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Photo of Bluewater Photo owner Scott's son Ryan, taken with the Recsea Housing, UWL-04 fishyeye lens. We are very impressed with the dynamic range of this camera, and the photos with the fisheye lens were extremely sharp, with no vignetting.
I just purchased this before a trip to Belize along with the Sony RX100, a Sola 800, and a Sea and Sea ys100.
What a setup, compact, easy to use, sturdy, and great photos and vids.
I can't thank Scott and Kelli enough for all their great help. I will be buying all of my photographic needs from them.
I "downgraded" from a DSLR setup to go with the RX-100 in this housing. With this setup I get half the weight of my DSLR, with triple the flexibility and very solid quality. I can get in the water with dual strobes, macro lenses, and a wide angle lens, and I can carry the whole rig around with ease.
The Recsea housing is a vital component in getting the most out of my setup. It is only of the only housings on the market that doesn't vignette with the UWL-04 wide angle attachment. This was the major deciding factor for me in purchasing this housing over others. If you are going to invest in a housing for your RX-100, get this one. It is very solidly built, and is extremely easy to use. If you know how to use your RX-100, the housing feels very instinctive. In fact, I prefer (overall) the feel of the camera in the housing than outside of it, since it feels much more comfortable in the hands.
The locking latch is very secure, and all of the machining is very precise. The camera fits very snugly into the case, giving the impression that nothing is wasted or taken for granted in the design.
I love the shutter trigger. Half presses are precise, and the picture taking motion is smooth and easy to get used to.
All controls are accessible (even with gloves on and in cold water), and the layout is pretty good, with the possible exception of a couple of the buttons which are kind of crammed up near the rear control ring. It took me a bit to get used to it, but after a few dives I got the hang of it. The top dial to change mode slips sometimes, but it is not a big deal, I just keep turning it until I get where I want to go. I wouldn't say it affects my photo work at all. My other little niggle is the front control ring that is a little stiffer to turn than I would like, but some may like the stiffness, so this is a personal preference.
I agree with cdub's review on the flash cover and fiber optic connection being well designed in general. I am afraid, however, of losing or stripping the little white plastic screw that attaches it. I have felt the screw start to work loose a couple of times, and don't want to have to replace it - mostly due to the inconvenience factor.
Is the housing perfect? What is? Is it really solid and worth the money? Yeah. Good design is worth paying for. This is my fifth housing, and is the first I have ever owned that I have been truly happy with. In the past, I have bought a setup, and almost immediately started looking for my next one. This one I plan to keep around for a good long time.
Final thought, the crew over at Blue Water is extremely helpful, and their product selection is really smartly put together. In the underwater world, it can be difficult to both get the answers you need, and find the quality product you want. This was my first purchase through them, and being able to bug them with incessantly detailed questions, and getting the answers and solutions I needed to make the best choice is the main reason they will be my first stop on my way to my next purchase.
After decades of lugging around multiple Nikonos bodies, lenses, extension tubes, and strobes, I wanted to drag myself into the 21st century with a digital system that combined the flexibility I was used to with a smaller and lighter footprint. Seems simple, doesn't it?
I found that a DSLR in a housing would actually result in a larger footprint, so I played around with several compact cameras in polycarbonate housings. I loved these for easy travel and immediate viewing of my shots, but I hated the slow focus and resulting shutter lag.
When I saw the specs for the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100, I thought this would be the camera for me. Small and light, fast focus, a sensor almost three times the size of other compacts, great controls, … What's not to like? And David Pogue's review (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/technology/personaltech/a-pocket-camer...) clinched it (he calls it the best pocket camera ever made). Now, all I needed to do was wait for a housing.
And what a housing! The Recsea housing is beautifully engineered, compact, and lightweight. Machined from aluminum, it has a satisfyingly solid feel, is smaller than a polycarbonate housing, and makes the kit feel like a camera, instead of a plastic box. The camera in the housing is about the same size and weight as one of my Nikonos V cameras.
All controls are available while in the housing, including both the front lens ring and rear control wheel. A map of the button functions (assuming you haven't chosen to change any of them from the defaults) is printed on a label affixed to the top of the housing. This label is easy to read, but no substitute for being familiar with the camera layout.
The shutter mechanism is the best I've seen. After struggling with the finesse required to get a half-press with other housings, this Recsea housing is a dream - very easy to reliably set focus and exposure, then shoot when ready.
The performance with wet lenses is very good, as well. There is no vignetting at all with the UWL-04 Wide Angle lens, and with the SubSee +5 Diopter, there is just a tiny bit, and it is only necessary to zoom in very slightly to achieve a full-frame macro shot.
And while I'm thinking about macro, this setup works very well with optical TTL in Manual mode. With the Sea & Sea YS-D1 Strobe, it syncs at all speeds up to 1/2000. The the flash mask supplied with the RecSea housing supports two optical cables, and the cables are routed upward, rather than outward, which reduces drag and snagging issues.
All in all, the Sony RX100 with the Recsea housing is exactly what I've been looking for!
Very good built quality very precise. The size is great, I even use it above water with dyron 16mm ultra wide angle lens attached. It doesn't cause much of the attention than normal DSLR. All buttons are working perfectly. Especially the video button, simply the best. The shutter button was a bit awkward maybe because I don't have handle bar installed yet. Will test more later. Overall I love it, comparing to my old camera housing.
A waterproof case worthy of the camera, buttons with precise and simple closure, imagine being one of the best options for waterproof case for the RX-100
I appreciate the Recsea housing's small size. Comparing to my previous camera and housing (SLR), I find very little wasted space in the housing design. Controls are functional and visible underwater with no problem. The ability to change the lens underwater is a great feature. It does take a minute to do, but I much like that the entire dive is not dedicated to one particular lens.
good construction, excellent details, handy size. good control on the knobs and buttons.
the only basic detail i consider needs improvement is the white plastic bolt securing the blind/optical cable connection on top of the flash. considering that it is a bolt that can be easily improved i believe attention to this point can make it better for anyone.
the attention received by Scott, Mark and Kelli was fantastic. always responding promptly and giving ideas on how to best ship the items to make it more cost effective and suggesting other solutions for adapting lenses and so on.
I got with this housing the adapter for INON lenses AD adapter. Will need to test it during the weekend but otherwise it seems a good item.
A fabulous housing, very compact but providing full functionality. The advice from Scott, Jason and Kelli was excellent throughout the sales process (I did take my time deciding !). I have used the housing together with an Ultralight tray and arms setup (also recommended) both in UK waters and recently on a dive holiday in the Red Sea. All worked brilliantly. I confirm the minor consideration for the flash cable attachment pointed out earlier, but it makes no difference to my choice.
Paired with the superb Sony RX100 this is an excellent setup both for stills and video. I also used the Dyron macro lens which worked very well too.
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