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#21 Nicool

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

Hi! For what it's worth, I have been leaving my Hugyfot D7000 housing closed and ready to dive for more than 2 weeks.
Reason is simple: I usually dive once a week, and if I shoot the same configuration, why going through the hassle of opening/closing? I just put the housing in a freshwater tank for a few hours when going back from the dive.
This has the drawback of preventing pictures download, but it saves me time!

#22 cneal

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:28 PM

I have always tried to remember to pull the o-rings that are not mounted into a groove when storing at home. If I do not want to remove the o-ring, I leave that section open. I reassemble before the trip, putting dry o-rings on the ports and exyensions. I do consider a dry o-ring better than none if I miss them assembling the camera. Since the ports are off the housing in the travel case I do not worry about pressure causing a seal I can't break. About every two years I replace all of the o-rings.

When on a trip I only open the housing when necessary. When I do open the housing I grease the rings and reassemble the night before when I have time to do it carefully.

I've never had a o-ring failure. Ten years with Ikeite and Aquatica housings.

#23 wydeangle

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

In the "old days" when we used a Nikonos, Bob Warkentin did, and still does, sell bright orange "storage o-rings" for the Nikonos. His blurb on them is here: http://www.southern-...s.com/parts.htm

I don't know if the o-rings used in more modern housings are made of the same material or not. They are black, mostly, though Posted Image

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#24 Jock

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

If you're not sure about o-ring maintenance and the like maybe this article can help:
http://www.halsteadd...er-photography/

One of my all-time favourites.

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#25 wydeangle

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 06:12 AM

Jock,

Absolutely wonderful!

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#26 Rocha

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

I am on my fourth housing now: Ikelite N90 (had it for 2 years), Ikelite F100 (2 years), Sea&Sea F100 (3 years), Subal D2x (10 years). I have never removed any o'ring and always left back of the housing closed, no port though. No floods (knock on wood!).


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