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The Sea & Sea Canon 5D Mark III housing is now available, features full controls over the camera functions and is in Sea & Sea's MDX style aluminum housing which has been redesigned to be be even better!
Sea & Sea 5D Mark III housing, Canon 8-15mm lens at 15mm, from the Channel Islands
5D Mark III with Tokina 10-17mm fisheye, taken in Raja Ampat
Wonderpus, 5D Mark III + Canon 100mm macro lens, from Anilao Philippines
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I used the above housing for my recent trip to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. I was generally very satisfied with both the feal and size of this housing and recommend it to anyone looking for a housing for the Mark III.
I have owned a couple of Subal housings (for the 5D Mark II) and was somewhat reluctant switching to another housing as I was familiar with the feel and size of the Subal. Since Subal has not released the housing for the 5D Mark III, I was forced to use this Sea and Sea housing. To my surprise, the Sea and Sea housing was very solid with good button positions and controls. It has everything I was looking for in a housing and a bit more. I liked the size and weight (as compared to the Subal housings) and way the housing locked. I particularly like the port-lock feature that allowes you to lock the port in place. The viewfinder screen was also nice in size and clarity and the o-rings property placed and easy to maintain.
The Sea and Sea has one Nikonos connector for strobes (it requires a Y wire for connecting two strobes). I would have prefered two of them, but this is just a preference. Also, I dont like the two piece flat ports for the Canon 100mm lens and prefer a single port as it reduces the chances of a leak. Also I found that the Photo/Video switch had to be kept in place before closing the housing, otherwise it would ocassionally be stuck underwater in one position or another.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied with the Sea & Sea housing. So much so that I may have been converted from the Subal.
I've only done about six dives with the housing so I'm still working a few things out but overall I'm very happy with it provided you're familiar with your camera's controls and functions. The only issue I've had is with the mode dial which I haven't been able to get to work correctly yet - but I suspect I'm missing something since that's to major a flaw to have been missed during manufacturing. My background is with the Nikonos so I was a little surprised to discover TTL operation isn't possible without an additional accessory. Not a big deal but it will mean more money. That said, manual exposure is easy via the viewfinder and balancing strokes to ambient light isn't difficult, if distance remains unchanged, since you can see your results instantly.
the housing is solid, can be considered as small size compering to the size of the camera, controls are smooth to play with all are around your hands (shutter,Apreture,ISO...etc) , the viewfinder is clear and easy to use , locking mechanesim is great and a good feature is the port locking which will make the port in it place without a risk of moving from it place
you can only use a Y-sync cord with this housing , I preferred if it can support 2 sync cables , so make sure you have a single sync cord if you do a single strobe photography sometimes
i would highly recommend the housing for MArkIII owners
I have had this housing for almost two years and taken it on about 50 dives. Great layout of buttons dials and switches. I do back button focus with my camera above water. I can do the same trick with this housing, one handed below water with a well placed lever near the shutter release. This lets me kill autofocus when taking multiple pictures at the same distance and the triggering of the shutter becomes the priority over focus.
I bought this housing just before Sea and Sea came out with an internal TTL accessory. I have the external TTL which added another $1100 to the cost. I shoot a lot with the 16-35 f2.8 L II using the Sea and Sea Fisheye Dome 240. Images with this dome are very soft in the corners when at 16mm and subject mater is close. Would like to compare using a glass dome and see if that would help corner sharpness. Hoping Sea and Sea will make a port for the 24-70mm f2.8 L II. Would love to be able to use this focal range and sharper lens underwater.
The housing is easy to maintain and keep clean. Make sure switches on the camera match how you have switches set on the housing before putting the housing together. The video/ camera mode switch can on the camera can get stuck if you don't.
I have combined this housing with two YS-D1 strobes for lots of power and fast recycle time. Have gotten many great pictures and look forward to getting more out of this housing camera combo. At the end of the day if you know your camera well, you will use this housing with ease.
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