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ReefDiver

Member Since 13 Jul 2005
Offline Last Active Nov 01 2005 04:44 PM
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In Topic: Canon S400 with WP-DC800

21 August 2005 - 09:19 AM

Hi Adam:

I would direct you to read the reply by James to my post below this one. This would be a good starting point for your camera as well. BTW, I have the Canon S-500 which uses the same underwater case as your's. My housing leaked on my first dive! Not from the rear seal but from the zoom button on the top. Apparently, this was enough to stop my camera from operating and I could not use it for the remainder of my vacation. I did purchase an underwater strobe from Reefmaster for the camera which worked out very well. I also bought a wide angle lens from Inon for the camera which is made to fit that particular housing. Interestingly, there was another diver that was using your exact set up with no strobe or WAL and was getting excellent underwater photos, especially after I discussed some of the settings suggested by James with him! As long as you are in water with excellent visibility and have sufficient sunlight penetration, you should be able to get excellent quality photos underwater. However, under more demanding situations, a strobe and wide angle lens would definately be a plus.

As a side note: I called Canon about the warranty and they said that the housing is NOT warranteed at all and that if the camera had water damage that it would not be covered either. Well, I went nuts on them and wound up writing a letter and sending the camera and housing to their service department anyway. They had better cover these products or I will report them to the better business bureau and elsewhere. So, bottom line, beware if anything happens to that housing while diving. Good luck and good diving.

Steve

In Topic: Quick Question?

06 August 2005 - 06:03 PM

Thanks, as I would never have thought about the air bubbles but it makes perfect sense! Off to dive now & take mucho pictures!! :lol:

Steve

In Topic: Quick Question?

06 August 2005 - 09:27 AM

Thanks Giles.

Nope no O ring seal and there was no manual, just directions for how to install the lens onto the housing.

So bottom line is that I am going to take it off & on as necessary. I tried it in my pool and taking it off & on didn't seem to make any difference. I can't imagine that it would be any different in the salty stuff?

BTW, if and when I get back to Grand Cayman, I would like to hook up with you for a dive trip.

Steve

In Topic: First timer / need suggestions

05 August 2005 - 08:15 PM

Hi Ryan:

I can't help you with the photo questions as I am a newbie myself and will be using an underwater camera for the first time next week. In fact, read my post below to see the questions that I asked which were answered by James.

Anyway, have been diving many times in Cozumel. This is drift type diving as the current is fairly strong. This makes for a relatively easy dive as you are not doing much swimming or fighting the current. There are many good locations and all of them are worth it. However, the reefs are by no means what they once were. So don't expect to see pristine reef formations but what is there can still be spectacular depending on what your expectations are. That said, you can go online and find a variety of dive excursions available that you can prebook. I really recommend you doing this as if you wait until you arrive and then try to find a dive trip you may be disappointed. Also, be prepared to take lots of photos and I would suggest a strobe if you really want to take some good pictures. Keep reading on this site and also do your own research. Finally, if you can, practice with your camera taking some underwater photos even if it's just in a pool area.
That is what I just got done doing and it really helped me to not only figure out the camera operation but also what to do to make the pictures come out better. Good luck.

Steve

In Topic: Going Diving Next Week Help Needed

01 August 2005 - 08:26 PM

Thanks James for the informative responses. So, if I understand you correctly, even in the Manual Mode the camera still operates in an automatic manner. Therefore, would you suggest just using the camera in the total auto mode and not worry about setting any of the parameters?

I can see now that this is going to take a lot of trial & error but at least with a digital you are not wasting lots of film. Hopefully, I will get some decent shots the first time around.

Steve