Posted 16 September 2009 - 10:17 AM
Apologies all for the late response. I have been at sea so it has taken a while before I have racked up the dives in varied environments to adequately assess the housing.
Now I have done around 50 dives with the housing and 2 x z240 strobes, diving deep cold water wrecks and shooting some tropical marine life in the 10-100m range. So what are my findings?
Honestly I am very happy with the housing as a whole and combination of the inon strobes. The housings is very well constructed and sturdy, yet still quiet compact. Although I have heard many people complain, I find the allen bolts used to close the housing a huge plus. Particularly when carry other gear, extra stages scooters etc, I am 100% confidant that the housing latches will not snap or break off.
I have been using my Aquatica ports with this housing, via the hugy to Aquatica ring. This has been nice in that I haven t need to buy more ports, but I did have a small problem. Essentially only one of my port could be mounted, as the lugs on the bayonets of my Aquatica ports are of different thicknesses. My flat port has slightly thicker lugs and hence can t be engaged into the bayonet mount. Pascal at Hugyfot siad the problem was with the varying tolorences in the, in this case Aquaticas, engineering. be that as it may, this still left me with only one usable port. What I will probably do is machine the lugs to the same thickness, but if you do go this route I suggest getting a pair of calipers and investigating the lug thickness.
My favorite feature of this housing has got to be the HuygCheck system. This is truly excellent. I work as a subsea engineer, where it is standard practice for us to pull a vacuum on any electronic pod prior to immersion, to ensure that the seal is good. I have always wondered why housing manufactures haven t employed a similar technique but now happily one has.
For those unfamiliar with the system, a one way valve is mounted on the housing. 30 min prior to diving a small 9v vacuum pump is inserted into this valve and the air is removed creating a negative pressure within the housing. A series of flashing LED in the housing view finder will blink, changing colour from red to green. When the green LED is flashing the required differential has been reached and the cap can be placed on the one way valve. The electronics wothin the housing will sense the pressure and provided the green LED continues to flash, the seals have retained their integrity. This essentially safe guards against the most common causes of leaking housing, pinched/damaged/dirty O rings. Fool proof.
I have noted so people dismiss this system because it requires another through housing orifice, but give that most housing have about 2 dozen such holes, I don t feel like the addition of one more is anything to lose sleep over.
So all in all I am very happy with my purchase and my only compliant would be that I wised the price would have been an order of magnitude less....But hey you can t have everything.
If you have any other questions please let me know and I ll do my best to back to you in a timely fashion...Promise
Unified Team Diving