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I just got a quote for servicing a Nauticam housing for the Olympus E-M1 mk2 from Backscatter and its $600, half of it for labor. I’ve had other housings serviced and I don’t recall the price being that high. Have I just been shooting on the cheap or what? 

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If half of it was labour what was the other half?

Where any parts other than o-rings replaced?

 

People put crap on Ikleite housing's but at least I can service a housing my self for around $75 AUD

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Yeah, that does seem a  lot.

$300 for labour I can sort of understand - although that seems a lot too.  But where is the other $300 going? As Chris suggests, are you having other parts replaced? A faulty bulkhead maybe? Maybe ask for a breakdown of the replacement parts?

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It's about 30 o-rings, springs and c-clips to do all your buttons and other controls. I would think the labor should be higher than the parts as there is so much disassembly work to get to many controls.  They may replace a bunch of other parts inside like some of the levers and return springs as a matter of course due to damage during disassembly perhaps.  Won't hurt to ask. 

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The servicing kit is $300 and the labor is $300. It’s apparently just the usual service: remove all the bits, clean, lube, adjust. It was under $200 if memory serves for the several housings I had serviced. What’s everyone else paying these days? This is from Backscatter in Monterrey. 

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That seems a lot. Most of Nauticam Housing Rebuild Kits are $180 or so. $300 of labor also seems a lot. I think a housing rebuild is like 5 hours so they are billing at $60/hr. I would check with Reef and see what they are charging.

Bill

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UW Camera Store in The Netherlands charges 449 Euro for "system camera" overhaul and 499 for an SLR.  I'm not sure which the EM-1 mkII would fall under, but 499 euro is $US564 and I would think labour rates are higher in Europe than the US.  Overhaul includes a pressure test and prices are published on their website.

  So $600 seems a little steep.  The price for an Ikelite SLR housing overhaul is 299 euro or 338 USD.  So a Nauticam housing is more expensive to overhaul.   The prices are all published on their website.

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Reef Photo says $590 is the price for servicing the Nauticam NA EM1 mark2. Bummer. 

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Almost, this is the price of half a new underwater housing. What's the price for servicing of housing Isotta EM1 Mark2?

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33 minutes ago, turandot said:

Almost, this is the price of half a new underwater housing. What's the price for servicing of housing Isotta EM1 Mark2?

Yeah, the thought struck me too that this was a substantial chunk of the cost of a new one. Ouch.

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It is easy to service and change all o-rings of your whatever underwater housing. I have already serviced 4 Subal housings and the last one was for Nikon D90, serviced in 2019. The service kit was 97 euros, which I bought from Subal. 

It is worth the effort, so do not hesitate to give it a go.

 

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With the invention of vacuum systems DIY service has never been easier 

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7 hours ago, scuba_d said:

It is easy to service and change all o-rings of your whatever underwater housing. I have already serviced 4 Subal housings and the last one was for Nikon D90, serviced in 2019. The service kit was 97 euros, which I bought from Subal. 

It is worth the effort, so do not hesitate to give it a go.

 

I think I’ll do it myself next time. This go-round was certainly an eye-opener. 

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