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First dive with Nauticam housing 

July 19, 2010

So I took my new Nauticam housing for my D300 out for its first dive yesterday, outside of the laundry room sink, at the Gold Coast Seaway's southwest wall and I can't believe I waited this long to upgrade!

Well actually I can….since the jump in price was enough to make me wait until now.

Compared to my old Ikelite housing it's lighter, more compact and the controls are so much tighter and smoother.

No more turning the control in frustration trying to adjust my aperture or swearing through my regulator when the shutter release comes off its spring.

Getting the camera in and out of the housing is easier as well since the camera screws into a plate similar to what you use with a tripod and then it goes into the front part of the housing, not the back, meaning if you notice something inside is no right you can pull the back off without taking the camera out as well.

I will need to get longer arms for my strobes since I lose the extra couple of inches from the small sections of the Ikelite arms that locked into the arms of my old housing.

I was a bit worried about the dome port adaptors as where they seal with the dome port is another place for a possible leak, but I didn't have any issues and the dome ports lock much more firmly into place on the Nauticam.

A few of the buttons work differently, such as the play button, but all in all most of the controls work in a similar way to the Ikelite so that I could just operate the housing on habit.

I'll take the housing out for its first proper dive trip to Adelaide this week, so fingers crossed the housing will operate just as well on my dives down there as it did in the seaway.

Only time will tell, but at this stage I have no regrets about the hefty charge to my credit card. Time to lodge that tax return….

Here are a few photos taken with the new housing, a 60mm macro lens and a few are with a Woody's wet diopter:

banded coral cleaner shrimp, Stenopus hispidus

Sydney cardinalfish, Apogon limenus

A white-eyed moray, Siderea thyrsoidea

a type of marine flatworm

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