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Dome Ports Causing Camera Housing to Rotate

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#1 meltdownman



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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:01 PM

Hey all you underwater photographers out there I could use your help.

I have a new Aquatica housing for my 5D Mark II that I will be taking to Grand Cayman this weekend. I am having problems with the ports on the front of the housing (both Macro and Wide Angle) causing the housing to rotate upwards. In addition, I have a new viewfinder that I have installed on the back of the housing that is a bit heavy. This further exacerbates the problem by tending to rotate the back of the housing downwards.

I can see that this will cause undo strain on my wrists while fighting this rotation and was wondering if anyone has had a way to correct this problem.

I am using STIX floats on UCLS arms with two 110 alpha Sea and Sea strobes on the ends.

If I draw the strobes back far enough towards me then this tends to offset the rotation problem. However, it becomes a problem again if I want to move the strobes closer to my subject in that the ports rotate the camera upwards.

Any help would be appreciated.


#2 blibecap


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

You Might try adding some weights to the ports as seen here:

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#3 MortenHansen


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 10:28 PM

You Might try adding some weights to the ports as seen here:


Thats pretty cool, but I don't know what they are gonna think at the airport when you show up with a huge camera housing covered in lead! :D

If you don't have enough time to work out a solution like Bliecap suggested then I would simply get some ankle-weights that some people use when diving in a dry-suit.
Ankle weights are normally lead-shot in a nice rectangular bag, perfect to fit around your extension ring on the dome or directly around your macro port.
see here http://www.amazon.co...x/dp/B006KGBZOI

Of course you will need someone with a bit of sewing skills to fix a longer strap on them so it will reach around your extension, I've seen this done with superdomes in the past and it seems to work quite well! :)

Have a great trip!

Or if you have no time to get someone to sew it together, just use cable-ties!

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#4 adamhanlon


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 11:52 PM

Moved to SLR/housing forum-admin.

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