DIY Flotation - try it!

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Postby Aussie_dave » Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:47 am

As noted many times in these forums, the Canon/FIX S90 combo is a great tool for U/W photography. I along with a few other posters have mentioned that it seems a tad heavy U/W for such a compact unit. After reading Kevin Lee's blurb on DivinyCell (DC) http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-photography-other-underwater-equipment, I decided to give it a try in the shed.

I scored 1/2 sheet of the stuff (several hundred $$ worth here in Australia) from a mate of mine who builds and races 14' sailboats. I decided to build a new floaty handle as well as attach a few blocks of it.

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The aluminium handle I replaced weighs about 400g, these pieces of DC weigh less than dry toast. I cut them with a hole saw, and threaded them onto 1/4 x 20 SS rod, attached to the tray with Nylock nuts. The shiny bit is the 5mm aluminium stock I bent and drilled to mount the INON lens caddy, some DC blocks, and a ULCS ball (definitely version 1.0)

Whack a piece of bicycle inner tube on the stack and a ball for the focus lite

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and cable tie some more floats on the strobe arm (Hmmm...maybe one too many arm sections?)

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and we're good to go. We'll see - Raja Ampat next month. It should be a tiny bit lighter in the suitcase, and heaps lighter in the water.

- Dave
Canon S90, FIX S90 housing, Inon UFL-165AD, Inon UCL-165AD, S&S YS-01
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Postby seekncritters » Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:00 pm

WOW! Great job! That's some serious DIY work!

Have a great trip!

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Postby scottg » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:50 pm

great job, looks prettier than what I've done with DIY flotation with divinycell.. It will make a big difference for sure!

Scott Gietler Owner/Editor, Underwater Photography Guide & Bluewater Photo http://www.uwphotographyguide.com http://www.bluewaterphotostore.com

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