanced shooters, simply pop in the fiber optic cable adapter to use one or two strobes: no need to mess with strobe mask kits!

 

Fantasea FG15

The buttons on Fantasea's housing line up with the buttons on the G15 camera for easy operation.

 

Fantasea FG15

Photo of the pop-up flash diffuser, which snaps securely onto the housing, along with the fiber optic cable adapter.

 

Fantasea FG15

Close-up of the fiber optic cable adapter. Simply pop it up to remove if using the diffuser.

 

In the Water

I decided to test the FG15 on a beach dive in Malibu, CA. The vis was great and I was back and forth between shooting macro and wide-angle, a luxury DSLR shooters don’t have. The constant changing of settings was easy in the housing and I could even switch between the pop-up flash diffuser and the single strobe setup I paired with the housing (although one wouldn’t do this in “real life”). Focusing was quick for both styles of shooting.

 

Fantasea FG15

Single strobe and pop-up flash diffuser setup for my demo dive.

 

PROS

  • Great value for the price
  • Excellent ergonomics and clearly labeled buttons
  • Can be set up for both beginner and expert compact shooters
  • Leak detector brings peace of mind

 

CONS

  • Doesn’t work with UWL-04 wide-angle wet lens (a popular option for compacts)

 

Conclusion

The FG15 is a great housing, delivering nice value for the cost. It’s a great option for beginners shooting with the G15’s pop-up flash or for advanced shooters using one or two strobes.

If you'd like to learn more about the FG15, please call our partner store, Bluewater Photo. They dive the gear they sell.

 

Fantasea FG15

View inside the back of the FG15.

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, photographer and writer with a rapidly growing portfolio of unique underwater, ocean lifestyle and adventure images. Brent is editor-in-chief of the Underwater Photography Guide. Make sure to follow UWPG on Facebook and Twitter for updates on everything underwater-photography.

 

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Ikelite 5D Mark 3 Housing Review

Brent Durand
A Must-Read for Anyone Considering Housing a Canon 5D Mark 3

Ikelite 5D Mark III Housing Review


A Must-Read for Anyone Considering Housing a Canon 5D Mark 3

By Brent Durand

 

Sea Lions

Sea lions check out their dome port reflection on my 2nd dive with the Ikelite 5D Mark III Housing. Canon 5D Mk3, Tokina 10-17. Malibu, California.

 
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Ikelite is known for producing great housings for underwater photographers on a budget – whether compact or DSLR. I’ve been diving with an Ikelite 5D Mark 3 housing for about 9 months: beach dives, a warm-water trip, the occasional boat or kayak dive and even a few sessions in California surf. The housing has performed really well in these conditions for macro, wide-angle and split shots. If you're not familiar with the Canon 5D Mark 3, check out Todd Winner's camera review.

As with all housings, adjusting camera settings is much easier with bare fingers than with gloves, however I’ve found no problems twisting the Ikelite knobs with 3.2 or 5.4 mil gloves. The main control dial takes a little practice with thick gloves but soon becomes second nature.

 

Hermissenda Crassicornis nudibranch

Hermissenda crassicornis nudibranch. Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 100mm Macro, SubSee +10 diopter. Redondo Beach, California.

 

Basics

Attaching the camera to the Ikelite tray and opening/closing the housing is easy. The screw goes right into the camera's tripod socket and can be twisted by finger and then tightened with a wide flat screwdriver, coin or key. The latch system is very effective even when doused in sand. Changing lenses and ports with the camera in the housing is easy as well. The ports are attached with a 4-clasp system that is very sturdy underwater. I've used mine in breaking surf and rough beach entries over rocks with no problem (note: this is not recommended!). A benefit to Ikelite’s clear polycarbonate housing is that you can physically check the o-rings for any abnormalities after closing. Cleaning the o-ring grooves is very easy compared with other housings.

One of the negatives is that the housing doesn’t offer access to the joystick, which has two downsides. First, without access to the joystick you need to use the rear control wheel and main control dial to move the AF point around the frame, which is a slow process. Second, you cannot move around the screen when zoomed in during image review. This makes spotting backscatter on image sides or zooming in on non-center focal points tough.

For those using Ikelite strobes, the 5D Mark 3 housing offers full control of TTL exposure compensation via two buttons on the bottom right of the housing back – a really cool feature.

 

Ikelite 5D Mark 3 HousingIkelite 5D Mark 3 Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specs

- Access to all important camera functions
- Capable of electrical TTL strobe exposure
- Comfortable rubber grips
- Glass optical viewfinder enhanced for underwater
- Visible o-ring seals
- Corrosion-proof solid body
- Ports available for most popular lenses
- Lens zoom gears included with housing
- 200ft (60m) depth rating

 

In the Water

I’ve been using the 5D Mark 3 with three lenses: the Canon 100mm Macro F2.8, Tokina 10-17, and Canon 17-40. The macro lens fits in Ikelite’s affordable macro port (no additional adaptors needed) and I use both the fisheye and wide-angle lenses in the 8-inch acryllic dome, although with different port bases.

Shooting Macro:  The Ikelite 5D3 housing is great for shooting macro, both with the 100mm and with the 100mm plus a SubSee diopter and flip adaptor. One downside is that the strobes and arms are pulled in close to the housing, so sometimes when I’ve put myself in position for a shot I’ll need to drift up and away from the reef in order to reach around the strobe arms and twist the main control dial. This is the best way to avoid touching or damaging the reef if in a tight spot, but takes some extra time composing each frame. Higher-end housing controls are more ergonomic and this is a non-issue.

 

Melibe Nudibranch

Melibe Leonina nudibranch with oral hood flared. Canon 5D Mk3, Canon 100mm Macro. Malibu, California.

 

Shooting Wide-Angle: The Tokina 10-17 is hands-down the best fisheye lens for crop sensor cameras underwater and works very well on the 5D Mark 3 as long as focal length is kept between 15 and 17mm. I shoot the lens in Ikelite’s 8-inch dome and don’t bother with a zoom-ring, essentially creating a prime lens at 15 or 17mm (depending on anticipated subject). There are pros and cons to using an 8-inch dome vs. a 4-inch dome, but I chose the 8-inch because I shoot a lot of split-shots. The dome is slightly buoyant, however that’s an issue with any housing and acrylic 8-inch dome combo. Overall, the Ikelite housing works great for wide-angle and split shots.

 

Ikelite 5D Mark 3 Housing

 

Housing Maintenance

Maintenance is similar to every other underwater housing. It's ideal to soak the housing in water as soon as possible when exiting the water, as well as push all the buttons. I will also do warm water soaks without the camera in the housing in order to push the buttons in all the way and break up any salt buildup.

 

Pros

  • Great value for the price
  • Access to all important camera functions
  • O-rings & o-ring grooves very easy to clean and maintain
  • TTL functionality with Ikelite strobes
  • Easy switching of lenses/ports with camera in housing

 

Cons

  • No access to joystick on camera
  • Buttons require frequent maintenance to keep from sticking

 

Conclusion

This is a great housing for anyone wanting to house a 5D Mark 3 for about HALF the cost of any other housing. I enjoy the housing in every way (except for the few items I pointed out) and recommend it to anyone pursing great full frame images.

 

Barrel Sponge

Barrel sponge & diver at the UWPG Anilao photo workshop 2013. Canon 5D Mk3, Tokina 10-17.

 

About the Author

Brent Durand is an avid California beach diver, photographer, writer and adventurer with a rapidly growing portfolio of unique underwater and ocean lifestyle images. Brent is editor-in-chief of the Underwater Photography Guide. Make sure to follow UWPG on Facebook.

 

 

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Recsea Canon G15 Housing & Macro Review

Amr Abdu-Majeed
Amr reviews the Recsea Canon G15 housing, G15 vs G12 and G15 Supermacro Capability

Recsea G15 Housing Review & Canon G15 Underwater Macro Review

 

By Amr Abdu-Majeed

April 28, 2013

recsea g15

Christmas Tree Worm, Canon G15, M mode, F8, ISO 100, 1/200, 2x Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes with
SubSee +5
 
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The Recsea G15 is a great housing and has many improvements over the previous G12 model.  The housing is made of high quality aluminum and comes with a big wheel in the rear which makes it easier to change settings like ISO, macro, manual focus and flash. The buttons are easy to press even when wearing gloves and do not get stuck.

 

Recsea Housing Improvements (G12 to G15)

In my opinion there are two major differences (improvements) between the Recsea G15 housing and the previous Recsea G12 housing:

1. The ISO wheel has been improved, which makes changing the ISO smoother than before.  It also fixes an issue with the Recsea G12 where if the ISO wheel is not pressed hard enough the Mode wheel will rotate with the ISO wheel, causing the camera mode to change.

2.  The Recsea G15 has a Record button (Red Button), which makes recording video quick and easy.  With the Recsea G12 you had to switch to video Mode through the Mode wheel.

A unique feature of the Recsea housing is that the port can be replaced by a fisheye lens like the UWL-04 fisheye.  For supermacro photography an adapter can be placed on the Recsea housing port to add macro wet lenses.

 

Recsea G15 Housing

Canon G15 Recsea housing with dual Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes (front view)

 

Recsea G15 Housing

Recsea G15 Housing (back view)

 

Canon G15 Improvements

I had a canon G12 for almost 3 years and the results I got from it were pretty good.  In my opinion, the thing that put the canon G12 at the top of the compact camera list for almost 2 years was the amazing macro capability with its 10MP.  I loved the sharpness in the pictures.  The Canon G15 has the same macro capability but with some major improvements.  It is smaller, focuses faster, is sharper, and the video quality has significantly improved since the G12.  Canon added the full HD 1080 video, along with faster focus during video shooting, improved white balance adjustment and a separate video recording button.

 

Recsea G15 Housing

M mode, F8, ISO 80, 1/400, Canon G15 , 2x Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes with Bluewater +7 and SubSee +5 stacked together

 

Shooting Supermacro with the G15

To achieve a supermacro shot with Canon G15 I recommend using a wet macro lens or two macro lenses stacked together for maximum magnification.  Common macro lenses (diopters) include the Bluewater +7, SubSee +5 and SubSee +10, which allow you to get closer to your subject and fill the picture frame with your subject, eliminating the need to crop photos.

Bluewater +7 Wet Lens:  This is a great lens that provides increased magnification and sharp details.  Because of the high-magnification, you must bring the lens close to the subject.

SubSee +5 Wet Lens:  This lens also delivers sharp image details, however at less magnification.  I've found that if you zoom the camera in all the way with the +5, the results will not be as nice as with the +7.  The front of the lens is further from the subject, allowing room for many creative strobe positions.

When you stack the 2 lenses together, the Depth of Field is very shallow, so remember to use a higher f-stop.  A focus light helps dramatically when stacking two wet lenses.  Shooting with two wet lenses takes some practice, and I would recommend new divers/photographers to practice with one wet lens before stacking two together.  Stacking 3 wet lenses together yields poor results - two is much better.

 

Recommended Settings

I recommend the following settings for shooting supermacro with Canon G15, along with one or two macro wet lenses.  If  you are using single or double strobes:

  • Flash always on (forced to fire)
  • Macro mode on
  • Digital Zoom standard
  • Servo AF on
  • Continuous AF on
  • F8
  • ISO 80-200
  • Shutter Speed 1/250 to 1/500
  • White Balance Auto
  • Zoom all the way in (even go with digital zoom 10x to 20x)

Note:  If you are not using strobes, use the same settings as above but with a lower f-stop - about F6.3.

 

Shooting Tips

1.  The photographer must be neutrally buoyant and keep the camera very steady in order to keep the subject in focus (especially with 1 or 2 wet lenses).

2.  Start with your aperture at F8 and play with shutter speed and ISO for a couple shots.  If the image still isn't light enough, reduce the aperture by 1/3 or 1/2 stops, which will bring in more light and help the camera focus faster.

3.  Try various compositions.  For macro, the subject often looks great in the center of the frame, however you can also frame the subject using the rule of thirds.

4.  I prefer to use the digital zoom in supermacro, which allows me to see exactly where my focus point is and to fill the frame.  The more you zoom, the more shaky the subject will be in the viewfinder, so remaining stable is key.

 

Recsea G15 Housing

Canon G15, M mode, F8, ISO 100, 1/320, Canon G15 , 2x Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes and 2 macro lenses together (Bluewater +7 and SubSee +5)

 

Recsea G15 Housing

Canon G15, M mode, F8, ISO 100, 1/320, 2x Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes, macro lens (Bluewater +7)

 

Recsea G15 Housing

Canon G15, M mode, F8, ISO 100, 1/320, 2x Sea & Sea YS-01 strobes (no macro lenses)

 

 

About the Author

Amr A. Abdul-Majeed was born in 1980, in Jeddah-Saudi Arabia to a Jordanian father and an Iraqi mother.  He graduated from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2006 as a Telecommunications and Electronics engineer, and is currently works at the Consultant & Design Engineering office.  Amr became certified to dive in July 2009 and has been a PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Instructor since May 2011.  He lives in Jeddah, a coastal city on the Red Sea.

 

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