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Alex that picture looks like a shark in drag .....

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Tomaz's point about keeping the housing dry is a good one... and you should keep a dessicant pack in the housing.

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These pictures below were taken at Tobago Cays with a Pentax Optio W10, itself "waterproof" to 3 meters/30 minutes or so. No housing required.

Unfortunately some of the latches were a little too easy to open and the camera was inadvertantly opened in the water, and did not survive. Pentax did give a good credit toward the purchase of a newer, improved model that has stayed closed.





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I have taken some film shots, but

Judy at Awoosh http://www.awoosh.com/ has taken some of the best underwater shots that I've seen.
I have never met her but have chatted with her a bit on line and I think she will be happy to answer your questions.
There are also a whole bunch of very talented UW photogs that post regularly at Scubadiving.com http://www.scubadiving.com/forum/default.aspx who can probably answer your questions.
This stingray (from Grand Cayman) was taken with a disposable camera:


This Kelp Greenling was off Quadra Island (Vancouver Island) and taken with a 35mm instamatic:


This wolf eel was off Quadra - same camera:


Left-coast sailors will probably recognize this view:
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I started with one of those disposables that can go to 95 feet. Not to bad and cost effective. I then went with an Olympus camera and a pt015 housing and inon strobe.
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Sounds like a similar setup as mine - Due to it's wide range of user defined settings, the Olympus Camedia C-5050-Z was undoubtably the most popular digital choice by recreational divers when the model first came out.

I also bought the PT-015 housing, which is designed specifically for the C-5050-Z and has been trouble-free for several years. The PT-15 has an opaque panel that blocks the integral flash - which should not be used underwater. My INON strobes required a digital controller kit but since then, INON came out with digital strobe models, that do not need separate controllers. The Tetra housing is a logical upgrade from the OLY PT-15 - haven't taken that leap though.

My first UW film rig was a point & shoot Reefmaster Pro, with external strobe. The pictures were OK for an automatic, but it was frustrating not having exposure and focus controls. Anyone want the Reefmaster setup - ??? Here's a pic my wife took of me heading for the dive boat with the Reefmaster, followed by a few point & shoot pics I took - about 8 years ago (all film pics of course, were scanned):






Cavern dive shots from a cenote, deep in the Yucatan jungle - same camera:



These pics were also from the Reefmaster, taken off Palancar Reef - Cozumel, Mexico:







Here's my OLY digital housing rig, with single strobe and camera removed - I added another strobe some time later:


A few digital pics (greatly reduced) taken off the Florida Keys with the digital rig . . .













Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula - Dos Ojos cenotes - main entrance cavern:




I've got hundreds more, but they're on CDs and in my home computer's hard drive. The above are just the few pics loaded in my Photobucket album.

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Sweet!! I would love to dive the cenote. just finding the time to get to Mexico and brush up on my spanish. Got to love that clear water. I'm so used to diving around here when good vis is considered 10 feet. But it's winter now so things should be clearing up a bit. Planning on diving the Mystic River around the drawbridge on the 24th. Found some 100+ year old bottles there last year.

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I use a Sony Cybershot with the underwater housing and found that the pictures turn out excellent with just a little bit of massaging in PhotoShop to color-correct the palette. I almost threw away many pictures that I had taken because they were "bland" and luckily hit the PhotoShop "auto color balance" and suddenly the colors, hues and contrasts just jumped out.


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I use a Sony Cybershot with the underwater housing and found that the pictures turn out excellent with just a little bit of massaging in PhotoShop to color-correct the palette. I almost threw away many pictures that I had taken because they were "bland" and luckily hit the PhotoShop "auto color balance" and suddenly the colors, hues and contrasts just jumped out.
One of the best places I've found for UW Pics is the digital darkroom forum on Scubaboard site. It's in the underwater Photo main forum

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