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surfNC
Water Housing
on Jun 22, 2007 at 5:42:02 pm

Anyone know how to build an inexpensive water Housing??



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AlexHuber69
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 22, 2007 at 6:22:20 pm

How big a camera are you trying to sink?

If it is small, Aquapac makes some of those "ziploc bag" type housings that are really inexpensive -- models for both palm size and small barrel shaped camcorders, good for 15 feet or so.

If you don't want to really submerge the camera but rather just break the water surface then an inexpensive glass or plastic aquarium works well.

Aside from that, INEXPENSIVE underwater housings are pretty tough. They still take some relatively expensive parts -- especially for bigger camera -- and some fairly precise machining to make them watertight.

Here is a pretty big one, but as you can see it was a lot of work....

http://www2.mrc-lmb.cam.ac.uk/personal/pdh/housing/

And on the other end of the spectrum is this...

http://web.media.mit.edu/~tim/pix/waterproofcamera.html




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surfNC
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 24, 2007 at 11:59:35 pm

I've got a pro-sumer size camera, only weighs about 5lbs or so. I am trying to get out in the lineup to shoot some pretty heavy waves, so it needs to be albe to handle alot of pressure. I don't think one of theose zip-locs will hold up.


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todd mcmullen
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 23, 2007 at 2:40:56 pm

your kidding, right?

Todd McMullen
Flip Flop Films
Austin
http://www.toddmcmullen.com


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cow
surfNC
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 24, 2007 at 11:56:34 pm

No,

But thanks for asking... very helpful.


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Chris Bierlein
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 25, 2007 at 1:55:49 am

I've used the Gates housing with the HVX200 and it worked great. Probably more expensive than you're interested in spending, but very user friendly and perfect for your application.



http://www.chrisbierlein.com


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zrb123
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 25, 2007 at 4:01:45 am

You want top quality water protection at a cheep price.

I'm sorry but that is just not going to happen.

I am sure that you payed good money for your camera, don't skimp to protect it.


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cowcow
todd mcmullen
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 26, 2007 at 1:15:28 pm

surfNC,

just goofing with ya.

It would be helpful if you could be more specific. If you just need to shoot a shot partially under water then i think you could use a large fish tank. but if you are going truly under water, maybe for some surf footage , then you need full on protection. Google it.

helpful is as helpful does.

Todd McMullen
Flip Flop Films
Austin
http://www.toddmcmullen.com


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surfNC
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 26, 2007 at 2:18:45 pm

No worries,

I've just never use a water housing before. I've got an older 1.3 chip, pretty light weight camera that I'm willing to experiment with, but I'm definetly trying to get into the surf and can't really afford a quality housing right now. I might try the bag technique in some smaller waves and see how it holds up.



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Kathlyn Lindeboom
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 26, 2007 at 6:27:54 pm

A friend of Ron and mine makes windsurfer videos and custom builds housings.

http://www.sideoff.com/housings.html

You might check his site out or give him a call.

Kathlyn Lindeboom
The Mistress of Mmmooooo!


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todd mcmullen
Re: Water Housing
on Jun 27, 2007 at 1:44:41 pm

check with hydroflex in marina del rey ca. They are the pioneers in water housing. but they may have a low cost solution.

cheers

Todd McMullen
Flip Flop Films
Austin
http://www.toddmcmullen.com


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