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Please check out the Sea & Sea Canon 650D (T4i/T5i) Housing.
Looking for an underwater housing for the Canon T3i? The Sea & Sea RDX-600D is Sea & Sea's new state-of-the-art DSLR housing. The housing's many features and excellent ergonomics will appeal to the experienced underwater photographer as well as the novice shooter.
Part numbers SS-06158A (housing only), SS-06642 (with standard port)
This item is for the housing only- if you want to add an RDX Standard Port, choose the option to above to add it to your order.
** This housing does not include ports, unless you choose the standard port above. Same yourself some time - call or email us and let us know which lenses you want to use, and we'll let you know which ports are best. Or ask us for lens recommendations. Some examples of lenses that work well underwater are the Tokina 10-17mm fisheye, Canon 17-40mm, Canon 18-55mm, Canon 60mm EF-S macro, and Canon 100mm macro. The first 3 lenses will require a zoom gear.
Sea & Sea Canon 600D housing Sample underwater images:
Photos taken with Canon T3i, Sea & Sea housing and 16mm macro lens.
Contact us to get the right ports for your camera! The Sea & Sea RDX-600D/ Canon T3i housing does not include ports, but we can help you get the correct ones.
Remember to pick up some Sea & Sea Desiccant, available here, to protect your investment!
We dive with our products all the time. Please call the Bluewater Photo team at 310-633-5052 with any questions, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've started taking underwater photos with compact cameras a few years ago. After my Casio Exilim got flooded I upgraded to an Olympus tough. But this camera had a very slow auto focus at low light and it was no fun diving with this compact camera.
I owned a Canon 600D for topside and decided to look for an underwater housing for that camera. I started my research and found some videos from Scott on YouTube. That helped me a lot. The Sea and Sea RDX 600D seemed to be the best value for price. As I couldn't get the housing in my home country (Germany) I contacted Bluewaterphoto and asked for availability.
They ordered the housing from Sea and Sea and I arranged a stopover in LA on my next holiday trip. When I arrived everything was waiting for me.
I have to say a big "Thank you" to Mark who helped me assembling all the parts together with my existing gear (strobe etc.) and patiently answered all my questions. The service at bluewaterphoto is really amazing! I wish I would have contacted them earlier before I spent money on cameras not usable for underwater. The bluewaterphoto staff are underwaterphotographers themselves and they can prevent you from purchasing the wrong camera.
From LA I went to Cozumel to practize with the new housing. The camera gave me a lot of fun!
I got used to shooting using the viewfinder quickly. It requires a good buoyancy control but that should be a prerequisite for anybody carrying a camera under water anyway. The bightness and contrast of an optical viewfinder is so much better than live view or an electronic viewfinder.
I also got a Sola 800 focus light but even with this light switched off the autofocus of the Canon is incredibly fast. I could get shots from fast swimming fish by just raising the rig to my mask, checking the fish is in the frame, pressing the shutter button and the auto focus kicked in without noticable delay. On night dives the focus light (switched to red) is a must. Even some shy critters stay in place and the camera can focus easily. Awesome!
Adjusting the zoom ring for the 18-55 mm lens is a bit fiddly but once it is aligned properly it works like a charm. The 18-55mm is a good compromise for ex-compact camera users. My next upgrade is probably getting the EF 60mm Macro lens. It fits into the standard port so I will not need to buy another port for this lens. And it can do real macro which is my main interest.
In the grip stay the housing with the camera is negatively buoyant. Therefore I got a Stix float ring and two Stix floats for the strobe arm. The whole setup is now almost neutral (slightly negative). Even after several dives a day my wrists were perfectly fine. Also when shooting the rig does not rotate with the port going up.
I was surprised how fast I was up and running with the new gear and got a couple of amazing photos from my trip.
In summary I'm very happy that I spend the money for an dslr underwater housing. It was definetly the right decision. And I can recommend bluewaterphoto to anybody thinking about buying an underwater camera.
I bought this housing before I bought the camera. After some great email exchanges with the folks at Blue Water, I decided on a Canon T3i and the RDX600D. It was an upgrade to my point and shoot Olympus. I did a lot research before I bought, read a lot of reviews and everything pointed to this housing.
I'm not a pro by any means, I'm more of a point shoot guy who wants to expand and begin to take this a little more seriously. I am so impressed with what I have been able to do with this rig. Combined with 2 YSd1 Strobes, I have an awesome package that takes phenomenal pictures at a significantly lower price point that most DSLRs. People simply can't believe the pictures are ones I took!
I have had the rig in Micronesia (Yap and Palau) as well as Guam and the Caymans. I have zero issues with it. The housing functions flawlessly and the controls are all easy to use.
Quite simply, bang for your buck, you aren't going to beat this rig. Compare the prices. If your looking for awesome picture capability at an affordable price (relatively), this is the housing and camera set up you want. I wish I could attach a photo or two of what it's capable of in straight out of the box full auto setting, it's simply stunning. If your a novice photographer who shoots mostly in auto but still wants the ability to expand your horizons over the coming years, you'll be more than happy.
Of course, being sea and sea, it's a top quality, well constructed housing. Controls are all accessible and I highly recommend the optional zoom ring as the ability to control this underwater is a must.
I can't thank the Blue Water folks enough for their advice in choosing a set up, providing great service, competitive prices and then, getting it all delivered flawlessly to me up here in Canada!
You guys rock!
I purchased this housing plus standard port as my as my first real upgrade into the underwater photography field. I have yet to own any strobes or basses for this housing so this review is just going to cover what you get out of the box for this housing + port.
For three weeks over New Years I was in Roatan Honduras free diving and scuba diving with this housing usually for 4+ hours a day. Over the trip I used my Cannon T3i with the standard 18-55mm lens in the housing. It was my first time being able to use the housing since I purchased it and it did not disappoint. Although the housing itself is heavy (not to bad) and a little bulky above water once the housing is in the water it is as light as a feather and can be maneuvered easily.
Key points that I found significant about this housing:
• The housing + standard port is positively buoyant without the camera in it but when the camera is in the housing, the housing is slightly negatively buoyant (because of this I would highly recommend some kind of lanyard for your wrist or BCD especially if your just using the housing with no base, handles, or strobes.)
• The housing design is extremely functional. All of the controls are placed in such a way for easy access and use while underwater. Also all of the controls on the outside of the housing are labeled almost exactly the same as they are on the actual camera and in many cases in the same spots. This allows for very easy use and a lot less steep of a learning curve than I expected for being able to use the housing with confidence and ease.
• The live view mode (take a picture via the LED screen as opposed to the view finder) is not all that functional for use under water. Especially for moving subjects. The best way to get the picture you want is through the view finder.
• The only negative thing I could find about this housing was how the zoom gear is integrated into the design. The controls for the zoom gear and the zoom gear itself work fine when they are lined up properly. Key word “lined up properly.” If the zoom gear is not positioned perfectly on the lens then the gears inside the housing do not line up and you either get slippage while turning the gears or the gears won’t even turn or they just spin freely. In reality it is not really that bad. It is just one of those things you need to check and recheck before sealing up the housing to make sure it is working properly before you go into the water. If the zoom gear is aligning properly above water it should continue to work fine while underwater.
This housing for exceeded my expectations on many fronts; it is much more simplistic and easy to use than I ever could have expected, it is nowhere near as cumbersome and bulky underwater as I thought it would be, and the housing its self is extremely well made an durable. Basically I thought I enjoyed underwater photography before this housing but now I love it because of this housing and how it allows me to quickly, easily, and in great quality capture the shots I want. (as long as the fish cooperate)
Also as an end note the Blue Water Photo team was extremely helpful in insuring I was purchasing what I wanted and needed to continue and improve upon my underwater photography. Probably one of the best aspects of my purchase with Blue Water Photo is that now if I ever have a question about the housing, specific setup for my camera to get an underwater shot or just general questions they are more than happy to assist and answer them.
Blue Water Photo was exceptional in handling my product request. I had a blow out in the carribbean and had a 5 week Indonesioa trip planned in 10 days. Blue Water came to my rescue! They were the only vendor that contacted and confirmed the T3i Housing with Sea & Sea. Also ports and o-rings. I had the products in my hand within 4 days!! That said....the T3i handled beautifully in my 78 dives in Indonesia. Shutter button control was right on. I would recommend Sea & Sea housings for the affordable pricing, but stil a high level quality.
Bought the complete housing and strobe package from Bluewater and I could not be happier. The staff was very patient with me explaining how to use the system and even showed me how to put it together piece by piece.
When you spend this kind of money you always worry whether using the less expensive Canon Rebel T3i compared to the higher end Canon cameras are worth it. Since I am not a professional photographer and try to be budget conscious, I elected to give it a shot (pun intended). I have been very happy with my Canon T3i on land so why not try it underwater. There is always the argument of Nikon vs. Canon and I have had both, but for the money and quality, I love the T3i. The Sea and Sea housing is simple to use, has access to all the features you need and with the right lens and dome, I can't believe the shots I was able to take.
Warning, first few dives is definitely learning how to hold still, use the features available, lighting, etc. I really suggest you study and learn how the camera works especially in manual mode. This was my big mistake, I always used auto or no flash mode with auto focus and never learned the other camera features such as manual, ISO, f-stop, and more; which are going to be important to know underwater with macro vs. wide angle. After about three to four dives (slow learner), I realized my pictures were getting better and not just the focus and lighting quality but position of the specimens. You realize that taking just the top or side of a specimen looks like every other picture you see in books. Kind of like looking at family photos posing for a shot after shot (boring). The second biggest mistake, I did was not buying the floats for the housing and strobes. I dove 16+ times on my first trip with the system and even though you think the unit will be lighter underwater, one handed, it is NOT. It was difficult in currents (even slight) to hold still and hold the camera up with one hand and take snap a photo time after time. My elbow was sore beyond belief and I am not uncomfortable curling heavy weights, but I turned into a wimp after that many dives in 5 consecutive days and shot after shot. Sorry for the long explanation.
You won't go wrong with this system and buying it from the BlueWater Photo team. Thanks Mark, Kelli and Scott in particular.
After looking for housing for my Canon 600D (T3i) for a while I, ended up with the Sea&Sea RDX 600d housing. I was looking for a higher end model in aluminum, but this turned out to be out of my budget range. My earlier experience with "plastic" housing is not the best, so when placing the order for the Polycarbonate housing I was hoping it would be better than my earlier experience.
After placing the order I soon got an email from Scott. I had double ordered a part, an I had forgot another. We got the order corrected BEFORE it shipped, instead of having to start sending stuff back and getting refunds. This shows me this is someone caring for the customer, not just a warehouse with a WEB frontend.
The housing really impresses me. It was really robust, and the feel of it is very close expensive housing options in aluminum. The camera fitted very snuggly in the housing, and all the controls are easily accessible, at least in warm water. I move between Cold and tropical water, and with 5mm gloves some of the buttons are a little hard to use. In warm water with thin gloves or bare hands ALL settings are easily accessible. I took the housing with me for a cruise in the BVI, and I was really pleased with it. The only add on I missed was a better grip. The grip supplied with the housing does not work for me. With the thick or dry gloves all the major controls like ISO, Adjusting zoom/focus and shutter speed/ aperture are accessible, but adjusting other settings is a little harder. Again, without a separate grip it is a little hard to operate the controls. Adding a proper grip to the housing made a huge difference.
The ports and port Connection are in aluminum, and are very solid. Changing ports with the RDX fitting is easy, and you know you have a tight seal.
What I liked most about purchasing my underwater housing from Scott Gietler with Bluewater Photo is the knowledge that Scott has about cameras, housings, any underwater information, plus if he doesn't have it, he will find it and get back to you. On top of that, he is willing to give his knowledge away. Have you read his website? Impactful. Recommended by Zig Ziglar, I am very happy to have gone to Scott for my new camera housing needs.
So far so good! My hands are very small so handling ANY housing can be a bit problematic. That said, the Sea&Sea housing I bought for my Canon T3i works very well for my underwater photo purposes.
I could not be happier with this housing. It is very easy to open and close and allows for easy access with the camera insertion. All of the controls line up and work perfectly. lens ports can be exchanged easily. The only challenge is lining up the zoom gear on the lens. Working the camera contols on a dive was smooth. The best part was the ability to see easily through the magnified viewfinder.
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