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#1 Damo

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:01 AM

Hi folks,

Hopefully going for a few days diving at end of the month to Malta.
Am debating wheither or not to bring my SLR rig because of the following:

Typically my diving is: two guided shore dives (with an operator)- with a 1.5. hour surface interval in between.
Total turnaround time about 5 hours from hitting the road in the morning to go to the sites.

This logistic is causing me a bit of worry in that I may not have access to a post dive rinse tank until I return to the dive center.
I was thinking of a strategy of quick rinse of rig with bottled water after dive 1, then keeping my rig wrapped in a towel plus insulated bag between dives on surface interval, and keep in shade to protect from heat. This would tie me over to dive 2, after which we would then return to center.

Am mindful of dessicant packs, moisture build up, dew point, and read all the tips n trix on this forum etc etc etc.- but was just wondering what any of you guys would think of my stratagem in this case?

Any insights much appreciated.

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Edited by Damo, 12 June 2012 - 08:05 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:09 AM

Hi folks,

Hopefully going for a few days diving at end of the month to Malta.
Am debating wheither or not to bring my SLR rig because of the following:

Typically my diving is: two guided shore dives (with an operator)- with a 1.5. hour surface interval in between.
Total turnaround time about 5 hours from hitting the road in the morning to go to the sites.

This logistic is causing me a bit of worry in that I may not have access to a post dive rinse tank until I return to the dive center.
I was thinking of a strategy of quick rinse of rig with bottled water after dive 1, then keeping my rig wrapped in a towel plus insulated bag between dives on surface interval, and keep in shade to protect from heat. This would tie me over to dive 2, after which we would then return to center.

Am mindful of dessicant packs, moisture build up, dew point, and read all the tips n trix on this forum etc etc etc.- but was just wondering what any of you guys would think of my stratagem in this case?

Any insights much appreciated.

D

A waterproof cooler bag can be used both for storage and as an impromptu rinse tank as well as keeping things cool.
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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:49 AM

You said 'May not have a rinse tank", I would ask the dive center whether they bring any kind of cooler for that purpose. But if not, in my opinion, I wouldn't worry too much about that. Certainly, keeping it out of the sun during your interval is important but, if I couldn't rinse the housing between and after the dives, I would just wait until I got back to the hotel room and let it soak in the hot water of the tub for a half hour. It should be fine.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:55 AM

I rarely get a chance to rinse my camera between dives and sometimes it does get stuck sitting in the sun even for many hours before i can rinse it. I would never sacrifice my ability to take pics based on such conditions. Housings can handle it. Cameras are meant to shoot pictures, not sit in a storage vacuum out of fear of imperfect circumstances. Happy shooting! Cheers,

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:46 PM

Many thanks boys for all the valuable insights

Much appreciated!!

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:46 PM

The best solution is to keep it as wet as you can! If you can not rinse away the Saltwater between dives.
The main risk is that salt water is drying up , leaving the Salt crystals( causing potential problems with the O-rings).
Wrap it in a wet towel and put it in the shadow, between the dives and until you get to the rinse tank.
That should do it!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:03 PM

I'm with Bill—I've had good luck using a soft-sided cooler (mine happens to have a hard bottom), which I fill with fresh water and use as a rinse tank between/after dives. If you don't have access to fresh water just fill the cooler with salt water, as long as it's wet it's safe! Also helps to regulate the temperature in the housing if there's a significant difference between air temp and water temp so you don't get fogging issues.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:57 AM

What's the point of leaving your camera? If it's not in the water, it's not being used!

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:27 PM

Hi
I go to Malta quite regular I use a cool bag to transport my housing, I place it the bag during surface intervals, to keep the sun off it more than any thing else.
I only make sure the port is clean before the second dive, only rinsing it back at the dive centre. i have never had any problems, i think that all housings what ever
the make are more robust than we all think they are. I think build up of Sea salt on the port glass is more important between dives. Also Tim makes a great point,their is no point not take your camera.
Only my two cents worth.
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