tripods for underwater photography
Posted 11 May 2003 - 03:51 AM
i am going to take uderwater photographs with my new Nikon D100 camera, i also bought the Sealux housing. i am now looking for a tripod for the camera. do you know of a tripod that would be good for underwater use.
Posted 11 May 2003 - 06:44 AM
Posted 11 May 2003 - 01:59 PM
Can I also suggest mastering buoyancy control before you consider either, as this is the most practical and causes less harm.
Posted 12 May 2003 - 02:06 PM
I don't condone this activity, but an underwater photographer on another board posted a shot he took with natural light in a cavern that required a very long exposure. He rigged a support made from ropes and pitons for that sigle shot. The shot is wonderful and I believe that he rigged the system up with enough care not to damage the environment, but doing things like this sets a bad example for others who are not as careful in picking to what they choose to anchor.
Posted 12 May 2003 - 08:44 PM
You could set the tripod up on a sandy substrate to avoid damage.
I imaging it would be very difficult to stich these shots together what with the moving subjects...
How about putting an 'ipix' type of virtual tour together, for those of us that can't afford PNG, or Truck Lagoon???
Posted 13 May 2003 - 03:56 AM
Posted 13 May 2003 - 04:06 AM
Posted 17 May 2003 - 01:20 PM
I use a tripod on many occasions for wrecks, reefs and any shots where more than a 1/8th of a second is requird.
Just go and buy a nice cheap regular tripod, a second hand one is a good idea.
Make sure it is sturdy enough for your camera set-up and you can use all your camera functions in both portrait and landscape positions. Then go for 'it'.
Just make sure you give it a good soak in fresh water when you have finished and lubricate all moving parts before packing it away.
I have done this for years and have only wrecked one tripod because I didn't give it any lubrication after use. Salt water is after very hard on steel and aluminium.
Hope this helps.