My Underwater Camera Housing

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My Underwater Camera Housing

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Shark photo session in Papua New Guinea – Photo courtesy: Dany Weinberg

When choosing the camera it’s important to understand that the housing is an investment you will have for years.  It’s the most expensive part of your rig.  The housing will be adapted only to the model of camera you own.  Go for one which you can keep as many years as possible, because the housing is more expensive than the camera itself.

When it was time for me to choose the housing for my camera, I checked several brands. I preferred to go for aluminum housing rather than an acrylic because I preferred a modular lens port design.  I didn’t want to have different lens ports for each different lens.

I was looking for a well-made and price-competitive housing and chose Aquatica.  Aquatica has created a convenient and affordable housing transformation kit to enable the upgrade from D200 to D300.

I have an 8” acrylic dome port as add-in to the housing for wide-angle lenses and a flat port for macro lenses. This dome port is perfect for half and half pictures (above and under the water).  I also added a shade protector to the dome port.

Dany Weinberg looking for a subject to shoot – Papua New Guinea

 

Tip from the field: If you have small scratches on your acrylic dome port, they should be invisible in the water as this material has almost the same density as water. If you need anyway to remove them, Try Novus, it’s a great and efficient product in 3 separate bottles.

 

 

I also own some lens gear for my zoom lenses and two port extensions for longer lenses. See the housing with the flat port and port extension in the video clip at the bottom of this page.

Aquatica A300 camera housing with 8 inch dome port arms and Ikelite strobes
Aquatica A300 camera housing from the back with AquaView viewfinder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have added Aquatica’s viewfinder to the housing, which I find very comfortable.  Recently Aquatica released a 45o viewfinder, which users report is nice because it is ergonomically designed for comfort around the neck and the head.

I have an audible moisture alarm to secure the housing from any potential water penetration.  It’s an inexpensive solution to protect the high investment camera, lenses, and housing.

Tips from the field
  1. A surprisingly effective method to prevent water from damaging your equipment in case of a leak is to set a cotton tampon (you read that right!) into the housing, under the camera apparatus.  It’s inexpensive and can really save your equipment in case of water penetrating the housing.
  2. A small silica gel packet in your housing will prevent vapor from forming on your lens or in the port. Firmly attach it to be certain it won’t move from side to side or slide into the housing’s port.
Moisture Alarm inside the housing – A led light is on the back window
Silica gel in the housing keeps the vapor off
Cotton tampon in the housing to save your camera in case of leak
Inside the housing, silica gel and cotton tampon
Aquatica Housing A300 Specifications
  • Depth rating: 300 feet/90 meters (upgradeable on request to 425ft/130 meters)
  • Precision machined from a single aluminum block. This light weight housing is fully anodized to military specifications and coated with robust wear resistant coating. All function labels are pad printing so they will not peel off or fade.
  • Accurately balanced ergonomic design – all controls including the video activating controls are within easy reach.
  • Excellent underwater balance.
  • Replaceable sacrificial anodes protect the housing from electrolysis.
  • Weight: 3.29 Kg / 7.25 Lbs
  • Dimension: (with grip attached) W 35.6cm x H 20.25cm x D15.25cm / W 14” x H 8” x D 6”
  • Dimension (without grip) 24.1cm x H 20.25cm x D15.25cm / W 9.5” x H 8” x D

To conclude: I’m happy with my Aquatica housing experience. I think it’s well done, high-end. The housings are ergonomic with all the functions available and they are easy to close properly. I also like the fact that they take care of their customers by providing quite inexpensive housing transformation kits whenever it’s possible.

Clip: Shooting Macro With Aquatica Housing

Here under a short clip of me, filmed a few years ago, while I was taking pictures of an octopus, with my Aquatica housing with flat port and port extention for the Nikon micro 105mm lens. I Still had my old Nikonos SB105 flashes. The clip was shot by Ran Ton.

Sorry for the yellow fin which disturbed the octopus in the video clip, during two seconds. It doesn’t belong to me but to a diver who was passing by.

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