I take the opportunity to stress that no matter the brand of housings, (including the "should have bought…" brand), if you have to struggle to get something to work on a camera housing, or feel that something is quirky, you should stop, get the owner manual, confirm the procedure and if the problem is persistent.
You mean I shouldn't have to use this little pry-bar and rubber mallet to get everything to fit properly?
I used the same D7000 housing (as a replacement for my Aquatica D90 housing), and when I first saw it, I was amazed that Aquatica was able to fit all of that "stuff" into the housing. It's a work of art IMHO. I think the downside of this, is that the tolerances are extremely tight, so if anything is out of whack, you will feel resistance loading the camera into the housing. One of the "improvements" on this housing, over the D90, is having the ability to pull some controls out of the way for changing lenses or removing the camera/lens as a unit... with this "benefit" comes complexity...
With regard to the manuals, when I first got my D90 housing, I felt that the manual was utterly useless (Sorry Jean... read on!). The "problem" is that the manuals are written with the assumption that the user knows something about DSLR housings. Which I didn't. I had a few decades on Nikonos stuff, but other than knowing how to clean and lube an O-ring, that "knowledge" doesn't really cover the complexity of one of these housings. Fortunately, I had a friend who used another brand of housing and we were able to figure it out. With so many of these systems being sold on-line and without the benefit of hands-on sales support, the buyer is pretty much left to fend for themselves to figure things out. The manuals (and I assume that this applies to most manufacturers) start at "Housing 301", not "Housing 101".
By contrast, when I got my D7000 housing, I found the manual totally adequate. Not because it was any more detailed, but because I already knew the basics... I only needed to know the specifics of that model of housing...
When I sold my D90 housing, I included a lengthy "cheat-sheet" to the buyer pointing out a number of things I had figured out on my own, but that should probably be included in a manual.
So to Gotgills, all I can say is stick with your system. It's a terrific set-up and once you have the hang of it, you'll love it.
And with respect to the "leak", remember the first rule of o-rings: O-rings first, Beer second!
Edited by Stoo, 30 April 2012 - 06:29 PM.