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f1nutter

Member Since 17 May 2011
Offline Last Active Jun 02 2012 06:36 AM
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Lost photography store

28 November 2011 - 09:39 AM

Hi Guys,

I am sorry for this type of post, but I seem to have lost my marbles :)

I am interested in having a play with some underwater housings before I blow 5000 on a set-up (like you would). I seem to remember a few months ago I found a webstore with a link to a proper store. The store is/was based in London, under a bridge, near the river, with the tube station above.

I can't for the life of me remember the store name and neglected to bookmark the website. Could someone please help? ;)

Thanks,
Phil.

Run before I can walk Housing for Nikon D700

18 May 2011 - 03:59 AM

I have always been interested in wildlife, and for the last 6 years or so I have had wildlife photography holidays and built up quite a collection of equipment and images. These have all been land based; gorillas in Rwanda, lions in the Mara, polar bears in Spitsbergen, lemurs in Madagascar.
In 2008 I went to the Galapagos to photography the land animals. There was the opportunity to go snorkelling most days and, although I couldn't swim, I wore a life jacket and jumped in. My parents bought me an underwater housing for my compact camera and I was totally blown away by the underwater life. This inspired me to continue and now I swim 60 lengths a week and last year completed my PADI Open Water qualification.
Naturally, I want to photograph the amazing creatures in the deep but have a dilemma, which is where you guys come in.
I haven't been SCUBA diving since I qualified last year and would like to go somewhere exotic this summer. I am sure a lot of you suffer from the same problems that I do, namely "exotic trip equals new gear"!
I currently have a Nikon P3 and Fantasea FP3 housing. I also have a Nikon D700, 16-35mm f4 VR and 105mm f2.8 VR Macro lenses, as well as other lenses not suitable for underwater photography. I am thinking about getting an Ikelite housing and ports, possibly from Miami on my way to the Caribbean.

The case for doing this is:
Buy the housing before the camera is obsolete and the housing is no longer available
Cheaper from the States than the UK
It is financial viable for me at the moment
Can be used for snorkelling and half-and-half shots

The case against is:
Am I ready to handle this kind of gear after just 10 dives?
By the time I am a good enough SCUBA diver will I have changed camera and need a different housing?
I will probably only use it for a one week holiday every year or 18 months.
There are better housings available.

So, idle thoughts and comments please.