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The Ikelite Canon s100 underwater housing is a compact and affordable housing. Dive into underwater photography with this incredibly compact and simple to use combination.
The ULTRA compact housing is high quality, built to last, and backed by Ikelite's long-standing reputation for excellence. It is made of clear polycarbonate and is depth rated to 200 feet, and can take wide-angle and macro wet lenses with 67mm threads. It also gives access to one of the Canon s100 control wheels.
Macro shots are excellent when the Bluewater 67mm dual-element macro lens or a Subsee Macro lens is added.
You can get great ultra wide-angle shots with the Bluewater WA-110 wide-angle lens, which also simply screws right on the Ikelite s100 housing. This WA lens is very sharp and has a 110 degree angle of view.
The #6242.10 housing operates properly with the Canon Powershot S100 camera only. Due to differences in camera dimensions and control locations we do not support or recommend use of Canon Powershot S90 or S95 models in this installation.
Want to use a strobe with the Ikelite s100 underwater housing? Check out our strobes, fiber optic cable, and strobe mask set to get you all set up.
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I thought this housing would be a step-up from the Canon, which I traditionally purchased for my (Canon) compact digitals. This housing was a bit more expensive, and seemed to have decent write-ups, at the time of purchase.
Unfortunately, this product is very disappointing. My wife took the housing with my camera on its maiden outing, and while she was excited about the overall set-up (new strobe, Sola light, Canon S100, etc.), she said she had problems performing certain functions with the camera and housing., requiring her to shut the camera off, then back on again. She didn't share a lot of detail, and I chalked it up to the camera being new to her.
A month later, I took it out during our next dive trip together. Almost immediately, I identified a couple of severe problems: 1) many of the buttons are very difficult to press, and 2) the zoom function -- as soon as you get to a certain point (5X, as I recall), the camera freezes, requiring a shut down and then turn on. Of course, this is when my wife's reports of her experiences made perfect sense.
Very disappointing product, and arguably unusable. Two stars only because it's a relative good value compared to what I'm going to have to buy next.
i knew that there was a better housing for my camera, but i couldn't justify buying a housing that was more than double the price of the camera, so i got the ikelite housing. was told it was much better than the canon housing. as a beginner, i thought this was enough.
and it was! it's kept the camera dry, and i can use all the functions i need. i had read that you couldn't use the dial, but i learned to just not use it. before i had the strobe, i had no big issues with this housing. (i realize now that the light spills since the housing is clear)
but... if i could list just a few minor issues...
> the zoom lever will take a little getting use to, since it stays in place when it's moved. it won't automatically stop when you let go.
> the shutter lever (to take the picture) seems to be a little small for people with bigger fingers when you're wearing a glove.
> if you leave the ring that goes onto the camera ring on when shooting on land (because it's hard to take on an off all the time), it will give you a dark spot when shooting things up close with flash.
conclusion: i like it.
I have seen many people who dislike this housing. I understand that sometimes the functionality is limited, but you are not paying for the functionality. You are paying for the waterproofing. If you want the full functionality then you have to shell out for the top of the line housings. That being said, other than a few annoying workarounds, this housing does the job just fine. I have only minor problems using the controls with 5mil gloves on and no problem without gloves. When I first looked into buying an underwater set up I initially wanted to outfit my Nikon D40, but soon realized that for less money than just the housing alone, I could build an entire kit with strobe, housing, tray, and brand new S100. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I have already taken as good or better pictures than I ever did on land underwater with the set up. The camera and housing are better than my skills are. If you have the money to spend 2-3 times the cost of your camera on the better housings, by all means do it. Otherwise, this housing will work just fine. Just remember to maintain the seals properly!
As was said before me, it keeps the camera dry.
The S100 is an amazing point and shoot camera, and I had a budget when it came to putting something together that would work for me. Looking back now I would have made the same choice of camera and strobe and would have spent the extra $ on the case.
I too have the problems that the other reviews mention, however I am taking amazing pictures for a rookie. If and when I am ready to use all of the cameras features I will go SLR and the lack of having some of the features will not be an issue.
As my skills grow I am sure Scott will help me sell my Hyundai and buy a Porsche.
Solid construction an produces clear photos.
Buttons are a little hard to use underwater. If your new to using an underwater camera And want something that's not to expensive it works pretty good.
Solid construction for a plastic case but I did also have some problems w/ pressing the buttons at depth. Case comes with some rubber tips that can be glued on which I have not tried yet.
Not having rear wheel control is not ideal but there are several workarounds:
Hold ring func button down and press the left/right (macro/flash) buttons.
Switch from manual to Av or Tv mode and use front wheel. When you go back to M mode, it will keep your previous setting.
I'm told the buttons start to loosen up with use, so hopefully between that and adding the rubber tips, there will be no issues.
It does keep the camera dry... There are several problems with the housing. The zoom attachment doesn't quite fit well so it gets pretty hard to control the zoom. Sometimes the zoom interferes with the shutter trigger. The buttons on the back are sometimes not aligned right, and there's no way to use the wheel in the back. Which becomes a big problem if you are using manual mode. You can only really control either shutter or aperture. The clear case also makes the flash leak out and may cause back scatter, fixed with some black electrical tape.
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