Help with choosing Underwater Photography kit

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Navraj, May 24, 2004.

  1. Navraj

    Navraj Guest

    I am new to UW photography and currently thinking about getting a
    Nikonos V or an Ikelite housing (specifically for an Elan 7)?

    I'm leaning towards the Nikonos V but learned that it was discontinued
    a couple of years ago - is that an issue to consider?

    I like the Nikonos because it is lighter than the housing & probably
    easier to use underwater.
    Also if it floods it can be repaired whereas an Elan would be junk.

    What are the pros & cons for each system?
    Is there a replacement planned for the Nikonos (by Nikon or anyone

    thanks for your input.

    Navraj, May 24, 2004
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  2. Navraj

    Ron T Guest

    Not an issue.. there are a ton of V's out there and the best service was
    from independent places anyhow -not nikon.


    I have both a housed system and a nikonos V. The V gets far more use.

    True but if you have a second elan, you can put it in the housing and
    keep shooting that day.

    Nikonos - pros: small, easy to handle, rugged. Cons: guess your focus,
    meter hard to see, no zoom capability, limited lens choice, macro system
    can scare fish

    Housing - pros: lens selection, autofocus, better electronics, macro is
    easier, split image (over/under shots) Cons:bulky, heavy, leakprone
    (compared to Nik V), controls awkward

    I wish.. a digital model would be great and not really that hard to
    engineer. Just skip the bells and whistles.

    Watch the used market for a nikonis V and a 20mm lens w/optical finder
    (the 35 is useless). Get a good strobe (Nikon sb-105 or even better
    -ikelite Substrobe 200). Final note - get a Nikonos V - not the IV-A.

    Ron T
    Ron T, May 25, 2004
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  3. As pointed out, there is plenty of used Nikonos machines for sale on
    Ebay and likes. However, experience says that no matter what's
    advertized, they are often in rather poor shape. If you do get one, get
    it shipped to a specialist for a cleanup/overview before using.
    If you flood a Nikonos V, say goodby to the electronics. If you
    flood the III, then you can dry it up. But III is fully manual, which
    means a bit more fuss underwater.
    I was talking with a professional underwater photographer, and he was
    saying that if he'd be choosing a kit again, it'd be digital. There are
    several things to think about:
    - film processing costs
    - you will get a lot of rejects underwater, easier to delete them after
    the dive on the baot than have to wait until you get the pics back (or
    delete underwater even)
    - you can only squeeze 36 exposures out of a film camera underwater (I
    am not aware of film cameras that can do more -- Nikon used to make a
    land camera adaptor for 250-shot film). With digital you'd be able to
    take hudreds of photos on a single dive.
    - some digital cameras can be programmed to adjust the color balance to
    compensate for the lack of yellow/red light at depth. Harder to do with
    film cameras.

    Marcin Dobrucki, May 25, 2004
  4. Navraj

    Dillon Pyron Guest

    With my MX-10, I can usually get 38. My Minolta regularly gives me
    40. However, as you point out, my wife's Sony gets 90 every time.
    More if I buy here that 512 stick for her birthday.
    Dillon Pyron, May 25, 2004
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