Newbie question- waterproog camera bags?
Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:52 AM
I'm going on vacation next month, and may do some jetskiing and snorkeling. I'd like to take my Canon S110 (digital elph) on these trips, but don't have the water proof housing.
Can someone comment on whether waterproof camera bags work at all? I've seen them advertised on eBay,a nd am wondering if they are good enough for instances where I won't be going more than 2 feet below the surface.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 08:47 AM
Canon 350D, Ike Housing, dual DS-125, 10-17mm FE, 60mm macro.
Posted 16 July 2006 - 06:28 PM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 09:51 AM
I think these bags are more water resistant then water proof.
This is the impression I've gotten from them as well. I'd imagine if you were just out in the surf you might fare better than if you're actually doing some diving/snorkeling .... there's something to be said about constantly flexing the seal on the bag versus having a hard body camera enclosure.
Posted 06 April 2012 - 07:57 AM
The main problem I had with the bag was that the circular black rubber area for the lens to go would shift and vignette on the lens. You had to be careful to center the lens on the port, otherwise you'd get black around the edges.
I'm a serious photographer who uses DSLRs and expensive lenses on a regular basis (topside, that is). So a $20 bag for my $150 point-and-shoot was fine with me; I wasn't particularly worried about breaking or losing the camera (I would have been bummed, but it wouldn't be like destroying my ONLY camera) and the loss would have been relatively minimal. If your P&S is your only camera, it might be a different situation for you.
If you DO go the bag approach, be sure to test your bag first by putting some paper towel in it, sealing it, and submerging it in a bucket of water. Squeeze the bag a bit and play around with it as if you were shooting. This isn't a foolproof test obviously, as you won't be simulating the pressure of being several feet below the surface, but it will at least give you some reassurance before putting your camera inside. Also, don't go deep with the bag at all. Its a good idea to know how deep you can dive and get yourself used to what pressure feels like underwater so you can be careful not to dive too deep with the bag. To be on the safe side with the bags, I'd only go about 60%-70% of the maximum depth rating.