Monday, June 30, 2008
Cameras and housings perfect for poolside
Olympus Stylus PT-038 Housing
For those who want to spend time in and under the water, Olympus offers a number of options. A combination that's both rugged and compact is the FE-280 with the companion PT-038 housing. The FE-280 is a slim, 0.65-inch camera with a 3x optical zoom and 21 shooting modes, including three underwater modes; this 8-megapixel camera also includes three movie modes. The PT-038 housing allows the FE-280 to be used to a depth of 110 feet with access to all camera controls.
The compact size of the FE-280 and the PT-038 housing make it a perfect travel companion for those exotic trips to faraway tropical destinations. Estimated Street Price: $179 (Olympus FE-280); $139 (Olympus PT-038 housing).
Canon WP-DC21 Housing
For dedicated TTL functionality with external strobes, there are housings for the PowerShot G9 with TTL strobe connectors. An example is the Ikelite #6147.09 Canon G9 housing. Combined with an Ikelite DS-51 strobe and TTL connector, the Canon PowerShot G9 can be a powerful underwater imaging system. Estimated Street Price: $600 (Ikelite G9 housing); $400 (Ikelite DS-51 strobe).
Ikelite #6870.40 Housing
Some scuba divers want the many benefits of digital SLRs with them when they're capturing images underwater. The variety of lens options, shooting speeds and larger-format sensors are just a few of the features sought by serious amateur and pro underwater photographers. While larger, heavier and substantially more expensive, they offer many options for these photographers.
Ikelite produces a variety of housings that give complete control of the D-SLR to the underwater photographer. An example is the Ikelite #6870.40 housing for the Canon EOS D40 D-SLR. This polycarbonate housing is rated to a depth of 200 feet, allows unrestricted access to all camera controls and includes built-in circuitry conversion for true Canon e-TTL exposures with external-TTL submersible strobes.
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