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#1 ErinBrown

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 05:19 AM

Howdy folks,

In several reviews I've seen pictures of housings with a rope handle clipped off to the ball mounts and was curious if this is a DIY project or something commercially available. Seems like a great option when handing opt he housing off getting in and out of the water and I'm curious if someone can share a more detailed pic or two OS this setup. My last trip proved to be a bit problematic with a crew that wasn't used to handling SLR housings and kept grabbing my strobe arms. I have a few LOB trips coming up and would like to make life a bit easier if possible.

Suggestions greatly appreciated

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:09 AM

DIY

Two brass clips
Two-foot length of nylon rope
One-foot length of plastic tubing

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The design could be more elegant if you splice the rope ends or use colored rope (green for go?).

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The handle makes the rig's center of gravity low - much easier to carry with one hand on a rocking boat. With the handle, the boat crew knows exactly how to grab and carry your rid. Don't leave home without one.

Edited by jlyle, 14 September 2012 - 06:15 AM.

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:00 PM

Beauty, looks like I have a Sunday afternoon project. Thanks for the details!

Is the tubing just for comfort or is there some other purpose?

Edited by ErinBrown, 14 September 2012 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 14 September 2012 - 01:08 PM

The tubing makes the handle a little bigger diameter - easier to hold and carry.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 04:37 PM

I use one of this:

http://www.blackdiam...itron-quickdraw

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 06:05 PM

Just read this article on how to make one, looks pretty nice.

http://www.uwphotogr...DIY-rope-handle
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#7 ErinBrown

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

John, thanks that's exactly what I was looking for. Still wishing I could just find the one from Nauticam, but that looks really nice. I'll definitely give it a shot.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:46 PM

Hey Erin,

I modified my Nauticam one a little-you can see pictures here:

http://wetpixel.com/...xel-rinse-tank/

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#9 ErinBrown

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 05:01 PM

Thanks Adam I've actually already read that one, good stuff. I just wish I could find the freaking nauticam handle, I have a nauticam housing NA-D7000V but no freaking handle...bummer

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:11 PM

Hi Erin,

If you lost your Nauticam handle, its super easy to make one just like it. I actually made a bunch of them, because I wanted some in different lengths, I wanted them to be a little wider than the one that came with the housing and also, I wanted the handles to be in a different color to help my housing look a little different to avoid confusion, in case there is a few on them sitting on the dive deck. Basically, I got some multicolored line and a few stainless steel rings and braided myself a few handles. What I did differently from the supplied handle was that instead of using one thick line, I used line that was a bit thinner but quadrupled the line so that each "run" of the braid consisted of 4 lined. This helped form a "flatter" handle that is a a lot more comfortable to carry. The only problem I had that was that since I live on a small island, my choice of line-colors is limited, and the best line I could find was... pink. So I as soon as my local hardware store gets another color line in, I will have to make remedy this by making new handles.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 08:58 PM

Crappy thing is my housing never came with one...feeling likevI got ripped off here.


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Posted 16 September 2012 - 04:23 AM

I used one of these (scroll down):

http://www.xdtalk.co...er-made-10.html

This guy's 10 yr old daughter makes them. They are made from 550 paracord. Tell them it is for an UW camera. She can make them in any color combination imaginable, and in any length. I got red, and blue with reflective white strands. I need to add some clips to to the ends of mine, but I like it.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 07:07 AM

Hi again,

I think the handles are an extra part, and are available to purchase in addition to the housing. Certainly I bought mine. They are not supplied with the housing as standard.

If you are unwilling to do so, there are lots of very cool DIY ideas here too!

I would contact your local Nauticam dealer, or if that doesn't work, Nauticam USA.

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