Underwater Photography Canon 40D

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Carsten Bauer, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. Hi all,

    I'm going to Cocos Island next month, and want to try my hand at
    underwater photography.

    My gear is a Canon 40D, 17-85mm IS lens, and 580EX II Speedlite.

    I've heard of the Ewa-marine U-AXP case, which seems to be the right one
    for my setup. Seems to be about $400-500.

    Any suggestions for a solution, which is good for a small budget?

    Cheers

    Carsten
     
    Carsten Bauer, Sep 13, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Carsten Bauer wrote,on my timestamp of 13/09/2008 4:31 PM:

    If this is a once only event of uw photography,
    then rent the gear. It's too expensive otherwise.
    Once you have results back and *if* you decide
    it's something you swant to do a lot more of,
    *then* is the time to invest in good gear.
     
    Noons, Sep 14, 2008
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    Mr.T Guest

    If you are going to put that gear into anything cheaper, make sure your
    insurance will cover it's demise.

    MrT.
     
    Mr.T, Sep 14, 2008
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  4. Hi all,

    Thanks for the replies.
    My photo gear is insured against dropping, etc... so thats that taken
    care off.

    Renting, no can do on the island, so will try in Perth before I go.

    Am tempted to buy a cheap underwater digi, but don't really want to
    because of the results..

    Thanks
     
    Carsten Bauer, Sep 14, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Carsten Bauer wrote,on my timestamp of 14/09/2008 5:50 PM:
    that'd be my first choice. try the dive shops, they sometimes
    do that.

    Narh, don't bother. It won't give you good results
    and you'll kick yourself for wasting time with it
    on such a great trip.

    You need good lighting underwater for colour and that
    means an off camera flash - or two. If b&w, then you
    can get away with natural light.

    If the water is *very* clear - and I mean *very*! - then
    an extreme wide angle can do some stunning perspective
    colour shots. Anything equivalent to 20mm or wider in old
    numbers is good for that sort of thing.

    Digital cameras will be sensitive enough for underwater
    colour without flash but all you'll get after about 5
    metres depth is tones of grey-blue or grey-green: all
    other colour is almost gone by then. That's why you need
    a flash to get back the reds and yellows.

    For general "fish shots", you need a moderate wide angle
    or close-up. Around 35mm in old numbers is good, with
    50mm being used for close-up "macro".

    But like I said: off-camera flash. Anything near the
    lens and all you get is lit up silt!
     
    Noons, Sep 14, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Carsten Bauer wrote,on my timestamp of 14/09/2008 11:30 PM:

    I'd be very surprised. Some of those were definitely taken
    with very wide angle lenses, dome port and off camera
    flash. "Ski run corals" is a perfect example. The "fish photos"
    at low depth in that site are achievable with an ewa-marine type
    setup, but forget the flash: it won't work well unless you got
    a completely separate job. And I mean: one hand on the camera,
    another holding the flash on a pod away from you, pointing
    at the subject.
    This:
    http://www.nyip.com/images/stories/ezine/outdoors/underwaterj1103.jpg
    is the absolute minimum for off-camera flash, to give you an idea.
    When I mean off-camera flash, I mean completely separate, in
    its own "pod".
    This page:
    http://www.nyip.com/ezine/outdoors/underwaterphotography.html
    has some ideas of what you can do with a simple camera setup
    or an ewa-marine.

    Pity you caught me before I scanned my u/w stuff: got
    hundreds, mostly macro and fish shots with a few wide
    angles thrown in.
    This:
    http://wizofoz2k.deviantart.com/art/Posers-48915161
    I took many years ago with a Nikonos II, 35mm lens,
    a 2nd hand flash on a pod, at about 8 meters deep.
    These:
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~nsouto/photos/latest/uw01.jpg
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~nsouto/photos/latest/uw02.jpg
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~nsouto/photos/latest/nuw02.jpg
    were taken with a Nikon F and 55 micro in an underwater
    housing, with a detached flash.
    This
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~nsouto/photos/latest/nuw01.jpg
    was a 20mm lens in a dome port in the same Nikon F and
    housing, with a two flashes: a small one attached to the
    housing and a big one in one of the windows, triggered by the
    light of the small one.
    Apologies for the quality: these were all scanned in
    a flatbed and are "horrible".
     
    Noons, Sep 15, 2008
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  8. Hi Noons,

    Thanks for your input.
    A mate of mine has offered to lend me his Ewa-Marine bag, so I'll be
    using that, without spending too much money (Minus a carton of beer).

    I'll let you know how I go when I get back from holidays.

    Carsten
     
    Carsten Bauer, Sep 16, 2008
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    Noons Guest

    Carsten Bauer wrote,on my timestamp of 16/09/2008 5:30 PM:
    Well done! Have a great holiday and
    enjoy that place: great diving, there!
     
    Noons, Sep 16, 2008
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