Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Canon WP-DC28 Underwater Housing
A little over a week ago, I spent a week at sea as part of a scientific team tending buoys on the West Florida Shelf. In the process of cleaning and updating the instrumentation on these large structures, divers were employed to secure the ship's crane to the bottom mounts. To capture imagery of the diving, I took along a professional Ikelite D70s housing with DS-160 substrobe and the Canon WP-DC28 for my Canon G10.
In a previous blog entry, I gave a positive review to the Canon G10 as a multi-purpose compact camera. The housing is a positively buoyant shell that encases the camera snugly and has one yellow O-ring to secure the back plate. It's extremely easy to pop in the camera and with a plastic d-ring on each corner, you can easily secure a neck strap (for kayaking) or hand strap (for diving).
Due to poor visibility on the first dive and a ripping two knot current at the site on day two, I was never able to get the Ikelite system wet. My only option was to clip the Canon housing to my BC, stride into the blue and hope the O-ring held upon descent. The system worked extremely well on both efforts and was particularly useful for shooting over/under images at the waterline.
By presetting the focus with one of the two custom setting options on the G10, I was able to make successful images at the surface. No diopter, no problem. On the seafloor at 90 feet and without an external strobe, I was still able to make ambient exposures at f4.5 shooting at 400 ISO.
Did I miss my Ikelite housing with its wide-angle ports and all the power of the DS-160 strobe? Ofcourse. The Canon WP-DC28 allowed me the good fortune of being able to make pictures, shoot RAW, and come back with successful images that could be used in both print and web. It's a great investment and makes for tremendous fun when out at the pool on a hot Florida day.