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Great dynamic range from the Sony RX-100!
Great dynamic range and blue colors!
Beautiful lionfish photo taken by EunJae Im at 28mm with the Sony Rx-100.
Supermacro with the Subsee +10 diopter, great detail!
Malapascua October 2012 from Albatross on Vimeo.
Shot with the Sony RX-100 in a Nauticam Housing
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So I vacillated back and forth wanted the cool red one from japan aquapazza for my rx100 didn't like the rescuesea one as it didn't have the exact labels to match my camera - heck I'm a novice ever last thing I wanna be doing fiddling around with my camera as my oxygen wanes right?
Does it make sense to spend more than the camera on a housing - well durr yes - it was simple robust and was very confidence inspiring especially when everyone else on the boat were master divers and had what they thought were cool setups! Well when they knew my diving experience they shunned me the first day til I turned up with my rig then they all wanted to try it. I was the cool guy on the boat even with only 20 dives under my belt.
So don't worry about anything. Perfect shots Perfect housing Perfect experience every time later that week while diving in Honduras a professional film crew came out and they all wanted to play with my housing and set up - the guys at blue water had helped me with.
2 inon large floats - nauticam housing, nauticam tray, itorch6 and the ys-01 strobe perfect thanks guys
Just spend the money knowing you got amazing kit and focus back on the diving!
Just a little context, but this is the first non-OEM dive housing that I've purchased. I originally used a Panasonic Lumix TS3 and then went to a GoPro and Canon S95 with Canon Dive Housing. Before my Bali trip, I decided to upgrade to a Sony RX100 and came down to the store after researching the Ikelite, RecSea, and Nauticam housings for the Sony. Here were my impressions and why I ended up with the Nauticam: - The Ikelite housing was too bulky and the controls just didn't seem ergonomic. It reminded me of the "Fisher-Price"-ness of the Canon Dive Housing. - The RecSea housing was the smallest of the 3 (or at least it seemed so.) I really liked the size and build quality, but didn't like the button placement around the dial in the back. Felt like the buttons didn't protrude enough for me to accurately use them with gloved hands. Also, the shutter was a "pull towards you" button instead of a "press down" button. It's a small nit, but since all my cameras are "press down" for the shutter, I felt it would be better to keep it all the same so I wouldn't have to remember every time I used it. - The Nauticam housing is the same build quality as the RecSea (namely very sturdy and robust.) It's a little bigger, but still felt very good in my hands. One of the main reasons I chose this one over the RecSea is due to all the buttons. I like how they grouped all the buttons together in the back, and they protrude out a lot so that you can easily press it with gloved hands. Also, the dial control is separate from the buttons and sticks out a little bit from the side of the housing. What this means is that I can just use my finger to rub the side of the dial to turn instead of having to press down on the dial and draw a circle (like the RecSea.) This felt a lot easier when I tried it at the store and it worked great underwater. Lastly, the shutter release is "press down" so I don't have to get confused with all my other cameras. When making my purchase, Mark at the BlueWaterPhoto store was a great help. I spent a lot of time looking at each housing to see which one I wanted. He stayed past closing time to make sure I had all my questions answered and even provided a lot of really good tips with using the housing and camera. (Sorry you stayed so late at the store because of us)
I had a first experience with an Ikelite housing + Canon Powershot S90, but I was looking for something more serious for my recently acquired Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100.
So, after some research on the Internet, I decided to go with the Nauticam housing.
I was first a bit dubious about the comments telling that the handling and quality of the Nauticam justified the steep price difference: at $950, the Nauticam costs more than twice the price of the $400 Ikelite, and it is even more expensive than the camera itself. But I wanted to give this kind of higher-end housing a try and to make up my mind by myself.
Now, after having used it underwater during one week of dives in Mexico, I can tell without a doubt that it's well worth the difference, and maybe more!
First, the housing operates like a charm. All the commands operate smoothly, are well spaced and give a quick access to the whole range of functionality of the camera (even the front ring is easy to operate), whereas Ikelite commands always felt to me somewhat clumsy, with hard spots, and more approximate. The locking system itself merits a mention: it is very smooth and gives confidence. I'd say that the housing makes the camera (at least) as easy to use than without it.
Second, the build quality is flawless and the housing, though very light, feels very sturdy.
Third, the housing is very compact, without any protruding levers or knobs, which is of importance underwater... and it is BLACK! I don't mention this for the looks (though it may count too! :o), but potential reflection problems put apart, having a transparent mess in front of you with levers and knobs sticking from everywhere is not really the best way to concentrate on the aesthetics of your picture! I don't know if it's personal, but the compactness, and blackness of the housing allowed me to focus more on the quality of my shootings - it's kind of more "zen" to take pictures underwater in these conditions, and being zen underwater in general, and while taking pictures in particular, seems of utmost importance to me...
Finally, I must add that when I tried to buy the housing, it was backorder almost everywhere. I went through every possible online shop in North America to find it, and among the few who had it on hand, Scott at BlueWater seemed to me the most reliable and professional. And indeed, the quality of service was top notch, calling me in Canada to fix the delivery details, with a quick delivery, good follow-up, and a trove of good tips on their website.
Btw, Scott and Travis's article at http://www.uwphotographyguide.com/underwater-settings-using-rx100 is a must-read for every owner of a Sony RX100 taking underwater pictures.
Quebec City, QC Canada
PADI Advanced Open Water + Nitrox
I used the housing on a trip to the Galapogos. Snorkeling only. The housing worked as advertised. All the camera controls were easily accessable via the housing and worked perfectly. The image quality did not seem to be affected by the housing. Shooting raw is definitely recommended. It's kind of expensive. but you get what you pay for.
Ordered the new Sony RX100 and Nauticam housing for a recent snorkeling trip to Bonaire- the Nauticam housing is an incredible piece of craftsmanship that is very solidly constructed , easy to use and performs flawlessly. Scott and the rest of the Blue Water Photo team did a great job of providing in depth , comparative information on all the available RX100 housings (the You Tube video is indispensable), processed my order promptly and sent several follow up emails offering advice and technical support for the camera and housing. I am very pleased with the entire Blue Water experience!
I started shooting underwater with an Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus housing which definitely was a good and cheap solution for beginning divers. So I started to do more research and spent time talking to other underwater photographers. I was pretty close to taking my Canon Mark 3 under since it's insured and I want the best quality possible (yes I'm one of those guys). Fortunately I was talked to get something very close to that but at the same time more wallet friendly. A friend showed me a gallery of underwater photos shot by the Sony RX100 and was sold.
The photos I took of my Maui dive trip were awesome. Quite a few divers and dive masters came up to me and asked questions about my rig. A few shots were featured on PADI and other travel Instagrams. I'm glad I made this choice because it definitely gives me quality shots and at the same time something to learn with if I want to go in the direction of a DSLR. Solid housing paired with a Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe, Fish Eye & Macro Diopters.
The staff over there is great. Shane also e-mailed me some manual settings. Really recommend this housing and camera.
the housing is solid and very easy to use. the camera fits in nice and snug. coming form a compact ikelite housing this was a huge step up. all the buttons matched up and made controlling the camera very easy. the housing works great with the w110 wide angle lens
This housing is easy to use, easy on maintenance, and easy to operate. I have extra large hands and can easily use all the controls without issue while underwater. Housing is light weight and compact so it can stay in my thigh pocket when I dive without strobes. No issues or negatives to date, I would recommend this housing to anyone.
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