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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 bought this housing and camera for the Anilao Underwater Photographic Workshop and was so pleased I did. The housing is compact, well built and best of all the buttons and dials work easily and correspond exactly to the camera. The shutter release was smooth and easy to use. I really loved the quick release attachment you can buy for this camera to attach extra lenses. Worked great with +7 macro and fisheye lens, easily attached and great photos. I did have trouble with the fibre optic attachment for the camera and had to take it apart several times to fix the 'o'rings.
Very happy with this housing...it is my second, I originally used the Canon S95 Recsea housing. The o-ring seems robust, easy to see dirt or hairs on it, and it looks like it makes a great seal...looks superior to what I used with my Canon. There is room for a small desiccant pack on the left side just below the flash. I initially didn't totally feel the half-click on the shutter, but quickly got used to the feeling and it's now just fine. I've had it down to 110 feet several times. I don't do macro, and usually use this cam with my WA110 wide-angle lens. The bayonet mount I bought doesn't fit right, so I am still using a threaded adaptor which works fine but takes a sec to remove, clear bubbles, and re-install...but again, no problem once I've done it a few times. I didn't consider other housings that don't give complete access to all the controls, this is one of the reasons I chose Recsea...also that I never had any problems with my Canon Recsea housing. Thanks Bluewater!
the construction is sturdy, the quality and craftmanship impeccable. the buttons are easy to press and access, the dial turn when it needs to turn...it goes excellently with the SONY RX 100.
I have to agree with the many reviews here that the construction is excellent. Having had before a canon housing I can easily appreciate the advantages and power of the aluminium casing.
The only complaint I have is the little details: the strap is poor (come on guys! the housing is excellent and almost 900USD!) and the bolt to secure the fiber optic cables is of plastic wih noticiable poor quality. could they have done a better job on this little details? I believe yes!.
On another subject, in addition to the housing I also got the INON AD Adapter. Something nice to have when in my case I have the collection of lenses from Inon 28AD (Fish Eye, Wideangle and now the Macro one). This come with a quick adapter (maybe similar to the other ones done for other manufacturers) however considering the lenses have the INON AD Bayonet adapter then a bit redundant.
So far I am extremely satisfied with the housing, it seems to me that years will pass with me to have or change this impression, can not think of any reason (apart from improving the details mentioned above) to make me change my mind or to make me consider -for a compact- to go somewhere else different than RECSEA.
I had a chance to get my hands on the new Recsea Sony RX100 and run it through the paces on 3 test dives. Max depth was 120 ft on those dives.
I previously shot with the Canon S90, UWL-04 UWA lens, 2x Inon UCL 165 macro lens, and have been shooting for the past 6 months on the Sony NEX5n mirrorless compact system.
I was eagerly awaiting the release of the RX-100, because based on the specs, it looked to be an absolute winner for UW photography.
As with all Recsea products, the housing feels rock solid in terms of construction. I prefer the feel and security of the aluminum housing vs. polycarbonate. Nice big fat o-ring securely seals the back cover with a solid latch.
All controls were clearly marked and the housing has full access to both the rear wheel on the RX-100, and the front control wheel, one of the hallmark features of this compact camera. Using the camera in the housing is virtually exactly the same user interface as when the camera is our of the housing. Controls were still easy to manipulate as I wanted to change shutter speed, aperture, iso, and focus points on the fly, even with 3 to 5mm gloves on. Unlike the s90 housing design, this one does not have dedicated directional buttons for top, down, left, right on the rear control wheel. Rather, they've recreated the rear wheel with a wheel design that allows the wheel scroll as well as the ability to toggle in the 4 directions. I did not have any issues with the design and it functioned fine even at 120ft.
The shutter design is a change for me, and probably most compact users. Instead of pushing down to start shooting, this housing button is designed for the photographer to pull front to back (or towards you when you are behind the camera). I was told Recsea designed it this way to make it easier to shoot when you also have your hand around a tray handle, which makes sense in theory. This did take me a little while to get used to, but it was fine after a few frames.
Wet lens usage:
I tested the UWL-04 lens and 2x Dyron macro lenses. The UWA capability was excellent; no vignetting at all with the UWL lens, even at the widest 28MM setting for the camera.
The Dyron macros were easy to add to the set up and really helps to improve the native macro capability of the camera.
The housing comes with a strobe mask to block the internal strobe from showing on the outside of the housing. It also has two mall holes to accomodate fiber optic cables with out the caps. I really liked that the housing aims the fiber optic cables directly up from the camera (vs outward as with most designs. This really helps insure the FO cables don't accidentally float in front of the camera and into your shot.
Compatibility with existing parts:
The housing and camera were so compact, I easily mounted it to my existing same tray and arm set.
I shot some photos and video on a recent blue water dive. I was very impressed with the performance of this camera in terms of fast focus, image quality, and low light capability. And with video, the continuous focus performed well, even when filming difficult subject such as transparent jellies.
Overall, if you are looking for a compact camera for UW photography, the RX-100 is in my opinion, the hands down winner in the category.
I recently lost my S100 with a Fix housing, it was a blessing in disguise. The RX100 is a far superior camera with much higher image quality. The housing itself is great, solid construction compact size, buttons are easy to use. The one problem i have (that i have more than learned to live with), is that my palm sometimes accidentally hits the buttons.
I am a UK Resident, and was keen to get a housing for my flashy new RX100, This being my first Underwater camera, i was apprehensive about the whole experience of what to buy and will it fit? All i can say is I have no regrets what so ever.
I found Bluewater via Google, whilst looking for a compnay that sells this housing in the UK. Could find any! Scott is a Great person to deal with, I bought the Recsea housing, Fisheye lense and Macro lense with adaptors. Before sending out the order, Scott and his team informed me of a mistake in my order and rectified it. Took delivery fairly promply, bar some delays in Custos in UK. Very personal and good service over all.
Camera + Housing:
The camera fits in snug, and the overall weight isnt too heavy. The aluminium feels great in my hand, feels strong! The only grip i have is that there isnt much space inside, so trying to fit in a dry silica satchet was impossible.
I bought all this kit mainly because i was heading to zanzibar for a diving trip and wanted to take pictures. Maximum dive depth 40 M, Performance of housing was impecable.
Underwater, especially in warm water, no gloves, There were no issues at all. The buttons works as expected, the scroll wheel on the top to change the Camera Mode, slipped afew times, but once pressed in properly, isnt much of an issue. The Control wheel in the front works just as it does outside the houseing. Buttons layed out in the same way the camera is built, so if you are familiar with the camera before a dive, using it underwater shouldnt be an issue. I unfortunately havent really got round to buying strobes yet so cant comment on that as yet. I am overall thouroughly impressed by the housing. It helps that its got a mini powerhouse like the RX100 inside.
I will be uploading some of what i think are my best pictures, albeit, with out a strobe so i accept they look a bit blue! ( We had Turtles Everyday!)
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.
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