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Bohol: recommend a photo friendly operator

05 May 2014 - 05:42 AM

I'll be in Bohol soon on a family holiday and have a couple of days free to dive. I'm looking for a good operator that is accustomed to photographers. Recommended sites welcome too. I'm an advanced diver most interested in walls and pelagics on this trip as I get my fill of macro in Anilao on a regular basis. TIA

does my housing need service?

27 January 2014 - 04:13 PM

I had a mild panic on the weekend, after two full days of diving.  I'm using a Nauticam EM-5 housing and flat port.  I always rinse the housing after every dive.  I opened the housing to change batteries and download images twice, and each time inspected, lubed, and refitted the port and body o-rings.  After the final dive I put the camera in a cooler full of fresh water for a long soak.  Only my camera and strobes were in there, nothing else, and they were not dropped abruptly.  I'm the only one who uses the cooler so I know it was not disturbed.


When I returned after 30 minutes, the leak alarm was beeping!  I quickly dried the exterior and extracted the camera.  There were only a few drops of water inside the housing thankfully, and in fact I could not quite see how there was enough to even trigger the alarm.  Nonetheless, there was water inside which cannot be a good thing.  I inspected the o-rings again very carefully and could find no evidence of anything that would have caused a leak.  The o-rings are about a year old and have done maybe 100 dives.  What I cannot quite understand is how the housing did not develop a problem during 5 dives at depth, but then leaked a little during a gentle soak.  


Any advice?  I would like to know if there is any way to determine the problem myself through inspection or in a pool first.  Sending the housing for service will be a major pain as it would have to go to Singapore, so I would miss out on probably a couple of months of use at the best time of the year here in the Philippines, but if that is what I have to do then I will.