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In Topic: Subal vs. Ikelite housing

14 November 2018 - 02:29 AM

Guy makes some very good and fair points.


A couple of additional thoughts I'd like to add.


In my time working in the Lembeh Straits I did see people have more problems with polycarbonate housings than I ever did with aluminium ones. These largely resulted from slight variations in the position of the camera in the housing when increased water pressure was applied - and unwanted pressures then being applied to camera controls preventing the camera from working correctly. Of course this can happen too on aluminium housings but, as I say, I just saw this much more frequently on polycarbonate ones.


And then there is the pleasure v regrets issue. Buying a housing system is horribly expensive whether polycarbonate or aluminium. I always think it's important that at the end of the deliberations, the agonies, the unpacking and the setup that you feel REALLY pleased with what you have - and not, at the back of your mind, maybe regretting not getting that pricer (but maybe attainable) one. The luxury one as Guy describes it.


So, Guy and others make a good point: do all you can to go and have a play with both. You'll soon tell whether you are happy with polycarbonate with all the advantages and disadvantages that we have all described; or whether you are always going to hanker after the luxury option and feel. VW v MBZ (thanks, okuma!) Enjoy what you have and take pleasure in using it..... No regrets.



In Topic: Subal vs. Ikelite housing

12 November 2018 - 10:51 PM

Only if you believe Austria is part of Germany!



At the risk of hijacking this thread - apologies, Mustafa - I'd honestly never heard of "MBZ" and only now found out it's Mercedes Benz when I looked up "MBZ Austria". It must be a cultural thing. Or perhaps I grew up in the wrong neighbourhood.  I even looked up MBZ and, interestingly got "Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan" of Abu Dhabi or the code for an airport in Brazil! 


Hey ho.


Anyway, more importantly, Bill makes a good point. Perhaps the discussion should be between aluminium housings (or to avoid another hijacking aluminum/aluminium) and polycarbonate ones......


Back to you, Mustafa..... 



In Topic: Subal vs. Ikelite housing

12 November 2018 - 09:43 AM

I think that youve now moved into Subal vs. Nauticam territory...


Crikey, complicated stuff....  :crazy:

In Topic: Subal vs. Ikelite housing

12 November 2018 - 09:28 AM

Having dove with both Ikelite and Subal housings, I would offer the following.


Compare a VW to a MBZ: both will get you to the destination, it just depends on how you want to travel!




Is an MBZ like a BMW? 

In Topic: Humpback whales in Tonga - August 2018

12 November 2018 - 03:11 AM

Lovely pics, Paolo. What a great experience  :dancing: