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My Sea and Sea DX-D200 Arrived!


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#1 robbarker

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 09:49 AM

First impressions are very favourable indeed. It's a solid and beautifully finished housing. The castings are substantial and inspire confidence.

The housing is noticably smaller than the DX-D70 and has no seperate tray - the handles fix to the side of the housing itself. The result is a much more compact package which will be easier to travel with.

It has a leak sensor, unlike the DX-D70, and very solid and smooth feeling buttons.

I shall get it wet over the next few days (once this ear infection clears up - grrrrrr!) and post a fuller report - I'm going to do a full review in the new underwater photography forum on photo.net and on my own website once I've returned from the Red Sea in early June.

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#2 Arnon_Ayal

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 10:20 AM

Congrats.
Its looks handsome, much more beautiful then the D50 housing I sow.
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#3 meister

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 10:30 AM

Looks fine. Any thoughts regarding the viewfinder, ports, and gear fit and function?
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:48 AM

Looks fine.  Any thoughts regarding the viewfinder, ports, and gear fit and function?

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Ditto. Also, are the handles removable for stowage?
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#5 Craig Ruaux

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 08:23 AM

Also, are the handles removable for stowage?

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They should be, they are the same handle mouldings used on the film SLR housings. Mine's sitting in Florida right now waiting for a zoom gear...
Why would I take a perfectly good camera underwater??
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#6 robbarker

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Posted 04 May 2006 - 10:50 AM

Yup - the handles come off really easily for easy carriage. Two substantial allen bolts are used, with a split ring washer to keep the tension tight. An allen key is even supplied!

I set it up with a 12-24 zoom today to test out the gear action - it's very smooth and solid feeling.

The camera tray is a little awkward to fit as you have to line up a geared lever that operates the focus mode dial, but once it's on it's solid. Thereafter the camera fits the housing like a glove.

The viewfinder comes as standard with a 0.66 magnifier - I was able to see the whole image area, albeit with a tiny bit of vignetting on the extreme corners of the frame, while wearing a mask, and the viewfinder info is particularly clear.

The LCD window is very good - it's a revelation to have such a wonderful display and menu system available underwater!

I'm looking forward to getting this thing into the water..
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Posted 04 May 2006 - 10:57 AM

I looked at this housing today at Reef Photo and Video and it is really nice. The D-200 is a great camera and the Sea & Sea housing is very compact with removable handles and should pack well when traveling. I highly recommend the Athena glass dome port made for this housing which is also available at Reef Photo.

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 05:55 AM

To give an idea of how compact this housing is, here's a shot of my new rig stowed in a Kinetics 821 (carry-on legal) case.

I can get the housing with camera and geared 12-24 lens mounted, the detached handles, compact dome port and extension ring , two strobes, a flat port, 60 macro and 10.5 FE lenses, sync cord and flexi-arms all in one case.

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#9 kdietz

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Posted 06 May 2006 - 06:10 AM

Pretty sweet setup.....very compact

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Posted 07 May 2006 - 02:14 PM

Rob,

Thanks for the pictures, I want to get one too, but I need to sell my D70 housing first :-)

I wonder if you have the Sea&Sea Big Dome port? and if you can please post a picture of the D200 housing with the big dome port (Fish Eye)?

I want to see how big the rig is when they set togther?

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 06:20 PM

Way too much foam in that case...

Mine it loaded with so much equipment, that I think it would be lighter carrying rocks in it.

#12 meister

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:49 PM

Interesting they already have the D200 housing out, but stated a few days ago they won't have the 5D housing out until next month or June. :P
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