Amphibico turtle housing
Posted 02 February 2012 - 06:16 PM
Thanks in advance
Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:31 AM
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Posted 03 February 2012 - 12:12 PM
Do you have any recomendations?
Posted 06 February 2012 - 06:22 AM
But really, it seems like the best value in the sub-$1500 market. The TopDawg or Equinox don't MWB and the Ikelite is model specific. Having all the controls in one place is convenient also IMO.
The Evo/Turtle is a real solid housing body. Dual o-rings on the back door and the way it's tapered mitigate any potential leakage problems.
I'd add the flip filter option though as it solves the "what do I do with the removable filter?" problem when you need to. Also with the Turtle I'm not sure how you'd mount a red filter externally, mounting it on the camera is an option but it will darken footage when you go deeper - I'm assuming that since you're considering a Turtle there's not much in the budget for lights. I often flip my filter up somewhere around 70-90' since I don't shoot with lights either. You might be able to engineer replacing the red filter with a macro diopter should you need one in the future also.
In six years, I've had no issues with my EVO. It just works. Mine also easily fits in a airline approved size roller bag with room to spare.
Since Aquatica bought Amphibico after they shut down last year, I'm optimistic that the company has a future.
Edited by sjspeck, 06 February 2012 - 06:33 AM.
Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:06 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 06:22 PM
Posted 11 February 2012 - 07:07 AM
We've been using the Turtle housing for CX550 for a while. Overall it's quite good except you have no optics options and we had a leak in our electronic right grip, which costs around USD350 to replace.
Operation wise is straight forward and easy to handle. Manual white balance requires you to press 2 buttons simultaneously and ours got sticky after a while, so make sure you soak and rinse it thoroughly after each dive.
Camera requires a bit of tweaking to get the best results (turn off low lux, back lighting, -2 exposure). Otherwise the camera tend to overexpose a little bit and gives you all the dancing pink pixels in dark areas. We used to white balance all the way to 20m with the TRV950 and it would still be ok, but with this setup best to only white balance around up to 12m and leave it at that when go deeper water.
Let me know how the Patima housing goes! Looks interesting.