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Some may have seen my post stating we're off to Sharm el Sheikh this August for our family holiday, and something one must do when there because of the stunning underwater life prevalent in the area, is dive/scuba/snorkel etc.

So... I am after advice as to what camera to purchase to accomplish this please. Nothing too expensive, but able to accompany me to snorkeling depths of say 10' to 15' - which is about the limit of how far I'd dive without scuba gear.

I have heard that the Olympus Mu (is that the right name??) is waterproof to 10', so that might be a good choice.

What do you experts suggest then?
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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

I think that that camera (Mju) will be more useful generally than say specialist kit.
When we went to the Caribbean (a cruise) a year and a half ago I borrowed a friend's C7070 with underwater housing. I used it on an organised snorkling trip but it was not really very easy to use. Difficult to see what you are taking and with the shutter lag (it is an old camera now - 5MP) I had to anticipate the movements of the fish - NOT easy! The upshot of all this was that none of my images were worth keeping and I found myself concentrating more on the pictures than enjoying the snorkling.
Maybe with a decent length holiday and amble opps to take underwater pictures you should get some good images with something like the Mju and it will be a useful pocket camera on dry land.
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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

I agree, Dave. It seems also that the Mju is one of the better models as compared to other brands etc. I might be investing in one of these before we go.

The only thing that may entice me to another brand is the physical size of the lens and zoom mechanism. If this fits nicely into my Spotting Scope eyepiece then it might make me consider an alternative brand. We'll see.
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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

Me again John, sorry

I strongly recommend you speak with Cameras Underwater for advice on cameras and housings, they are the best. In particular, ask for Duxy (Paul Duxfield - friend of mine), but any member of staff will give expert advice. Duxy is at the London shop at: Cameras Underwater

The options for compacts and housing are huge and it can be daunting knowing where to start. Duxy and his staff are all professional underwater photographers and will never sell you anything other than what is 100% right for you.

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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

Hi Steve - I had a quick look at their site, and it seems very professional, but couldn't see anything on compacts. I don't wish to purchase any housing for my E-3 as I won't be doing further underwater stuff following the holiday, and hence am after a compact.

Do they sell those, Steve...?
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I have explore the possibility of adding underwater housings to our rental stock, but I'm told that housings are really too complicated for casual use?

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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

John, Just click on the big blue "Compact Camera Housings" image. Or here is the Devon website: Cameras Underwater click on "Compact Cameras". The London shop is geared up primarily for compacts.

I do recommend you give them a call, they will quite happily spend hours on the phone discussing your requirements. Going to see them is the best option, note that the Devon shop is closed at weekends.

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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

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I have explore the possibility of adding underwater housings to our rental stock, but I'm told that housings are really too complicated for casual use?

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Hi Ian

I would be very interested in this however I wonder what the take-up might be.

For the casual user e.g. snorkelling it may too complex but that would probably depend upon how proficient the snorkeler is.

For a scuba diver who wanted to try before buying or possibly as a holiday rental it would be great idea providing the required combination of housing plus lens ports were available (plus strobes if possible).

If you want someone to do an evaluation I would be happy to volunteer if you can get hold of the appropriate housing and ports.
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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

It may be worth looking on eBay to see if you can get a secondhand housing for one of your existing cameras. I bought a secondhand C3040 and, separately, a housing for use last year. I've now sold it but it was a cheap way of getting underwater pix. With the benefit of hindsight I might have done better to have paid a bit more and been able to use a better quality camera. I'd forgotten how cumbersome the C3040 was!
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I'd forgotten how cumbersome the C3040 was!
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Re: Suggestions: Taking photos underwater - what camera?

Holy **** Steve (oops... will I be moderated for that???) that's awesome.
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Holy **** Steve (oops... will I be moderated for that???) that's awesome.
It's extremely heavy out of water and around 2kg negative in water. The E-3 has the 7-14mm lens attached and the strobes are Ikelite DS-125s.

The whole thing cost around 5.5 grand.

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It may be worth looking on eBay to see if you can get a secondhand housing for one of your existing cameras. I bought a secondhand C3040 and, separately, a housing for use last year. I've now sold it but it was a cheap way of getting underwater pix. With the benefit of hindsight I might have done better to have paid a bit more and been able to use a better quality camera. I'd forgotten how cumbersome the C3040 was!
There is one for the C5050 on Ebay at the moment but it costs more than the camera is worth!
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There is one for the C5050 on Ebay at the moment but it costs more than the camera is worth!
The housings are always more than what the camera is worth.

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The whole thing cost around 5.5 grand.

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My modest little outfit was under 100 for the camera and housing. The advantage of buying on eBay was that effectively I was hiring the oufit for the difference between what I paid and what I resold for.
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