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Underwater Housing to Rent?

Hello! Is anyone interested in renting or know of a place where I could either rent or buy used underwater housing for the Nikon D2xs or D3 for a few weeks in March? Thanks so much. Ami

by [a former member] at 2008-01-29 03:16:52 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) washington, dc , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Ami,
You can try contacting http://www.splwaterhousings.com out of San Diego. He makes the vast majority of all the water housings used by todays top surf photographers. They don’t go deeper then about 20ft but are lightweight and extremely amazing.

by Jason C. Andrew | 29 Jan 2008 06:01 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
If your not going deep you could also try an ewa-marine … at the price they are you may as well buy one and keep it handy !!
Go to …….. http://www.ewa-marine.de/ ….. and there’s heaps of stockists in the States.

Brian

by Brian Cassey | 29 Jan 2008 09:01 | Cairns, Australia | | Report spam→
SPL is a good choice. His name is Sean Labrie. Also checkout Aquatech, that is what I have for my stills. They are based in LA and Australia. SPL might have a rental though. Tell Sean you spoke to me, he designed my video housing and I threw him a bunch of customers. I am a surf photg based in Hawaii. FYI the Ewa Marine bag works well too, it is basically a big ziplock bag but functional.

by Hugh E. Gentry | 29 Jan 2008 18:01 | Hawaii, United States | | Report spam→
Biggest downside to Aquatech is the weight. They are so damn heavy you can barely lift them. If your in NY Ami, PM me and I can show you the SPL I have here. I’ve been using them for about 5 years now.

by Jason C. Andrew | 29 Jan 2008 19:01 | Brooklyn, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks. I do have the ewa bag but was not sure how deep I could go. It says 150 feet but I’m a bit skeptical. Has anyone used ewa-marine and if so, to what depth? Thanks so much again. Ami

by [former member] | 30 Jan 2008 03:01 | washington, dc, United States | | Report spam→
I have seen people scuba diving around 30ft with an ewa bag. I don’t know if I would push it further. The Aquatechs and SPL are good for 1 atmosphere(33ft). Although I never take my surf housings past 25ft or so.

by Hugh E. Gentry | 30 Jan 2008 04:01 | Hawaii, United States | | Report spam→
I am sure there are plenty of people in villages in Bangladesh that could rent you some under water housing.

by Mikethehack | 30 Jan 2008 10:01 | Way up my own ass, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Ami, I have used the ewa bags down to approx 30 meters. I got pictures and felt safe that the bag would hold.

However, boyancy is a pain to get right, because of pressure underwater. Ewa bags are fine for shallow dives, where there is good ambient light. But not for going deep. This is what happens: too much air and you will be struggling to bring it down with you. Too little air and your camera will look like it has been vacuum packed, and once you get down, you’ll be unable to use controls even push the trigger, and if you have a flash on (a must for underwater photography at depht) the foot may break…

So in short, if you are serious about this project, you should use a proper housing. Ikelite is very affordable, though I doubt they’ve had time to develope a housing for the D3 yet.

Better to put a reasonably cheap DSLR with a good lens in a decent, proper housing, than putting a top end DSLR in a plastic bag. IMHO

and to end it all, some self promotion ;-) http://www.photoshelter.com/gallery-show/G0000sJ_dGIEnYf0/
http://www.photoshelter.com/gallery-show/G0000h1uftyrfM2w/

by [former member] | 30 Jan 2008 11:01 (ed. Jan 30 2008) | Oslo, Norway | | Report spam→
Thanks so much!! Looking forward to this. Ami

by [former member] | 02 Feb 2008 04:02 | washington, dc, United States | | Report spam→

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Jason C. Andrew, Photographer Jason C. Andrew
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Brookyln, Ny , United States ( JFK )
Brian Cassey, Photographer Brian Cassey
Photographer
Cooktown , Australia
Hugh E. Gentry, Photojournalist/ Filmaker Hugh E. Gentry
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Hawaii , United States
Mikethehack, Freelance thril performer Mikethehack
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