Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:31 PM
I am really surprised at the depth of feeling between housing brands that is coming out in this thread.
Doing less than 100 dives a year, my choice to date has been Ike and I haven't updated my camera body for 4 years.
That said if anyone chooses Nautie, Huggy, Subal or any other brand you care to mention with the exception of a plastic bag, I have no comment to make. They all do the same job of keeping your camera dry and having a window for the lens to look out of.
I'm sure there's already enough information in this thread to point the OP towards his own process of making an informed choice without starting housing wars.
Personally I think he would have been better off with Canon
Hey, nothing to do with 'depth' of feeling. The original poster was asking for advice. I think Ike housings are fine, but like anything else, generally one pays for quality and features. To say it's just about a box that keeps the camera dry I think is stretching it. There are reasons that the more expensive housings cost more, and Ikelite owners should recognize this, whether or not they think the extra is worth it. Even though I own Subal, I probably will not buy another one, because I think I can now get similar quality, feel and ergonomics, for less money, in a Nauticam or possibly an Aquatica, so I have no particular brand affiliation. Anyone who's held and played with a Seacam housing for example, would immediately appreciate what a wonderful piece of engineering it is. The balance of the housing, the ergonomics of the controls, just the ability to feel the smoothness in the shutter release, half pressing it etc. The magnifying viewfinder is awesome. I bet that any Ikelite owner would gladly accept a Seacam housing over an Ikelite if the price were the same. Blind Diver has some special requirements that I think go beyond price alone, that's why I think the advice to really try and hold various housings, try the viewfinders etc is pretty important advice for him. If he finds the Ike is everything he needs, great, but on the other hand he might find that his photo experience is greatly enhanced by better ergonomics and a good viewfinder.
Edited by loftus, 22 December 2010 - 12:44 PM.
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.