Posted 18 November 2006 - 05:50 AM
No problems with my Subal D200 latches. For me their simple yet effective latch system was a big selling point when choosing housings initially. I am still happy with them when I see the ease of use compared to other folks housings.
I have had no problems with the handles themselves, but I have changed handles for a different reason. Using Ultralight arms, I found the base adapter difficult to tighten adequately; and found that during a dive with the long moment arm of the strobe setup, these loosened significantly, requiring repeated tightening. After checking out handles at DEMA, I had Ryan send me some Ultralight handles with the ball joint on top of the handle rather than on the camera housing. I also like the way these are angled and the fact that they can be adjusted for my hands. They seem great in the pool but I have not yet used them diving.
The latches on my Subal housing for the Nikon D200 click very reassuringly into position and definitely need to be depressed (with some force, but not far) before they can be twisted open. It would be unfortunate if the same good latch isn't available on their other housings. (exactly the same one can be found on my older housing for Nikon F100... still works well after 5+ years).
Yeah, I have had to tighten my handles quite a bit to do away with the slack. I have tightened them in a slightly backward-facing angle since the housing (with 12-24 lens plus dome port) is quite front heavy.
Nikon D800, Nikon D7000, Nauticam, Inons, Subtronic Novas. Lens collection - 10-17, 15, 16, 16-35, 14-24, 24-70, 85, 18-200, 28-300, 70-200, 60 and 105, TC's. Macs with Aperture and Photoshop.