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Underwater camera suggestions?

Posted By: SeaDreams

Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/29/06 04:20 AM

Help again please?

We borrowed a friends underwater camera for the hubbys dives on our first trip to Belize last year. Problems with the camera left us with a total of five pictures - so we've decided we just want to get our own so that we can get to know it.

Started researching a bit on line and looking at e-bay, and then got swamped with TOO much information about something we know not much about.

The snorkeler amongst us can always use a disposable, but we want a decent first-timers underwater camera for the diver. (Not digital due to the cost!)

Any suggestions from users out there?
Posted By: klcman

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/29/06 04:29 AM

Forget Ebay - go check out a reputable camera store first. How much you looking to spend?
Posted By: SeaDreams

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/29/06 05:28 AM

No more than $300.00 - definitely top end for first timers... need to learn what we're doing.
Posted By: Hon

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/29/06 12:00 PM

I just bought a SeaLife Sportdiver II on the recommendation of a fellow diver. Judging by my friends pictures (I haven't had a chance to use my own yet) it's a sweet camera, totally upgradable to macro lenses and strobe.

http://www.sealife-cameras.com/index.html

edit to include:

check this out -
http://www.diverssupplyusa.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=692

- it's only $70 USD here! Hella good price!
Posted By: Coco Loco Lady

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/29/06 08:45 PM

I have a Reefmaster and am very pleased with it. I'm considering a digital and if I get one it will also be a Reefmaster. The most important thing that I have found is that not everyone can properly develop underwater pictures. Mine get sent to a place in FL to be developed. In MI they ruin them!
Coco
Posted By: klcman

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/30/06 12:19 AM

The Sealife Sportdiver II is not too shabby and gives you a very reasonably priced start into the U/W world of film-based photography. Good pkg buy here:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/con...G&addedTroughType=categoryNavigation

(No financial interests)
Posted By: J DOG

Re: Underwater camera suggestions? - 03/30/06 02:19 PM

Taken many good shots with my 5 yr. old Reefmaster especially after adding the strobe.
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