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Re: Anybody using any of the Canon Powershot cameras underwater?

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  • Charlie Eng
    Thank you Sean! I m forwarding this email to a yahoogroup so the public can read about your comments/experiences. Next month when I get back to Oahu, I will
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 13, 2007
      Thank you Sean! I'm forwarding this email to a yahoogroup so the public can read about your comments/experiences. Next month when I get back to Oahu, I will try out Berkeley White's recommended settings of shooting manual at 1/125 F8 with my Ikelite Substrobe 50 using Heinrichs Digital Adapter2.  I'm using a Canon Powershot S80 in a Ikelite housing.  I also use the UK Light Cannon 100 for my clips but haven't been able get the backscatter out when it's on during still shots.

      If you care to join my NEW yahoogroup for uw_canon_powershots, just go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uw_canon_powershots/.  It's so new that no one has joined the group yet, but the messages are readable by the public without joining.

      Sean Baribeau and Koren Woolner wrote:
      Hi Charlie,
      I am shooting with the Canon S3 IS (non DSLR cameras).  I purchased ikelite housing http://ikelite.com/web_two/can_s2is.html  for my camera last year because there were no other housings available at the time.  The housing was roughly twice the cost of the camera but I have been happy with it thus far (although it is the first housed camera setup I have owned so I really don't have much to compare it to). 
      I really like the fact that the ikelite housing is transparent, this allows you to:
      a) see if there are any leaks
      b) see the O-ring seal
      For a strobe I am using the Sea&Sea YS90 DX.  This is configured as a Slave to the onboard camera flash and is triggered by a fiber optic cable that is attached to the outside of the housing, the onboard flash is masked by a black nylon that is velcroed to the front of the housing (http://www.helixcamera.com/UW/sea&sea/sscords/S58030.html). I purchased the strobe 2 years ago, I wanted a decent mid sized strobe that would be powerful enough for some wide angle shots in the tropics.  I went with Sea and Sea because I was shooting with a Sea & Sea camera at the time and did so for compatibility.
      I am using ultralight arms as well as a focus light from backscatter http://www.reefphoto.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=25.  I bought the focus light for 2 reasons:
      a)  I was told that the camera would have an easier time focusing with it (duh) 
      b)  I wanted to shoot video with my camera. 
      So I use the focus light on the low setting for photos and high for video.  I have never used my setup without the focus light, so I am not a good person to ask if it is necessary.
      As for camera settings, I always shoot in Manual mode (M).  According to the pros at Backscatter you should have the f stop set at f8 or f5.6  and the shutter speed at 1/125 to start with.  I use Auto White Balance when using the strobe and manually set the white balance if I am shooting with natural light.
      I'll forward some shots from Maui for your review.  Let me know if you have any questions.
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