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#1 CDesperado


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Posted 09 June 2003 - 01:58 PM

I was just hoping I could get a little help here... I am leaving for Southeast Asia in a few months and hope to take a Canon 10D and a housing with me underwater; however, I am having problems finding housings for the camera.

I live in Dallas Texas and do not relish the import fees I will have to pay if I order a housing from Subal, but they are the highest quality 10D housing makers I have found so far.

Is anyone here shooting with a 10D? What housing are you using?

If I dont find a housing solution by the end of June, I may have to buy a Nikon D100 instead of the Canon 10D, which will blow because it means I will have to buy several Nikon lenses as well. (I shoot Canon currently, but this trip requires a digital camera because I will be shooting thousands of images.)

Thanks for any help! Direct emails are welcome.

And if anyone here is shooting with the Canon 10D underwater now, I welcome any "insider tips" about issues you encountered.

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Posted 09 June 2003 - 02:11 PM

There are not currently any housings available specifically for the Canon 10D. Reefkeep reports that he is able to use his 10D in the older UK-Germany D30 housing with access to some of the controls and buttons, but not all.

I don't think that Subal (or anyone for that matter) will have a housing ready by the end of June.

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#3 CDesperado


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Posted 09 June 2003 - 02:32 PM

Thanks for the response James.

Technically, I don't need the housing until 10 September or so because I don't have to be in Bali until sometime by September 12th.

However, to be more technical, I would like to have the housing/camera decision made by sometime in August because I was given a free opportunity to go to Roatan for a week, which would give me a chance to get in the water and practice with the camera in a "real" environment.

Too bad I can't afford a pool-sized aquarium!

The issue at hand is that I REALLY want to stick with Canon because I have shot Canon for years and already have quality lenses. I have read many good things about the 10D and am more than prepared to buy the camera, but I am waiting until I am positive I can get a housing for it. (Subal states they will release one in July, but I am concerned that the July release date could easily become August - and then I could get placed in a really tight spot.)

Does anyone know if Subal's "release dates" are historically actually the dates predicted?

If the housing situation cannot be resolved by the August timeframe, then I may have to go with a Nikon D100, which would require me to purchase at least two or three Nikon lenses, which would be frustrating but tolerable. This trip will absolutely require the use of a quality DSLR, and I am pretty determined to get either a Canon 10D or Nikon D100 (with the preference towards Canon).

I read about Subal's housing for the Canon 10D but am unclear as to whether it supports some control options, such as auto-focus.

Also... I am also somewhat concerned that Subal will be overwhelmed with orders for the housing and that I could be placed on a very very long waiting list.

So that is the situation I am facing.

I figured there would be more housings available by now...

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Posted 09 June 2003 - 03:52 PM

Subal has been pretty good about their release dates....but I'd expect it to be more available in August. Not much time to prep for a trip. Why not look at a D60? Beats buying the D100 and new lenses...Subal's housing is already out.

As much as I'd love to house my 10D, I think I'm staying put with my EOS A2 in the Subal.

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#5 CDesperado


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Posted 09 June 2003 - 04:18 PM

I was actually looking at the D60, but the 10D is definitely a superior camera - and I figure why buy the 60 and a housing only to sit there craving the 10D?

I actually know someone who bought the 60 and a housing and never even got it wet - now he is looking at the 10D too. I could buy his rig from him as a "Plan B" just for this trip... but the 10D is calling to me....

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