Hi all,Stephen Frink
wrote concerning the up coming Seacam D800 housing." I shoot Canon, so many of the concerns you all voice relative to the optimal D800 housing I haven't researched fully, but all Seacam housings in production this year (D4, D800, 5DMKIII, 1D X) are Seacam Silver housings
. The "Silver
" designates a fully featured
housing, including the MSC
and multi-controllers and all buttons
a shooter might need for either video or stills. The more minimalistic "Prelude" concept will not be replicated in these very high end imaging tools from Canon and Nikon.
I bought two Seacam housings for my D700's. Wasn't the Seacam D700 housing a Seacam "Silver" housing? I had to pay 180 euros extra for the M-S-C control. Will a purchaser of the Seacam D800 housing also have to pay 180 euros (approximately $225) extra for an AF-M control? Add that $225 to the announced price of $5718 for the D800 housing and you're within a whisker of $6000. Will the Seacam AF-M control allow you to depress the small button that is part of the AF-M lever which makes it possible for you to change between AF-S and A-FC and (when you are in AF-C) choose between single point focus, 9, 21 and 52 dynamic groupings of AF points, and 3D AF? Or will that capability cost even more? These, AF or M, AF-S or AF-C and AF areas are , in my opinion, very important capabilities for underwater shooting as well as topside shooting.
My Seacam D700 housing had no control whatsoever to change the ambient light metering pattern, between matrix, center-weight and spot metering. Is that a "fully featured" housing? Most other D700 housings I've seen have a control for that. I can switch metering patterns on my Seacam D700 housings only
because I added an additional control to my housings that allows me to push the programable function and preview buttons, either of which I can program for a second (or third) light metering pattern. Most of the time I use only two metering patterns - spot and center-weight, using the function button to choose which. I use the preview button to shoot a quick shot without flash, and to access auto-bracketing.
As I have said previously, I consider controls, easily used controls, to be my single most important criteria in choosing a new housing. What is the sense in paying thousands of dollars for a new camera with new capabilities, and then buying an even more expensive housing which makes those capabilities inaccessible?Drew
wrote, concerning my comment that I now care less whether a housing's finish stays perfect for 8-10 years. "I, on the other hand, do. My old Seacam 1Ds2 housing, made in 2004, still works and I still use it once a year where I've left it, because it still takes nice pics. It's a work horse and I haven't serviced it in 4 years."
Drew, if you use your Canon 1Ds2 camera and housing only once a year, why keep it? You aren't using it on trips that really matter to you. And if you've used that housing only once a year, its no wonder that the finish is still perfect and everything else works without additional servicing in the last four years. With servicing every year or two, which I did myself, the Aquatica housings I used with my Nikon F4's for more than eight years, between about 1990 and 1999, still worked quite well when I sold them. The white paint showed considerable chipping, but there were no corrosion problems that affected the use of the housings in any way. I have seen other posts where you, Drew, have written about using one or several newer models of Canon DSLR (like the 5D2?). You would have needed new housings for those wouldn't you?. And now have both a Nikon D800 and a Canon 5D3. Or have them on order. Clearly you have much more money to spend on your UW photo gear than do most of us who must buy less frequently and choose more carefully for budgetary reasons. The fact that you keep changing which model is your "primary" camera and housing combinations only reinforces what I have written concerning the relatively short lifetime on top for any digital SLR. And why I say having the best controls to utilize the full capability of that camera is paramount, to me, vs the longevity of the housing's finish.Loftus
, I notice that you recently posted that your new Nauticam housing for the D800 had arrived. Perhaps you can add to this discussion by telling us why you chose to buy a Nauticam for your D800, abandoning the "better quality Austrian construction" of the Subal housings you indicated that you were using with several earlier models of Nikon. Certainly you could easily have afforded to buy another Subal housing body for your D800, which would have allowed you to use all the ports, extension rings and lens gears that you had for those.
Edited by divegypsy, 19 June 2012 - 01:04 AM.