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Beauty! Sigh.


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Wow great Shot Elbert

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Very cool pic


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Thanks. I'm getting a little more comfortable with the underwater stuff. The fear of flooding a camera is inhibiting. Have you tried it?


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When I had my dive shops I bought 6 for rentals they lasted about 6 weeks before they all flooded, even with real care and attention.

In the end gave up got way to expensive.

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The technology has changed and its all digital now in small cases.
The rentals where a loss but its very different now. $50.usd a day and haven't lost one yet. I wish my big personal camera took as good a photo and was as flood resistant. Fiber optics have eliminated some ports that are leak risks.
I wish the dive lights would catch up with the technology. They are a lose lose situation and just a necessary evil. If your selling night dives you need to make a profit somewhere else.


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You're doing well Elbert. I had two digital camera housings flooded by customers, and I think both had tried to open the housings. Another flooded because I simply prepped it too quickly and didn't microscopically examine the closure for signs of grit and hair. Another that I sold to a friend flooded on her 6th or 7th dive with it, for the same reason as mine - rushed preparation. And a professional videographer on my boat found his housing open at the bottom of the rinse bucket after the dive. That cost a fortune, as the housing was all-electronic and it was destroyed along with the camera. A message we received later suggested it had been a malicious act by a diver on the boat. Nonetheless, cost me several thousand US$.

Another diver with one of my rented cameras, who had received a thorough briefing on how to use and care for it (from me), climbed the boat ladder at the end of a dive with the camera dangling from his wrist and banging into everything nearby. The camera in that case wasn't damaged, but the housing was cracked and destroyed. He also claimed it wasn't his fault, but I made sure he paid for a new housing.

As to dive lamps, an unmitigated disaster. I watched one of my divers unscrew the end of one of my lamps underwater so that the contents fell out onto the bottom of Hol Chan. He later said "it wasn't his fault, he was trying to turn it on/off". I lost four lamps on a single dive once, all flooded.

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Oh the joys of running a dive shop I might do it all again with all those fond memories LOL

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