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This awesome soft cooler bag is the perfect home for keeping your dSLR housing safe between dives. It protects the housing, and also acts as a personal rinse tank! Plenty of room, for even the largest dSLR set-ups with 2 strobes, arms, etc. It also meets airline carry-on requirements.
Don't go on a boat without it!
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I bought this bag through Bluewater photo 5 years ago, and still in excellent condition. We also use it as a cooler during summer outing.
I recently did a dive with Cape Ann Divers in Gloucester, MA and I was glad I had this bag with me. The boats up here do not typically have rinse tanks or camera tables, so your gear is really exposed unless you have something like this to protect it in. For starters it makes transporting my setup a breeze. The padding is really thick and I do not worry about my camera getting damaged on the way to a shore or boat dive. The extra pocket is a great place keep wet macros lenses or any other accessory you might need. The bright red color makes people take notice and care when maneuvering around the bag with dive gear on, so this may be something to consider when you place your order.
Small zippered pocket
Weights a few pounds (have not taken it on a dive trip to nice water yet...) so maybe use it as a carry on
Olympus OM-D with Nauticam Housing
2 x Sea and Sea D1s
Sola 600 Photo
Sola 1200 Video
Fits perfectly with plenty of room to spare.
Hope this helps...
I was diving in Washington state. The water averaged 42 degrees F. The air was usually in the 60F but on this trip it got up into the low 80s. Unfortunately the camera table (which was in the open on the small boat) was probably in the 90's by the time we got in the water after having to change dive sites due to rough conditions. Long story short: When my 90 degree housing hit that 40 degree water there was massive contraction and a catastrophic failure of the main o-ring. The housing flooded to the tune of 6 cups of water and of course the camera was ruined. All of this could have been avoided if I had already made a simple investment of around 70 bucks in the AO Cooler Bag. Not only does it keep your unit cool but it makes it much easier to lug around and protects it from bumps and scrapes. I must for any serious underwater photog. I will never be without one again!
This cooler bag has been a very practical purchase. I have used it to transport my camera equipment both as carry-on luggage while traveling, and on local boat trips. It us heavily lined and padded so it protects my equipment, and it is water-proof, so I can use it as a rinse bag for my camera housing. This has proven invaluable on crowded boat trips where everyone has a camera soaking in the rinse tank. I would highly recommend this product.
From my sister's Christmas wishlist I purchased this cooler and she ABSOLUTELY LOVES IT! She told me that it packs her camera housing, strobes, and small misc items really easily, and that she can also use it as a rinse tank after her dives. She appreciates that the cooler is sturdy and packs well when traveling on plane. For me, I really appreciate the customer service at Blue Water Photo. I ordered a bit close to Christmas and on the comments area I said "Please ship ASAP for Christmas gift!" and typically messages like this get overlooked but not this one! I got an update ASAP to let me know my tracking number and a message that thanked me for my purchase. There were a few more messages back and forth and they were so friendly and helpful! Would definitely recommend this item AND for sure would recommend this website for your needs!
Using one of these cooler bags to protect your camera rig is an absolutely genius idea. The bag is so convenient for carrying your camera to and from the beach and the boat. It's also great for keeping your camera out of harm's way once you're on the boat. It's seriously big and imposing, and mine is bright red, which only adds to its visibility. (I sometimes refer to it as "The Red Bag of Courage," 1. because it's just that commanding that it deserves a proper name, and 2. because I like literary puns. So there's that.)
I even brought it with me on our recent shore diving trip to Curacao, where it lived in the bathtub as an impromptu rinse tank. The soft sides made for a much gentler rinsing experience and the smaller volume (relative to the bathtub) compelled me to change the rinse water more frequently. After nearly 3 weeks of being full of water, the thing was saturated, and I was heartbroken at the thought of having to leave it behind (due to airline weight restrictions). Fortunately, a day in the Caribbean sun dried it out sufficiently to bring it home with me, but I would have replaced it in a heartbeat if I had had to leave it.
The 36-pack size fits my DSLR (Nauticam 7d and strobes) perfectly.
This thing's great! Perfect way to get you housing to the boat and I love that I can use it as a rinse too.
I recently returned from a trip to Bonaire where I used this bag for my Nikon D SLR, housing,and two strobes. It was perfect for carrying equipment to and from the boat, to the dive locker, and as a rinse tank while on the boat after the dive. Everyone else was scrambling to get their camera into the small rinse tank on the dive boat and I just put my gear in this cooler bag I had put some fresh water in. I had my own personal rinse tank and I wasn't bumping around with all the other cameras in the on-board rinse tank.
The only negative comment I would have is it's a little bulky for packing but I used it as extra padding when packing my camera gear.
This is an inexpensive and must have accessory to take with you on any dive trip. I certainly recommend this to protect your expensive camera gear.
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