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FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions we get from our users.

 

 
WHAT CAMERA SHOULD I BUY?


This is a moving target as new improved cameras come out on the market all the time, so in one way it is best if you call us and get updated or start checking out which UW-housings are available.. There are different categories of cameras such as DSLR and Mirroless cameran where you can change lenses. Dedicated video cameras today melt into DSLR and Mirrorless category or they are state-of-the-art dedicated broadcasting units.Todays compact cameras produce much higher quality than before and the performance is getting close to DSLR and Mirrorless. There are a few models that sell a lot from Olympus, Canon and Sony. The small action camera category with GoPro, DJI and Olympus in the front row.

Mail or call us for an update on cameras and available housings for those units.

 

 
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WHAT ABOUT THE UW HOUSINGS?
 
This piece of equipment is going to keep your camera dry - so there is a couple do's and don'ts here. Unfortunately there are some underwater housings you do not want to get involved with. We represent products with a proven track recordS and serious after sale services. In general lower cost cameras are put into plastic housings and high-end cameras tend to end up in housings made out of aluminum.
The housing brands that are most popular: Ikelite - Sea&Sea - Nauticam - Fantasea

 

 
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WHICH MACRO LENS SHOULD I CHOOSE?
 

Macro is a lot of fun and can be shot in any conditions, so it is highly recommended to have a set-up you are happy with.

For DSLR users 60, 90, 100 and 105 mm lenses are commonly used while most Mirrorless users end up at 30 or 60 mm. Your choise depends on the size of the subjects. If we count on "full frame equivalent" focal lenth a 60mm macro lens is easy to use and give you broad spectra of subjects but you have to be super close to the smallest subjects. Today there is a lot of great wet optics you can mount in front of your macro lens to enhance the magnification.

So in the end it is a consideration of macro lens and port and later an extra wet lens and a convenient mounting for that wet lens. If you contact us we make sure you buy something that is good for your camera and that you can continue to add wet lens systems in the future.

 

 

HOW TO USE
EXTERNAL STROBE/S WITH MY UW HOUSING?
 

The biggest step - quality wise - for your underwater images is when you start using an external strobe. And to many peoples surprise basically every housings may be equipped with strobes. It is easy. By the use of Arms & Trays you attach the strobe/s to the housing.

Today most external the strobes are triggered through a fiber optic cable that the camera's internal flash can see, another way is to have a dedicated trigger inside the housing. It is not complicated. We are happy to explain.

 

 

UW photographerHOW CAN I IMPROVE MY UW PHOTOGRAPHY?     

There are plenty of information on the web, and some are better than others. You can join in on one of our Workshops or Events where photographers learn quickly while shooting and it is a way to meet others photographers and learn form eachother. Some workshops are taking place at a world class diving destination.

 

 

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WHERE CAN I LOOK AT EQUIPMENT AND GET A FEEL FOR THE PRODUCTS?  

Visit our exclusive showroom in Malmö. Call ahead so we can dedicate time for you. Regular hours are 8 AM until 5 PM on weekdays. Just give us a call and we will be happy to guide you through all the goodies on the shelves.
 

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I GET A LOT OF BACKSCATTER IN MY IMAGES - WHY?

If you are using the internal strobe of the camera most of the problem is easy to fix by attaching an external strobe to your underwater housing. If you already have an external strobe and still get backscatter (white reflextions from particles in the water) then need to re-posistion the strobes and learn how to point the strobe in the right way. Or maybe you are simply firing to much power from the strobe.
 
Your strobes should always look over or on the side of the subject to prevent backscatter. We recommend all underwater photographers to learn more about underwater photography through a workshop.
 

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD I
CLEAN MY O-RINGS?  

We found out that UW photographers do this differently. Our experience is that the best method is that everytime that you open the housing you should take out the o-ring from the groove with a blunt o-ring remover, clean it and grease it. People who are taking the time for some maintenance and do this almost never have any problems with leaking equipment. So we urge you to take care and change all your replacable o-rings yearly. It is a good investment.
 

I LOVE MACRO BUT I DON'T SUCCEED WITH TINY 10 MM SUBJECTS!

If you have a camera in a housing, compact, mirrorless or DSLR you may add a wet macro lenses (sometimes called diopters) to your housings front and you enjoy a much higher magnification. Most used wet lenses are Nauticam, Saga, Fantasea and Inon and Dyron. Tell us which housing you use and we can line up the possibilities.
 

 
 Arm Mega float InonMY HOUSING IS HEAVY UNDERWATER - HOW DO MAKE IT MORE BOUYANT?
 
It is easy and quick to add more bouyancy by buying interchangable floats to your existing arms. You can also buy bouyant rigid arms, very popular. Most arms have a recorded uplift value for your trimming purposes. Recommendation: The complete underwater rig should be a little bit negative underwater. Check out the Arm & trays section to what is available.
 

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HOW CAN I BE SURE THE HOUSING IS WATERTIGHT?

All undewater housings are individually pressure tested before they leave the producers. This is for sure. Recommendation: Still we recommend that all equipment take it's first dip without camera and lens inside the housing. Just to be sure. Do a safe test dive in a pool or in the sea in pool-like conditions, and if not possible at least test in the bathtub.

Vacuum systems sold by most manufacturers is a way for you to check that the unit is not leaking before your dive. It has become very popular and most users with expensive DSLR and Mirrorless cameras use a Vacuum system.

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