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Modifying Sea&Sea MDX-d7100 for Nikon d7200

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I have an older MDX-d7100 housing and a ‘modification’ is needed for it to work with a d7200. Has to do with mode dial lock button.

Do you know what the modification is? And is it something that can be done DIY, without sending it to Sea&Sea or Backscatter?

Thanks- David

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IMHO, D7100 and D7200 is identical as far as camera housing is concerned. I used D7200 in D7100 housing several years, without any problem.

That been said, if you are changing camera mode from M to A or P (or vise verse) in underwater, you might consider mode dial lock option.

Sam

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Hmmmm... as was mentioned in the previous post, the mode dial and the locking buttons are identical on the D7100 and D7200. I don't use a Sea & Sea housing, but the controls on my housing work with both cameras. It would be interesting to see the problem you're encountering.

 

-AZTinman

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Mode Dial on D7200 won't turn when it is in the MDX D7100 housing, noted by Sea&Sea below. Wondering if anyone has had the modification done, or done it themselves (and what was done)

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Wow! Thanks for this information and clarification regarding the issue. My housing required changing out the strobe control electronics when I switched from my D7100 to my D7200. Your issue might be be a quick, easy fix for the tech folks at Backscatter.

 

-AZTinman

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Thank-you, AZ. I phoned Backscatter and they are going to ask their technical staff.

I want to switch to the D7200 because of reportedly better low-light auto-focus, and faster focus: both of which will come in handy here in the dark Pacific Northwest.

Did you find that the D7200 was an improvement over the D7100?

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Yes, switching from the D7100 to the D7200 did help with low-light auto-focus, but low-light can still be difficult. I encountered difficulties last week in Mexico with darker than usual water. There was a lot of junk in the water and the D7200 had problems locking onto subjects. Lens selection made a major difference. There were fewer issues with my Nikkor 60mm and Nikkor 10-24mm than with my Nikkor 16-85mm. The 16-85mm is an excellent lens if challenging visibility issues aren't present. I've never used a focus light on my D7100 or D7200. If you're diving in dark conditions, it might be a good idea to use one.

 

I recently did some informal low-light comparison testing with my D7100, D7200, and D850. The D7200 outperformed the D7100. Of course, the D850 outperformed both of the cropped sensor cameras. Eventually, I'll house the D850.

 

-AZTinman

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Thanks very much, AZ! My usual lenses are for macro: Nikkor 60mm or 105mm and I use a focus light ( often dark at depth around Seattle ).

Haven't heard back from Backscatter yet about housing modification for D7200, but I added a dab of Aquaseal to the rubber tip on the Mode Dial Lock Button rod and it seems to work- if I ever need to change exposure mode underwater. I use Manual, but want to see if 'Auto' with "TTL" flash would work at all in the dark water here.

Also, haven't tried wide angle, but have a Tokina 10-17mm and Sigma 10-20....

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