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Forum Members Poll: Your first underwater camera

First underwater camera  

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  1. 1. What was your first UW camera?

    • Compact or fixed lens in Polycarbonate (plastic housing)
    • GoPro
    • Rugged Waterproof camera (Olympus tough, etc)
    • An interchangeable lens camera (Mirrorless., DSLR,etc)
    • Amphibious high end camera or Film (NIkonos)


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On 10/14/2019 at 8:34 PM, Barmaglot said:

There are less and less compact cameras in general, phones have taken over that slice of the market - and incidentally, phone housings (Weefine Smart Housing et al) are becoming more common. The basic compact (Canon S-series) is dead completely, and premium compacts (RX100 series, G5X, G7X) are priced out of many people's reach.

Port systems for compacts are still quite rare though, it's only RX100 M6/M7 that needs one. IIRC Nauticam made a basic port system for G7X II some time ago, but that camera functions fine with a fixed port.

The reason for the port system is to facilitate the use of the various wet lenses - the long port means you need to zoom in to stop vignetting with the wet lens, losing field of view,  so while the G7X-II functions fine for many purposes it does not if you are trying to maximise field of view.

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1982 Started with a 26mm If I recall-a real piece of crap.Same year I certified  working up to Divemaster.. One year was enough-

Next one was a 35mm in a  new Ikelite housing-At depth the controls where not happy. One season was enough

Next one was a New Aquatica aluminum for a Nokon F3-bought two of them over time was happy for a long time.

During this time  also had a used nik 3 and some nikonos new Vs with all the lens and tubes-sold it all some time ago.

Next was a Used Subal for the nikon F5 -my favorite film housing bought two over time-shot those until 2009. Still have fond of that housing and its viewfinder still-have not sen as good as one since.

Then went to digital and  a used subal and Nikon D300-

Got a go-pro somewhere when the 4s came out-do not use it much-no a video person much

A few years back upgraded to a subal custom used housing and a d800. Still very happy-its a bit big an heavy now that I'm older same with the Ike strobes

Dinosaur for sure now

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Nikonos 5 with single Helix strobe.

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Nikonos  II, 28mm lens and Nikonos bulb flash.

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Nikonos III, 35mm lens and single Oceanic 2001 strobe

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Nikon P7000 in a Fantasea housing.  Started with UW video using Sony camcorders before venturing into still photography.  

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