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#81412 - 03/02/04 05:11 AM A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
I have purchased the housing for my Olympus C-750 for some underwater pictures. Now I need to know what other accessories I need: Do I need an extra O ring? Balance Weight? LCD Hood? Silica and Silicone grease? and what is a circular polarizer... As you can tell I'm very new to this and I was hoping for a little information from some of you great photogs from the board.

#81413 - 03/02/04 05:55 AM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
What kind of housing did you buy?

Do I need an extra O ring?
You should have an extra O ring kit for the housing, you never know when you might need it. You should clean and inspect the O rings often, if you find a small cut/gouge you can replace it with a new one, otherwise the housing could leak. A couple of drops of salt water in a camera will toast it.

LCD Hood?
No, cause it wonít fit in a housing.

Balance Weight?

I canít imagine why.

Silicone grease?
Absolutely, you will need to clean, inspect and lubricate the O ring that is in the housing.

Circular Polarizer
For surface shots you may want one, it can aid in reducing glare. Not needed underwater.

One last word of cautionÖ There is always a chance of a flood/leak, if you cannot deal with a ruined camera donít put it in the water.

But what do I know...

#81414 - 03/02/04 06:14 AM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
I purchased the Olympus PT-018 underwater housing. These things all came up as recommended to buy. I was going to purchase the O-ring and the grease, the silica gel was recommended for something, but I can't remember what. I'm hoping that instructions come with the housing or I could be in trouble. I'll be searching for help while in Belize...

#81415 - 03/02/04 06:15 AM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
The Hood was for the underwater housing.

#81416 - 03/02/04 07:50 AM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
Phoenix East Offline
Relax, keep your o-rings clean and free from grit and lubed lightly, not alot, thats one of the biggest mistakes. Be careful what you remove the o ring with as sharp objects could cause you to slice into it. When you close the housing prior to the dive, do it on dry land, way before you get onto the boat. Make sure its ready to go while in your room or something, take your time with this. Play with it, get used to your investment. Also read all your directions or instructions if you have them. Okay, when you go to close it. try to keep equal pressure around the housing, closing one clip, then the opposite clip, than accross from that one and so on, as if your mounting a wheel on your car, so as to not pinch the o ring. Youll be fine, I have a canon underwater video camera, with housing, this is all I do, all the extra stuff is just that, extra stuff, get used to what youve got now, and decide what YOU want for your camera. there are message boards all over the world that can help you with questions, as it seems its kinda few on this board. Good luck, and hope I helped ya out a bit.

#81417 - 03/02/04 05:07 PM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
Richard Chambers Offline
The silica gel is probably used to absorb residual moisture inside the sealed case.
It would help reduce any fogging of the optics as well as protect the camera and film.
In high humidity locations in is good even if the case does not leak. :p

#81418 - 03/02/04 06:16 PM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
Thank you Phx & Richard. I am ready very excited to try this out. I am sure that I can get "some" good photos out of this. What's the harm anyway, I figure 4-5 days of diving, lots of shots and I can delete what doesn't turn out. I'm in heaven. Thanks for your help. Point me to the water!

#81419 - 03/02/04 06:25 PM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
NYgal Offline
Thank you Idahoe_Diver smile

#81420 - 03/02/04 06:56 PM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
OOPS! Thanks Idaho... missed you at the top! I love this board!

#81421 - 03/02/04 07:50 PM Re: A Camera Question - dangerous I know!
BNBelizeSoon Offline
And thanks NY Gal, someone needs to keep me on my toes.

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